Discover your ancestors from Louth, Ireland, who were featured in Tempest’s Jubilee Annual 1909. The records contain biographies of your notable relatives and a directory of businesses in Louth in the early 20th century. You may be able to find details of your entrepreneurial ancestors’ occupations or businesses.
Each record comprises a transcript and black-and-white image of the original register. The amount of information listed varies, but the records usually include a combination of the following information about your ancestor:
• First name(s)
• Last name
The image may contain additional details, including:
• Date of appointment (for magistrates)
• Rank or occupation
• Brief history of towns
The record set comprises 2,287 records from County Louth, Ireland.
Tempest’s Jubilee Annual 1909, was created in celebration of Tempest’s, the Dundalk-based publisher, 50th anniversary. The company was established in 1859 and had been publishing directories of the town, surrounding areas and county of Louth since 1861. Information to be found in the directory includes a full directory of businesses and establishments in Ardee, Ballybay, Blackrock, Carlingford, Carrickmacross, Castlebellingham, Collon, Castleblayney, Drogheda, Dunleer, Greenore, Newry and Warrenpoint. As part of the anniversary, a retrospective of the area is provided, including fifteen articles relating to Dundalk and biographies of 125 prominent individuals from Dundalk and environs (most of which include portraits).
Biographies include those of Patrick Byrne, the blind harper, who died in 1863; Hugh O’Hagan, another blind harper who lost his sight in the smallpox epidemic in the early 18th century; Thomas Coleman, aka “Timber Tom”, manager of a timber yard; and the quaint character description of the Reverend Dr. Michael Kieran, “ a learned and eloquent divine; and withal the most unassuming and friendly man we ever met.. . He was a man of very few words at times, but these few were straight to the point”.
The biographies also reveal details of local history in the 19th century. For instance, John Charles Duffy died in 1840 “from typhoid fever which at that time ravaged Dundalk.”.
The brief articles about the towns include such details as population, manufacturing industries, export trade, businesses, leisure facilities, market days, local business and public offices, and notable individuals.