Thursday, 10 November 2016

Hanlon and O'Hanlon - Parish of Clonduff in south County Down

I met someone today who was researching her Hanlon/O'Hanlon ancestors; they lived in the Parish of Clonduff in the south of Co Down and to the east of Newry.

I've just done a little research on this family.  Michael Hanlon married Annie Morgan in 1892. He was baptised in 1857 along with a twin sister Anne. I've found an 1881 wedding between an Anne Hanlon and John Gilmore [son of Peter], both living in the same townland at the time of their marriage. Michael and this Anne have the same father - Michael - and lived in the same townland so could be the twins who were baptised in 1857. Michael snr was married to a Mary Ann Doran.

Michael jnr died in 1938, aged 79, and there's an abstract of his will on the PRONI website.

I've found, in this Rathfriland district, the deaths of a Michael Hanlon [married] in 1876, aged 54 and a Mary O'Hanlon [widowed] in 1894, aged 75. Perhaps these were Michael jnr's parents.

Tuesday, 8 November 2016

Ballycastle - 5th Annual Santa's Pony Parade - December 3

Organised by Roisin McGinn and Nicole McGinn

Now in its 5th year, Santa's Pony Parade, Ballycastle is a fun, festive spectacle to raise money for orphan diseases.  Donations accepted in lieu of entrance fee; refreshments included and prizes for best horse/pony costumes. We've also got a few surprises up our sleeves this year!

Pre-register to be in with a chance of winning a fabulous cooler rug!

Download THIS form and return to

(T and Cs: Winner must have returned the form and also presented their mobile ticket on the day as proof of pre-registration - good luck!)