National Archives of Ireland Lecture Series: Clare Doyle and Michael Walsh

The Evening Lecture Series continues next month at the National Archives of Ireland with presentations by Clare Doyle, MAGI, and Michael Walsh, B.Sc. MAGI. These will be the final two of four talks in the 2019 series given by AGI Members. The first was by John Grenham, MAGI, in April and the second by Nicola Morris, MAGI in June. Both were very well attended, with standing-room only at Nicola’s talk. Clare will speak on Tues. 24 September on  ‘The Genealogy of an Irish Workhouse: Guardians, Staff & Inmates of the Poor Law’. Michael’s talk is on Tues. 12 November,  ‘The … Read More


MICHAEL FORRY: Land Commission Employee and Gelignite Keeper Clare Doyle M.A.G.I Michael Forry, my great grandfather, was born on 1 March 1884, one of eight children of Owen Forry and Catherine Morley of Tavrane, Kilkelly, Co. Mayo.  He married Norah Treacy from Abbeyknockmoy, Galway on 2 Nov 1913.  In 1930 the family moved to Tuam, Co. Galway. Michael worked for the Land Commission. As part of his work, he kept a revolver (it’s said he never fired a shot) and, for reasons unknown, a stick of gelignite in a locked metal box behind the back door in the family home. … Read More