ADULT LEARNERS’ FESTIVAL at the NATIONAL LIBRARY

AGI participated in the recent Adult Learners’ Festival in association with the National Library of Ireland.  AGI Members delivered a series of lectures and workshops for family historians during the week.  The lectures were delivered by John Grenham and Helen Kelly.  Both were well attended, with over 60 in the audience.  The talks were followed by the workshops, with four AGI Members participating on each day.  The members involved were Linda Clayton, Aiden Feerick, Máire Mac Conghail,  Hilda McGauley, Nicola Morris, Anne-Marie Smith and Joan Sharkey. This was the third year of AGI’s participation in the Adult Learners’ event and … Read More

IMAGE OF THE MONTH – MARCH 2017

Georgina Scally, MAGI, Dublin As the fall-out from the UK BREXIT vote trundles along a pace, a far reaching consequence has been the upturn in requests from the UK for information about acquiring Irish citizenship, the ultimate aim being to obtain an Irish passport. Presently, there are several routes to gaining Irish citizenship, one of which is citizenship through descent from Irish grandparents – if one of your grandparents is an Irish citizen who was born in Ireland, but neither you, nor your parents were born here, you may become an Irish citizen. Some time ago I received one of … Read More

AGI’s First Continuing Professional Development Event of 2017

AGI’s first Continuing Professional Development (CPD) event of 2017 took place at Dublin City Library & Archive on the afternoon of Tuesday, 21 February. It was a great success, with stimulating talks and lots of catching up among colleagues. More than half of the Association’s members were able to attend and they were joined by all eight of AGI’s Affiliates. The day’s speaker as were Andrew Cooney of Tusla, on the new adoption bill currently before the houses of the Oireachtas; John Grenham, MAGI, on tips and shortcuts  for many of the standard online sources for Irish genealogy; and Nicola Morris, MAGI, … Read More

IMAGE OF THE MONTH – FEBRUARY 2017

Anne Rodda, MAGI, Co. Galway In most Tuam histories and guides there are images of the Kilbannon Round Tower. What remains of the tower is still an imposing structure, on the grounds of the modern day church at Kilbannon. The tower dates to about 1000 AD and marks the site of a church and school for the training of priests established by St. Patrick. The place name Kilbannon is for St. Benin, who was appointed by St. Patrick to head the church and school. St. Jarlath and St. Conla were trained there. The remains of the adjacent church that dates … Read More

New affiliate, Clare Doyle

AGI extends a warm welcome to the newest Affiliate. Being admitted as the first new AGI Affiliate of 2017, Clare Doyle celebrates twenty years working in genealogy and local history. Clare is originally from Co. Monaghan and now lives in Co. Galway. She is a qualified archivist who has experience of various archival, records management and research projects. Her voluntary work on transcription and digitisation of gravestone inscriptions in Killererin, Co. Galway, was followed by three years as genealogy manager for Ireland Reaching Out. In September 2016 Clare completed a Masters in Local History at the University of Limerick.

IMAGE OF THE MONTH – JANUARY 2017

Beverly Brown, MAGI, Co. Down I never met my maternal grandfather; John Rea died in 1947, three years before I was born.  My father always referred to him as having been ‘something of an entrepreneur’, so perhaps that is why I have always been interested in finding out more about him.  He was a joiner, a carpenter and a successful building contractor, but these undertakings were secondary to John Rea’s foremost occupation – primarily that of a garage proprietor. In fact, my grandfather owned the first petrol-filling station in Northern Ireland; or so I was told. It was only once … Read More

Paul MacCotter MAGI contributes to ‘Making Christian Landscapes in Atlantic Europe’

Paul MacCotter MAGI has contributed a chapter on the early history of north Kildare, featuring his work as an historical geographer,  to Making Christian Landscapes in Atlantic Europe (Cork University Press, 2016). The book concerns the fabric of the medieval church in Ireland, Britain, France and Spain  during the early medieval period (c AD 400-1200) and its impact on how landscapes were inhabited and managed. More at the publisher’s website.

IMAGE OF THE MONTH – DECEMBER 2016

John Grenham MAGI About six years ago  I was involved in validating the first transcriptions of Catholic parish registers being made from National Library microfilms for IrishGenealogy.ie.  The process required detailed scrutiny of the original image for every transcript that didn’t match my list of standard names, or that just looked fishy. So I had to look closely at records I wasn’t searching for. In the baptismal register for Skibbereen, I came across this: ’23 November 1827 Catharine of Richd Leonard and Mary Regan, New Bridge, Sponsors: John Glosson Cate Sullivan’ I’m not sure why I thought it looked fishy, but … Read More

New book on the Fitzgeralds, with essay by Paul MacCotter MAGI

  A new book on the Geraldines was recently launched in the new common room in Trinity College. This was edited by Prof. Sean Duffy and Peter Crooks of TCD school of History, and consists of fifteen individual essays on various aspects of the history of this great Irish lineage. AGI member Dr. Paul MacCotter contributed a chapter on ‘The Ramifications of the Geraldines’ consisting of detailed genealogical accounts of the various branches of the lineage. Other contributions from Irish and international scholars covered the entire gamut of the history of this lineage from its origins to how the Geraldines … Read More