This Friday (21 October) is the first day of BACK TO OUR PAST at Dublin’s RDS. As usual AGI will be out in force over the three days of this annual event. Stop by our stand (108-110) to talk to members, browse the bookstall and maybe even get a free consultation. Also, in the BTOP lecture programme there will be a Q&A session on each of the three days with a panel of AGImembers. You’ll see the times on the Back To Our Past website:        

Distinguished Service Award for Dr Raymond Refaussé

On Saturday, 15 October a seminar was held to mark the retirement of Dr Raymond Refaussé as Librarian & Archivist of the Representative Church Body Library, the main library and archive of the Church of Ireland. The event took place in the Music Room at Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin, where, between 10:30pm and 1.00pm, seven speakers made presentations reflecting upon Dr Refaussé’s 35 year contribution to the archival heritage of the Church of Ireland. This was followed by the presentation to Dr Refaussé of the Archives and Records Association of Great Britain & Ireland’s Distinguished Service Award by its president, Dr Alex Buchanan. In … Read More


Joanna Cicely Fennell, MAGI, Dublin Numbers 39 and 40 Denzille Street, now best known to Dubliners as The Ginger Man pub on present-day Fenian Street, were for forty years the home and premises of the Stafford family. Believed to hail from north Wexford, John Stafford (c. 1811-1874) first appeared in the 1843 Dublin Directory with a premises at 37 Denzille Street. Within three years John had leased both the corner property, Number 40, as well as the smaller one next-door, in which he ran a successful business as a grocer, wine and spirit merchant for some thirty years. On 16 … Read More