Ireland Branch

The Ireland Branch of the Irish Genealogical Research Society (IGRS) was established in 1967 and was reorganised with an elected committee in 1986 at the request of members living in the Irish Republic and Northern Ireland.

The IGRS Ireland Branch is very active, and organises its own series of lectures, events and AGM. It works closely with the Council in London in running the Society.

All IGRS members who are resident in either the Republic of Ireland or Northern Ireland automatically enjoy membership of the Ireland Branch. Members who are resident in other parts of the world are welcome to join Ireland Branch events when they are visiting Ireland.

Contact the IGRS Ireland Branch Honorary Secretary by email

Upcoming Ireland Branch Activities 2014

Autumn Lecture:
Tuesday, 28th October 2014 at 18:45
at Helen Roe Theatre, Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland,
63 Merrion Square South, Dublin 2

Speaker: Mary Casteleyn, FIGRS & Vice-President, will give a lecture on the holdings of the IGRS Library.

Admission is free and all are welcome.

Past Ireland Branch events


Ireland Branch Summer Outing:
Saturday 14th June.
Venue: Day trip to Ballitore, Co. Kildare & Mountmellick & Portarlington, Co. Laois

8:30am sharp Coach departs from outside National Museum, Kildare St, Dublin 2
10:00 Refreshments Moone followed by: Tour of Mary Leadbetter House, Friends Meeting House, Ballitore, Co. Kildare
13:15 Lunch at Ena’s at the Mill, Mountmellick, Co. Laois
14:15 Visit to Mountmellick museum, with talk, followed by tour of Friends graveyard nearby
16:15 Visit to Portarlington French Church with talk on Huguenots, followed by afternoon tea
20:00 Arrival back in Dublin

We are pleased to say that we’ve managed to keep the price the same as last year: €55, which includes all transport, entrances fees, lunch and refreshments.  To book, please contact the treasurer, Edward Rowland, who will give details of where to forward payment.

If you have any enquiries, please contact either Máire MacConghail or Claire Bradley.

Ireland Branch Genealogy Open Day:
Saturday 24th May 2014 [10:00am - 4:30pm].
Venue: Dublin City Library & Archive, 138-144 Pearse Street, Dublin 2

10:00-10:20 Registration
10:20-10:30 Chairperson’s Welcome
10:30-11:10 ‘Stories from the Great War: The Royal Dublin Fusiliers Association Archive’
Dr Mary Clark
11:15-11:55 ‘A Most Patriotic Volunteer: the online Military Service Pensions Collection and the Genealogist’
Hugh Comerford
12:00-13:30 Lunch at own expense
13:45-14:25 ‘Single Female Emigration to Australia 1830-1840: including famine orphans’
Dr Perry McIntyre
14:30-15:20 ‘Why can’t you find your ancestors online, even though you know they are there?’
John Grenham
15:20-16:00 Ask the Experts. Question & Answer session

Ireland Branch AGM & Lecture:
Saturday 12th April 2014
Venue: Dublin City Library & Archive, Pearse Street, Dublin 2
14:30 AGM (members only)
15:15 “Exhibiting WW1 at the National Museum of Ireland” presented by Lar Joye, Curator, National Museum of Ireland, Collins Barracks.  (Members and non-members very welcome)
Admission: free

Spring Lecture:
Wednesday 19th March 2014 at 7:00pm
at Helen Roe Theatre, Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland,
63 Merrion Square South, Dublin 2

Speaker: Peter Bailey: ‘The Irish in India’. Full details.


Back To Our Past, Stand No 1
Friday 18 October to Sunday 20 October 2013
The IGRS will once again be at Ireland’s very own family history fair.
The exhibition, and its valuable programme of lectures, is held at the RDS, Dublin.
Report on the IGRS at Back To Our Past 2013

Summer Outing
Saturday 15 June 2013
A full-day outing, with tours of Darner House/Roscrea Castle in Co Tipperary,  East Clare Heritage Centre, and Portumna Castle and nearby Portumna Workhouse in Co Galway.
Report of the Summer Outing.

Genealogy Open Day
Saturday 25 May 2013: 10:00am – 4:30pm
Four lectures, Expert Q&A, Silent Raffle. See Report of the day.

Ireland Branch AGM and Lecture
Saturday 20 April 2013: 2:30pm – 4:30pm
Venue: Dublin City Library & Archive, Pearse Street, Dublin 2.
Title: ‘Using Vestry Records for Family History Research’, with Dr Maighréad Ní Mhurchadha
Cost: Free. Members-only to the AGM. Lecture at 3:15pm, and everyone is welcome.

Ireland Branch Spring Lecture
Wednesday 20 March 2013.
Venue: National Library of Ireland. Cost: Free. Time: 7pm.
Title: DNA – Brick Wall Buster?, with Dr Maurice Gleeson

For previous events, see Ireland Branch Archives

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