At the beginning of 2014 the Council set itself a goal to increase the Society’s membership to exceed 1000 by the end of the year. With just two days to spare, this has been achieved. Over the past twelve months we have added over 150 names to the membership roll.
It was decided to reward the 1000th member of the IGRS with an additional year’s membership – two years for the price of one. Yesterday an application was received from Ivan Fitzgerald and lucky for him he became our 1000th member entered on the Society’s current list of fully paid-up members.
Ivan is based in Killiney Bay, just south of Dublin. Keen-eyed members of the IGRS will recognise his name as one of the contributors to this year’s edition of the Society’s annual journal, The Irish Genealogist; writing about the Power O’Shee family of Gardenmorris, Co. Waterford. He is a native of Tramore, Co. Waterford, with an MA in Modern Irish History and a recent graduate of the UCD certificate course in Irish genealogy taught by Sean Murphy MA. His interest in genealogy was stimulated by the publication online of the Irish 1901 and 1911 census returns in 2009.
Ivan is a regular contributor to Facebook, where he is always happy to help others in their research with helpful suggestions and pointers.