The IGRS was founded 80 years ago today, on the 15 September 1936 in response to the destruction 14 years earlier of the Public Record Office of Ireland in June 1922 during the Irish civil war.
Catholic priest, Fr Wallace Clare, was the prime mover behind the setting up of the society. He was its first Honorary Secretary and Librarian. He had a lifelong interest in family history and his enthusiasm and great knowledge helped to build up and promote the Society during its first 30 years.
Eighty years on, the Society’s aims remain the same as when first founded: identifying and securing transcripts and abstracts of records destroyed in 1922; publishing an annual learned journal (The Irish Genealogist), comprising family histories, pedigrees and abstracts of records; and generally promoting the pursuit of Irish genealogy.
The advent of the Internet Age has allowed us to begin to share our extensive and enviable collection of manuscripts more widely than ever before.
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