Wednesday, 27 July 2016

Get your Family Tree printed by the Nenagh Guardian

Lat week, myself and Michael Gleeson paid a visit to the offices of the Nenagh Guardian, who are also the local printers.  They have done an excellent job printing the Programme for the Gleeson Clan Gathering and we are sure you will be impressed.

Michael with the Programme
And for a mere 16 euro they will print an A1 poster of your Family Tree which you can collect from their offices before the Gathering (saves you the hassle of having to cart it around with you). You can also do an A0 size poster for 25 euro.
A0 = 84.1 x 118.9cm, 33.11 x 46.81 inches
A1 = 59.4 x 84.1cm, 23.39 x 33.11 inches
Just contact Paddy Brennan ( or Michael Hegarty ( and they will sort you out.

Leafing through the first edition, 1838
The Guardian is the longest established and best known local newspaper circulating in North Tipperary. It was first established on Saturday July 21 1838 and has reported local, national and international news for the past 178 years. The Guardian is the local paper for the Nenagh area and remains widely read in Roscrea, Portumna, Newport, Borrisokane, Birr, Ballina/Killaloe, Borrisoleigh, Thurles, and Templemore, offering an unrivalled source of local news, sport, entertainment and advertorial services to generations of people in the North Tipp area.

David Ryan & the 1839 archive
Like our ancestors, the Guardian lived through the Great Famine, the mass emigration that followed, the tumultuous times of one hundred years ago, and the emergence of the new Irish state. In 1928 it incorporated the Nenagh News and Tipperary Vindicator newspapers and remains one of the oldest newspapers in circulation in Ireland. It is a great source for genealogical research and really puts the flesh on the bones of your family tree. It certainly has done on mine - I have spent many hours pouring over the newspaper looking for ancestors (and getting distracted by the wonderful ads and news items along the way). It is also a great way of getting a feel for the mood of the country and of the people from the mid-1800s up to the present day. The complete archives are available on and and for a small fee you can search for the Gleeson surname (or any other family surname) among its pages.

A Descendancy Chart
There are several free templates you can use if you want to create a nice family tree chart. These charts will go up on the wall of the Scouts' Hall on the Friday afternoon so that people can browse and peruse them on the Friday & Saturday during the lunch and coffee breaks. We may also incorporate a selection of the family tree charts in the Proceedings Book we plan to publish after the event.

As we are most interested in trying to push your Gleeson ancestral line back further than you currently have it, the best chart to bring to the Gathering is a Descendant Chart. This gives details of your Most Distant Known Gleeson Ancestor and all his known descendants for 3 or 4 generations. The charts will be a great focus for conversation and hopefully someone else will recognise their own ancestors (or ancestral locations) among the list and you will be able to make connections with distant cousins you never knew you had. Be sure to include the townland where your ancestors were born as this is very useful information. And leave your contact details (email or phone number) on the chart so prospective cousins can get in touch with you.

Michael Hegarty at the printer
Below are some helpful websites and a selection of some Descendant Chart templates but feel free to generate your own from your genealogy software programme or simply print out a Descendant Report (but excluding living people in order to resect privacy). Once you have designed your chart, contact Paddy or Michael at the Guardian and they will help you with the printing. Usually all you need to do is send them a pdf version of the Chart but you can always send them an email and just ask, or phone them on +353 67 50480 or +353 67 50487 (,

You can also create your own charts here - ... or you can download free family tree building software and create your own charts from that (

Looking forward to seeing the fruits of your productivity!

Maurice Gleeson
July 2016

The first two years

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