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Nollaig Shona Duit – Merry Christmas

Dear friends of the Nolan Clan,

This year has been a busy year for our clan culminating in a successful Gathering in Carlow of many Nolans from within Ireland and abroad. We would like to thank those who contributed to the Gathering’s success and look forward to many more of you joining us at our next Gathering in 2019.

On behalf of myself, as the new Chief of the Clan, and all of the Clan Committee Members, I would like to wish all Nolan’s, Nowlan’s etc throughout the world a very Happy Christmas and Peaceful New Year.

Yours

Catherina (Nolan) O’Brien
Clan Chief

NollaigShonaDuit

P.S.
An update on plans for the 2019 Gathering will be provided in the next Clan Newsletter (March 2018)

2020 Nolan Book – Project

As many Nolans already know, a first book (O Nolan – the History of a People) was published under the auspices of the Nolan Clan Family organisation in the year 2000.  Since then, largely thanks to the advent and increased use  of Internet technologies, much new information has been uncovered and our understanding of Nolan family history and the global diaspora is growing in leaps and bounds.

The time is ripe for a new Nolan book which captures the most up-to-date understanding of Nolan family history and provides a baseline for future Nolan family researchers.  With this in mind I have set myself the task of completing a new Nolan book, tentatively entitled “Peering through the Mists of Time – the story of the Nolans”,  by 2020.

For me the completion year of 2020 is significant for two reasons:

  • 2020 is an anniversary year of sorts; the first Nolan book was based largely on manuscripts written some 100 years ago by a Fr. John Nolan around  1920.
  • To save future Nolan family researchers a lot of time and energy, it is important that the new book be written with 2020 vision, in a mental sense, sorting out, as much as possible,  fact from fiction in the rapidly increasing mound of information and misinformation.

In writing the book I hope to formulate a free-flowing narrative inclusive of as many Nolan family lines as possible  (O Nuallains, O hUllachains, Nolan,Nowland, Noland, Nolins,  Knollin, Naulin,  …)  availing myself  of as much information as possible:

  • information in the 2000 Nolan book “O Nolan – the History of a People”
  • information in earlier issues of the Nolan Clan Newsletter
  • information derived from analyses of bits of information
    available in online databases and electronic archives
  • information obtained from fellow Nolan researchers
    (in -person, via Email, through postings to this BLOG, etc. )

Roger Nowlan,
Webmaster and Nolan Clan Newsletter Editor

2000 Nolan Book – available

For anyone interested in obtaining a copy of the first Nolan book I am happy to report that Print-On-Demand copies of the first Nolan Book entitled “O Nolan – the History of a People”  by Art Kavavanagh and Fr John Nolan  are available via Amazon.com.  Just enter “”O Nolan – the History of a People” in the search field.

Roger Nowlan,
Nolan Clan Newsletter Editor
& NolanFamilies.org Webmaster

Emmy Award for Katie

At the most recent Sports Emmy Awards ceremony (May 10, 2016), Katie Nolan won a sports Emmy Award in the Outstanding Social TV Experience category for her digital TV show entitled “Garbage Time with Katie Nolan” appearing on the Foxsports network (FS1/FoxSports.com ).

The following YouTube video clip shows Katie accepting her award:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-M_gcNW0xAg&sns=em

To catch a glimpse of Katie in action during one of her shows check out the following video clip:

https://www.youtube.com/user/KatieNolanOfficial

1916 Easter Rising – Anecdotes Project

1916 EASTER RISING – NOLAN INVOLVEMENT
Simultaneous with the 1916 Easter Rising in Ireland were several
other world events that still reverberate today: World War 1, the Russian revolution, the breakup of the Ottoman Empire, etc.

This traumatic era split families and friends, allegiances. Nolans were no exception with members on all sides of the questions.

The Nolan Clan reaches out to the worldwide Nolan diaspora and asks anyone reading this Blog posting and having information about a Nolan family member during the troubled 1916 time period to submit it for inclusion in the Clan’s historical archives.

Many Nolan families have connections to events related to the Rising. We hope to hear from Nolans at home in Ireland or wherever else the winds have taken us.

Many thanks to David and Orla Nowlan of Dublin for suggesting this project and for the fascinating story of David’s great, great uncle James Nowlan, first president of the Gaelic Athletic Association which played a significant role in the events leading up to the 1916 Easter Rising.

You may add to the collection of 1916 era anecdotes by sending any information you might have either directly to myself (Chris Nolan ).

Chris Nolan, Nolan Clan Chief (March 2016)

1922-1923 Civil War Casualties

James Nolan of Kenyon Street, Nenagh, an anti-Treaty soldier was killed on Monday August 14, 1922, when a mine he was planting at Nenagh Barracks exploded prematurely. The dead man was a 32 year old father of one.

Patrick Nolan of Rathbride, Co. Kildare,
member of an anti-Treaty guerrilla-style cell was captured with 6 other members in Kildare on December 13, 1922 and taken to the Curragh Military Detention Barracks in Co. Kildare for trial.

1922-Patrick-Nolan

Sentenced to death, Patrick and the others captured with him were duly executed by firing squad at 8:30AM on December 19th at the Curragh Barracks.

The day before their execution, the men were allowed to write letters to their families. Thirty-four year-old Patrick Nolan penned a final letter to his mother and father. He hoped that they would
bear his death with “the Courage of an Irish Father & Mother.

A shorter letter to his younger brothers and sisters asks that they remember him and his comrades on Christmas only a few days away.

1922-Patrick-Nolan-letter

A memorial to the men executed on December 19th is located in Market Square in Kildare town with their names listed as follows:

  • Patrick Nolan (34), Rathbride, Kildare
  • Stephen White (18), Abbey Street, Kildare
  • Joseph Johnston (18), Station Road, Kildare
  • Patrick Mangan (22), Fair Green, Kildare
  • Bryan Moore (37), Rathbride, Kildare
  • James O’Connor (24), Bansha, Tipperary
  • Patrick Bagnall (19), Fair Green, Kildare.

Private John Nolan of the Railway Protection Corps was shot dead on Bride Street in Dublin on March 15th 1923. Aged 29 years, married and with5 young children, he was stationed at Wellington
barracks.

Martin Nolan, Ballywilliam, New Ross, of the Kyle Flying Column, was one of four members of his group killed on March 23rd 1923 after being pursued.

1916 Dublin
British Army Casualties

James Nolan of the Irish Volunteer Training Corps (or the GR’s) died in Dublin. This Corps of soldiers was the first to suffer fatalities in the Rising. On Monday April 24th the GRs left Beggar’s Bush Barracks and marched to Ticknock. On completion of the exercise they marched back to Beggar’s Bush where they came under heavy fire from the Rebels who kept up continuous shooting from the corner house at 25 Northumberland Road and Haddington Road.

J. Nolan, 8692, Rifleman of the Royal Irish Rifles, born and enlisted in Dublin, died April 24th 1916, aged 20. He was the son of Mrs. M. Nolan of 48 Power’s Court, Mount St., Dublin.

1916 Irish
Volunteer Brigades

In Dublin

      • P Nolan & Patrick Nolan at Boland’s Mills
      • Tomas Ó Nualláin at the Four Courts
      • John Nolan at City Hall
      • Patrick Nolan at Jacob’s Factory
          • George Nolan on Marrowbone Lane

Patrick Nolan, Boland’s Mills, served in “A” Company, 3rd Battalion, Dublin Brigade. Born in 1895 he died on the 12th of April 1979. He fought at Boland’s Mills, on Grand Canal Street and along the Dublin and South Eastern Railway Line between Westland Row and Lansdowne Road. He also fought during the War of Independence and remained with the National Army up to 1924 being a Lieutenant with the Mechanical Transport Corps.

George Nolan, Marrowbone Lane, served in “A” Company,  4th Battalion, Dublin Brigade, fighting on Marrowbone Lane throughout Easter Week.  On the day of the surrender he was ordered by Con Colbert to deliver letters to Fathers Kiernan and Eugene at Mont Argus and after delivering the letters he was not to return to Marrowbone Lane, as a result he was not interned after the Rising. In 1917 his Company was reorganised and he fought throughout the War of Independence. At Christmas 1920 he was recruited into a full time Active Service Unit and took part in several attacks on British personnel including Colonel Winters and the burning of the Customs House.

In County Wexford

Michael Nolan, Enniscorthy, served in “A” Company, Enniscorthy, Wexford Brigade. Aged 47 years old at the time of the Rising, he fought at the Athenaeum, Saint John’s Mill, Cooperative Road and Slaney Road Enniscorthy and at Manor Mills Enniscorthy. He joined the Volunteers at their inception in Enniscorthy in 1913 and was also a member of the I.R.B. Arrested at his place of work on Tuesday the 2nd of May, he was taken from Enniscorthy to Waterford and then to Richmond Barracks Dublin before being deported to Stafford. He was released from Stafford on May 17th 1916. He had no further activity with the Volunteers or I.R.A. and did not take part in the War of Independence or Civil War.

In County Galway

Bartley Nolan served as a Volunteer in the Castlegar Company of the Galway Brigade, Irish Volunteers. Aged about 20 years old during the Rising he fought at Carnmore Cross, Agricultural Station Athenry, Moyode and Limepark County Galway. He went on the run after the Rising and was captured on May 9th. He was released from Frongoch Prison at the beginning of August 1916 and re-joined the Volunteers on reorganisation in 1917. He took no part in the Civil War.

1921 Sinn Féin Rep
– James Nowlan

1921-James-Nowlan

In this picture taken at Croke Park on Sunday, 11 September 1921, the Dublin hurling team looks on, as a very happy Harry Boland smiles directly at the camera and Michael Collins shakes hands with James Nowlan (1862–1924), GAA president, Sinn Féin representive and Kilkenny Alderman. Less than a year before on 21 November 1920, British forces had stormed  into Croke Park during a match, killing 14 civilians.  Less than a year later, on 2 August 1922, Boland was dead from a gunshot wound and 20 days later, on 22 August, Collins was assassinated at Béal na Bláth.

James Nowlan was a member of the Gaelic League, a lifelong supporter of the Irish language revival movement and a supporter of Sinn Féin from its founding in 1905. He was President of the Gaelic Athletic Association from 1901 to 1921. He held that position for twenty years – making him the longest serving GAA president.
Following the 1916 Easter Rising, Nowlan was arrested by the British and interned without trial in Frongoch, Wales. In August of that year he was released. He publicly voiced support for the Irish Republican Army during the Anglo-Irish War. Nowlan Park, the GAA stadium in Kilkenny, was renamed in his honour. He is buried in Glasnevin cemetery.

1914-07-26 Dublin Bachelor’s Walk – Shooting by British Soldiers

At about 6.30pm on July 26, 1914 along Bachelors Walk beside the Liffey River the King’s Own Scottish Borderers (KOSB) returning to the Royal Barracks (now Collins Barracks) were confronted by a hostile crowd of about 600.

When the KOSB had reached about 100 yards of the Ha’penny Bridge, the crowd was right behind them at which point the soldiers were ordered to block the street. They fired on the crowd. Four people died and many more were injured, including John Nolan of 44 Cabra Road, Dublin, who received a bullet wound to the leg.