Thomas Murphy has been elected as the new chairman for the Society’s Ireland Branch. He is as a lecturer on transport engineering in the Technological University Dublin. He has been a member of the IGRS since 2014.
He says of his interest in genealogy: “I have always been interested in history, especially local history, but in 2012 I began researching my own family history. I soon got involved with the IGRS, attending its public lectures in Dublin, and then in in 2018 I joined the Branch committee.”
Thomas describes his “main area of family history research” as that relating to “military families, as there are lots of Irish families who had men and women who took part in the First World War and their stories have been forgotten and need to be told. I am a member of the Royal Dublin Fusiliers Association, and the Western Front Association, these organisations help to tell these lost stories through lectures, informal talks and tours. I am also a tour guide in Ardgillan Castle in Fingal, Co. Dublin and in my spare time I like walking.”
Covid-19 has of course placed numerous obstacles in the way of normal activity for voluntary societies like the IGRS. But Thomas says he looks forward to facing these challenges head-on in the coming months.
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