The Way I See It




By Domhnall de Barra






The tragic death of Paudie Mullane, at such a young age, left us all in shock over the past few days. Anybody who ever met Paudie will remember a handsome young man with a ready smile and a good word for everyone. It is testimony to the popularity of the Mullane family from Knocknagorna  that such throngs of people attended the funeral home on Sunday and again the Mass and burial on Monday. The village has not seen such crowds for a long time. It is hard to find suitable words at this time; all we can do is keep the family in our thoughts and prayers and hope they will get the strength they need to cope with their sad loss. May he rest in peace.


I am fed up with politicians trying to score political points by criticising President Higgins. He is a straight talker and won’t pull his punches for anybody. He was right when he said the housing problem in Ireland was a disaster. Anybody with a glimmer of a brain cell should be able to see that but some politicians don’t agree that he should voice that opinion. There is now another problem concerning a letter to The Irish Times by his wife Sabina in which she wrote that, in her opinion, there would be no end to the war between Russia and Ukraine until they both sat down and negotiated a ceasefire. A Fine Gael Senator was on the radio straight away demanding an explanation from President Higgins as to his input into the letter and stating that its contents were contrary to the government’s position which was total backing for Ukraine against the Russian aggression. First and foremost, Sabina Higgins has every right, as a citizen of this country, to voice her opinion. She is her own woman and it is an insult to suggest she could not have done so without the help of the President. Anyway what she said is right. There will be no end to the war without a negotiated settlement. That is the nature of things or do we think that Russia are just going to up sticks and walk away. Since then President Higgins has made a statement in which he thoroughly endorses the government’s position but that is not good enough for certain people who say he has explained nothing. It is time to let go of this and let the President get on with the great job he is doing as our representative world wide. There are more important things to be worried about.


Every program on radio and television is talking about the rise in the cost of living and how it affects every household. The pinch will not really be felt until the winter comes in and we have to use more heating. Those who are lucky enough to have their own turf will be better off than those who have to rely on gas, oil or electricity all of which have risen sharply in price in recent months and are forecast to rise even further in the  near future. Can someone tell me why these huge rises are necessary. Everything cannot be blamed on the war in Ukraine and I noticed with amazement that utility companies have posted massive profits for the first half of the year. This is the product of the privatisation of our national companies that the government thought was such a good idea a few decades ago. Once upon a time the state owned and operated power plants, transport, housing, post offices, refuse collection and the likes and we were doing fine. Now that they are privatised the object of those companies is to make profit for the shareholders regardless of the damage to the ordinary citizens who use them. I don’t know what’s going to happen but things need to change and change fast if we are to have any hope of having a decent living in the future. We need to get back to basics and build enough houses, employ enough medical practitioners and get control of more utilities so that people have a chance to live a normal life without fear of going without heating or even a roof over their heads.


I was watching the Fleadh program on TG4 the other night. It was from the Ulster Fleadh in Dromore, Omagh and was a lovely program of the best Irish traditional music, song and dance highlighting the very best from the area and the province of Ulster. I could not help contrasting it with the program from the Munster Fleadh in Newcastle West a couple of weeks ago which left me less than satisfied with its contents. It failed to capture the great traditional spirit that exists in this neck of the woods and ignored some of the best exponents of our cultural heritage who live in the region. I am in no way criticising those who took part, rather it was the way the show was put together and how much more they could have done to showcase the Munster traditions from The Déise to West Clare and Tipperary to Sliabh Luachra. It is great that TG4 are doing the shows but maybe a little better research in advance would have resulted in better programmes.

August 2022




Glin Castle and Garden guided tour on Sunday August 21 from 12 noon to 6pm. Tickets can be purchased at the entrance gate on the day for €10. The Glin Knights Visitor centre in the Square is open daily from 10am to 5pm,  and Read about the lives of the 29 Knights of Glin.



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A Forgotten Patriot, James Creed Meredith, 1875–1942, Supreme Court Justice. Bowl Player in Timoleague in His Youth, His Parents Marriage Match Made in West Cork.



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A Forgotten Patriot, James Creed Meredith, 1875–1942, Supreme Court Justice. Bowl Player in Timoleague in His Youth, His Parent Marriage Match Made in West Cork.

Slan agus Slainte Pat







Unveiling Ceremony in Knockanure Village.  A plaque acknowledging the pivotal role Maureen Sweeney (nee Flavin) played in the “D Day Landing” World War 2, Saturday June 18th at 2pm.  Everyone welcome.





We are appalled at the spectacle of a beheaded American reporter. Imagine how appalled we would be at the spectacle of a beheaded American president. But just that was the spectacle that the Calvinists (Puritans) of Britain mounted for the edification of their country when they beheaded the Anglican King Charles I in 1649. That execution came midway in a religious civil war that lasted fully nine years (1642-1651) and cost Ireland (which suffered a reign of terror comparable to that of ISIS) and Britain more lives, proportionately, than the two islands would lose in World War I.






WAR; Russia’s blockade of Ukraine’s southern ports has garnered a great deal of attention, but it’s not the only assault Russia is making against Ukraine’s wheat industry. Russian forces also launched airstrikes against a Kyiv factory that works on grain-industry transport cars and a grain storage facility in Mykolayiv last weekend. Such strikes not only hurt Ukraine economically, they threaten to make a looming global food crisis worse. Andrew Fink notes that the blockade itself “effectively removed 20 percent of the world’s expected wheat exports from the market.” Meanwhile, Russia is benefiting itself, as its wheat exports are up and its looting Ukrainian grain as well.


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Regis Martin Blogs


May 20, 2022




When Lady Astor first went to the Soviet Union back in 1931 in the hope of meeting Josef Stalin, she committed a cardinal breach of protocol by asking the dictator, “When are you going to stop killing people?” A perilous question, one would think, to put to someone who already had enough blood on his hands to rival Attila the Hun. Her membership in the British Parliament, however, provided sufficient cover, which is doubtless why, unlike most people then living under Stalin, she was free to leave and return safely to England.




So, what was Stalin’s answer? Totally unperturbed by the provocation, he replied, “Just as soon as it is no longer necessary for the protection of the state.”




Now Uncle Joe was a bit of a pragmatist, you see, which meant that he only liquidated people who got in his way, people who threatened the survival of his regime. Of course, by the time he died in 1953, to the immense relief of almost everyone, much of the Soviet Union had become one vast killing field, as many as 60 million human beings having been murdered in his name.




Meanwhile, here at home in America, in whose name are we doing the killing? With more than 60 million dead babies in less than half a century, and no apparent end in sight, it’s looks as if we’ve already exceeded the standard set by Stalin.  No mean achievement that. So, on whose hands will their blood be found?






Irish Brigade of France




Homesick, sad, and weary,


Heartsick, hungry, dreary,


(Shout, boys, Erin's the renown!)


O'Brien, Burke, and Tracy,


MacMahon, Dillon, Lacy,


We watch the town.




Prince Eugene has your town!"




"Are ye mad, or in a trance?


Waken, gentlemen of France!"


(Shout, boys, Erin's the renown!)


"See your lilied flags are flapping,


And your Marshal is caught napping


In Cremona town."




Again and yet again,


Though the third of us are slain,


(Shout boys, Erin's the renown!)


Though Sieur Villeroi is taken,


And the lilied flags are shaken,


Till our tardy comrades waken,


We keep the town.*




Back to back, and face to face,


Wrest from fate this night's disgrace


(Shout, boys, Erin's the renown!)


Ere the sun rose from its bed


Or that livid dawn grew red


Every German spear had fled


From Cremona town.




So failed Eugene's advance,


So failed all foes of France!


(Shout, boys, Erin's the renown!)


Let her praises still resound,


And while the world goes round,


To their praise too redound,


Who stood the victors crowned


In Cremona town.




'Cremona' by Emily Lawless


The battle of Cremona, 1702, on wikipedia. Cremona


The two Irish units lost an estimated 350 out of 600 men engaged; their commander Major Daniel O'Mahoney was later presented to Louis XIV and knighted by the Stuart exile James III. He went on to have a distinguished career, fighting in Spain and Sicily; he ended as a Lieutenant-General and died in Ocaña, Spain in 1714.






Trasna na Tire


Military historian Pat Lawlor and Martin Moore chat with Liam O'Sullivan and cover some key incidents that occurred in Kerry during the Irish Civil War. Apologies for the difficulty at the start !




Kerry was the scene of some of the bloodiest and most protracted fighting during the Civil War. We take a look at some key encounters that shaped the Civil War in Kerry. When the Provisional Government landed troops by sea, the anti-Treaty forces were taken completely by surprise. Although the initial fighting was intense, resistance soon settled into a prolonged and bloody period of guerrilla warfare.








Counting War’s Civilian Dead




Despite claims of precision strikes and the proliferation of smart bombs, the number of civilians killed in war appears staggeringly high.


War-caused famine and massacre have resulted in some horrific civilian death figures: 98 percent of the 82,000 dead in Germany’s war in Namibia (1903–1908) were non-combatants; as were 92 percent of the 546,000 dead in Ethiopia’s civil wars and famine (1974–1988); and 90 percent of the 100,000 killed in the Indonesian invasion and occupation of East Timor (1975–1988).









There was another idea: to echo in Jerusalem the landmark embraces of Athenagoras I and Paul VI in 1967 and Bartholomew I and Pope Francis in 2014. This act would have made it clear that both the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople and the Patriarchate of Moscow have strong friendships with Rome.




For Moscow, it would have been a highly symbolic gesture, considering the climate of hostility that has existed with Constantinople since it recognized the Orthodox Church of Ukraine, an autocephalous church that no longer depended on the Moscow Patriarchate as the Ukrainian Orthodox Church had since the 17th century.




But paradoxically, the factors that made a Jerusalem meeting an attractive option prompted the pope to cancel the encounter — at least for now.




The Holy See did not want the potential meeting to be exploited amid the Russia-Ukraine war and it did not want to be drawn into intra-Orthodox debates.






Msgr. Quinn’s Sainthood Cause Advances to the Vatican


June 26, 2019


By Ed Wilkinson




A portrait of Msgr. Bernard Quinn sits in the sanctuary of the chapel at Immaculate Conception Center, Douglaston, during vespers service completing the diocesan phase of the investigation into his sainthood cause.




Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio presided at a vespers service in Douglaston as the diocese takes the next step in what it hopes will be the canonization of Msgr. Bernard Quinn.




Donna Grimes, assistant director for African-American Affairs for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, spoke about the bishops’ 2018 pastoral letter, “Open Wide Our Hearts,” which deals with racism in American society.




Father Michael Bruno is joined by Msgr. Paul Jervis and members of the Msgr. Quinn Guild as they prepare to present to Bishop DiMarzio the results of the diocesan investigation into the sainthood cause for Msgr. Quinn.




Father Alonzo Cox speaks during a forum on racism with diocesan priests in Douglaston.




The documentation supporting the sainthood cause of Brooklyn’s Msgr. Bernard Quinn is now on its way to Vatican City.




Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio applied the diocesan seal to a black box with a red ribbon containing the official papers at a vespers service conducted June 18 at the chapel of Immaculate Conception Center, Douglaston.




Included are testimonies from local people about the virtue of the Brooklyn pastor and his support of all people, regardless of race.




The ceremony marked the end of the diocesan investigation into the cause of sainthood for Msgr. Quinn and was part of the day’s program that included a pastors’ meeting, a forum on racism and a dinner with about 400 priests present.




Joining the vespers were parishioners from St. Peter Claver Church, Bedford-Stuyvesant, where in 1920, Msgr. Quinn founded the first Brooklyn parish for black Catholics.




The late Brooklyn pastor who also served as a U.S. Army chaplain in World War I, was a champion for the rights of black Catholics who were often not welcomed in white parishes.




He built Little Flower Children’s Camp in Wading River for black orphans, even though the Ku Klux Klan


twice set fire to the Long Island complex, which was then part of the Brooklyn Diocese.




Msgr. Quinn, who had an intense devotion to St. Therese the Little Flower, also became well known for the parish novenas at his church that attracted thousands from all over the diocese and beyond.




Bishop DiMarzio explained that the local canonical process to support the canonization of Msgr. Quinn has been going on for 10 years.




“We now send it to Rome,” Bishop DiMarzio said. “And we dedicate this day to him. He was a great man.”


Bishop DiMarzio explained that he has a personal devotion to Msgr. Quinn that goes back 10 years when he was rushed back to the hospital after complications from heart surgery.




“All during that time, all I could think . of was Msgr. Quinn,” the bishop said. “He kept me alive. I don’t know why he came to me, but he was present to me that day. Personally, I feel this man is a saint. His life stood for something very important that we still struggle with today. He was a hero who led us from division to unity, from hatred to love.”




Bishop DiMarzio’s story is included in the package going to Rome.




Msgr. Paul Jervis, the Brooklyn priest who is spearheading the campaign for the cause, preached a passionate homily in which he said, “Father Quinn, as he preferred to be called, wanted marginalized people to find a place in his heart. He offered a place for those who were not welcome because of the color of their skin.”




“The heart of Quinn was open to all. The heart of Quinn was on fire with Christ. Bernard Quinn is honored because he believed that all human beings were created in His image and likeness.”




Msgr. Jervis, the pastor of St. Francis of Assisi – St. Blaise, Prospect Lefferts Gardens, pointed out that it was prophetic that Msgr. Quinn was born on the day that Peter Claver, who ministered to black slaves


in Colombia, was canonized a saint. Mary Clare Quinn, the great-niece of Msgr. Quinn, attended the service.




She recalled, “They always called him the Monsignor, but he liked to be called Father. The family was all very proud of the work he was doing at Little Flower, and we all contributed during the winters and summers, going out there to help. They used to burn crosses at our house in Mineola, even after he was gone, but my family stared fear down.”




Forum on Racism




Earlier in the day, the priests of the diocese attended a meeting at which they heard the results of diocesan-wide hearings that were held on racism. They also listened to a presentation by Donna Grimes, Assistant Director for African-American Affairs for the U.S. Conference of Catholic bishops.




She spoke about the bishops’ 2018 pastoral letter, “Open Wide Our Hearts,” which deals with racism in American society.




“The bishops have realized that racism affects us all in different ways,” Grimes said.


“Part of our job is to frame racism in new ways. We need to look for new ways to frame the narrative about racism.”




Saying that “we sometimes don’t see how racism is in our institutions and structures,” she urged the clergy to preach about racism, not only from the pulpit, but also in Catholic schools, explaining that schools also allow an opportunity to speak about the history of the United States.




She asked priests to be mindful that diversity is represented in parish leadership positions and that they look for opportunities for parish groups to study the bishops’ pastoral letter and then discuss it. She also


asked that parishes employ minority-owned businesses.




She said that next year’s National Catholic Youth Conference will offer a listening session about diversity.




She recommended that Sept. 9, the Feast of St. Peter Claver, might be a good time to plan a celebration of diversity and suggested that liturgies be more culturally diverse to represent the different communities celebrating them.




“The pastoral letter is aimed at everyone,” she said. “There’s no silver bullet. But bringing small groups together is a start. Taking the time to listen to and validate others’ stories is very valuable.”










Dr Mervyn O’Driscoll, Head of the School of History at UCC said:


  John A. Murphy performed an inestimable service to Irish history. A courageous professional, he was an important voice of independent reason and historical balance regarding Irish identity and society. John A. was never afraid to ask hard and searching questions. He remains an example to us all here. Neither will we forget his humour and ballad singing.








Between November 1920 and January 1921, an American Commission hearing on the hardships being endured by people in Ireland during the War of Independence took place. In December 1920 and January 1921, seven key witnesses from County Cork gave testimony, which contributed greatly to the efforts of raising awareness internationally towards Ireland’s struggle for freedom. Less than one year later, on December 6th, 1921, the Anglo-Irish Treaty was signed. This documentary highlights the importance of these hearings.






Decision in Normandy


By Carlo D’Este


“The best-researched, best-written account [of the Normandy Campaign] I have ever read” (The New York Times Book Review): Field Marshal Montgomery’s controversial battle plan for D-Day is explored in this riveting military history that “reveals new facets of familiar subjects” (Kirkus Reviews).








As the morning sunlight streamed through the stained glass windows of St. Mary of the Bay Church, Father O’Neill offered prayers for the people of Ukraine before heading back out into the biting cold to climb aboard the old Raleigh mountain bike that would take him the remaining 14 miles or so to St. Patrick Church in Providence.




The bicycle was given to him by a former parishioner when he served as pastor of St. Mary Church in West Warwick, until he retired nine years ago.




Father O’Neill didn’t have a tire repair kit or any other tools with him should the bike break down, so he was embarking on this pilgrimage with the faith that God would help him see it through.




“A pilgrimage is supposed to help the person making the pilgrimage — it’s supposed to transform me,” he said as he rode off.









While some opposition publications such as Novaya Gazeta attempt to counter the narrative, mainstream Russian news outlets have largely fallen into line—even if the results are unlikely to fool discerning Russian readers who have been exposed to roughly 15 years of pro-government propaganda. The resulting stories are as striking for what they omit as what they actually publish; by and large, Russian media minimizes the scale of the attack on Ukraine—describing it in the phrase used by federal officials, as a “military operation” rather than a “war” or “invasion,” the terms much of western media has used—while uncritically reprinting statements from Putin and other government officials.










Sources told the charity foundation that on February 20, insurgents attacked the villages of Kankhomba, Janguane, Mambo Bado and Muhia, and on February 22, the villages of Milola, Chianga, Lutona, Napuatakala were also attacked.




“As a result of these attacks, the populations fled and have sought shelter in the village of Nangade, which, due to its size, apparently guarantees some security,” the Catholic missionary told ACN Portugal.




The missionary said it is not yet possible to determine the exact number of people who have died as a result of the terrorist attacks.






WAR 1; Thomas Edmond CRONIN- Regimental number 4283


Panel number, Roll of Honour, Australian War Memorial 58. Miscellaneous information from


cemetery records Parents: Thomas and Margaret CRONIN, Knockanure, Newtownsandes, Limerick, Ireland


Other details War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front


Embarked Adelaide, 26 August 1915.


Attached to 1st Australian Stationary Hospital, Mudros, for duty, 28 October 1915; transferred to Lowlands Casualty Clearing Station, 13 December 1915; transferred to South Pier for Hospital Ship, 17 December 1915; disembarked Alexandria, Egypt, 29 December 1915.


Admitted to 1st Australian Stationary Hospital, Ismailia, 18 July 1916 (sick); discharged to duty, 24 July 1916.


Marched in to Royal Army Medical Corps, Mustapha, 24 August 1916; proceeded from Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 14 September 1916; marched in to Weymouth Command Depot, England, 28 September 1916; marched in to Convalescent Hospital, Dartford, 28 September 1916; marched in to Hurdcott Command Depot, and classified 'Class A', 28 October 1916; transferred to Convalescent Hospital, Dartford, 27 November 1917; transferred to 10th Bn Details, 24 February 1917; proceeded overseas to France, 25 February 1917; marched in to 1st Australian Division Base Depot, Etaples, France, 26 February 1917; marched out to unit, 2 March 1917; taken on strength of 10th Bn, 4 March 1917.


Killed in action, France, 7 May 1917.


Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal


Sources NAA: B2455, CRONIN Thomas Edmond




Irish history and interest stories surround World War I and World War II. The First and Second World Wars continue to be remembered





New post on West Cork History


The Wire that Changed the World

by durrushistory

In 1858 the first ever message to be transmitted across an ocean – a note of congratulations from Queen Victoria to President Buchanan of the United States -- was sent from Valentia Island in County Kerry to Trinity Bay in Newfoundland. The 98-word message took 16 hours to transmit, and the US President’s 143-word response was sent in just 10 hours. Improvements in cable technology meant that when the next successful cable was laid, in 1866, messages that had once taken two weeks by ship could be sent in minutes. Valentia Island in County Kerry played a major role in connecting the old and new worlds for the first time, placing Ireland at the ‘cross hairs’ of the emerging global communications industry. The Valentia Transatlantic Cable Foundation Board, established in May 2016, is now working with the community at Valentia and Kerry County Council to pursue UNESCO Heritage status for the Transatlantic Cable ensemble at Valentia. Organised by the Trinity Long Room Hub in partnership with the Valentia Transatlantic Cable Foundation on Thursday, to explore the significance of this historic achievement and hear how the ‘wire that changed the world’ continues to inspire us today.

1863.  Julius Reuter and William Siemens  and  the South-Western of Ireland Telegraph Company, Linking Cork to Crookhaven by Telegraph  and  British & Irish Magnetic Telegraph Company, Cork to Cape Clear 


1863, The Fibre Optic Broadband of the 1860s, Opening of Telegraph Office Skibbereen, Wires Extended to Baltimore and Submerged Cable to Sherkin. The American Intelligence will be Received Six Hours Sooner, Cork Market News to Be Received in Morning.


An Old Man Recounts: The First Time I visited Dunmanway c 1790, The Roads were Bad, My Sister and I were in Two Panniers at Each Side of A Horse My Mother on A Saddle in Between, Then Cars with Block Wheels Sawn of of a Thick Tree Bound Round With Iron, The They Got What They Called Scotch Cars With Spokes and Felloes at Opening of The Office of The Electric and International Telegraph Company , Dunmanway, Co.Cork, 1865. Messages from Cork, London and Crookhaven.

The start of the Communication Revolution, Picture of 'The Atlantic Telegraph Cable Fleet' at Berehaven, Bantry Bay, 28th July 1866, held at Cable and Wireless Archive





Victory parade in London, part of the peace celebrations in July 1919.
Catalogue reference WORK 21/74/1

Remembering the First World War

Today is Armistice Day, still an important a day of reflection and remembrance more than 100 years on from the end of the First World War. When the war ended in 1918, it brought people together in national celebration, yet also deep grief and mourning - it was a time of both a joyous victory and a solemn reminder of all that had been lost.

Join us on Friday 19 November for a special online talk from Dr William Butler, head of military records, as he looks at the very human side of Britain in the aftermath of war.

Also this week:

Discover First World War stories this Armistice Day, and other news from The National Archives
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V E Day began with Mr Churchill's broadcast officially announcing the end of war in Europe.  Londoners took to the streets in celebrations which continued for nearly two days. Outside Buckingham Palace the crowds chanted 'we want the King'






The victor of the Civil Wars described himself as pious, honest and selfless. But, as all too many victims of his lies and malice would have attested, the reality was often more sinister, writes Professor Ronald Hutton







Saint John XXIII’s Story


Saint of the Day for October 11- (November 25, 1881 – June 3, 1963)


Although few people had as great an impact on the 20th century as Pope John XXIII, he avoided the limelight as much as possible. Indeed, one writer has noted that his “ordinariness” seems one of his most remarkable qualities.


The firstborn son of a farming family in Sotto il Monte, near Bergamo in northern Italy, Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli was always proud of his down-to-earth roots. In Bergamo’s diocesan seminary, he joined the Secular Franciscan Order.


After his ordination in 1904, Fr. Roncalli returned to Rome for canon law studies. He soon worked as his bishop’s secretary, Church history teacher in the seminary, and as publisher of the diocesan paper.


His service as a stretcher-bearer for the Italian army during World War I gave him a firsthand knowledge of war. In 1921, Fr. Roncalli was made national director in Italy of the Society for the Propagation of the Faith. He also found time to teach patristics at a seminary in the Eternal City.





We cannot but speak..... (Fr. Michael P.O’Sullivan, Intercom October 2021.)
After the first World War, Pope Benedict XV invited Catholics to bring light to a
world devasted by conflict. By virtue of their baptism, all Catholics were called
to be missionary minded, and missionaries needed to be men and women of
God. His successor Pope Pius X1 made the second last Sunday of October a day
dedicated to ‘the missions’, that is a special day to pray for and assist
missionaries in their call to ‘go out to the whole world and proclaim the Good
News’. Over a century has passed since this missionary call gave a fresh impetus
to the Church to ‘go out to the whole world.’




uly 25, 2021 at 7:08 pm


James Devereaux in Guestbook






I’m looking for any fresh info even small about the Devereaux family in ballinruddery listowel.


I’m living in co Louth , my grandfather was Edward Devereaux from Cavan. His grandfather was Jim (James) Devereaux from listowel. He had 6 brothers they all served in the British army around 1919. I have a photo of all 7 brothers with their father who was John Devereaux and his wife was Ellen.


I kno some soldiers stayed in England and some returned to Ireland.


I really would be so grateful for any sort of info or even who I could get in touch with locally in listowel.


Kind regards




Reply ?




    July 26, 2021 at 9:02 am


    Martin Moore








    I have seen that photo. I have some small piece on Michael Devereaux


    who I think served with the Royal Engineers.




    Martin Moore 086 8239414


    Reply ?


    July 27, 2021 at 11:56 am


    Esther Hickey




    Hi James,


    I’m from Ballinruddery, my mother was one of the Purcell family. The Purcell and Devereaux families are two of the oldest in the area. My family has a huge interest in local history and though I’m in Dublin I still have close family in Ballinruddery. If you get in touch by email or pm me on Facebook I’d be delighted to try to assist in finding out about your family.










While working on a project to open up the German-created prisoner of war (POW) record cards (WO 416), Ian Strawbridge felt drawn to a particular photograph. The individual who captured Ian's attention was Jeremiah Anderson, a merchant seaman. Ian traced his records and unfurled a story that, it felt, had been waiting over 75 years to be told. His POW records are in WO 416/7/200 and WO 416/407/26.












The 28th of July 2021 marks the 70th anniversary of the United Nations’ 1951 Convention relating to the Status of Refugees.




At the end of the Second World War, it seemed to many that decades of political and social upheaval was at an end, and that with it would end the ‘refugee problem’. Yet within less than 30 years, the start of the Cold War and the dismantling of European empires, including the British Empire, had generated waves of new migrants seeking political and religious asylum around the globe. Through this period of change, between 1951 and 1967, new political and legal discussions eventually generated a new ‘universal’ definition of a refugee, one that might apply to any individual regardless of where they are from. Here below is a selection of three documents from the archives that give us insight into how that new definition emerged.


1951 – the Convention relating to the Status of Refugees




In 1946 it was calculated that there were 1,250,000 refugees in Europe







Message from Jenny Liston




Dear all, most of us will have seen the terrible events in Afghanistan over the last few weeks as people desperately try to flee the country.




An opportunity has arisen for 2 families to be supported to settle in West Limerick. Liam Kavanagh-the fiancée of Jenny Liston from Athea-daughter of Kay and John Upper Athea, who worked in Afghanistan in 2016 with CONCERNWORLDWIDE.




The couple have been lucky to secure asylum for 2 former work colleagues from CONCERN and their families – one married and one family of 6 and we hope they can make Ireland their  new home.




Both families now face the difficult task of leaving Afghanistan and at present there is no guarantee this can be done safely, and we ask people to keep families in their thoughts.




Liam and Jenny have already had many kind offers of support in West Limerick, but finding long term suitable accommodation would be greatly appreciated.




A quick update on the families




Zimari, Khatira and their families are still in Afghanistan and attempting to get visas for Pakistan. Khatira is sadly now in hiding as the TALIBAN have come to her home.




We hope they can find a safe route here soon.




In the meantime we are trying to get as much support in place as we can. The house search continues – unfortunately nothing has been secured yet. However announcements have been made across parishes in West Limerick and word is spreading.




We will also set up a GO  FUND ME PAGE this week and hopefully we can share across all networks. Our target is to raise €10,000 to help with the initial resettlement costs.




If for any reason we are not successful in getting families here we will ensure the money is donated directly to Concern’s humanitarian support in Afghanistan.




This is the report I received from Jenny Liston and we wish them well in their work and please God all will be safe.






The private papal audience at the Vatican was Murad’s third meeting with the pope. She also met with Pope Francis in Dec. 2018 shortly after receiving the Nobel Prize for her “efforts to end the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war and armed conflict.”




Murad said that she had an “in-depth discussion about the Yazidi community’s experience of genocide” during their last meeting.




Pope Francis told journalists in March that he was inspired to travel to Iraq partly by Murad’s memoir, “The Last Girl.”




“Nadia Murad tells terrifying things. I recommend you read it. In some places, it may seem heavy, but for me, this is the underlying reason for my decision,” the pope said on his return flight from Baghdad on March 8.




Islamic State militants captured Murad six years ago after killing six of her brothers, her mother, and more than 600 Yazidis in her Iraqi village. She was enslaved, along with most of the young women in her community, and repeatedly raped by the ISIS fighters.




After being sold as a slave multiple times and suffering both sexual and physical abuse, Murad escaped ISIS at the age of 23 after three months of captivity. After relocating to Germany, she used her freedom to become an advocate for Yazidi women who remained in ISIS captivity.






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On this day, July 1 1916




The story of The Somme has to be one of the saddest and most bloody stories of World War 1. The battle was won and lost in a matter of seconds. The Germans were better prepared and better armed. The battle was fought in broad daylight so the British troops were like lambs to the slaughter.




Major Sir Oliver Nugent was the commander of the 36th Ulster Division. He decided that rather than wait for the official signal to go ‘over the top” his division was to creep into no man’s land ahead of the British divisions on either side of them. Frank McGuinness’ play, Observe the Sons of Ulster marching towards the Somme  commemorates this escapade.




The Ulsters reached the enemy before the slaughter started. German machine guns mowed through the ranks of the British. Such was the catastrophic loss of men from the First British assault forces that the 36th Ulsters were left completely exposed.




The war correspondent, William Beach Thomas wrote of this first day of battle at The Somme




“The very attitudes of the dead, fallen eagerly forward, have a look of expectant hope. You would say that they died with the light of victory in their eyes.”




Poor deluded boys!




The 36th Ulster Division won 4 Victoria Crosses that day and would have won more but for the deaths of so many of their officers whose job it was to document acts of courage.




Twenty thousand British died in The Battle of The Somme on July 1 1916, the most disastrous day in their army’s history. Two thousand of the dead were Ulsters. Another  three thousand Ulstermen were injured or taken prisoner.




(Information from On this Day by Myles Dungan)






On This Day, June 30 1922




(information from a book, On this Day by Myles Dungan of RTE)




June 30 1922 was the day that future genealogists’ and family researchers’ hearts were well and truly broken. On that fateful day, the biggest explosion ever seen in Dublin destroyed records of Irish administrations from the 13th to the 19th centuries. Earlier damage had already been done during World War 1 with the pulping of census returns for 1861, ’71, ’81 and “ 91.




What was lost in the explosion of 1922?




Census returns for the years 1921, 31, 41, and ’51




One thousand Church of Ireland parish registers




Wills and deeds and land transactions




Court Reports




Military Records




Was this explosion an accident?




Sadly, no.




The public records office was housed in The Four Courts in Dublin.




On April 14 1922, anti treaty rebels under Rory O’Connor occupied this building.




Pro treaty forces of the Free State government under Michael Collins attempted to dislodge them.




On June 30th the rebels in The Four Courts, now under Ernie O’Malley, surrendered.




The arsenal of ammunition and explosives the rebels had stored in The Four Courts was torched and thus was lost a millennium of official Irish records.