Cooke’s Lane, Dublin

My father’s father’s family lived in the area around Watling Street, Dublin, Ireland in the late 19th Century.
One of the longest running addresses that they had was on the now extinct Cooke’s Lane.
I have run across mentions of this laneway on maps from the 18th Century, and every time I find a new-to-me old map of Dublin, I look for Cooke’s Lane.
Interestingly, I have somehow always given the famous Griffith’s Valuation a pass when it came to this family. Truth is, Griffith’s would maybe list my father’s father’s father’s father, but there would be no way for me to know that this man was the father of my great grandfather. He has been a lifelong brick wall for me. I cannot find who his father was. I’ve found the man’s brothers, but not the man himself.
Anyway, I decided to take a look at the Griffith’s Valuation map for this area of Dublin just to see what I could see. I was not disappointed!
This is the most detailed map of the lane that I have seen, and I’ve probably seen most of them.

Cooke's Lane Map

Cooke’s Lane was plowed under by the Guinness Brewery expansion in the early 20th Century. It is seen here in the dead middle of the image.

What is amazing to me is that the building footprints are shown. In one of those houses, my ancestors lived.
As you can see from the map, the area was surrounded by various breweries. In the early 20th Century, the Guinness brewery expanded to such an extent that it swallowed up the smaller breweries and plowed under Cooke’s Lane.
Here is the same section of map, more or less on the edges.
Modern-day Guinness Brewery

Modern-day Guinness Brewery.

You can still see where Cooke’s Lane used to be.

Griffith’s Valuation is a great resource for Irish genealogy. I particularly love the blended maps feature available at In some places out in the country, you can still see scars on the land from where there used to be houses when the maps were created. Defo worth messing around with for an hour or so.

Anyway, now to look at the actual records associated with Cooke’s Lane and Watling Street. The area had many Hannons living there for a time. Perhaps, I will see the name of my great grandfather’s father, even if I can’t do anything with it.

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Draddy say what?

Cathy Swift – The multilingual origins of medieval Irish surnames

This is not a surname that is run into too terribly often

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Calling all ye Flynns, Draddys and Donohues!

So, Uncle Sam took a good bite out of me this year, so there wasn’t near the amount of available money that I was hoping for, but I did talk myself into buying a little something for myself from my last AT&T bonus.
If you recall from this post, Calvary is not the cheapest place to deal with.
Well, since then, they’ve increased the price!
I need to get these records before they become more expensive than I can ever justify…even though future research sort of depends on figuring out who all is buried in these plots.
Mary Flynn Plot Purchase

I chose this one for a number of reasons. First, it is the oldest record that we have on this family. Second, Catherine Draddy-Donohue purchased the headstone, so I am placing a bet that she may be buried here.

There is that Draddy grave that needs its records purchased. Section 8, Range 56, Plot F, Grave 3. John Draddy and seven others are buried here. $190, please.
And then there is Elizabeth Norton-Donohue’s grave, 19-9-O-20, which has three unknowns in there with her. $150, please.

It might be a while before I solve this mystery.

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Sunset in Suburbia

Greenville sunset. Having a look around the new ‘hood. Remote said it was up 275 feet. Could have gone up much higher than that, but I didn’t want to risk losing it in a tree or the neighbor’s yard.

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The new field.


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VPN Update

So, since my last post, we have moved houses. States even. We are now in Greenville, RI, which has made my commute very interesting. I had to buy a car, in fact, just to get to the train. More on that later.

This post is about VPN.

Since I shutdown my PC at the old house, we have not had the VPN running for me and my co-worker. This has made life a living PiTA for us. We, basically, have expensive paperweights on our desks. I have been hard at it to get the new house wired up for Ethernet and, get this, telephone. While working on all of that, I have been correcting runs in the coax cabling, too. But one thing was keeping me stuck. The FiOS router is on one side of the house, say, in the 10 o’clock corner. My PC is in my office, which is at the far corner, the 5 o’clock. I had no issue getting Ethernet and phone to this location, but the FiOS router end of things was making me nuts.

Right now, the Verizon techs just drilled a hole in the floor and crammed the coax cable up it. I wanted to do the job properly: in the wall. Only problem is that I was stuck with having to do this on an exterior wall. It is insulated and I would have to drill a hole in the sill plate. I was not looking forward to this, so I turned to other methods.

Because we are now a FiOS family, I pretty much had to buy the crappy, non-flashable Verizon router. This is a G1100. It is a regular router with like a cable modem built into it. IP addressing all takes place over the coax. It is really a different kind of animal. There is a workaround to get this router to take a backseat role on my LAN, but the docs are sketchy and I am still getting up to speed with FiOS. I’ll leave the G1100 as the primary for now. That left me with a WNDR4500, my parent’s old router, doing nothing. I set to trying to get that configured as a wireless repeater bridge. No joy after two evenings of monkeying with it. I am starting to hate this router. I didn’t want to throw the WNDR4300, the OpenWRT router, at this problem, as I want to leave that in reserve for when I am ready to backseat the G1100. I also still have the WRT54GL, which is loaded with DD-WRT. I found this page describing how to do exactly what I am trying to do: connect the two routers, wirelessly, and provide LAN access to my PC, which does not have a wireless card…and probably never will.
Wireless Repeater Bridge
About 45 seconds after the Linky was up and running, I had this thing configured and was pinging the G1100 from my PC! All the things started happening, like Dropbox and updates and web surfing!
I then forwarded the proper ports on the G1100 to my PC’s IP address and tested it with the iPhone. The white whale surfaces!

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