Lorna Shier
As we cross the threshold from 2018 to 2019 we bring the sad news of the passing of our secretary Ms. Lorna Shier. After medical treatments in the early summer and procedure in September the prognosis was good and Lorna had returned to her many duties with various organisations. However in late November she became unwell and sadly her death on the 23rd of December came as a shock to us all.
Lorna has always been a history buff and had a deep interest in her Irish Palatine Heritage. Her presence and work for the Association will be missed by the directors and committee. She especially came into her own in organising the 2009 and 2016 events in Ireland for the Association.
In the early part of 2018 Lorna was urging us to commence work on a 10-Day German Holiday to take place in 2019. Due to Lorna’s passing the timing of this occasion is being postponed until 2020.
The Irish Palatine Association would like to thank all those who sent emails of sympathy and the Shier family have especially asked us to extend their appreciation of the various messages.

IPA Membership 2019
We would like to thank all those who have supported us through our membership scheme in 2018 and would encourage anyone who has an interest in Irish Palatine Heritage to support our endeavours through this scheme in 2019. The IPA is voluntary organisation and we rely on worldwide support from people of Irish Palatine Heritage to help with the operation of the museum and organisation. Membership of the Association is 25.00 euros per year. The membership year runs from January to December each year. When membership is received in the course of the year, any literature published in the prior part of the year is mailed at the time of subscription

(Download a membership form).
To learn of the many different ways you can help support the Irish Palatine Association please visit our support section for details.


Irish Palatine Weekend
September 28th - 1st October 2018
This event which had participants from Ireland and Canada was based at the Rathkeale House Hotel and commenced with a welcome dinner on the Friday evening. Over the course of the weekend we visited the important local Irish Palatine sites and also the secondary sites in Co.Kerry. We had a banquet at Ballyseedy Castle, the home of the landlords who invited the Palatines onto their estate in the eighteenth century.
The programme was inter dispersed with some interesting talks by Dr. Paddy Waldron on Reconstructing Limerick family histories using DNA and Dr. Hermannn Rasche on the social, economic situation of the Palatines at the time of their departure from their German homeland (the various reasons for leaving and related aspects), before they settled in Ireland and further afield.


German Ambassador's visit
July 10th 2018

On her recent visit to Limerick, H.E. Deike Potzel (R), German Ambassador to Ireland, met with Lorna Shier (L) and Austin Bovenizer (C) who introduced her to the story of the Irish Palatines at the Irish Palatine Heritage Centre in Rathkeale, Co. Limerick. The Ambassador presented the Association with a copy of Dankebuch or 'Thank You Book' which is the subject of a charming & moving documentary detailing German childrens response to Irish aid sent to Saarbrucken after WWII.

Invitation - Adare Field Meeting
June 5th 2018
IPA members and friends are invited to join the Adare and Ballingrane Circuit at the annual Field Meeting on Tuesday, 5 June, 2018, at 11.00 a.m.
This open air service on the Adare Manor Golf Course commemorates the visits of Rev. John Wesley to the area in the eighteenth century, and we have a bring-your-own picnic after the service. If you have not been before we suggest you meet at the Golf Club car park at 10.30 a.m.
A tour of local sites of Palatine interest is planned for the afternoon commencing from the Irish Palatine Centre, Rathkeale (Cost €10.00) followed by dinner at Rathkeale House Hotel (Cost €35.00). For those interested please contact Lorna Shier
as we would require knowing numbers for the tour and dinner.
For more about the field meeting see 1999 IPA Journal No.10 pg.10


Irish Palatine Association Journal (No. 25)

Journal 25
In this issue we have an article by David Switzer and crew (including a cat) detailing his crossing of the Atlantic Ocean by sailboat 'Isosceles' from USA to Ireland and the adventure it turned out to be. Also an article posing the question - did more of the Palatine families, who arrived in Ireland in 1709, remain in Ireland than research would suggest. Then there is an article of the Pipers journey to South Africa and to the Rugby Playing fields of the world. Also an There is the story of George Hoffman of Ballymacelligot, Ireland and of Waikato, New Zealand and more...

Shier Reunion 2018
24th June 2018




Micks Reunion 2018
August 4th 2018
You are invited to the 48th Mick Reunion which will be held at Micksburg Community, Cultural Centre and Ball Park, 2769 Micksburg Road. It will be 170 years since the Mick Family came to Canada. More informaiton here

OGS-Irish Palatine Special Interest Group
September 13th - 23rd 2018
The Irish Palatine Special Interest Group of the Ontario Genealogical Society are running a 11 day bus tour "In the footsteps of our Irish Palatine Ancestors" from September 13th to 23rd which will be following in the footsteps of the Irish Palatines who left Ireland in 1760 to go to the New World and settled in New York City and then the Camden Valley, only to have their lives turned upside down when the American Revolution broke out in 1776. The tour will start and end in Montreal. More information here
Irish Palatine Talk - Abduction of Heiress in the 18th Century
January 20th 2018
We would be delighted if any members/friends can join us on Saturday 20th of January 2018 for a talk entitled "The Abduction of an Heiress in Co. Limerick in the Eighteenth Century" which will be given by Dr Liam Irwin at the Rathkeale House Hotel at 8.00 p.m. Dr. Irwin is a graduate of UCC and has a particular interest in local history. He is the retired Head of History Dept. MIC, Limerick.
The talk is preceded by dinner at 6.00pm (€30.00/person) and all are welcome. Admission to the talk is free of charge.


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