Words of Praise for Recipients of Wallace Clare Award

After inaugurating the Society’s new Wallace Clare Award last month, warm words of congratulation came in from many quarters for the four recipients, each acknowledging their work and commitment to the practice and study of Irish genealogy. A letter was even received from President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins.


Brenton Simons, President and CEO of New England Historic Genealogical Society, said of his former colleague, Marie E. Daly “I was elated to learn that …Marie… is a recipient of the inaugural Wallace Clare Awards from The Irish Genealogical Research Society. This is an honor Marie richly deserves as one of the foremost experts in Irish genealogy. Through a more than thirty-year career with the New England Historic Genealogical Society, and as a founder of the Irish Ancestral Research Association, Marie has advanced the understanding of Irish genealogy and history for countless people in America and beyond through her considerable talents as a researcher, lecturers, and writer. I offer my hearty congratulations to Marie and each of the other recipients!

Claire Santry, the person behind Irish Genealogy News said that she was “mega delighted to see Christina Hunt’s years of dedication to Ireland Genealogy Projects Archives (IGP-web) recognised with the Wallace Clare Award from the Irish Genealogical Research Society. IrishGenealogyNews and IGPArchives became ‘research partners’ back on St Patrick’s Day 2011, just a year after this blog launched, and Chris has never failed to impress with her tireless hard work and professionalism. After many years of researching her own Irish ancestral heritage, she understands the challenges faced by Irish family historians and the value of headstone inscriptions, miscellaneous newspaper reports, family memorabilia, memorial cards, and other items beyond regular record collections. They can be gold to genealogists looking for that one elusive snippet or clue that opens up their research.

Rosalind McCutcheon, a vice-president of the IGRS and an expert on the Society’s manuscript collections said of the material collated by the late William D. O’Ryan that “William’s daughter Josephine was right to draw attention to the fact that her late father’s impressive collection of material relating to the surname Ryan / Mulryan was compiled in pre-computer days with access only to ‘a typewriter, carbon paper, pen and stamps as well as his many visits to libraries around Europe and the world’. This is the case with all of our most important collections. We were particularly keen to accept Mr O’Ryan’s material given it was clearly a collection compiled with dedication and integrity.”

Finally, a lovely letter came in from the President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins, congratulating Guillermo MacLoughlin and his three fellow award recipients. Writing to Guillermo, President Higgins said “this is a well deserved honour, recognising the profound contribution you have made to the development of Irish genealogy. As a nation with a large diaspora, we are deeply grateful for all you have done to enable the discovery of family connections amongst Irish people around the world.

It is expected that a further recipient of the Wallace Clare Award will be announced during the course of 2021.


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