New publication by Paul MacCotter MAGI

AGI member Paul MacCotter has just published a paper titled ‘The M7 motorway historical landscape: studies in the history of Ormond’ in the 2018 recent edition of  the Tipperary Historical Journal. The paper will be of interest to those interested in the history of the monastery of Toomyvarra, the town of Nenagh and the surnames O’Meara, O’Tierney, Butler, O’Kennedy and Mackey.


THE HOBBLERS Georgina Scally MAGI Having recently moved to the Dublin village of Ringsend my attention has turned to all things maritime.  Shortly after moving I noticed an unusually looking bench inscribed ‘The Hobblers Look Out Bench’ at the location where the Dodder meets the Liffey on the south side of the Tom Clarke Bridge (formerly the east-link toll bridge) directly opposite the 3 Arena.  The same week after noticing the Bench, I received an enquiry from overseas to research a family from Ringsend with long term links to Dublin Docklands.  Also the same week while on duty in the … Read More


  COGHLAN FAMILY PHOTOGRAPH Ann Marie Coghlan, AGI Affiliate I began my research in Cork City in 1980s with a small set of photographs, my father’s date of birth and his parents’ names from the family bible. By researching the original Civil Registers in Cork City Record Office in 1980s  I was able to confirm the civil records of his siblings. (This service is no longer available) I can identify the boy on the right as my father Charles Coghlan, born July 1910 and can confirm it with an earlier photo. His name is written on the reverse. The identity … Read More

AGI member John Grenham to speak in Limerick

AGI member John Grenham is to give a talk on researching Limerick ancestors in The Granary Library in Limerick city on Tuesday evening next, May 15. Full details at

AGI Welcomes New Member Kit Smyrl

Accredited Genealogists Ireland is pleased to introduce its newest Member,  Kit Smyrl, MAGI, who has worked in genealogy since the mid-1990s, when he joined the Irish probate research firm Massey & King.  Kit was based in England initially, managing research in Great Britain, but in 1998 he moved to Ireland permanently.  Kit operates the probate firm with his brother Steven, a past president of AGI.  Their work was the subject of the RTE television documentary series Dead Money, first broadcast in 2012. Two years ago Kit Smyrl was accepted into the AGI Affiliate programme, designed for genealogists working towards obtaining … Read More


THOMAS WILLIAMS. SOLDIER Sandra Doble MAGI When I first became interested in genealogy, along with researching my own family, I was very keen to research my husband’s family also. His mother knew little about her grandfather other than that he was called Thomas Williams and that he came from Wales to Dublin where he worked in the Smithfield markets. His Irish civil marriage record in 1898 and his death record in 1920 were readily identified as were birth records for his children. Each of these records described him as a labourer. The 1911 census described him as a carter but … Read More


THOMAS HUTCHINSON OF CLIFTON HOUSE Beverly Brown MAGI In 1752, the Belfast Charitable Society was founded by a group of public-spirited citizens to provide welfare for the poor of Belfast. The Poor House, later to be known as Clifton House, operated until the late 1880s, after which it became a nursing home and hospital for the elderly and infirm. Clifton House is an elegant Georgian building, set in landscaped gardens in the heart of Belfast. During the course of my research last year, for a lady in America, I discovered that her great-great-uncle, Thomas Hutchinson, had been a resident in Clifton House, … Read More

AGI to present lectures and workshops at the National Library of Ireland

AGI in association with the NLI will present a series of genealogy lectures and afternoon workshops for Aontas Adult Learners’ festival. The talks and workshops will take place on Monday 5 March and on Friday 9 March next. Each day, three short introductory genealogy lectures will be followed by small group workshops to help attendees get started or progress their family history research. Places in the workshops are limited and will be granted on a first come first served basis. More information on the events: March 5 March 9 


OBSERVATION COLUMN IN RC BAPTISM REGISTERS. Joan Sharkey MAGI Notes in the observation columns in these registers can add greatly to a family’s history. One such note caused quite a stir in the Gibney family. I was checking the baptisms of the 15 children of Robert Gibney and his wife Catherine Flynn. The majority of the children were baptised in St. Mary’s RC, Haddington Road, Dublin and the registers in the National Library of Ireland extend up to March 1907 and now available freely online. A daughter Catherine was born on 30 April 1893 and baptised on 1 May 1893. … Read More


‘HISTORY REMEMBERS THE CELEBRATED, GENEALOGY REMEMBERS THEM ALL’ Tony Hennessy MAGI When I was about fourteen or fifteen I was shown an old, creased and slightly blurry photograph of an ancient looking woman standing in a field or a garden with a child in her arms.  I was told she was my grandmother’s grandmother.  My grandmother’s grandmother?! But would she not have been around in the Famine times? Did they have camera’s then?? “What was her name?” “Mrs Bergin” I was told.  “First name and maiden name unknown, lost forever…” I was told. Staring at the photo I was struck … Read More