Genealogy Research

Tracing your Family Tree – maybe we can help.

PAAM-23We have a good local knowledge of family names, places were records are held and as well as web-based archives. If you are searching for your family origins in South Sligo, Moy River B&B is a great base.

The Griffith Valuations of 1858, the 1901 and 1911 census reports are all now documented in detail on-line. These are great places to start your research process. Church records of baptisms and marriages are also great places to look and are available in nearly all churches local to your origins. Parish Priests are usually the custodians of this information and are generally available and helpful.

FAIRTRADE at Moy River

From Ghana to Cloonacool – Adam Pampuri visits Tubbercurry to promote FAIRTRADE products.

Adam is a cashew nut farmer from Ghana in West Africa. He is not just a farmer however but also a world ambassador for the FAIRTRADE organisation. He toured Ireland recently thanking retailers and their customers alike for their respective promotion and use of FAIRTRADE products. Many items such as tea, coffee and bananas are commonly found in most major retailers. Our local town, Tubbercurry, is a FAIRTRADE town.

Us and Adam

Adam is a talented speaker and is certainly the man for the job when it come to telling the FAIRTRADE story. Moy River B&B was well impressed and so from now on we will be using only FAIRTRADE tea and coffer for our guests. We will also be using any other items the we regularly consume and that are available under the FAIRTRADE label.


Snowdrops and Daffodils



Spring has arrived in Cloonacool and at Moy River B&B.

Last week was a real celebration for a few reasons. The snowdrops peeped over ground and are always a welcome display being the first flowers of the year. Our first batch of chickens hatched and on that same night, we had our first full house!

We moved, guests and all, to Moy River Cottage for the supper where we were joined by a few local musicians. The fire in the grate did manage to keep the night-time chill away for a few hours.

Our guests were from places as far-flung as Canada, Portugal and New Zealand!



Living History

An informal talk on local man, Fr. Denis O’Hara (1850 – 1922), political activist and advocate for the poor.

Fr. Denis O’Hara served as a priest in the diocese of Achonry from his ordination in Maynooth in 1873 untill his death in Kiltimagh in 1922.

His first appointments after his ordination was as curate in the parishes of Kiltimagh and later Ballaghadereen. Fr. Denis became an ardent supporter of the Land League founded in 1878. He spoke at public meetings in Gurteen and Ballaghadereen (Nov 1879) and Curry (Jan 1880). These meetings were attended by crowds of up to 15,000 people.

In 1886 he was appointed Administrator of Ballaghadereen and it was understood that when Bishop McCormack of Achonry moved to Galway Diocese two years later, Fr. Denis was to become the new Bishop of Achonry. This did not happen however and instead he was appointed again to Kiltimagh, this time as Parish Priest. Here he involved himself in the work of the newly-formed Congested Districts Board helping to alleviate local poverty. He became a member of the Board in 1895. While in Kiltimagh he was responsible for the building of roads, schools, two parochial houses, a hospital and a church. He was also responsible for bringing the St. Louis Sisters to the town building them a convent. As if that was not enough, he then brough the railway to the east Mayo town as well.

With the Congested Districts Board he set up the Parish Committee system which gave Board money directly to people in the form of grants and prizes. This system was used throughout the entire west of Ireland by the Board. Fr. Denis also worked closely with John Dillon MP and was widely regarded as being one of the greatest social developers of his time.

Fr. Denis O’Hara was born in Cloonacool in 1850.



Ghost Stories

Candlelight shadows on the walls and showers on the tin roof – Hollowe’en came early.

The kitchen was packed for stories of ghostly encounters, strange happenings, mystery horsemen and banshees.

Living History

A group of children from our local school visited to learn how people lived 100 – 150 years ago. The paraffin lamps and the fresh soda bread baked on the open fire, were a big hit! We were delighted to be part of their history project.

The children were facinated by many aspects of the cottage and the lives of those who lived there in the past. Were did they wash? how many bedrooms? and where did they go to use the toilet?

News-Living-History-900pxThe baking of a soda bread cake on the open fire was the real highlight of the visit. Few of the chilrden could imagine the amount of work and the few comforts that such a home contained in times past. The recipe for the soda bread was simple but the recipe for baking it in a metal oven surrounded by hot coals was more tricky!


4 cups of white flour
1 teaspoon of bread soda
I egg
A pinch of salt
1 ounce of butter
Buttermilk (to create a soft dough)

Baking take about 40 minutes.