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.

Robert SMIDDY is said to have died February 3 1885 in Shanghais, Kokomo, Tipton County Indiana.

Robert Smiddy is said to have died February 3 1885 in Shanghais, Kokomo, Tipton County Indiana.
I was hoping that there is some mention in the newspaper on how he died or where he is buried.
I have 4 children for him that I can not find after 1870 census: Lucy, Emily, Sarah, Stephen.
His wife died in Miami County in 1904.
Thanks in Advance.

Cindy Elschide

Wednesday, 1 August 2012


Lunch with Maeve recalled


Wednesday August 01 2012
A LUNCHTIME visit to family friend Maeve Binchy was recalled by one Kerry woman this week on the death of the writer.

"She was full of such real kindness, sincerity, enthusiasm and exuberance. I was really upset when I was told of her death on Monday night," Tralee resident Máiréad SMIDDY HEALY told The Kerryman.

It was Máiréad's mother, Dr Evangeline SMIDDY, a former GP in Ballyduff, who struck up a remarkable friendship with the writer through correspondence decades ago.

Maeve Binchy, of course, spent her childhood summers in the resort of Ballybunion where her parents first met.

"Maeve always rang my mother every New Year's Eve and had asked her to visit for lunch many years ago, but my father, Dr Tom SMIDDY would never go as he felt we would be imposing on her.

"However, after dad died in July of 2009, my mother became very sad and I cheekily wrote Maeve to see if she would mind if we took her up on her offer. She was delighted to hear we were coming and her hospitality and that of her gorgeous husband Gordon was incredible.

"I remember Maeve saying to my sister Patricia and I to talk with Gordon at one stage as she wanted Evangeline all to herself. That trip gave my mother such a boost. Maeve and she spoke at length and the one thing about Maeve was that she always listened, intently."

One fact Evangeline did not know at the time really displayed the author's extraordinary compassion.
"Maeve rang me the day before we went up to tell me that I was not to say it to my mother but that she was in the Blackrock hospital but would escape for our lunch date. She was amazing."


Wednesday, 20 June 2012

Maurice SMIDDY and Anastasia SMIDDY (nee ?) Castlemartyr (Ightermurragh, Cork).

Maurice SMIDDY and Anastasia SMIDDY (nee ?) Castlemartyr (Ightermurragh, Cork).

Maurice SMIDDY aged 45yrs
His wife Anastasia SMIDDY (nee ?) aged 44yrs
Their son Patrick 23yrs
Their daughter Bridget 20yrs
Their son Richard 18yrs
Their daughter Elizabeth 18yrs
Their daughter Anastasia 8yrs

Residents of a house 11.2 in Castlemartyr (Ightermurragh, Cork)


Sunday, 20 May 2012

Papa Joe SMIDDY, First Chancellor of the College at Wise.

Board in tune with U.Va.-Wise, thanks to Smiddy

Papa Joe Smiddy plays his banjo
Photo by Matt Kelly
Papa Joe Smiddy plays his banjo while sitting on the bumper of a 1931 Ford Tudor on Oct. 1. Later that day, he addressed the Board of Visitors on the University of Virginia’s College at WIse, now celebrating its 50th year.
By Matt Kelly

Chancellor Emeritus Joseph C. Smiddy AKA Papa Joe Smiddy, the first chancellor of the College at Wise, came over the mountain recently with banjo on his knee.
He arrived at the Rotunda Oct. 1 to address the Board of Visitors on the relationship between the University and U.Va.- Wise, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.
“ You gave us the first institution [in Southwest Virginia] that was truly free to search for the truth,” Smiddy told the board. “We never had an institution that was not fettered. You provided a place that was free and open, and that was a blessing.”
He explained that the coal companies controlled the region, having paid for everything from schools to churches. Some coal superintendents felt they could dictate policy, especially in the 1960s when students protested strip mining and championed land reclamation laws. The College at Wise was separate from all of that, because of the University, Smiddy said.
A number of individuals were instrumental in creating Clinch Valley College, known today as the University of Virginia’s College at Wise. Chief among them were U.Va. President Colgate W. Darden Jr., who met with Fred Greear, an old schoolmate of Darden’s, Kenneth Asbury, an attorney and mayor of Wise, and William Thompson, a coal-mine operator.
The college started on poor farm property that was used as a home for wayward women. The county spent $16,000 to renovate the building, with county jail inmates doing much of the physical work. When the school first opened, the administrator had a two-person staff — a maintenance man and a secretary.
Smiddy’s message to the board was both serious and humorous, and at times even accompanied by music. He told tales of his 50-year relationship with the college and played his banjo for the board at a dinner meeting, picking old standards such as “Mama, Don’t Whip Little Buford,” “Just a Bowl of Butter Beans,” “Boil Them Cabbages Down” and “Cumberland Gap.”
Smiddy, now 84, is a seminal figure for the College at Wise. He began as a biology teacher when it first opened in 1954, became administrator two years later and chancellor in 1967, when the school became a four-year college. A former high school biology teacher and administrator, Smiddy had been a partner in the Powell Valley Oil Co. in Big Stone Gap when Dr. O. Kenneth Campbell, the colleges’ first dean and administrator, lured him back to the classroom.
“We had eight teachers for 109 students,” said Smiddy, who was quizzed on his biology knowledge by U.Va. biology professor Ladley Husted. “If this is going to be U.Va., you’re going to do it right,” Smiddy remembers Husted telling him.
“The most exciting part of my life was that these students really wanted to learn,” Smiddy said. “I was so inspired [that] I wanted to spend the rest of my life with them.”
Enamored so much with teaching, Smiddy stayed in the classroom even while serving as administrator, teaching at least one section of biology each term. He taught every semester there but his last one.
Smiddy credited his first wife, Rosebud, who died in 1981, for his success as an administrator. “She was a great part of what made me,” he said. “She and the University gave me the opportunity to be creative.”
Another creative outlet for this teacher and administrator was — and still is — music. Smiddy took his banjo, which he learned to play from his father, to the dorms and played with student musicians. When John McCutcheon taught folk music at the school, Smiddy enrolled in his fiddle course. Smiddy’s own son, Joseph F. Smiddy, took up guitar when he was a student at the college, then went on to become a successful doctor and member of the board at the College at Wise.
Father and son still play music together in the band, Reedy Creek. The senior Smiddy said they do about 50 shows a year, most recently at the college’s Appalachian Music Festival, which is part of a year-long celebration of the school’s 50th anniversary. They also are regular performers at the annual Papa Joe Smiddy Old Time Music Festival, held at the Natural Tunnel State Park. 

Smiddy is internationally known, too, having traveled frequently to Ireland, his ancestral homeland. Instruments in tow, Smiddy and longtime friend Michael E. O’Donnell, who teaches Irish Studies and French at U.Va.-Wise, have played from pub to pub and “covered Ireland very well,” said Smiddy. 

In 1985, he and O’Donnell stepped into Dirty Nelly’s pub in Blarney, Ireland, and ran into Jackie Keene, a musician with whom they had played on their previous trip. Smiddy said when he saw them, Keene, pint in hand, shouted: “The hillbillies are back!”
Smiddy has traveled extensively since he retired in 1984, but his heart and thoughts are never far from his coal country college.
“One of my fondest memories was to see Colgate Darden stand on top of the hill [of the poor farm] and envision what it could be,” Smiddy said. “It was an inspiration to know and learn from him. So many of the University people had a great influence on faculty and students at Wise.”
Smiddy also praised President John T. Casteen III, with whom he worked when Casteen was secretary of education for the commonwealth, and current acting Wise chancellor Ernest H. Ern.
“They want him to stay another 100 years,” Smiddy said of Ern, “He’s charmed everybody down here.”
Some sing the same tune about Smiddy. “Papa Joe … has done more to advance the gospel of Thomas Jefferson than anybody,” said attorney Don R. Pippin, a graduate of the College at Wise and a member of U.Va.’s Board of Visitors. 

Saturday, 19 May 2012

William Patrick SMIDDY, Jr. who was the son of William Patrick SMIDDY and Margaret H CORBETT of East Boston.

William Patrick SMIDDY, Jr. who was the son of William
Patrick SMIDDY and Margaret H CORBETT of East Boston.
He was a longshoreman and may have been married twice [ Mary Rita
MacCormack and Rosemarie Fiore ]. This is speculation at this time but
William Jr. and Rosemarie are buried in the same cemetery in Saugus.
Thanks. Lois

Monday, 23 April 2012

WILLIAM THOMAS SMIDDY, Classical Pianist, of Richmond Hill, New York.

WILLIAM THOMAS SMIDDY, Classical Pianist, of Richmond Hill, New York. 

Woodhaven Church To Welcome Tenors
Accompaniment By Renowned Pianist

“An Evening With These Three Tenors,” sponsored by St. Thomas Apostle Church in Woodhaven, will take place on Saturday evening, April 23, at 7:30 p.m. in Monsignor Mulz Hall, 88th Street and Jamaica Avenue in Woodhaven.
The concert will feature Michael Crouse, Thomas Stallone (Sylvester’s cousin), Rinaldo Toglia and pianist William Thomas SMIDDY. The program will include favorites from the stage and screen as well as a few surprises. It will be an evening filled with beautiful music that will appeal to virtually every musical taste.

 William Thomas SMIDDY, pianist, was born in Boston and began his musical training at the age of five with the renowned Margaret Chaloff of the New England Conservatory of Music. He made his debut at the age of seven playing Mozart’s Concerto in A Major (K. 488) with Arthur Fiedler and the Boston Pops Orchestra. Since his debut, he has given more than 2,000 performances on the world’s great concert stages and has performed with many prestigious orchestra and conductors. He has made numerous appearances at the White House, playing for Presidents Lyndon Johnson, Richard Nixon, Jimmy Carter and George W. Bush. He also played at the Vatican in 1966 for Pope Paul VI and in 1979 for Pope John Paul II as well as for heads of state in Japan, China, England, South America, the former Soviet Union, Spain and Italy.

An Evening of Music and Song
On Monday evening, June 13, a rare event took place in
the auditorium at our library. A concert featuring two
remarkable artists commanded an SRO crowd (with over
100 more people hoping to be able to attend.) The
program was splendid; the talent - matchless.

Among Mr. Starsky’s moving renditions of operatic,
spiritual and popular songs were Donaudy’s Vainement
ma bien aimee, Donizetti’s Una Furtiva Lagrima,
Schubert’s Ave Maria, Webber’s Music of the Night,
Chaplin’s Smile (yes, that’s Charlie Chaplin) and
Rodgers’ I Have Dreamed. The remarkably versatile Mr.
Smiddy accompanied Mr. Starsky.
Mr. Smiddy’s legendary brilliance as a classical pianist
did not fail to astonish everyone who came to hear him
perform. He delighted the crowd with Addinsell’s Warsaw
Concerto, Azarashvili’s Nocturne, a Chopin Waltz and
Chopin’s Polonaise in A-flat major, Opus 53.

Thursday, 12 April 2012

Ronnie Alan SERVIES married Minnie Frances SMIDDY.

(89) Ronnie Alan6 SERVIES, (Flora5 HURST, Nora4 EVANS, Pryor3, Jesse2, John1) was born in 1941, and married (90) Minnie Frances SMIDDY who was born in 1942.
91 + Anthony Lynn7 SERVIES b. 1963
92 + Tina Ronette SERVIES b. 1964
93 James Richard SERVIES b. 1967

Tuesday, 3 April 2012


My name is Laura Smiddy.
I am from Texas. I have always wanted to know more
about my family, so I decided to just start looking.
My dad is (born 1956) James Thomas Smiddy. His twin brother is John C Smiddy, older brother
Richard Elliot Smiddy, and older sister Gale Smiddy. My grandpar"Winfry"
Im not sure what their parents names were or anything past them.
Would love to hear more from you! thanks Laura

Tuesday, 13 March 2012

Searching for William McILWRAITH B. 1852 approx.Glasgow Scotland and Mary SMIDDY b. 1857 approx. Waterford Ireland.

Searching for William McILWRAITH B. 1852 approx.Glasgow Scotland and Mary SMIDDY b. 1857 approx. Waterford Ireland.
One child I know of ;Catherine b. 28-10-1885 Oamaru New-Zealand.
Any information welcome please. many thanks.

Posted by: Kay Bartlett
October 19, 1999

Thursday, 8 March 2012

Corporal Gregory William SMIDDY, Royal Australian Air Force

Gregory William SMIDDY

Royal Australian Air Force

Service Number - 60686

DOB - Oct. 15th 1910

Place of Birth - Temuka, New Zealand

Date of Enlistment - Aug. 28th 1941

Locality on Enlistment - Bondi, NSW

Place of Enlistment -Sydney NSW


Date of Discharge - Nov. 27th 1945

Rank - Corporal

Posting at Discharge - 1 Flying boat repair Depot
Prisoner of War - NO

WW2 Nominal Roll.

Saturday, 25 February 2012

Rose Marie Smiddy, September 20, 1919 - February 25, 2012


Death of Rose Marie Smiddy, Oak Ridge, Tennessee.

  • September 20, 1919 - February 25, 2012
  • Oak Ridge, Tennessee 
  • Rose Marie Smiddy, age 92, Of Oak Ridge, was called home to our Lord Saturday February 25, 2012 at Oak Ridge Methodist Medical Center.
    She was a lifelong member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Oak Ridge, and avid bingo player and sports enthusiast, but her favorites were the Atlanta Braves and Minnesota Vikings. 
  • She was a United States Army World War II veteran and is preceded in death by her husband Q. V. Smiddy, parents Eli and Helen Pintar, and siblings Helen, Betty, Katherine, Mary Ellen, Anne, Bella, and Danny.
    She is survived by her daughter Priscilla Richey, son Quinton Smiddy, Jr. and his wife Tammy; granddaughters Cyndi Reed and her husband Steve, Jodie Rosenbaum and her husband Claude, Amanda Farmer and her husband Eric, grandsons Adam Hatcher and wife Faith and Zachary Smiddy; 7 great grandchildren, 3 great great grandchildren, and several nieces, nephews, cousins, and special friends.
    A funeral mass will be held Wednesday February 29, 2012 12:00pm at St. Mary's Catholic Church with interment to follow at Anderson Memorial Gardens with full military honors. The family will receive friends Tuesday February 28, 2012 from 6:00 to 8:00pmat Martin Oak Ridge Funeral Home.
    Pallbearers will be Adam Hatcher, Zachary Smiddy, Eric Farmer, Thomas Rosenbaum, Christopher Rosenbaum, and Robert Rosenbaum.