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Very interesting…Therese. Thank you.
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.
I suspect that your John Finn 1803 is related to the family that I am researching. In our branch John Finn b. circa 1790 in Bray, Wicklow, Ireland m. Mary Plunkett. His son John Finn b. 14 or 24 Dec 1822 emigrated to the United States in 1849 or 1850. He m. Dorothy Byrne and had at least 6 children. (His son John Finn b. 1862) John 1822 d. 3 Apr 1912 in Otumwa, Wapello, Iowa, USA and was buried in Princeton, Mercer, Missouri, USA.
My Dad in phot also John Patrick O’Hara RIP
Hi Maura. Enjoyed your information on the history of the traynor family. My gran aunt was married to James Traynor Johns father. It was James Traynors second marriage. He is buried in Clonalvy graveyard in Co Meath.
Maura. Really interesting . John Josephs Father James Traynor married Kathleen Boylan . Kathleen was my gran-aunt. This was James Traynor; second marriage. They are both buried in Clonalvy Co Meath.
Richard Byrne ( my gggg grandfather) arrived back in Sydney from Norfolk Island and became a successful builder in the colony. His home site is a preserved archaeoligical site at The Rocks in Sydney. The Hart Pub built by him still operates
Newcastle House is dated in this article as 1800 – 20; in fact the house was badly burned in the fighting during the 1798 rebellion and records of a repairing lease dated 1801 entered into by a Captain Reville are in the Coollattin archive. The house was probably built c 1750.
I will forward your query to the author, regards, Catherine Wright, Wicklow Archives Service
Is it possible to buy a copy of this?
I enjoyed reading about the connection to the village and valley I’ve visited since my childhood on the way to Glendalough. I understand that Daniel Day Lewis has a home in Annamoe. (áth na mbó). The Childers connection I had been unaware of. Thanks for that. For six years my family lived on Crofton Road overlooking Dun Laoghaire harbour where the Asgard was anchored, near the coal harbour. We’d look out the window and see her rocking at anchor on those stormy winter days.
Hello John, I have emailed you directly, if you would like to forward me a particular family history query, I will do my best to assist. Regards, Catherine Wright, Wicklow County Archives & Genealogy Service
How can I add information that is not on a family tree, births , marriage etc
Hi Maura, Thanks for this, a very informative read, enjoyed your book also, regards, John.
I am so looking forward to reading this book from a Traynor Decendent, who also has got to know so much about our family recently, good look with your WHO WAS GRANNY Maura
Fantastic read ! Really interesting, think they are also my past relatives !
Great article Maura.
Catherine. Contact me by email. Jonoblake1986@gmail.com
CORRECTION: Mary Hayden was not in fact the eldest, but came somewhere in the middle of Joseph and Lucy Hayden’s large family. As mentioned above, Joseph was a seaman, and the Haydens of Wicklow were part of the Wicklow seafaring community over several generations. I am grateful to Breda Duggan, Mary Hayden’s great-niece, for her interest and for this information.
THE MASSEY FAMILY IS AN ANCIENT FAMILY NAME THERE IS RECORD OF WIILIAM MASSEY , CHURCHWARDEN , ONE OF THE FIRST RECORDED IN THE 17TH CENTURY N THE FIRST PUBLIHED REORD. THE MASSEY FAMILYHAVE FARMED in TEMPLECARRIG FOR MANY YEARS, A PRESENT MASSEY IS A CHURCHWARDEN NOW,I WAS INFORMED THAT THE SITE OF AN EARLY CHAPEL IS LOCATED IN THE MASSEY LAND. I AM SHORTLY PUBLISHING MY HISTORY OF THE EARLY PARISH CHURCH. Professor K.P Baker Blacklion Greystones
Many thanks Noreen – typo corrected! Glad you enjoyed this article – perhaps you would be interested in our latest project for the Wicklow Decade of Centenaries programme – Wicklow’s War of Independence: The Historians’ Project at https://heritage.wicklowheritage.org/category/topics/wicklow-the-war-of-independence
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