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I too am a descendant of John and Martha Lawrence, through their son Henry. Thank you so much for sharing this article, and allowing me the chance to see the homestead where my Great Great Great Grandparents resided before making the trek to Canada. Hopefully one day I’ll be able to travel there as well, to see the homestead in person, and hopefully learn more about my ancestors.
Poignant account of the great flu. The number of children who succumbed is particularly harrowing. Great research Rosemary.
Hi I am Sallyanne (maiden name Hennessey). My nan and grandad lived in Roundwood Wicklow, William and Kaitlin Henessey. Children = Francis, Patrick, William, Matthew and John. John is my father now 81 and only child that is still living. All including grandparents moved to UK , Essex in the late 50s early 60s. Hope this of help to you. Please let me know
Interesting read, and especially so when you encounter a family name – Mary Ann Barlow (who married Thomas Darragh) was my 2x great-grandmother.
Hello Bayard, yes they were very hard times indeed for all involved. I think this project has shown us the turmoil and violence on all sides and it is interesting to see the different perspectives and experiences within the historical context of the times. For example Sheila Clarke’s fascinating account of a unionist family in Ashford: “A Sense of Duty, the Somervilles of Clermont House” is very interesting, and John Goodman’s “The Cheshire Regiment in Wicklow” – and of course Kevin Lee’s excellent account here. More articles will follow in the coming weeks and months.
The Irish did terrible thinks to the unionists. Sad really as they were countrymen. We hail from Galway we’re my family we’re driven out of Ireland after they burnt our house near Galway. They were good landlords and didn’t deserve their treatment. My ancestor lived the remainder of their lives in England and mourned for their house and country.
Hello Seán, delighted to hear you are enjoying the site and we will certainly check out your websites! Regards, Catherine Wright, County Archives Service
Hi Paul, I will forward your query and number to Sheila Clarke, regards, Catherine Wright, County Archives Service
Very thorough report. I did not know that whole story. Well done Kevin.
Hi Sheila, is it possible to buy a copy of your book, Ashford – a journey through time ? it is difficult to find it on any of the usual sites. many thanks, Paul. 087 2564526
Just accidentally found this wonderful website earlier this morning. Much reading and viewing to do. Congrats to everyone concerned! Hopefully will get up to see the place before the year is out! Two of own websites: http://www.portlaw.info also http://www.flickr.com/photos/mazurka666
Thanks Lorna, yes we were very impressed by Wicklow’s young nature detectives
What a lovely compilation of images and illustrations of the nature on our doorstep! Thank you to the very talented children in Wicklow for sharing their observations and creations.
Lovely to read about the family tree. No wonder I always feel most at home when I’m in Wicklow
In answer to Daniel Dunne (05/03/2020) there is a copy of a photo of Daniel Short your great great grandfather and my Great Grandfather which I have and would willingly share as it belongs to all the Shortt’s.
Well done Rosemary! Yes, it does provide an echo, humbling our modern assumption of being beyond the reach of the microbe on such a scale.
Hello Frances, yes certainly – can you email me at email@example.com and I will check this out for you, regards, Catherine Wright, Wicklow Archives Service
So pleased to see the Newtownmountkennedy map and heritage guide is available. I would very much like to obtain 2 copies. If I provide my address would it be possible to send these to me? I am happy to pay for them and postage. Many thanks Frances Parker
Rosemary, how lovely to find Howard sitting pensively on this page. The photograph is so familiar to me, and you have penned a lovely sketch of my great grandfather’s brief life. Thank you for giving him a renewed voice; my mother and grandmother would have been delighted to find his memory living on. Jim Rees can find details of both Ethel and Rhona’s novels at my blog here https://ganna-kat.blogspot.com/. They are linked in the tag cloud and a search for “novels” on the home page will find the appropriate labels.
It was amazing to read this story about my late mother’s Uncle Dan Somers. This photo was proudly displayed in our home for years. After my mam passed away 6years ago I became the proud owner of it but I never knew the full story about his death.
Hi Jim, Unfortunately there was no space for my extensive footnotes in this piece. However I have all the info on HCR’s daughters’ novels & if you contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org will be glad to pass it on – it would be fascinating to have their viewpoint on growing up in Arklow. All the best – Rosemary
Thank you for this well written account.
What a great article, Mary. Really enjoyed it, especially as I have only recently come across references to his pharmacy in Arklow as part of my research for the Irish Historic Towns Atlas for Arklow. I must try to track down his and his daughters’ literary outputs. Thanks for this excellent piece.
Great capturing in words of the birds on the Dargle. The photos and painting too!
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