Ireland Branch

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

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.

The Ireland Branch Committee for 2017/2018 is as follows:

Claire Bradley – Chairperson [Council]
Bernadette Cass – Honorary Treasurer [Council]
Aileen Wynne – Honorary Secretary
Gay Conroy
Vivien Costello
Catherine Delaney
Hilary Fairman
Hilary Tulloch
Rosaleen Underwood

Ex officio members of Council
David Butler Editor, The Irish Genealogist
Linda Clayton FIGRS
Máire Mac Conghail FIGRS
Edward Rowland
Steven Smyrl FIGRS


Upcoming Ireland Branch Activities 2017


Autumn Lecture:
Monday 20th November at 18:45
Venue: Helen Roe Theatre, Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland,
63 Merrion Square South, Dublin 2
Speaker: Paddy Waldron

Topic: How to get the most out of your DNA test results

All welcome. Members free, non-members €5.

Christmas Drinks: 4th December from 18:00
Join the IB committee for a social evening of genealogy chat at our usual venue of Café en Seine, 40 Dawson St, Dublin 2.

Past Ireland Branch events:

Ireland Branch Summer Outing:
Saturday 29th July 2017
Visit to Monksgrange House & Gardens, Wicklow Gaol,  Enniscorthy Castle & the Athenaeum Theatre
Cost per person: €60 (members) €65 (non-members) includes travel by coach, all entrance fees, morning refreshments and a special lunch.

8:30 am: Coach departing from National Museum, Kildare St, Dublin 2.

10:00 Visit to Wicklow Gaol, with coffee and scones

12:45 Lunch at Monart House

14:30 Monksgrange House & Gardens

16:45 Enniscorthy Castle & the Athenaeum Theatre

17:45 Depart for Dublin

19:15 Approximate time of arrival back in Dublin.

Booking: Please email Bernadette Cass before Friday 14th July 2017. Be sure to include your phone number on all correspondence. Cheques can be posted to Bernadette at 10 Wellpark Avenue, Drumcondra, Dublin 9
Payment may also be made via internet banking including your name in the narrative IBAN: IE89AIBK93104741516056 BIC: AIBKIE2D

 


Summer Lecture:
Wednesday, 7th June at 18:45
Venue: Helen Roe Theatre, Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland, 63 Merrion Square South, Dublin 2
Speaker: Robert Frewen
“James Franklin Fuller, FRIBA, FRSAI, FSA. (1835-1924) – Great architect; dubious genealogist?”
J.F. Fuller was a noted antiquarian, genealogist and architect of many renowned buildings (Ashford Castle, Kylemore Abbey, etc.). Like his architecture, his genealogical work was impressive and extensive. However, writing on his family genealogy he made some dubious conclusions and was adept at hiding the truth. This illustrated talk details how research into his family genealogy in Ireland, France and the United States uncovered some skeletons and fascinating tales.
IGRS member Bob Frewen is an amateur historian / genealogist. His researches include the lives of several landed gentry families in South Kerry, where he is a regular contributor to local history publications.


Genealogy Open Day – Saturday 20th May 2017
Venue: Dublin City Library & Archive, 138-144 Pearse Street, Dublin 2

10:00-10:20 Registration
10:20-10:30 Chairperson’s Welcome
10:30-11:15 Jim Herlihy – Tracing Ancestors in the Irish Police
11:20-12:00 Finding the Irish in Scotland – Ruth Mathewson
12:00-13:30 Lunch at own expense
13:45-14:30 How German immigrants brought savoury delight to Dublin – Karl-Heinz Wuestner
14:45-16:00 Lightening talks: Claire Bradley demos the new features of the IGRS website, Aileen Wynne talks about DNA testing and Rosaleen Underwood talks about church records

 

Spring Lecture & Ireland Branch AGM – Saturday 22nd April 2017

Venue: Dublin City Library & Archive, 138-144 Pearse Street, Dublin 2
14:30: AGM (members only)
15:00: Lecture
Áine McHugh, archivist of Loreto Ireland, the Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary, will speak about the history of the sisters, the schools and their archive.
(Members and non-members very welcome)
Admission: free, no need to book.


2016:

Christmas Drinks: 5th December from 18:00
Join the IB committee for a social evening of genealogy chat at our usual venue of Café en Seine, Dawson St, Dublin 2.


Autumn Lecture:
Tuesday, 15th November at 18:45
Venue: Helen Roe Theatre, Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland,
63 Merrion Square South, Dublin 2
Speaker: Alan Phelan
Topic: The Records of the Erasmus Smith Trust Archive

Ireland Branch Summer Outing:
Saturday 20th August 2016

Day trip to Castletown House, Co. Kildare, Ballinamuck Heritage Centre, Co. Longford & Tullynally Castle, Co. Westmeath.

8:00am sharp Coach departs from outside National Museum, Kildare St, Dublin 2
9:00 Castletown House, Co. Kildare: Refreshments and Tour of House
11:30 Ballinamuck Heritage Centre, Co. Longford, followed by lunch at the Longford Arms Hotel
15:30 Tour of Tullynally Castle, Castlepollard
16:30 afternoon tea
19:00 Arrival back in Dublin

Price: €60, which includes all transport, entrances fees, lunch and refreshments.


Ireland Branch Genealogy Open Day – Saturday 21st May 2016
Venue: Dublin City Library & Archive, 138-144 Pearse Street, Dublin 2

10:00-10:20 Registration
10:20-10:30 Chairperson’s Welcome
10:30-11:15 The Curious Writer – Marita Conlon McKenna
11:20-12:00 Irish Internal Migration 1600-2016: A Neglected Aspect Dr Patrick Fitzgerald
12:00-13:30 Lunch at own expense
13:45-14:30 The online resources of Limerick City Local Studies Mike Maguire
14:45-16:00 Lightening talks: Claire Bradley gives her top census tips, Aileen Wynne talks about family tree software and Joanna Fennell discusses immigration hints

Finding Your Ancestors and and IGRS Ireland Branch AGM – Saturday 19th March 2016

Finding Your Ancestors is a day conference jointly hosted by the IGRS and Cork Genealogical Society. It will be held at the Clayton Hotel, Silversprings, Cork City, and includes refreshments and a light lunch.

Please see the dedicated page for full details of the programme, venue, times, costs and booking.

The IGRS Ireland Branch AGM will be held at the same venue as the conference. You do not need to book or pay to attend the Ireland Branch AGM. The AGM is open to members and non-members alike but only members can vote.


2015

Autumn Lecture:
Thursday, 12th November at 18:45
Venue: Helen Roe Theatre, Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland,
63 Merrion Square South, Dublin 2
Speaker: Dr Ciarán Reilly of NUI Maynooth
Topic: “Black sheep disgrace any flock”: The 19th Century Irish Land Agent
Admission free. All welcome.


Ireland Branch Summer Outing:
Saturday 20th June 2015
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

Price: €55, inclusive of all transport, entrances fees, lunch and refreshments.


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

Spring Lecture & AGM
Saturday 18th April 2015
Venue: Dublin City Library & Archive, Pearse Street, Dublin 2
14:30: AGM (members only)
15:00: 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.
Admission: Free. No need to book. (All members and non-members very welcome.)


2014

Autumn Lecture:
Tuesday, 28th October 2014 at 18:45
Venue: 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: Free. All welcome.

Back to our Past – 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

Ireland Branch Summer Outing:
Saturday 14th June.
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

Price: €55, inclusive of all transport, entrances fees, lunch and refreshments.

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.
Admission: Free. (Members and non-members very welcome.)

Spring Lecture:
Wednesday 19th March 2014 at 7:00pm
Venue: 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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