At the recent IGRS Annual General Meeting Paul Gorry was unanimously elected as a Vice-President of the Society. Paul is a native of Baltinglass, Co. Wicklow, a professional genealogist and a founding member, in 1986, of Accredited Genealogists Ireland (AGI), formerly the Association of Professional Genealogists in Ireland.
Paul has been a family history enthusiast since childhood and became a member of the IGRS in 1979, and was subsequently elected a Fellow in 2005. He served on the committee of the Ireland Branch of the IGRS in 1986-1989 and 1997-1998. He served as AGI’s Hon. Secretary in 1988-1991 and as President in 2007-2010. In 1989 he brought together a group of individuals to organise an international conference on Irish genealogy. This group staged the 1st Irish Genealogical Congress (IGC) in 1991. It was followed by three further IGCs, held in 1994, 1997 and 2001 each of which saw several hundred delegates attending from across the globe. Paul was Chairman of the IGC from its inception to 2002. He helped found the Council of Irish Genealogical Organisations (CIGO), and in 1993 and has also served as its Chairman.
He has written extensively on genealogical and local history topics and on Irish golf history. With his AGI colleague, Máire Mac Conghail, he was joint-author of the book Tracing Irish Ancestors, published by HarperCollins in 1997. He also wrote Baltinglass Golf Club, 1928-2003, published in 2003, and Baltinglass Chronicles, 1851-2001, published in 2006. His latest work is Seven Signatories: Tracing the Family Histories of the Men Who Signed the Proclamation, published by Merrion Press in 2016.
Paul has considerable experience in teaching and lecturing on genealogy. He was joint co-ordinator of the Diploma in Family History course at Independent Colleges, Dublin, run in conjunction with AGI from 2009 to 2013. He has lectured at various events and venues in Ireland, England, Australia and the U.S.A. In June 1999 Paul was elected a Fellow of the Society of Genealogists, having been a member since 1987.
IGRS Chairman, Steven Smyrl, said on Paul’s election as a Vice-president: “Paul is without doubt one of Ireland’s leading genealogists and his willingness to serve the Society – he has long been a member of – as a vice-president can only be to the benefit of our members. His many years of experience in the field means he brings with him a very clear insight into the world of Irish genealogy and how it has evolved over the past near 40 years.”
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