Dear KDHS members and friends
As previously announced, the KDHS June lecture takes place two weeks earlier than normal, on next Tuesday 15 June.
One of the most famous evictions and resistance movements during the Land War took place in July 1888 on the Vandeleur Estate near Kilrush. The Vandeleur evictions are still remembered locally as one of the darkest periods in the area's history. Spectators to these evictions numbered in the hundreds, and there was even a sizeable press corps to document the events. Major E. J. O'Shaughnessy, a visiting Irish-American activist, his wife Margaretta Dunn O'Shaughnessy, and her sister Ellen Dunn, were among the witnesses to the evictions, and Major O'Shaughnessy subsequently wrote extensively about his experiences.
Major O'Shaughnessy's greatgrandson, Ed O'Shaughnessy, has spent over six years studying the many photographs taken during the evictions and the photographers who took them. He has the wonderful advantage of access to family archives and memories handed down since 1888.
Kilrush and District Historical Society is delighted that Ed has agreed to allow us to take advantage of the current restrictions on in-person lectures by delivering a lecture on his findings over Zoom from the west coast of the USA on Tuesday 15 June 2021 at 8pm Irish Summer Time.
This won't be Photographing the Evictions 101, but rather a more complete discussion.
Ed O'Shaughnessy was a US Army line officer and a University of Washington executive staff member. He has master's degrees in public administration/political science and executive management. He also has an equivalent degree from the US Army War College. He is now twice retired from employment and happily engaged in historical research and publication. He develops articles from an ancestor's participation in some historical event. He has published articles in journals in Clare, Montreal and New York City, and has also produced articles for the O'Shaughnessy Society newsletter. His most recent Zoom presentation was to that group about emigration from the port of Limerick to Montreal in 1847. He has been an avid follower of KDHS via the internet for some years.
Ed lives near Seattle, in the foothills of the Central Cascades, having first come to Washington state to attend college.
His Clare ancestors includes Finucanes as well as O'Shaughnessys. At the time of emigration from Ireland in 1847, the family is thought to have lived near Coolmeen.
Just follow the Zoom link below at the time of the lecture (8pm Irish Summer Time, Tuesday 15 June 2021) in order to participate.
Meeting ID: 830 4652 5302
Please remember to remain muted during the presentation, particularly if you intend to take telephone calls or watch television or listen to the radio or use bad language to your barking dog at the same time (some people really do these things!). You may also want to turn your video off in order to prevent pressure on bandwidth at either end.
Ed's work has been featured by IrishCentral at
It can also be found in the background reading on the Vandeleur evictions available in the relevant section of the Clare County Library's Clare History page at
Another upcoming Zoom talk which may be of interest to Kilrush people is "The Life of Dr. Julio Burke" by Deborah Dudgeon, hosted by Killaloe-Ballina Local History Society on Wednesday 23 June 2021 at 19:30 Irish Summer Time. To register for that event, please email that society directly at email@example.com
Further details can be found at
Dr. Julio Burke's wife (Mary) Agnes Culligan (b. 1870) was a daughter of Denis Culligan (d. 1888), who had a drapery business on what was then known as Church Street in Ennis (now Abbey Street). Denis Culligan was a son of Sinon Culligan of Ballynote (d. 1845), who is buried on Scattery Island. Sinon's sons John (d. 1904) and Timothy (1835-1912) and sons-in-law Patrick O'Connor (d. 1868) and Michael Murphy (d. 1895) were all also involved at various times in the drapery trade in Kilrush and/or Ennis. A branch of the Culligan family later occupied Bonnie Doon in Kilrush and there are still relatives of Mrs. Burke living in Kilrush.
The continuing pandemic has made forward planning difficult and our summer programme of events is subject to COVID-19 restrictions. It has been announced that outdoor events throughout the Republic of Ireland can have up to 200 in attendance from 5 July 2021. If this change is implemented as planned, then we will be in a position to announce outdoor summer events, subject to whatever restrictions on mask-wearing, social distancing, vaccination and testing remain in place.
Our lecture programme will resume on 28 September with a talk by Damian Shiels on Recovering West Clare Voices from the American Civil War.
Our membership year ends on 30 June, so we hope that our loyal members will pay their annual subscriptions for 2021/2 as soon as possible.
COVID-19 restrictions make it impossible to hold our AGM for the time being.
For now, we are not charging those who view our Zoom events, but new members and donations are always welcome! The annual membership fee (July-June) is EUR20. For new members joining now, their first year's membership will run to June 2022.
There are links to the membership renewal form, to the ongoing fundraiser for the Kilrush WW1 memorial, and to our PayPal account from our website home page at
http://kdhs.ie/ (which is now back online).