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Ballickmoyler Man Behind A Leading Website

Carlow People

Tuesday 1st Sept 2009


"Ancestry Researcher Ballickmoyler Man Behind A Leading Website"
Genealogy website a labour of love for Carlow exile Michael
By Lynda Connolly
Michael Brennan receiving a presentation from Chairman of the County Council Michael Doran with his wife Janet Brennan and museum curator Dermot Mulligan.

The man behind Carlow's leading genealogy website returned home to visit the county he has researched and placed on the worldwide web.

Michael Brennan from Ballickmoyler, who now lives in Kent, England, is the man behind a website filled with historical and genealogical information about the county which was set up to help people search for facts about their ancestors and the history of their county.

The link to the Carlow website: Home that allows visitors to view transcripts of birth, marriage and death records. He set up this aspect with the help of a well known local historian, Michael Purcell, who provided him with a large amount of the records that can be viewed on the website today.

When Mr Brennan returned to Carlow for a visit he was presented with a rare publication '1798 and Carlow - A Look at History by Padraig O'Snoddy, by chairman of the county council Michael Doran in recognition of what he has achieved. As expected the book no longer contains rare information as he has uploaded it on to the internet site and can be viewed at: 1798_and_Carlow

‘The site is a labour of love said Michael Purcell, 'It is the most inert active and helpful site that I have ever come across'.

Mr Brennan might be remembered through his employment at the Royal Hotel in Carlow and later the Crofton Hotel in the late 1950’s.

He is still researching the history of the Brennan / Moran family who all came from around the Ballickmoyler and Arles area. The search is proving difficult because of the large number of Brennan families that lived around the area during the mid 1800s and from the lack of accessible records but he thanked everyone who has helped him to date.

The above is a transcript of an article that appeared in the Carlow People on Tuesday 1st Sept 2009. Some alterations to the text have been made by myself for the sake of correctness.


The Carlow contingent celebrate St. Patrick's Day after the parade in the Spice of Life pub in London.

Carlow takes to the streets of London

Follow me up to Carlow rang through the streets of London on St Patrick's Day when the Carlow Association was out in , force to take part in the annual parade.
After the march they all gath­ered in the famous Spice of Life pub, a favourite watering hole for the Sex Pistols, for some refreshments and to support the Fireman's Ball organised by a fellow Carlow man.
The ball was organised by Clinton Walsh, the Watch Manager with the London City Fire brigade, and among the Carlow contingent joining in the celebrations at the ball was Clinton's father Jackie.
"There was a great turn out and everyone had a great time,' said Michael Purcell who travelled over with the Carlow Association. The organisation of. the event was spearheaded by chairman of the association Ned Dunbar and secretary Claire Nolan. 'It was great to see so many Carlow people together,' he added.

Source: Carlow People 22nd March 2011.