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Back to our Past 2020

How to store and preserve your family documents for future generations

Preserving and storing your family history documents for future generations is being covered in this presentation by specialist Christine Deakin at Back to Our Past Virtual this September

Genealogy stationary is a new product and is designed to help with organising your research. These are separate A4 size pages to provide different information you have researched on an individual ancestor. The selection will be shown and discussed.

Christine supplies quality, acid Free products for the preservation of all types of family history memorabilia. She has specifically designed padded binders for certificates, photos and all sizes of documents up to A3 size. Acid Free pockets of all sizes (up to A3 size) as well acid free glue, dividers, pens, card and paper are available. A selection will be shown and discussed.

The Ancestor Research Booklet is another new product with which you record the information of research you have on 68 individuals. It includes 2 x 5 Generation Family Tree Charts. The booklet will be shown and discussed.


Suffer little children..

Children of the Rising, by Joe Duffy, Hachette Ireland, €19.99


The first child to be killed in the Rising, Sean (John) Frances Foster


This is a highly readable and well researched account of one aspect of the Rising which has been largely ignore up to now and Joe Duffy is to be congratulated  for highlighting the suffering of not only those children who were killed or wounded but also those who lives were blighted  by the tumultuous  events of Easter week 1916.  It is not a dry, scholarly work, and all the better for that, as it chronologically traces the conflict  from the very beginning, noting that within 24 hours of the Rising  starting 14 children were killed. The first child to die in the Rising, Sean (John) Frances Foster, was shot in his pram on Church Street on Easter Monday. He was one of forty children, aged sixteen and under, who died in the Easter Rising.


A nun distributing bread after the Rising




Children of the Rising is the first ever account of  the young  lives violently lost during the week of the 1916 Rising, and up to now almost never commemorated.

Boys, girls, rich, poor, Catholic, Protestant – no child was guaranteed immunity from the bullet and bomb that week where teeming tenement life existed side by side with immense wealth.


One of Ireland’s finest art and antiques collections

The Hunt Museum is home to one of Ireland’s greatest private collections of art and antiquities, all housed in the elegant 18th Century Palladian style Custom House overlooking the majestic River Shannon. This diverse collection of art and antiquities was acquired by John and Gertrude Hunt over their lifetimes and dates from Stone Age to modern times. The purpose built Exhibition gallery, exhibits a diverse range of important temporary exhibitions from public institutions to private collections.  Guided tours of the permanent collection and/or temporary exhibitions are available all year round at no extra cost.

There is a lot more to see and do at The Hunt Museum with exciting year-round programs for adults with diverse interests, needs, and learning styles.  A visit to the Hunt Museum Gift Shop offers an interesting and delightful range of high quality gifts, including jewellery, books, greeting cards, silk scarves and ties, gemstones, ceramics, prints, and historical reproductions.  Whilst the riverside restaurant, which features a terrace overlooking the beautiful Shannon River and Curragower Falls, provides the perfect location for a leisurely lunch or quick refreshment.


Opening Times:  Mon – Sat 10am – 5pm; Sunday 2pm-5pm.  Closed New Year’s Day.  Admission free.

The Hunt Museum invites you to explore the rich history of the city. A display of historic maps and paintings that depict the wealth of history in our city will be on view in the gallery. The paintings and map will guide you through time from the 17th century right up to the modern city as we know it.  Admission free

The Hunt Museum, The Custom House, Limerick. Tel:  061 312833.

Keep up to date with the Hunt Museum’s programme of events on their website


Opening Hours: Tours (1.5 hours approx.) run at 10.0am, 12.0pm and 3.30pm Monday to Saturday and Bank holidays.

Admission prices: €13.50 per person, €50 for family ticket (2 adults, 2 children). All tours must be booked in advance. Senior Citizens can avail of a 10% discount or a 5% discount by booking online at


Russborough House, a ‘must see’ attraction

With award winning guided house tours, an engaging 3D interactive basement exhibition, gorgeous award winning tea rooms, historic horse and carriage rides, stunning handmade artisan crafts, an old forge, cultural sheepdog demonstrations, an 18th walled garden currently in restoration, award winning West Wing accommodated shortlisted for an RIAI Conservation Award in 2014 and a playground and a maze, Russborough House  is a ‘must see attraction’ that appeals to families and art and culture lovers alike.


Sheepdog demos:

Situated just a stones  throw from the city centre, our sheepdog demonstrations at Russborough tell the unique story of rural life in Ireland. Come and learn about the intelligence of the border collies as they follow the command of a whistle in varied pitches to lead the sheep around the fields of Russborough. Over looking the stunning views of the Wicklow mountains, the demonstrations will teach you about the culture and life in Ireland in fun, lighthearted ways. Learn about the various sheep, some that date back to pre-christian times, in Ireland. Our host, Michael Crowe has the unique gift of making you laugh while you learn a little more about rural life. These sheepdog demos are ideal for international guests, hen parties or local families on a fun day out in Ireland!  They are available daily at 11.30am and 3pm and are priced at only €5 per person.


Horse and carriage rides.

Walk back in time with us to the beautiful, romantic feeling of wandering through the fields and pathways of this gorgeous parkland on an ancient, historic horse and carriage. You can learn about the history of Russborough as you sit back over lr are hosted by Michael Crowe a local farmer who will make your trip a moment to remember! They are available daily from €20.



The Tea Rooms at Russborough have a wonderful selection of salads, warm food, quiches and soups to award winning coffees or herbal teas. Enjoy a slice of chocolate gateau as your children wind their way through the maze at Russborough. Or if the sun is shining why not treat yourself to one of the many flavours of ice-cream we have on offer! Come and enjoy the tasty flavours of the tea rooms at Russborough.


How Eneclann got on at Back To Our Past 2015



This year’s Back To Our Past event was a must for all those with the Family History bug! Eneclann’s stand was buzzing with attendees wanting to avail of our expert research service and signing up to our free genealogy newsletter. We had some great prizes to give away and met some wonderful people over the three days.




Once again we shared our stand with our friends in The Irish Ancestral Research Association who travelled all the way from Boston to be at the show. TIARA is one of the biggest North American Irish family history societies, very knowledgeable and exceptionally friendly.




The atmosphere at this year’s show was great. There were lots to do throughout the three days, from listening to expert lectures on a range of topics, to finding record’s online and availing of DNA research. In fact the DNA strand of talks brought in some fantastic speakers from across the sector.


Back in the main genealogy presentation area, our own Fiona Fitzsimons and Brian Donovan both gave presentations on “The basics of sound genealogy research” and “Irish Soldiers & Rebels: tracing WW1 and Irish revolutionary ancestors”. Turnout was excellent, as was the case for all the lectures.



All the stands seem to have talked to bigger numbers than last year. Eneclann had an increase of over 30%, which was reflected across the room. Everyone reported a big increase in new attendees, which is heartening. While it’s great to link up with our friends throughout the sector, the event is about show casing Irish genealogy to the uninitiated.


So overall it was an important improvement on the last couple of years where the numbers of interested attendees had dropped significantly. A lot of this is due to the promotional work by the organisers S&L, and also to the calm organisational skills of their key operatives Maretta & Brian. All of us at Eneclann sends them both our thanks and best wishes for the show next year.