Old Walls

The epitaphs on cemetery tombstones are precious records of ancestral lives once lived. Of equal value is the memory of the old walls where those lives had their origins. This page provides a few examples of work by authors and researchers in Ireland and Canada who have gone beyond the tombstone epitaphs by starting to record the memories of ‘These Old Walls – the Homes of our Great-Grandparents”. The website – www.ancestralhomes.org – offers technological support for family historians and genealogists throughout the world who share an interest in recording the memories of ancestral lives.



"From Mellifont to Mullaghroy and beyond"– A local history published by The Teach Raithneach Heritage Group. “This book is the result of a project undertaken by the Teach Raithneach Heritage Group over the last few years and is an attempt to take you on a journey, not just through our local townlands but also back in time to visit once again our ancestors, their neighbours, friends and any others we might meet along the way. We commenced this work by taking a look at the derelict houses in our neighbourhood as well as the families who lived in these houses and also at events and circumstances which may have shaped their lives.” To order the book, and for General Association Information, contact the Association Secretary by E-mail at secretary.broomfield@gmail.com

Broomfield & District is a rural hamlet that straddles the Dublin – Derry (N2) road, north of Slane in Co. Meath and south of Collon in Co. Louth. The Associations headquarters is Teach Raithneach (House of Ferns) Heritage and Cultural Centre, and is located at Starinagh, Collon (turn right on the N2 at Geraghty Concrete if coming from Slane, left at Geraghty Concrete if coming from Collon). A map of the District is available in Teach Raithneach.


“The Field Names of County Meath” –A book published by The Meath Field Names Project in 2013. Although not focusing on “Old Walls”, the field names project is driven by similar motives.

Due to changing farming and ownership patterns in rural Meath, the need to record the field names, folklore and features of our fields has become a matter of urgency. Much of the information is being carried in folk memory and is at risk because of the diminishing population of farmers and rural dwellers. Developments such as motorways, field amalgamations and modern farming practices are also bringing huge changes to the rural landscape of Meath. Old field names and valuable local history is easily lost with all this change process. The County of Meath has always been renowned for its rich heritage and history.

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The work of Tarquin Blake : Author : Photographer : Explorer Contact: Tarquin@AbandonedIreland.com

Publications by Tarquin Blake include: Abandoned Mansions of Ireland - Volume 1; Abandoned Mansions of Ireland - Volume 2; Ancient Ireland; Haunted Ireland; Abandoned Churches of Ireland



“The Ridge Road Settlers in Gatineau Park, 1834-1907”-Speaker, Bill Mcgee, Program January 29, 2016 of the Historical Society of Ottawa

Abstract.In the 1800s many families settled along Ridge road, now trail 1 in Gatineau Park, on what was called Kingsmere mountain. They settled in Hull and Eardley townships in the County of Ottawa, Quebec. The mainly Irish family names include McKinstry, McCloskey, Bradley, Ryan, Laing, Marshall, Kennedy, Doyle, McSweeney, Heyden, Higgins, McGuire, Jeffs, Egan, Keogan, Sheahan, Fortune, Leahey, Dunlop, Mullins and Walsh. The location of the various farms will be displayed, and referenced to today’s ski trails, and a short biographical note of each of the settler families presented.