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Absolutely brilliant piece of work Maura
That is excellent news Mary, thanks for letting us know, this is a great biodiversity initiative. Fingers crossed the ‘bangers’ will like the new accommodation on offer. Looking forward to seeing the fruits of Bray Tidy Towns Group’s efforts over the skies of Bray in due course.
This article mentions a list of names for those in the Wicklow Regiment of Militia. I’m trying to trace the history of Davis Vanston whom I believe was in this regiment, discharged from hospital on 28/02/1800. Can this list of names be viewed? Are there any other sources which might provide me with details on Davis Vanston?
Fantastic news for Swifts in Bray. Bray Tidy Towns and Swift Conservation Wicklow in conjunction with Jim Creamer and his team from Weathershield saw Swift nestboxes and calling systems erected at St. Patricks and St. Cronan’s schools in Bray. Each school now has 2 triple entry boxes. At this time of year birds who are currently non-breeders but will breed next year will be investigating potential nest sites. These are known as ‘bangers’ as they literally bang up against potential nest sites to see if they are occupied or not! Hopefully some of these birds will now discover the new nest boxes and breed there next year. The final box has been put up recently in Presentation College Bray. Thanks to Justin Ivory for driving this project.
Well done, great report.
Hello Coral, Thank you for taking the time to contact us. Since that article was written, Joan has traced the descendants of Eliza Davis and tells her full story in her recent book Van Diemen’s Women: A History of Transportation to Tasmania (by Joan Kavanagh & Diane Snowden) – see our article about this publication at https://heritage.wicklowheritage.org/people/van_diemens_women_a_history_of_transportation_to_tasmania. Thank you for drawing our attention to this, I have added this information in the main article also. Kind regards, Catherine Wright.
It is time the last part of this story of Eliza Davis and her life and time in Tasmania was corrected, instead of allowing folk to think she disappeared, into no mans land, Eliza did arrive on the ship, she did marry she did leave a legacy with her children also marrying and having children, shame shame its not been corrected. There is enough of us who have researched Eliza ….not all things written are always true and this is sad, that Eliza Davis Tasmanian life has now not been recorded.
Hello Michael, thanks for your enquiry about Heather, Hills & Hearths, we only just became aware of your enquiry today, so sincere apologies for the delay in getting back to you. If you send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org we can let you know how to order a copy of the book. Regards, Helen
It was still there in the early 1960’s.
Thank you, Maura. I will try to find out if there is a connection there. One problem in researching him is that there were many men named William Eyre in Ireland and England. Then there is the name variation issue I always encounter. I have seen his name listed as Eyres, Ayre, Ayres, Aire, Aires, and several others.
Thanks again James
Somebody is badly mistaken. That is NOT Kevin Boland in the photo unless there were two men of that name who associated with DEV, That photo was taken in Honolulu in 1948 long before Boland entered the Dail.
There are some records for William Eyre on findmypast.ie which might match.
I am trying to get a copy of the book about Rathdangan. It seems to have vanished from Google. I am in USA. any thoughts on how to acquire. Michael A. Mullan
I used to walk past this hotel on my way to and from school in the late 60s early 70s. My sister and I used to peer through the black wrought iron railings and down to the basement windows below. We managed to get inside to see the grand interior when my mother donated blood there. There were often coaches lined up outside the hotel for, what I understood to be, were for the rugby teams playing an International match that weekend. The Arcadia Ballroom was next door (which later became a cash-and-carry). As children, we could hear the bands playing at night from where we lived nearby. We moved only a couple of months before the hotel burn down. I remember the shock clearly. The forlorn site that stood in place of such grandeur was a sad reminder for many years of a bygone era. With the hotel gone, followed by demolition of The Turkish bath in 1980s and the more recent fires in the victorian houses and shops in the Main Street, it seems like the town’s heritage is sadly disappearing.
Dear Sir/Madam, I have just read the details about Whaley Abbey and find that the details saying that the family had died out to be very very incorrect. The family is very much alive today and can trace the family back to William Whaley/Richard Whaley and still live in Dublin. If you would like to contact me please do so.
Hello, my Great Grandfather was baptized at St. Kevin’s on Aug. 15, 1835 and my Great Grandaunt was baptized there on Mar. 13, 1839. Do you have any information regarding St. Kevin’s between the 1798 uprising and the rebuilding of the church in 1843? Thanks for your assistance! -John B.
Very Interesting. John Joseph Traynor was my great uncle. According to our records, his father was baptized in Carnew.
Ina Travers — I was interested to see that you say James Traynor and Kathleen (his 3rd wife) were buried in Clonalvy — we didn’t know where he was buried.
Very interesting…Therese. Thank you.
My father Noel Morris trained as a chef there at the time Alec Corscadden owned it. I remember getting half a crown on my communion day c 1960 from Mr Corscadden. My father moved to Buckinghamshire for a short time to work for Mr Corscadden.
The download link above brings you to an expanded commentary on the heritage map that was used for the first walking tour for Heritage week 2020.
Hi there, im working a project in the area and looking for historic photos of brittas and having difficulty sourcing any could you help me please
I have just discovered this website, when looking up some info on Blessington. It is beyond fantastic!! The work of John Hussey in bringing the surrounding history and landscape alive and vibrant with stories, factual as well as anecdotal (!) has made this period of lockdown an adventure of exploration and discovery. Thanks to everyone involved in this wonderful website ❤ Daire Gilvary Blessington
I have an old gaa Bray championship belt from 1888. Would love to find out more about it. Thanks…
What a wonderful account of life as it was less than 100 years ago. All the more special for me as Bertha was my late mother’s (Connie) sister. This generation who knew many hardships were able to appreciate the simplest of pleasures – dancing and singing. And finally, now I understand why my mother loved Christmas so much , she often talked about the wonderful smells in the kitchen coming up to Christmas.
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