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.


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.


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  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

New book by Paul Gorry, MAGI

Seven Signatories: Tracing the Family Histories of the Men Who Signed the Proclamation, by AGI Member Paul Gorry, details the ancestry of the signatories of the Proclamation of the Irish Republic in 1916. Researching their varied origins involved a range of genealogical sources. Their stories illustrate the value and uses of these sources. The book developed from a project of the Irish Family History Foundation / Rootsireland while Paul was engaged in editing some of the organisation’s online material. He was asked to research and write up family histories for the seven signatories. Enough material was gathered to warrant a … Read More

New AGI Affiliate, Ann-Marie Coghlan

Welcome to Ann-Marie Coghlan, who is the latest applicant to be admitted as an Affiliate of Accredited Genealogists Ireland. Ann-Marie’s background is in Education Management and in Business Consultancy in the UK. Her family heritage stems back to Cork, Clare and Dublin. After a career in England she made the move to live in Ireland in 2005, taking up professional genealogy a few years later. Her main professional interest is in the city of Cork and its business and religious communities. She also has particular experience in researching the Irish community in England and Scotland, expanding this out to migration, … Read More


Nicola Morris, MAGI, Dublin Peter Whelan was born on 6 June 1865 in Stepaside, Dublin.  He was the son of Peter Whelan, a soldier residing in Gibraltar, and Margaret Costello. A search for the marriage of Peter Whelan Senior and Margaret Costello in the civil marriage index was unsuccessful, suggesting that the couple married prior to 1864, when civil registration of Catholic marriages commenced, or their marriage was not registered with the civil authorities.  A search of all databases of parish registers failed to find a record of this couple’s marriage, suggesting that the records for the church in which … Read More

AGI Returns to the expanded National Archives Genealogy Service

Accredited Genealogists Ireland (AGI) is pleased to announce that it has been awarded the contract to provide the Genealogy Service at the National Archives of Ireland.  The Genealogy Service provides free advice for those tracing their own Irish family history, whether using sources online or in the national record repositories in Dublin and Belfast, or indeed on a local level. On Tuesday 1 November AGI returned to the Genealogy Service after a break of four years.  At the same time the service was extended from a half-day to a full-day format, opening from 9.30am to 5.00pm, with a 30 minute … Read More