Following on from the Dublin talk, I’ll be giving a talk on Harry Boland’s Manchester roots in the Irish World Heritage Centre in the city on 5 June.
On 13 April this year, we held a Boland family gathering in Glasnevin cemetery to mark the centenary of Harry Boland travelling to the US with Éamon de Valera. During the event, a silver cup that was giving to Harry to mark his time in the US was presented to the American Irish Historical Society to be put on display in their building. A portrait of Harry and his appointment credentials as Special Envoy to the US were also presented.
I’ve uploaded two versions of the Boland family tree as PDFs.
I’ve been researching my family for a few years with a view to writing their story. My mother’s family were the Bolands – major figures in the Irish revolutionary movements pre-independence and government ministers in the decades afterwards.
I’m trying to go back over four generations. The more recent generations – Kevin Boland and his father Gerald and uncles Harry and Ned and aunt Kathleen – are fairly straightforward. Much has been written about their lives, including by themselves. And there’s no shortage of information about 1916.
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