Council

The Irish Genealogical Research Society Council

The Irish Genealogical Research Society has no paid or full-time staff. It is managed by a Council assisted by other volunteers. Brief details of our current Council Members are below.

The President and Vice-Presidents, ex officio

Fergus Gillespie is the President of the IGRS. He was the Chief Herald of Ireland from 2005 to 2009.

The O’Conor Don
Vice-President

Sir Christopher Coote, Bt
Vice-President

Julian C Walton

Julian C Walton
Vice-President

Mary Casteleyn, FCILP FIGRS
Vice-President

Rosalind G McCutcheon FIGRS
Vice-President & Vice-Chairman

Peter Manning

Peter Manning FIGRS
Vice President & General Secretary
Peter became a member of the Society in 1981 after discovering his Irish ancestral roots lay in the counties of Roscommon and Galway through a line of the O’Mainnins of Menlough Ui Mainnin.  He was elected a Fellow of the Society in 1987. He became a regular attendee at the library assisting member’s with research and inquiries and was elected to the Society’s Council in 1993. He became its Hon. Chairman from 2001 to 2010. Since then he has taken on the role of Hon. General Secretary. He was elected a Vice President in 2013.

Ramón, The O’Dogherty of Innishowen
Vice-President

Members of Council

Steven C. ffeary-Smyrl, FIGRS, MAGI
Chairman

Steven has practised as a professional genealogist since 1989 and was president of Accredited Genealogists Ireland during the years 2012-2015. He is a founding member of the Council of Irish Genealogical Organisations (CIGO), serving twice as its chairman. He was elected a Fellow of the IGRS in 2007. He is author of Dictionary of Dublin Dissent – Dublin’s Protestant Disstenting Meetinghouses 1660-1920, published in 2009. In 2012, the work his legal genealogy firm, Massey & King, was depicted in a six part series on RTE called Dead Money.

Máire Mac Conghail, BA, FIGRS, MAGI

Edward J Rowland, BComm

Jill Williams, BA FCCA HDipEd MIFL FIGRS

Linda Clayton MAGI, FIGRS

Linda has been practising as a professional genealogist for more than fifteen years, working in the area of legal and probate research and in 2010, was admitted as a member of Accredited Genealogists Ireland (AGI). Having attended classes in Irish genealogy at University College, Dublin, she was awarded the Certificate in Genealogy in 1999. Since 2000, Linda has been a member of the Ireland Branch committee and during that time, has completed two terms as Honorary Secretary. She was elected as a member of the IGRS Council in 2008 and was awarded fellowship of the Society in 2013.

Lindsay Bellhouse, BA DipED FIGRS
Honorary Librarian

Claire Bradley, BA
Chairperson, Ireland Branch

Claire joined the Society in 2012 and quickly became an active member, first on the Ireland Branch Committee, where she served as Honorary Secretary for 2 years before becoming the current Chairperson in 2016. She is a Dublin-based freelance genealogist. She holds a Certificate in Family History from University College Dublin and also teaches a bi-annual beginners genealogy class in Malahide.

Nick Reddan, MSc GradDipStat, BEc FIGRS
Webmaster

David J. Butler, PhD
Hon. Editor, The Irish Genealogist

has been a member of the IGRS since 2003, the same year he submitted an article to The Irish Genealogist, based on research uncovered while completing his doctorate in historical geography at University College Cork. He was appointed Hon. Editor of The Irish Genealogist in May 2012, effective Volume 13:4 (2013) to date. An historical geographer by training, David lectures in geography at University College Cork and coordinates adult education online and on-campus qualifications in genealogy/history of family there, as also at the University of Limerick. David is a committed inter-disciplinarian, and holds Fellowships of the Royal Geographical Society (FRGS), the Royal Historical Society (FRHistS) and the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (FRSA).

Jim Boulden

Terence J Hatche FCA
Honorary Treasurer

Mark Goold

Honorary Membership Secretary

Mark started researching his family history 25 years ago and joined the IGRS in 1996 to help further his research into his paternal Cork ancestry. He took the Certificate in Genealogy and Family History evening course at Birkbeck College London. More recently he offered to help in the Society’s library and shortly thereafter in 2013 became Membership Secretary. At the same time he was co-opted to the Society’s governing Council and has been re-elected subsequently. He is a Chartered Surveyor by profession and lives near Harrow with his wife and two children.

Ruth Mathewson

Following nearly 20 years of working with data commercially, Ruth turned her attention to her family history about 10 years ago, applying the same rigorous logic to hunting down ancestors all over the world. After completing a Post-Graduate course in Genealogy, she has specialised in analysing Irish and Scottish records, reflecting her own roots. She has completed commissions for clients via her Kindred Ancestry business and has complied a free website of resource links and advice called Irish Geneaography. She is also interested in the power of maps to make family history research more interesting and interactive.

Bernadette Cass
Honorary Treasurer Ireland Branch

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