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In this special edition of the IPA Journal (No.28), we present a new transcription of the London Lists of 1709 by Carolyn Heald. The London Lists are preserved at the National Archives in London. These lists were prepared by two German speaking pastors that had been administering to the Palatines in London for submission to the Board of Trade whose responsibility it was for sustaining them and settling them in the Plantations. This is the first transcription made from the original lists since appearing over several issues of the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society’s publication in 1909 and 1910. In preparing these Carolyn Heald has corrected some errors and also included some missing names. This special edition IPA Journal will be a landmark publication. A main source that will be used in 1709 Irish Palatine genealogy work for many years to come. .....(more)
Journal 28


September 2021
Unfortunately due to the continuing restrictions resulting from COVID-19, the Shier Reunion 2021 has to be cancelled. Hopefully in better circumstances next year, it will proceed on Sunday, June 26th at McLeod Park in Cannington, Ontario.

19th July 2021
Here in Ireland we are experiencing a heat wave with some of the highest temperatures ever recorded in the Country. In contrast we are saddened to learn from various news sources of the floods and loss of life that is taking place in the Rhineland Palatinate and surrounding areas. We have been in touch with some of our friends in Germany and we are glad to learn that none are directly affected. Our condolences to all our Rhineland Palatinate friends that have suffered loss.


Journal 25
The Irish Palatine Association recently received the gift of a new exclusive publication titled Some German Origins of The Irish Palatines by Henry Z, Jones. Jr. This book is intended as a companion volume to Hank’s seminal book The Palatine Families of Ireland. In this new publication, some of Hank’s recent discoveries about the definite, probable and possible German origins of some of the Palatine families are set forth, documented, and discussed. This publication is exclusively available from the Irish Palatine Association and can be ordered from our SHOP.


Austin Bovenizer of the Irish Palatine Association will give a virtual tour of Irish Palatine Centre exhibition to the IP-SIG of the Ontario Genealogical Society on Saturday 8th of May 2021. IPA members are invited to join in on that day.

I  traverse a road between townlands.
Enniscoush on the right is trim and tidy, nursery of a rural order;
Courtmatrix on the left catches the ribbons of modernity
Spilling out from town. I meet with and old Palatine in a car,
His craggy, lived-in face a testament to humour and diversion.
He salutes as he passes. We are in the waving zone.
The sun dances in a blue sky and irradiates the earth.
Hedges and ditches carry the mayflower in full glory
And sumptuous displays of foliage. Rhythms of land and season
Weave into the rhythms of life.
Copyright © Dr. Patrick J. O'Connor 2017 from his book 'Home and Reach-a life in writing'

It has been decided that our Palatine Ancestral Homeland Tour cannot now proceed until at least 2022. The tour which was originally planned for September 2020 had been deferred due to the concern over the global pandemic of Coronavirus. While a vaccine will probably be rolled out in the first half of 2021 we are of the view that things will still not have settled adequately enough to allow us to proceed with confidence. We thank all who had booked for this event for their support and patience as matters have unfolded. We live in hope for 2022!!!




In the summer of 2019 The Irish Palatine Association had a visit from journalist, Kristin Hunfeld. Austin Bovenizer spent some time with Kristin and was interviewed for a radio documentary for Radio Bremen public radio in Northern Germany. It was aired on December 28th and again on January 4th. The title of the documentary is Pfälzer Auswanderer in Irland (Palatine Emigrants in Ireland). Listen or download (mp3).


We regret to announce the death of Irish Palatine Association committee member Rev. Dudley Levistone Cooney on the 16th of November 2019. Dudley entered the Methodist ministry in 1969 and served in the Irish Republic and Northern
Ireland. He was a wonderful orator and could preach a sermon without notes straight off the cuff. Many of our members will remember Dudley when he gave his lecture on The Switzers of Grafton Street at a number of Irish Palatine Association events over the years. He was also a regular contributor to our Journal. He was a great historian and writer and has written several articles and books on the history of Irish Methodism including histories of Limerick and several other Methodist circuits. His book The Methodists in Ireland: A Short History was published by Columba Press in 2001. He was on the editorial panel of the Methodist Newsletter, the official newsletter of the Methodist Church in Ireland and wrote reviews on many books of Methodist interest. He was president of the Wesley Historical Society in Ireland and of the Old Dublin Society. In addition he served on a number of other boards and committees connected with his work as a Methodist minister. He was superintenant to the Methodist Circuit of Adare and Ballingrane in County Limerick Ireland for a number of years. After his retirement he moved to Glenageary, County Dublin where he continued to be involved in many Methodist and historical pursuits. Dudley donated some of his extensive library to the Irish Palatine Association

Following are his contributions to our Journal:-
A Preachers Life - life as a Methodist itinerant preacher – Journal 7:14.
The Southwells of Castle Matrix - a brief history of landlord family – Journal 7:18.
Trench of Castle Oliver - a brief history of the landlord family – Journal 7:19.
Wesley among the Palatines - extracts from his journals – Journal 8:2.
Parish Minutes come to light - parish of Kleinich & some details of the winter of 1708/09 – Journal 12:2.
A Volcano erupts – Journal 12:4.
Defoe and the Palatines – Journal 12:5.
Switzers of Grafton Street – Journal 13:24
Charles Wesley 1707-1788 - A Tercentenary Tribute – Journal 15:2
Ludwig I builds Palatinate Castle – Journal 16:4
Visits to the Palatinate – Journal16:6
Rev. Dr. William Crook (1823-1897) Methodist Minister and Author – Journal 18:19.



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