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At the going down of the sun and in the morning ~ Remembrance Sunday

This is how the Tower of London is commemorating the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War. Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red is an installation created by ceramic artist Paul Cummins with setting by stage designer Tom Piper, and has involved the help of hundreds of volunteer ‘poppy planters’. The Tower’s…

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Who Do You Think You Are? Live, London

I have just spent two wonderful days at Who Do You Think You Are? Live in London. I had promised myself last year that I would attend all three days in 2014, but with the days changing from Friday – Sunday to Thursday – Saturday, it was all a bit tricky, so two days again…

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Chief of the Brosnan clan

This entry is part 17 of 18 in the series The Brosnahans of Temuka

As part of the Brosnan Clan Gathering last month, a Ceann Fine or “clan chieftain” was inaugurated at the Festival Banquet. There were great cheers from the Kiwi contingent when Seán Brosnahan’s name was announced. (Not sure the ash stick will make it through NZ customs, though.) Seán is the author of The Kerrytown Brosnahans,…

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Brosnan Clan Gathering, Castleisland, Co Kerry

This entry is part 16 of 18 in the series The Brosnahans of Temuka

The East Kerry Roots Festival & Brosnan Clan Gathering was held in Castleisland, Co Kerry, over four days last weekend.  I am still trying to recover! It was a fabulous event, well-organised and offering a whole range of walks, talks and everything in between.  By a stroke of pure luck, I ended up in the…

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Who Do You Think You Are? Live : Day Two

Saturday was another busy day at  Who Do You Think You Are? Live.  I had three talks booked, as well as an Ask the Expert session, but otherwise had more time than Friday to wander around the stands and catch up with some friends. First up for me was “Your Irish Ancestors and the Law”,…

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Who Do You Think You Are? Live : Day One

Last weekend I attended the Who Do You Think You Are? Live exhibition held at the Olympia in London.  It runs for three days, and I went along for the Friday and Saturday. What struck me on Friday was how CRAZY busy it was in comparison to last year.  I like going on the Friday,…

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WDYTYA? Live ~ wrap up

Today I enjoyed a lovely lie-in and leisurely breakfast at my hotel, before heading home by train.  I would have loved to have visited WDYTYA? Live for a third day, but had afternoon commitments.  Next year I will clear my calendar for the weekend! Best decision I made this year was my choice of hotel…

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Day Two WDYTYA? Live

I was looking forward to today as I was meeting up with some of my fellow IHGS students. They are a bit further along in the course than me, and as hoped, I am now all fired up to crack on with my next assignments! However, on with the event – I got some extra…

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Day One WDYTYA? Live in technicolour

Main event hall Nick Barratt on Family History and education Nick Barratt with Colin McFarlane Jayne Shrimpton – dating and researching family snapshots Jackie Depelle and her fabulous hat! (Lovely meeting you, Jackie!) Dominic Johnson on palaeography My iPhone doesn’t take great photos and I can’t tell if any of the above are very clear,…

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Day One WDYTYA? Live

Couldn’t believe how busy the place was today! I arrived just before opening time of 10am and the queue of ticket holders outside seem to go on forever. It was at this point I was very glad I had splashed out and got a fast track platinum ticket, which enabled me to bypass the queues…

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