Category Archives: Genealogy

The Place-Names of Decies

The Place-Names of Decies (Waterford) was a publication by the famous Canon Patrick Power published in 1952.  It goes into great detail about every parish and placename in the county of Waterford and is an invaluable resource for those wishing to further their family history in the area.

The full document can be found on Waterford County Council’s website, here.

Historic Maps of Ireland

Between 1829 and 1842, Ordnance Survey Ireland completed the first ever large-scale survey of an entire country. Acclaimed for their accuracy, these maps are regarded by cartographers as amongst the finest ever produced. They include every road, track and even hedge across the country.

The 6” series of ordnance survey maps were completed in 1842, followed by the 25” series indexed by parish, which was completed in 1913. Both the 6” and 25” series are now available online at

Grand Banks Cod Fishery

The vast majority of Irish migrants to Newfoundland came from the counties such as Waterford, Wexford, Kilkenny,Tipperary and Cork. No other province of Canada or location in the USA drew such an overwhelming proportion of their immigrants from so geographically compact an area in Ireland and over so prolonged a period of time.

BluePlaqueWaterford city was the primary port of embarkation and mid way along its mile long north quay stands the blue plaque (opposite). Most migrants came from within a day’s journey to the city, or its outport of Passage East, 10 km  down river in Waterford Harbour. New Ross and Youghal, Co. Cork were secondary centers of transatlantic embarkation. Old river ports such as Carrick on Suir and Clonmel on the River Suir, Inistioge and Thomastown on the River Nore, and Graiguenamanagh on the River Barrow were important centers of recruitment. So were the rural parishes along these navigable waterways.  Many left Ireland to meet relatives already working at the Grand Banks Cod Fishery, off Newfoundland. aptly named in Irish as Talamh an Éisc.

The Irish in Newfoundland

Check out this interesting series of videos from a program called “An Bothrín Glas” – the Green Road – which features Irish descendants in Newfoundland, Canada – such similarities to the south-east of Ireland – it’s amazing.  Any Powers out there in Newfoundland ?  Get in touch – we’d love to hear from you.