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ISSN 1443-5888 Volume 9, No. 10, October 2007.

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Editor: Terry Eakin, 334 Burns Bay Road, LANE COVE, NSW 2066
Contact E-mail address: 1443-5888
Volume 9, No. 10, October 2007

Introduction: ÔÇÿAll Ireland SourcesÔÇÖ is a monthly newsletter distributed free by E-mail to Family History Societies and interested researchers near the end of each month. Distribution by Australia Post each three months (three issues) costs $6.00 annually within Australia. The aim is to bring items of interest regarding Irish record sources to the Australian genealogist.
The editor would appreciate being made aware of records relating to the Irish, particularly those held in Australia or new in the LDS Family History Library. Back copies available free for downloading from
Note new email address.

Book Review: Lough Neagh Places, Their Names and Origins by Patrick McKay and Kay Muhr,
published in 2007, QueenÔÇÖs University, Belfast BT7 1NN ISBN 978 0 85389 909 9, 156 pages,
£15.00 plus postage.

The shores of Lough Neagh are subdivided to the four points of the compass and a chapter is
devoted to each. There is a twelve page introduction which is both historical and geographical. The book follows the circuit round Lough Neagh in four chapters, dealing with the eastern, southern, western and northern shores. The route is the tourist cycle track and may not suit motor cars. I was preased to see Slieve Gallion inland from the western shore included as I have visited there often to view the whole of Lough Neagh.

The place-name entries in the book are arranged geographically and not alphabetically as they then correspond to the coloured townland maps and are grouped as they are situated in the landscape.
Each individual entry for a place-name is coloured blue making it easy to find, below is the sort of place it is [townland, parish, county, with the map reference, the place name in Irish and its anglicized meaning. What follows is a brief description of each place, its origin and history and important features. The cycle path around the Lough is 113 miles so the surrounding countryside is a large area and a few of the places included in this book do not actually border Lough Neagh.

Over 20 parishes surrounding Lough Neagh are listed clockwise from Antrim (Eastern shore)
to Shankhill (Southern shore) to Clonoe (Western shore) to Ballyscullion (Northern shore). The maps throughout the book are of excellent size and detail and coloured by parish. A range of colour photographs illustrate the history and landscape with numerous column width photographs. I found the layout of the book easy to follow and to locate places in different areas of the shores of Lough Neagh. The topography, mythology and history are all well written and add to the collective essay.

This book is recommended for historians, tourists, family history society libraries, researchers with ancestors from the area or just for a good coffee table book. The book can be ordered on line from the QueenÔÇÖs University bookshop in Belfast. Perhaps GouldÔÇÖs will stock some copies.

Dictionary of Ulster Place-Names (2nd edition 2007) 160 pages has been updated and republished, by Patrick McKay, ISBN 978 0 85389 896 0, E┬ú10.50 plus postage. This book can be ordered from the QueenÔÇÖs University bookshop in Belfast.

Hatches, Matches and Dispatches: This book researched by William McGrew and
published by Omagh Family History Society in 2007 contains almost 2000 entries of births, marriage and death notices from older newspapers including the Tyrone Constitution, Omagh News, and some from the Strabane Morning Post, Belfast Newsletter and Derry Journal.

The notices relate to people from Omagh and surrounding districts and cover a period from
1815-1873, with a few prior to 1800. The book is formatted in three sections alphabetically indexed for ease of reference and should be of wide interest to genealogists tracing ancestors whose families have resided in the Omagh area in years past. The book is E£12.00 plus postage. How to order details at

These Hallowed Grounds, Volume 2 ÔÇô Lisburn, Kilrush and St PatrickÔÇÖs This book is the
second in this series published by the North of Ireland Family History Society. This volume records the surviving gravestone inscriptions for Christ Church Cathedral, Lisburn County Antrim, and FriendsÔÇÖ Burying Ground in the cityÔÇÖs Railway Street. There is also a list of names from Quaker burial records of all the people buried in the FriendsÔÇÖ Burying Ground as well as a background history of Lisburn Cathedral and HuguenotsÔÇÖ and FriendsÔÇÖ Meeting house.

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The memorials of the Lisburn Cathedral and a list of burials recorded as being inside are
included. There is a listing of rectors, curates and churchwardens. Maps of both burial grounds are included listing details along with death notices and brief information on the wills of some of the people buried in the two grounds.
There are short biographies of 53 families connected with the grounds, as well as 16 family
trees and extra information with the names of some late 18th and early 19th century Lisburn people.
The 306 pages include four in colour, with 50 black and white photographs, three maps and an index. ISBN 0-954-00151-6, price E£12.50, sea mail to Australia add E£6.00 and airmail add E£12.00. Visit website: for more details.

Early Belfast: The Origins and growth of an Ulster town to 1750, by Raymond Gillespie
(2007) published by the Belfast Natural History and Philosophical Society in association with the Ulster Historical Foundation, Unit 7, Cotton Court, Waring Street, Belfast BT1 2ED, ISBN 978-1903688-72-4, E£9.99 plus postage, pb., 184 pages. This book and others are available from the UHF bookshop online at

For most people, 19th century Belfast is a bustling industrial city, boasting as it did by 1900
the worldÔÇÖs largest spinning mill, the most productive shipyard, the biggest ropeworks and tobacco factory. This book looks beyond that world to reveal an earlier Belfast where the foundations for its later industrial prowess were laid. It charts the townÔÇÖs remarkable growth from site to city, from the first mention of it as long ago as the 7th century through to the 13th century Anglo-Norman settlement and Gaelic revival, to the Plantation town of the 17th and 18th centuries.

The book retraces not only the early streets, and their names, but also the lives of those who walked and lived in them. In doing so the author recreates something of the thriving commercial settlement and port that came increasingly to dominate the life of the region it servedÔÇöUlsterÔÇöin the 17th and 18th centuries. Using a unique series of maps, together with archaeological and documentary evidence that has been expertly pieced together, the book revolutionizes our understanding of this, the most Ulster of towns, before the coming of industrialization.

Just as importantly, it reminds us that Belfast has always had, in the poet Derek MahonÔÇÖs
lyrical phase, a ÔÇÿhill at the top of every streetÔÇÖ. The main chapters are ChichesterÔÇÖs town, 1603-1660; Thomas PhillipÔÇÖs town, 1660-1695; and John MaclanachanÔÇÖs town, 1695-1750.
An excellent book to learn about early Belfast and its patrons. The end notes after each chapter are detailed and provide references for further study of Belfast and its environs.

Board of Guardians Minute Booksfor Killarney 1845-48 Digitised and Online: Professor
Terry Ballard advises that ÔÇÿour university has digitized the Board of Guardians minute books for Killarney 1845-48 and they are available on our websiteÔÇÖ at :

The Killarney Union Board of Guardians Minute Books: The activities of the
Killarney Poor Law Union were overseen by nine ex-officio Guardians and 27 elected Guardians from the UnionÔÇÖs 11 electoral divisions. Their responsibilities included taking account of the UnionÔÇÖs funds and expenditures and overseeing the operations of the Killarney Workhouse (Co. Kerry).

The Guardians held weekly meetings, the Minutes of which typically included the following

┬À Approval minutes of previous meeting
┬À Examination of the Register Book
┬À Review of the TreasurerÔÇÖs Book of Receipts and Payments
┬À List of Electoral Divisions
┬À Account of collected and uncollected poor rate
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┬À Record of debits and credits to the Treasurer and Electoral Divisions
┬À Presentation of Books and Accounts
┬À Weekly Relief List and Abstract
┬À Provision Cheque Account
┬À Provision Receipt and Consumption Account
┬À Maintenance Account
┬À Several Clothing Accounts
┬À Medical OfficerÔÇÖs Books
┬À Account of MasterÔÇÖs estimate of Provisions and Necessaries required for the ensuing week
┬À Finance Committee Report with list of invoice accounts
┬À Letters from the Poor Law Commissioners and other parties
┬À Account of Provisional Admissions and Applications to the Workhouse
┬À Reports from the Master of the Workhouse
┬À Proposals, Votes and Resolutions
┬À Signature of the recording secretary
The Scanned Documents: This site offers complete scanned images of original Killarney
Minute Books documents, housing complete PDF images of hand-written rough minutes from the Killarney Union Board of Guardian meetings. The pages are indexed into three chronological menus, covering July 1845 to December 1845; January 1846 to December 1846; and selected meetings from 1847.

The narrative style of the rough book records provides a depth of insight into the functions
and operations of the Workhouse that the more carefully edited record books lack. These PDF images of the scanned Minute Books provide users with a rare opportunity to look at the entire document, usually available only by visiting the historical archives in person.

Board of Guardian Minute Books, Killarney Union District, 1845: Workhouse Handwritten Records:

09 July, 1845 20 September, 1845 22 November, 1845
16 July, 1845 27 September, 1845 29 November, 1845
26 July, 1845 04 October, 1845 06 December, 1845
02 August, 1845 11 October, 1845 13 December, 1845
09 August, 1845 18 October, 1845 20 December, 1845
16 August, 1845 22 October, 1845 27 December, 1845
23 August, 1845 25 October, 1845 1846
30 August, 1845 01 November, 1845 03 January, 1846
06 September, 1845 08 November, 1845 10 January, 1846
13 September, 1845 15 November, 1845 17 January, 1846

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24 January, 1846 07 October, 1846 07 May, 1847
31 January, 1846 14 October, 1846 10 May, 1847
07 February, 1846 21 October, 1846 17 May, 1847
14 February, 1846 28 October, 1846 24 May, 1847
21 February, 1846 31 October, 1846 31 May, 1847
07 March, 1846 07 November, 1846 07 June, 1847
14 March, 1846 14 November, 1846 14 June, 1847
21 March, 1846 21 November, 1846 21 June, 1847
28 March, 1846 28 November, 1846 28 June, 1847
11 April, 1846 05 December, 1846 05 July, 1847
18 April, 1846 12 December, 1846 02 August, 1847
18 April, 1846 19 December, 1846 06 September, 1847
25 April, 1846 26 December, 1846 04 October, 1847
02 May, 1846 1847 01 November, 1847
06 May, 1846 02 January, 1847 02 November, 1847
13 May, 1846 09 January, 1847 04 November, 1847
20 May, 1846 16 January, 1847 02 December, 1847
27 May, 1846 23 January, 1847 06 December, 1847
03 June, 1846 28 January, 1846 16 December, 1847
10 June, 1846 30 January, 1846 20 December, 1847
17 June, 1846 06 February, 1847 1848
24 June, 1846 13 February, 1847 07 January, 1848
01 July, 1846 20 February, 1847 10 January, 1848
08 July, 1846 27 February, 1847 03 February, 1848
15 July, 1846 06 March, 1847 10 February, 1848
22 July, 1846 13 March, 1847 14 February, 1848
29 July, 1846 20 March, 1847 06 March, 1848
05 August, 1846 27 March, 1847 11 March, 1848
02 September, 1846 03 April, 1847 13 March, 1848
09 September, 1846 17 April, 1847 15 March, 1848
16 September, 1846 19 April, 1847 15 April, 1848
23 September, 1846 26 April, 1847 22 April, 1848
30 September, 1846 03 May, 1847 29 April, 1848 contd page 44

Continued on page 44, Volume 9, November 2007
Articles, suggestions and information for this newsletter are welcome and may be E-mailed to: or posted to Terry Eakin, 334 Burns Bay Road, Lane Cove NSW AUSTRALIA 2066
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