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Program,  Saturday, July 1st

10.00 am - 12.30 am, Genealogy... Powerpoint and Screen

Family History and Genealogy with Veronica Williams and Frank Roofe.

Veronica Williams, a member since 2008 presenting her Family History research, then Frank Roofe giving tips on Genealogy research.

1.30 pm - 5.30 pm Bus tour of scenic and historic places of interest including; Enniskillen Castle Museum,

Ardess Famine Graveyard and Cassidy Ancient Rath, guided by Frank Roofe.

8.00 pm: Old fashioned Céili House with three members of the Blackwater Céili Band; 

International story teller, Eamonn Keenan and Jaff the Piper telling many tall Tales from Ireland. Singer Tina Cassidy and our talented visitors.

Fear an Ti, Noel Cassidy.

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Part of Veronica Williams' presentation.

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Veronica has now volunteerd to oversee the Clan's DNA Project.

If anyone is interested in having DNA research done, please contact Veronica for information.

Her e-mail address is on the first screen in this album.

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Veronica's presentation was folowed by a very interesting presentation by Frank Roofe.

Frank is a local historian and genealogist and is an Honorary lifetime member of the Cassidy Clan.

He has helped many people with researching their family history.

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One of the good tips Frank gave us was the Irish Genealogy Site.

This is a great help with searching for records.

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If you would like a real challenge, try it in Gaeilge!

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Frank was later our tour guide on a bus trip visiting some interesting sites in the area.

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Arriving at Enniskillen Castle, previously owned by the Maguires until the English confiscated it and their lands.

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Enniskillen Castle

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The weather suddenly worsened, so we moved inside and were able to view the castle from the large windows in the museum.

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The museum has many interesting exhibits from the surrounding area.

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A pictoral description of the attack on the castle.

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An arial view of Devenish Island

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These are various information plates in the museum.

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Part of our tour of the castle with Frank explaining the life of the Maguires.

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Our tour then continued and we passed through Bally Cassidy, which is just after the airport heading out of town on the northern shore of Loch Erne.

This is a modern pallet sawmill at Bally Cassidy

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Approaching the bridge at Bally Cassidy with the old post office on the left. This was taken on Thursday with our rolling home parked in the bus stop.

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The old Bally Cassidy post office as it is today.

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An older photo with the Post Office sign still mounted.

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The Bally Cassidy corn mill , built in 1810 on the site of the old mill. At one stage it employed about 100 people.

To the rear of the block, the present owner is building himself a new home. It is on the site of the previous mill building, which was seven stories high.

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When the water level was higher barges used to come up the stream to load and unload at the mill.

The rings to tie up the boats are still in the walls.

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Bally Cassidy House, a funeral parlor.

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Travelling to the Ardess Church to view the famine graveyard and some old Cassidy tomb stones.

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Ardess Church

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Frank again informing us of the past.

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A Cassidy tombstone

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Ardess Famine Graveyard

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The mass grave used at the time of the famine.

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More Cassidy tombstones.

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The chalk was applied by Frank the evening before, to make the text readable.

IHS  Here Lyeth the Body of Bridget Cassidy Wife of Patrick Cassidy who Departed - - - - - 14th of - - -

Unfortunately the date is not legible.

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On the road to the Cassidy Rath

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The turnoff to the Rath

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I almost missed the sign.

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The road got even smaller.

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But we made it, even in the 60 seater bus. This is the path leading through the Cassidy Wood to the Ancient Cassidy Rath.

Coordinates for this spot in case you are trying to find it,    54°27'43.16" N,  7°39'06.28" W

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The track and the Rath had been cleaned up for our visit and the wood chip had been laid on the track.

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This is the stile leading through the trench and over the mound to access the Rath. It is deeper than it looks in the photo.

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Elisabeth climbing over.

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Inside the Rath, the mound visible at the rear.

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The relatively flat raised area in the Rath. The Cassidys who lived here many years ago would have built their huts inside this protected area.

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The clan members inspecting the Rath

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Here I walked out onto the farmer's field to take a photo of the Rath from there. It just looks like a group of trees.

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The location of the Rath on Google Earth.

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The site of the ancient rath is so overgrown that it is difficult to envisage what it was like.

Here is a sketch of a typical rath, smaller than the Cassidy Rath, but of similar style.

Ours would have had room for quite a few more huts and was on a hill.

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Noel explaing the Rath to clan members. Noel helps to keep it clean and accesible.

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A view from the ridge of the rath through one of the few gaps in the trees.

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Noel Cassidy wearing a Cassidy Clan pullover that Nuala knitted for him.

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Elisbeth and I joined Noel in our Aran Pullovers, also in the Cassidy pattern.

Link to Aran Sweater Market:

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Looking from the mound down in to the trench. Oliver Cassidy looking up.

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Oliver and Noel

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Elisabeth about to exit the Rath.

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The surrounding area taken from the bus.

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Back at the Killyhevlin Hotel for a rest before dinner.

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After dinner we had the Céili House in the conference room.

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There were some organised performances, here Eamonn Keenan

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and Jaff the Piper

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and some impromptu presentations from members. Tina Cassidy

Elisabeth even sang a couple of Swiss folk songs, but I was unfortunately away getting drinks at the time and missed most of it.

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Four Cassidy sisters

Imelda Mooney, Tina Cassidy, Nuala Cassidy and Sheelagh Kavanagh.

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