Our group always enjoy meeting up with people visiting our area, whether it be rekindling old links to Moycullen, creating a new interest, or even just passing through but taking the time to find out more about our local heritage!
We can always be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 087 4364699 / 087 9508087
Kevin, John and Leo from Collateral Media Dublin in Moycullen to record Moycullen Heritage on behalf of the Irish Community Archive Network 8 May 2023
Kerry Clarke and her brother Stephen visit from Co. Clare. Their O'Connor ancestors were from Burnthouse. 24 March 2023.
Daniel Flaherty visited from New York with his 3 sons and nephew Sean, Kevin, Aedan and Joshua. Oldown was home to his ancestors Faherty, Noone, Gavin and Walsh. 17 September 2022.
Well Maiden friends Jane Embleton from Somerset England, Cath Gaynor from Dublin and Melissa Elliott from Washington State visit Moycullen as part of their interest in Holy Wells. Thank you ladies for your help. 5 September 2022
John Barrett from New York visits the house in Drumavohane where his great grandfather of the same name was born in 1856. With his wife Anya and children Brooke, Annie and Grace, John also visited Clooniff where his Devilly family came from. 31 August 2022
Great to work with award winning RTE Journalist Elayne Devlin, award winning Belfast Journalist/Producer Noel Russell, and the lovely media team from ImagineTV Mal, Blain and Hannah, in the recording of Documentary about Patrick Devlin for TG4. 29 August 2022
Jay Roewe, Senior Vice President of Production at HBO/Warner, during a busy work trip to Ireland, takes time to visit a family grave at tSean Reilig. His Clancy ancestors hail from Gortyloughlin. 12 July 2022
John Keating(Centre), Jim and Eric visit from Oregon. Pictured in Oldtown where John's Holland/Earner/Kyne ancestors resided. 22 June 2022
Paul Browne visits from Caerphilly, Wales. His Walsh ancestors came from Currawatia.
Pallasboy Project team Dr Ben Gearey, Mark Griffiths and Brian MacDomhnaill with diver Jimmy Lenehan link with Moycullen Heritage to launch replica Lee's Island Log boat
Jim Hollarn visits Tullokyne Castle Moycullen from San Diego. This castle was supposedly built for an heiress of the O'Halloran clan.
Don Bailey and his son Ryan from Texas have no links to Moycullen but contacted our society after reading an article on our website and asked if we could arrange a visit to a bog for them
Imelda Cribbin from Melbourne visits Tooreeney School Moycullen and views her mother and grandfather's entries in the school registers
Descendants of Hinde Family Allen's Park visit from Tennessee to visit Grave of their Ancestors at tSean Reilig Moycullen
We introduce Allyson Moir from Glasgow to her cousin Larry Hynes and she finds her grandfather had a road called after him
Western correspondent Pat McGrath and RTE visit Moycullen to cover the release of our publication Ruaidhri's Story
Sean Lydon Photographer
Lisa Harley and her husband Dave visit from Dana Point California to walk the ruins of an ancestral homestead
Moycullen Heritage welcome fellow iCan member groups to our village
Ed Buckley from San Francisco visits his Cloonan family roots in Thumnasragh
Western Archaeological and History Society chose to link with Moycullen Heritage for their Annual Good Friday outing
Moycullen Heritage welcome Prof Richard Sharpe of Oxford University and Cathaoirleach Sean O'Tuairisg to Moycullen
Peter Burke holds the launch of his book True to Ireland in Moycullen and a contingent travel from New Zealand for the event including New Zealand Ambassador to Ireland Brad Burgess and Ambassador Peter Ryan who is Ireland's first Ambassador to New Zealand
Award winning Belfast Journalist Noel Russell visits Moycullen Heritage while researching former Moycullen resident Patrick Devlin who led a memorable Army career. Noel Russell, May Molloy, Joe Loughnane.
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In August my family and I travelled to Ireland. It was the first trip there for all of us. I always knew that I was part Irish, but our trip prompted me to do my genealogy through ancestry.com where I learned that I was nearly 1/2 Irish, more than I had always thought. Being an avid history buff, this prompted me to dig deeper to learn more about my family roots. Through a genealogist I was connected with Hazel at the Moycullen Heritage Society. What happened next exceeded my wildest dreams and underscored for me the importance, and value, of the work that people like Hazel so passionately engage in.
I contacted Hazel just a few weeks prior to our trip. In just a short amount of time Hazel uncovered the most amazing connections and information about our family.
We decided that we would meet with Hazel and that the family would spend the day with her learning about our Irish heritage. The day before our meeting Hazel emailed me to let me know that they had discovered the home where my great great grandfather lived. Upon reading this I became very emotional. I lost both of my parents at a young age, and therefore I never had the chance to ask them some of the questions I might have as an adult.
To say that I was excited to meet with Hazel would be an understatement.
When we met at the coffee shop in Moycullen, Hazel was there, ready. She was joined by her colleague Tim. They were ready with notes, historical records, and we believe Tim may also have been related through ancestors. The two had personalities and passions for history that rivalled mine.
My wife and kids who are not as passionate about these things also noted her wonderful engaging energy.
After sitting and talking about what she had discovered, we embarked on a journey through time.
We visited the home that was my family homestead. Living there now was the most wonderful and welcoming woman, Nora. She invited us in and we had a lovely chat with her. We were able to walk the property that my ancestors had lived on and my kids got to imagine what life might have been like for them.
We also visited two cemeteries. Hazel had been able to locate the headstones of many of my ancestors. It was incredible to see this and to see names that were already familiar to me through genealogy records.
Hazel was a wonderful teacher who appropriately engaged our teenage children holding their interest and involving them in activities to look for names and dates. She was truly prepared for the 5 of us in every way.
Following our visits to the cemeteries we made a final, spontaneous stop to a farm that belonged to another relative. There we had the good fortune of meeting the current family who lived there, descendants of my family as well. We walked the property, made connections and were invited into the home for impromptu scones and tea.
The hospitality we were shown not only by Hazel and Tim, but by everyone who we encountered that day, was incredible.
Our trip to Moycullen was on our last full day in Ireland. To say we saved the best for last would be an understatement.
There was nothing grandiose or fancy about Moycullen. It was truly the people and the history that struck such a deep chord with me.
I am extremely grateful to people like Hazel who volunteer their time and energy to helping families like ours.
The information and insight she provided was just incredible and we are forever grateful.
If you ever question the value of these heritage societies, our story should lay that question to rest.
We will never forget our trip to Moycullen and Hazel’s amazing efforts to connect us to a piece of our family history. We are grateful.
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