Maritime Heritage Weekend (Rosses Point, Sligo) October 2017
I first heard the story of the Ballymanus Mine Disaster during a stay in Cruit Island in 2016 when we came across the memorial whilst out walking. We contacted Donegal Heritage and invited Jimmy to speak at the Maritime Heritage Weekend in Rosses Point this October. Jimmy’s superbly researched talk, each point supported by photographs and documents in a presentation was one of the most moving and informative of the weekend. His measured, careful delivery conveyed the horror of the story without sensationalism or disrespect to those who lost their lives and their surviving families. You could feel the audience hold a collective breath as he laid out the facts of that harrowing and surprisingly little known event of WW2. After the presentation Jimmy took time to answer most comprehensively a myriad of questions from the floor. It was an honour to have him join us. Five stars.
Medbh Gillard – Director
“Would like to thank you Jimmy , For doing my family tree ,and for all the hours of research that you put into it. You have done a fantastic job , I am delighted to find out so much information of my Donegal family history , dating back to 1670. It is fascinating to learn of ancestors who left Donegal to go to America and Australia. To work and live and to start a new life there. Also to find out that I am connected to so many people around the Rosses that I never knew I was connected to , The family history book that you produced for me is fantastic Jimmy so well documented , and laid out in a format that i am able to understand , The book itself is of great Quality Jimmy thank you once again for a brilliant job , I’m sure my granny Gracie Sharkey from Mullaghduff will be happy in heaven that you have done this for me.”
Agnes Taylor Connelly
“I came to County Donegal, to the area called the Rosses, to seek some connection with my Harley ancestors, though I knew it would be a long shot. Taking the advice of my husband’s cousin I spoke with lots of local people about my search. Everyone was friendly and tried to help and nearly everyone suggested I should talk to Jimmy Duffy. So I did. He clearly knows his sources – more than I knew existed – and he is full of local knowledge being from the area. He was a wealth of information spanning practically a millennium and though he could tell a number of stories, when it came to genealogy he stuck to facts, which made me trust him. Though we weren’t able to crack my particular question, I think we will get there in the end thanks to DNA tests being increasingly popular with family researchers. And who knows, we may learn that 200 years ago our two families were next door neighbors.”
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