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 2015


Ireland Branch Genealogy Open Day:

Saturday 23rd May 2015 [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 LESSER USED GENEALOGICAL SOURCES AT DUBLIN CITY LIBRARY AND ARCHIVE
Dr Máire Kennedy, Divisional Librarian/Special Collections, Dublin City Public Libraries
11:15-11:55 IRISH HISTORIC TOWNS ATLAS: DUBLIN, Part III, 1756-1847: A SOURCE FOR GENEALOGY
Rob Goodbody, editor of IHTA, Dublin, Part III
12:00-13:30 Lunch at own expense
13:45-14:25 SURNAME RESEARCH AND DNA: PUBLICATIONS, POSSIBILITIES AND PITFALLS
Dr Catherine Swift, Irish Studies, Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick
14:30-16:00 GENEALOGY WORKSHOP: SHORT INDIVIDUAL CONSULTATIONS AVAILABLE
Please book via email.


Ireland Branch Summer Outing:
Saturday 20th June 2015
Venue: Day trip to Emo Court House, Co. Laois; Rock of Cashel; Holy Cross Abbey, Co. Tipperary

8:30am sharp Coach departs from outside National Museum, Kildare St, Dublin 2
10:00 Emo Court, Co. Laois: Refreshments and Tour of House and Gardens
12:45 Lunch at Horse and Jockey, Co. Tipperary
14:30 Tour of Rock of Cashel and Hore Abbey
16:30 Tour of Holy Cross Abbey and surrounding area
18:15 Tea at Abbeyleix Manor Hotel, Co. Laois
20:30 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.


Past Ireland Branch events

2015

Spring Lecture & AGM
Saturday 18th April 2015
Venue: Dublin City Library & Archive, Pearse Street, Dublin 2
14:30 AGM (members only)
Lecture: 15:00
Local historian, Liam Clare, will give a talk “Loughlinstown (Dublin) Workhouse”, which will last approximately 50 minutes, with a Q&A session to follow.
(Members and non-members very welcome)
Admission: free, no need to book.

2014

Back To Our Past, Stand No 1
Friday 17 October to Sunday 19 October 2014
Once again, the IGRS exhibited at Ireland’s very own family history fair.
The exhibition, and its valuable programme of lectures, is held, annually, at the RDS, Dublin.
Report on the IGRS at Back To Our Past 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: The holdings of the IGRS Library.

Admission is free and all are welcome.


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.

2013

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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