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In this issue:

New Publications and Downloads

Eneclann at Monaghan Gallery

Other Talks and Lectures

Irish Newspaper Collection

Book Launch More Tales from Trinity

Research Tip- Take a Look at the Evidence

Dear Eneclann customer,

New publications and downloads

We’re delighted to point you in the direction of three new publications available from our online shop this weekend.


The first new publication, available as both CD-ROM and download, is the truly extraordinary A History of the People called Quakers, from their first rise to the present time, put together by John Gough and published in four volumes in 1789 and 1790, shortly before his death.

Gough was born in England in 1721 but spent much of his adult life in various educational positions throughout Ireland. His History was compiled from his own experiences as a Quaker as well as "authentic records and from writings of that people".

Find out more about A History of the People called Quakers by John Gough

As partner with the History of Bath Research Group we have also published the first two in a series of Post Office Bath Directories, These directories are a fantastic source for anyone researching the city of Bath and its environs. Archive CD Books Ireland/Eneclann are delighted to partner with the History of Bath Research Group on this project.

Both 1858-59 and 1915 directories are available as CD-ROMs or as downloads

Find out more about the Post Office Bath Directory 1858-59 here

Find out more about the Post Office Bath Directory 1915 here

In addition to those three new publications we have added 25 titles now available to download for the first time.

These include several 19th and early 20th century travel books, including Highways and Byways in Donegal and Antrim, 1899 and A Pictorial and Descriptive Guide to Killarney, the Kerry Coast, Glengariff, Cork and the South West of Ireland, first published in 1880.

Another hugely interesting title available to download for the first time is Thom's Irish Who's Who, published in 1923, which contains the “life sketches” of more than 2,500 Irish men and women “conspicuous in the Nation's History, and includes leaders of thought and action in all fields of enlightenment and civilization”

Find out more about our 25 newly available download titles here

Eneclann at Monaghan Genealogy

We're really looking forward to taking part in the County Monaghan Genealogy initiative, "Home to the Little Hills", which takes place in Monaghan town (from October 14-17) and Carrickmacross (October 21-24).

Among the events scheduled are field-trips to places such as the Leslie Estate and Inniskeen, the birthplace of Patrick Kavanagh.

A ticket for the entire four days in either location costs just €50 and includes a four-day training course for visitors and locals alike as well as a range of expert speakers, field trips and cultural entertainment.

Eneclann Director and historical research expert Fiona Fitzsimons will deliver a talk on pre-1800 evidence in Monaghan (Thursday, October 17th) and Carrickmacross (Monday, October 21st).

Tickets can be booked here. For more information there's a YouTube video here with more information and you can also head over to the Monaghan Genealogy Training Facebook page.

Other talks and lectures

Brian Donovan, Eneclann Director, was the guest speaker at Gorey Library this week with a talk entitled “Murderers, Rebels & Drunkards: Your Irish Ancestors & The Law”.

Fiona, meanwhile, is giving a talk on intellectual property and copyright at the Innovation Academy, Foster Place, Dublin on Thursday, October 3rd.

The Innovation Academy is a programme run by Trinity College Dublin, UCD and Queen's University Belfast to foster entrepreneurship among the universities' Post Graduate students.

This event is exclusively for the Innovation Academy’s Postgraduate students and is not open to the public, but we will keep you informed of any further talks on this and other topics in the near future.

Irish Newspaper Collection

In case you didn’t notice the pretty major news from our partners at recently, you won’t mind us drawing your attention to it here. launched its Irish Newspaper Collection recently, making almost 2 million historical Irish newspaper articles, covering more than a century from 1820 until 1926, available to search on the website.

Digitized from the collections of the British Library, the Irish Newspapers Collection features Irish newspapers The Cork Examiner, The Freeman’s Journal, The Belfast Newsletter, The Belfast Morning News, The Dublin Evening Mail and The Sligo Champion.

You can find out lots more by clicking here

Book Launch: More tales from Trinity

One interesting email to land in the inbox over the past couple of weeks concerned the latest instalment of Trinity Tales, the book series published by the excellent folk of Lilliput Press.

Trinity Tales: Trinity College Dublin in the Eighties follows previous collections detailing life at the university in the 1960s and ‘70s.

As ever, there is a phenomenal list of contributors, ranging from former rugby international Hugo MacNeill to RTÉ broadcaster Aine Lawlor, actor and writer Pauline McLynn to politician Ivana Bacik, Booker Prize-winning author Anne Enright to economist David McWilliams, and many, many more besides – including a foreword by former President Mary McAleese.

Trinity Tales: Trinity College Dublin in the Eighties is launched at The Long Room, Trinity College on Tuesday evening, October 8th at 6.30pm, when the guest speaker will be Trinity Provost Dr Patrick Prendergast.

Eneclann has proud links with Trinity College – we are a Trinity College Campus company, after all – so best wishes to all involved.

Find out more about Trinity Tales: Trinity College Dublin in the Eighties here

Research tip: Take a good look at the evidence

Here's another genealogical Research Tip from Eneclann Research Director Fiona Fitzsimons.

When I start research, the first question I ask the commissioning client is “how do you know what you know?”*

This question can puzzle and infuriate people, but it's the logical starting point of all research, especially in family history where much of the evidence can be anecdotal or family tradition passed down. 

You must separate out proven fact from interesting stories that have no clear provenance. 

You can then focus on gathering evidence to weigh up the truth of these tales, and to assess whether they are simply 'shaggy dog' stories, or if they have an actual basis in fact.

At Eneclann we like to think that we've developed an insight into what stories are more or less credible, but occasionally even we are surprised at what we find.

In the 1600s the 'disorderly' Quaker family of 'gun-smiths' that left Ireland and sailed for Pennsylvania; in the 1760s the Irish 'Mohawk' Baron in upstate New York, himself the direct descendant of a famous Irish rebel; in the 1840s the Irish woman in Australia that married an aboriginal shaman: these were all true stories that we could substantiate using the historical documents.

As family historians, however, our research is limited by the paper trail that survives to document these people and events. 

Where the paper trail stops, we must also stop research, often without being able to draw definite conclusions.  Quite simply, we cannot go beyond the evidence. 

* One of the funnier responses I've got to this question is that it's the genealogical equivalent of Rumsfeld & Dubya's "known unknowns" and "unknown unknowns."

For more Eneclann Research Tips, click here

Best wishes, The Eneclann Team

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