|People from all over the world came to Victoria during the gold rush seeking their fortune, and the people from counties of Ireland were heavily represented.
The information on the inmates of the Ballarat Benevolent Asylum, many of whom were Irish, has now been updated to included general inmates 1860-1897/98, and female inmates and their babies of the Lying-In Wards 1892/93-1904/05.
The Ballarat Historical Society index is searchable alphabetically and provides a great range of information on the people who populated the Victorian goldfields and at some stage needed the benevolence of the community.
Archives for July 2016
The O’KEEFFE CLAN GATHERING 2016 is a Worldwide international O’Keeffe Clan Gathering which will take place in Cork, IRELAND in September 2016.
A very exciting week-end is planned for 9th-11th September, with a very full programme of events organised. It promises to be weekend of discovery and fun while tracing the path of our ancestors in a relaxed atmosphere. It is recognised that the O’Keeffe name has evolved in many ways with emigration to the new lands over the past centuries, for example, O’ Keefe, Keffe, O’Kief, O Cuiv, O Caoimh, and Keefer to name a few. All are welcome to this event, it is a chance to meet family and friends and you will have a chance to make new friends. Come and taste our Sliabh Lurachra culture and enjoy our music, song, storytelling and dance. A Cead Mile Failte will be given to our international cousins.
Our programme of events is as follows:
PROGRAMME OF EVENTS: O’Keeffe Clan Gathering will be held on 9th-11th September 2016. Dromtarriffe Hall, Kanturk, Cork, Ireland.
Friday 9th will see the event opened by clan chieftain Dan Joe O’Keeffe. There will be entertainment by the local traditional group âButtons and Strings from Rathcoole. Maurice O Keeffe of Irish Life and Lore will also give a talk on O’Keeffes. On Saturday 10th historical exhibitions will be on show and genealogical advice offered to those wishing to trace ancestors. Presentations by irishlifeandlore.com. There will two guided bus tours to historical sites related to O’Keeffes.
On Saturday night we will be holding a full Banquet followed by entertainment of music, song, dance and storytelling by Ceoltoiri Sliabh Luachra in Wallis Arms Hotel, Millstreet. On Sunday we will be holding an O’Keeffe Memorial Mass at noon and following mass there will be a talk on Keeffe Coshe Mange by Lorna Moloney UCC Lecturer. The commemoration and closing ceremony will bring the weekend to a close.
Tours are costing 10 Euro each and the banquet is costing 30 Euro per person.
Bookings for banquet is essential through the following mobile numbers: 087-2547498 or 0868248537
This gathering promises to be a exciting and fascinating weekend of discovery for all.
See the website at
http://www.okeeffeclans.com/clangatheringrally.htmlfor full details
Old Families of Carrickfergus and Ballynure (Gravestone Inscriptions)
We are pleased to advise that the reprint of Old Families of Carrickfergus and Ballynure is now available. To order go to: www.booksireland.org.uk/store
Also available – Old Families of Larne and District (Gravestone Inscriptions, Co. Antrim Vol. 4)
To order a copy of Old Families of Larne and District go to: www.booksireland.org.uk/store
Irish Politics in Postcards (just published)
In case you missed it, the Foundation recently published a new book entitled Irish Politics in Postcards by Declan Martin. The publication examines how during the period of the early twentieth century, in particular, but also in later years, picture postcards were produced not only to illustrate Irish political events, but also through photographs and cartoons to influence or at least try to influence contemporary opinion. Illustrated with full colour images the book offers a quite exceptional selection of original postcards.
It is priced at only £17.99.
To order a copy please go to: www.booksireland.org.uk/store