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Waters of Limerick

This is not about the river Shannon, but about a family called Waters who lived in Limerick Ireland, perhaps in the city, in the 19th century, a member of which … Continue reading

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Friday, 18 March, 2016 · Leave a comment

A death in the Gammell family

My mother’s family is Gammell. They come from Limerick Ireland, in the town and parish of Bruff, which lies on the Morning Star river and is now almost a suburb … Continue reading

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Friday, 18 March, 2016 · 1 Comment

Irish ancestors

The Countess of Moira I’ve got Irish ancestors. Quite a few, begorra (by god). And I’m learning more about them. What this really means is I’m learning more about European … Continue reading

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Saturday, 20 June, 2015 · 2 Comments

Fighting back

I uncovered a family scandal recently. Looking through records to do with my grandmother, my mother’s mother, I found she had prosecuted her husband for violence and physical abuse, and … Continue reading

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Thursday, 30 April, 2015 · Leave a comment

A Stab in the back

Most of us seem to lead unexceptionable lives, despite our fantasies. Anyone who has researched their family’s history will know this to be true, because all they often have to … Continue reading

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Wednesday, 3 September, 2014 · 2 Comments

Marcella Waters 1840-1880

The dreamer wakes to disappointment My great grandmother was called Marcella, a word from Latin that means ‘strong’. The more I look at the details of her life, the more … Continue reading

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Wednesday, 16 April, 2014 · Leave a comment

John Davis 1821-1861

Love and money put the heart at risk This is the fifth in a series of articles here on the family of William Davis, an Irish rebel of 1798 who … Continue reading

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Thursday, 10 April, 2014 · 4 Comments