Jinxedwood
Aiming to Misbehave

The name is Kate (but you can call me Heather). Old fart, sci-fi, fantasy, fandom addict, and serial ranter!

Major loves are Doctor Who, Highlander, Orphan Black, TVD, Continuum, The 100, and Sleepy Hollow but you can also find other random things I love here :-)

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cbk1000:

cbk1000:

jinxedwood said: Ah yes, the Black & Tans, the worse decision the British government ever made. My grandfather was RC and also a BA Officer who served in India and WWI. He was pro Union before he came home to this nightmare and ended up training the IRA!

I don’t…

To be frank, and this may be paranoid of me, I had not actually intended to ask any questions while in Northern Ireland (I also plan to visit Belfast, where I believe I also have a few relatives, though most who still reside in Ireland are in Derry). I know things are not as they were, but some of my family obviously was mixed up in the whole mess, and I don’t know what’s still simmering under the surface and what exactly they got themselves up to, but my grandpa’s uncle was obviously up to his balls in it, with the death sentence on his head and all. I had just planned on doing my sightseeing quietly and trying to find my grandpa’s old neighborhood, provided it’s not an utter ghetto (it was pretty much gutted during the height of the Troubles), and not letting it slip that I’m related to people who found themselves on the wrong side of the IRA at one point or another. I intend to do a lot of reading on the Troubles before my trip (at the moment I’m just browsing books and am trying to figure out the best place to start), so that’ll help to give me a better understanding of the tensions surrounding the whole conflict as well.

Yep, I know the difference between the old IRA and the provisional—unfortunately, I’ve no idea if my great-grandfather belonged to either the old IRA or the IRB.

My grandfather was born in1929; I’ve done some preliminary research on Ancestry.com and found some public records pertaining to him, but they’re from after he moved here to America. I have a trial account that allows me to view records from all over the world (there’s an option to pay less and just view US records, but that doesn’t help me much since very little of my family on his side actually resides in America), but it didn’t pull up anything from Ireland. It’d probably help if I had more information on either of his parents, but I only have a name for both of them.

I did a quick double check and the Dublin central office only covers the 26 counties after 1922, which means, you’ll have to check the NI/UK records. A lot of births still weren’t registered in civil offices during this time, so you may have to use local church records. If you can figure out what parish he was born in, it might help.

But did you know that the Irish 1911 census is online? You might find out a bit more about your Great Grandfather’s time if you have some general information about him - surname and general area may get you surprisingly far!

http://www.census.nationalarchives.ie/search/

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So I heard that if Scotland gets its independence northern Ireland may look to reunite with the rest of Ireland. How likely do you think that is to happen?
- thehighlanderjedi

Oh my God, this has been lingering in my inbox for DAYS. Sorry about that! 

I think a Referendum may eventually happen, but it’ll be years in the making. I also think a referendum like this will be a very different animal to the Scottish one. While Unionism is a presence in Scotland, it doesn’t have the volatile history it has in NI and I think a lot of people would be worried that violent conflict might break out again if the result didn’t sit well with the losers. I also think the result could be a very close call but it would be nice if the people of Northern Ireland got to decide their own fate for once, instead of having it decided for them by London or Dublin, or carved up in a treaty. 

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cbk1000:

jinxedwood said: Ah yes, the Black & Tans, the worse decision the British government ever made. My grandfather was RC and also a BA Officer who served in India and WWI. He was pro Union before he came home to this nightmare and ended up training the IRA!

I don’t doubt there was a lot of that, after seeing the kind of atrocities the Black and Tans committed. They did some ugly, ugly things to Ireland.

Was your grandfather in charge of one of the flying columns during the war, then? My great-grandfather on the Irish side of my family fought in the War for Independence at least (I’m not sure about the Civil War), but I don’t know whether he was part of intelligence or one of the flying columns, etc. I would love to try and poke around and find out what sort of role he played in the war, although at the moment all I have is his name and the fact that he resided in Derry for at least the length of my grandpa’s childhood; I don’t even know where/when he was born. I don’t think my dad ever met him and doesn’t seem to know much about him, and my grandpa passed away about six years ago.

No, he was quite literally a military trainer! Gun training, tactical training and manoeuvres were his specialty. My Great Grandfather comes from a  very out of the way part of Cavan (it was literally called the Bush!) that was difficult for the British military to access unseen. As a result it was a popular IRA training ground during this time. As he was an ex British officer, my grandfather couldn’t be summarily shot without a court martial, which is why the IRA used a lot of ex British Army officers in their ranks. It didn’t stop the B&Ts threatening his family, however. One lovely old family story is that of them actually lining up my grandfather (he was about five at the time) and his sisters against the wall and threatening to kill them if my Grandfather didn’t tell them the names of local IRA members. Good times.

Derry has it extremely tough during the troubles. In some ways worse than Belfast. Catholics were literally ghettoised in barricaded enclaves and, as you know from your family’s personal history, sectarianism was still a big issue. (Derry is still one of the tenser areas in NI, to be honest, and I would encourage you to be careful about what and where you ask questions when you visit the city. They mightn’t kneecap you anymore, but it isn’t a 100% safe city to visit if you don’t know the ‘rules’.)

If your great grandfather was a member of the old IRA (not provisional! I’m sure your research has taught you the difference!) or the IRB, there might be some record of his service, although you’d probably be more likely to find it in records in the republic. Birth records are even more difficult, however, as church records are spotty from this time, and the IRA actually destroyed the central records office in Dublin during the war in order to prevent the British government accessing them. They’ve since been reconstituted but are spotty and sometimes inaccurate. My Granny is 102 and still alive and celebrated her centenary a couple of years ago. It took us forever to acquire a birth certificate (so she could get her letter from the Irish President!) as basically all the information on her reconstituted records was wrong! When was your grandfather born? You might have more luck with him, although if it was after the war, then you have to figure out if he was registered in the north or the south! As you have probably already figured out, researching this time period is a bit of a nightmare!

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