Seeking Sinclairs

Dear Editor,

Dear Editor,

I am writing to enquire if anyone in Tipperary can help me with my family history research.

My ancestors came from Bansha/Cashel/Tipperary.

In 1835 Thomas Sinclair (Great Great Grandfather) had a confectioners/grocers/spirit shop at 2 Main Street Tipperary. Where and when he was born or where he came from is an unknown.

He is in the Slaters Directory of 1856 as still being in the shop.

Joseph Thomas Sinclair (Great Grand Father) was born 6th August 1864 in Bansha. Died March 1927 in Oldham, Lancashire. UK.

There is a Thomas Sinclair in the 1911 Census, age 74 which gives his birth year as 1836, living in House 89 Bansha, no street name, I assume the main Street?

I am trying to find out how the Sinclairs came to Tipperary? Date of birth, marriage etc.

If anyone has any information, it would be appreciated. I have family history from 1897 to today, to share.

I can be contacted by email

Thank you

Chris Sinclair

Commdt Edward Daly

Dear Editor,

I am writing a biography of my great-uncle Commandant Edward Daly, of the Irish Volunteers. This is one of a series of biographies of the executed leaders of the Easter Rising, 1916, planned for publication by O’Brien Press between 2012 and 2016.

Aged 25 and unmarried, from Limerick, Edward Daly was one of the youngest executed. The Daly family home, a focus of nationalist activity in Limerick, was raided by Black and Tans in 1920, and its contents burned. There is therefore a severe lack of material for Edward’s early years, before he joined the Volunteers, and I am interested in any personal memoirs or memorabilia relating to him, or to the Daly family.

Information can be sent to me c/0 O’Brien Press, 12 Terenure Road East, Rathgar, Dublin 6, or by email to

Yours sincerely,

Helen Litton

Unique Event In GAA History?

Dear Editor,

I have been told, by two different elderly sportsmen, of an incident which happened at a hurling match between Cork and Limerick in the late 1930’s which most likely was played in Thurles.

A player was struck sometime before half time and went down unconscious. He remained down and was carried off the field, still unconscious. At half time a rumour spread through the crowd that he had died. Somebody started a rosary and slowly everybody joined in. My informants say that they were at the game but their stories about who was involved vary. The names mentioned were Paka Brennan or Kelly of Cork and Paddy Scanlon or Roche of Limerick. The rumour of his death was ill-founded, however, and he made a full recovery. If it is a true story it would be a rather unique event in the history of the GAA. I would be grateful if any of your readers remembered the incident more vividly and could verify if it ever happened.

Many thanks for any help your readers might be able to give me.

Pat Comerford,

Pollerton Little,


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