Sunday, 10 August 2014

The death has occurred of Sr.Baptista SMIDDY
Glasnevin, Dublin

Smiddy, Sr.M. Baptista, Marian House, Holy Faith Convent Glasnevin, Dublin 11, ( late of Trinidad) August 8th 2014. Predeceased by her sister Sr. M. Concepta (Holy Faith Sisters), and her brother Bernard, deeply regretted by her sisters Margaret, Jenny and Gabrielle, her brother Dominic, brother in law and sisters in law, nieces and nephews, grand nieces and grandnephews, extended family, all Holy Faith Sisters,and friends and all residents and staff of Marian House.

Reposing at Marian House from 5.30pm Monday August11th. Removal to convent chapel at 7.30pm. Funeral Mass 11.30am Tuesday August 12th followed by burial in convent cemetery.
Date Published: Saturday 9th August 2014
Date of Death: Friday 8th August 2014

Tuesday, 7 May 2013

Mary Smiddy leaves Weber Shandwick for Porter Novelli

Has experience in Australia, the Middle East and North Africa
Mary Smiddy, Porter NovelliMary Smiddy has joined public relations firm Porter Novelli as UK head of health and wellness.
Smiddy joins from Weber Shandwick Australia, where she was a senior VP, and is Porter Novelli's second major health-related hire this year following the appointment of Paul George as global director of health and wellness.
Her previous experience includes a spell at pharma company GlaxoSmithKline as director of communications for the Middle East and North Africa. She has also worked in this region for both Burson Marsteller and Edelman.
“Mary has an impressive track record in building health care teams in several markets around the world, and brings a wealth of ethical, consumer and animal health care experience to Porter Novelli,” said Sally Ward, senior partner, managing director, Porter Novelli UK “We are excited to welcome her to our team.”
Smiddy said it was an “exciting time” to join Porter Novelli.
“The team has recently expanded its women's health and respiratory portfolio and I am looking forward to further growing the team and client base,” she said.
“My previous health care practice in Australia remains the most awarded team within the agency, and I expect to mirror that success at Porter Novelli.”

Saturday, 9 March 2013

Happy 90th birthday 
to my Aunt Sr. Veronica 'Baptista' Smiddy on March 9th 2013.

            Sr. Baptisa was born in Beanfield, Youghal, Co.Cork to William 'Bill' Smiddy, Ballymadog and Hannah Maria 'Babs' Gould, Castlerichard.       

Photo taken above of Baptista in her younger days -

Teachers Remember!
Sr. Baptista Smiddy taught in Couva for twelve of the forty years she spent in Trinidad. The following words to a past-pupil show the memory and heart of teachers for their students:
Sr. Baptista
“I’m so happy to have had a ‘tiny’ part in your education and formation. May God fill you with wisdom and courage to speak up and to speak out when necessary; to use your gifts of education and natural ability for the betterment of your sisters and brothers ... ... If I have helped in any way to educate you and others - to be alert, aware, courageous and vocal when necessary - that’s reward enough for me. God bless you and all my past-pupils in this school!"

Sunday, 6 January 2013

Irish Roll Books: Volunteer School Needed!

Irish Roll Books: Volunteer School Needed!: I need a volunteer school from within the INTO structure to enable me to carry out a photographic assignment on their Historic Roll Books (...

Saturday, 27 October 2012

Co Cork’s Gavin SMIDDY (Mr Hale Bob) member of Equestrian Ireland’s pony eventing team that won the gold medal at the European Championships at Fontainebleau.

Irish pony riders take Europe by storm with two gold medals

Pony eventers take two gold medals

 Ireland’s pony eventing team won the gold medal at the European Championships at Fontainebleau yesterday, with Cathal Daniels (Master Murrose) claiming the individual gold.
In addition to the Galway rider, the team comprised Co Tipperary’s Ana O’Brien, who took individual bronze with (Ice Cool Bailey), Co Wexford’s Lucy Latta (Nono) and Co Cork’s Gavin SMIDDY (Mr Hale Bob).

The team led from the dressage phase to finish ahead of Great Britain and The Netherlands.
Speaking immediately after yesterday’s triumph, Horse Sport Ireland’s pony eventing high performance manager Sue Shortt said: “I knew in the last few weeks that we had the best team Ireland had ever fielded at the European Championships and their performance was fantastic. I’m delighted for the kids, they deserved everything they won today. This is the first time an Irish team has ever led the field after dressage and we owe that to our dressage coach Sue Smallman.”


The Irish Times - Monday, July 23, 2012 

Irish pony riders take Europe by storm with two gold medals

Equestrian stars ride off with a raft of events, including the Hickstead Nations' Cup and European Pony Championships
Ireland's young guns proved they are the best in Europe by sweeping to victory at the European Pony Championships in eventing two weeks ago.
The under-16 team of Cathal Daniels, riding Master Murrose; Ana O'Brien, on Ice Cool Bailey; Lucy Latta, on Nono, and Gavin SMIDDY, riding Mr Hale Bob, took Ireland's first ever team gold in Fontainebleau, France, after an assured performance in all three phases of the competition.
Co Galway rider Cathal Daniels put the icing on the cake by taking the individual gold medal, while Tipperary's Ana O'Brien claimed the individual bronze medal.
Beaten at the last European championships by just one tenth of a point, the Irish team took command of proceedings from day one of the championships and became the first ever Irish European pony team to emerge in the lead after two days of dressage.

Sunday, 23 September 2012

Irish Genealogy free website

Irish Genealogy free website -

Web site dedicated to helping you in your search for records of family history for past generations. This site will assist you in providing valuable information on the many ways of tracing your family history.  You can now view nearly 3 million pre-1900 church records free of charge.

A further subset of Roman Catholic records for County Monaghan will also be added to the website in the near future.

Thursday, 16 August 2012

2006: Smiling for Smiddy Challenge.

When Brisbane physiotherapist Adam SMIDDY passed away in 2006 his death shocked the UQ community.
Mr Smiddy, a UQ graduate and former King’s College resident, was only 26 when he lost a short battle to an aggressive melanoma, leaving behind an indelible mark on those who knew him.

Born from the grief is the annual Smiling for Smiddy Challenge – a gruelling 1600 kilometre cycle from the UQ Aquatic Centre in Brisbane to Home Hill to raise funds for cancer research in memory of Mr Smiddy.
UQ graduate architect Jade Myers, who felt the impact Adam’s sudden death had on mutual friends, joined the trip last year.

The 27-year-old works in the Brisbane studio of BVN Architecture and rides to his office in Fortitude Valley every day.

Mr Myers set off with 50 other riders on September 5 on a grueling 1600 kilometre journey across eight days, arriving in Home Hill in the state’s north on September 12.

“I was asked by a friend to join the ride this year and jumped at the opportunity to be involved because Adam was an incredible guy and his death was such a tragedy,” Mr Myers said.

“Many of my friends knew him well and the ride organiser was one of his close mates and shares a lot of emotional memories with the ride group – he is certainly missed by many.”

Smiling for Smiddy began three years ago and since then has raised more than $600,000 for cancer research.

The Adam Smiddy Cancer Fund at the Mater Foundation sees the money distributed to a variety of initiatives, including prostate cancer research and melanoma drug trials.