IMAGE OF THE MONTH – MARCH 2021

ANNIE (CLARKEN) KINNANE, NURSE TO THE VERSCHOYLE FAMILY, CO. LIMERICK Anne-Marie Smith M.A.G.I   My great-grandmother was Annie Clarken who was born in Dublin in 1867 (died in 1924) to Patrick Clarken and Bridget Cassidy. Her father worked as Coachman for the Cramptons of Grangemore House, (Donaghmede) for almost 30 years. She married Patrick Kinnane in 1886, who was a ‘butcher’ from Co. Clare and a widower. They had two children James in 1888 and my grandmother Annie in 1889. Sadly, Patrick Kinnane was killed by a train on his way home from work one evening in 1890 leaving his … Read More

AGI Member Sandy O’Byrne to give online NAI lecture

Sandy O’Byrne B.A., M.A.G.I, will give an online public lecture for the National Archives of Ireland at 7 pm on Tuesday March 23 next. The lecture is titled “Civil records: the gateway to the past”  and more information is available here on the NAI website.

IMAGE OF THE MONTH – FEBRUARY 2021

FR NICHOLAS SHEEHY – OPPONENT OF THE PENAL LAWS WHO MET A GRISLY END Aidan Feerick B.A., MAGI Few people today remember Fr Nicholas Sheehy of Clogheen. He was the son of Frances Sheehy, a wealthy Catholic from Drumcollogher, Co Limerick and a woman called Power from Bawnfune, Parish of Kilronan, on the N 671 close to Ballymacarbury, Co Waterford. Nicholas was born in 1728 and was enrolled in the Irish College in Salamanca on 17 March 1749 to train for the priesthood. He left in 1751 but must have been ordained elsewhere because in 1752 he was appointed to … Read More

IMAGE OF THE MONTH – JANUARY 2021

A FRUITFUL FAMILY TREE PROJECT Beverly Brown MAGI Long before genealogy took over my life, I had time for all sorts of craftwork, from glass-fusing to wood carving and from metal craft to textiles. Back in the spring, with PRONI closed and requests for research at a standstill, I decided it was time for a more creative slant on family history. And that is how this fabric tree came about. With our little grandson having just had his first birthday, I decided this would be perfect for the wall of his bedroom. Not wanting to make it too large, I … Read More

AGI to provide Diploma in Family History Course

Accredited Genealogists Ireland will be providing the Diploma in Family History Course at City Colleges, commencing Thursday, 28th January 2021.  The course will be delivered entirely online and enrollments are now open. Click here for full details.

IMAGE OF THE MONTH – DECEMBER 2020

INSPECTION Clare Doyle MAGI This image was taken near Tuam, Co. Galway and is thought to show an inspection by the Office of Public Works. Michael (Midie) Forry who lived in Tuam was a ganger working on Galway’s roads and had the photo in his possession. It’s thought that Midie is pictured on the left. The National Archives of Ireland holds the archives of the OPW including ledgers, journals and other assorted material relating to island navigation, the building of roads, bridges, piers and harbours, Land Act Loans, Church Fund Loans and other material. A database has been compiled of … Read More

AGI Member Tony Hennessy speaking on Irish Traveller Family History

On Monday 7 December at 7pm (Irish time) the National Library of Ireland is hosting a presentation on Zoom, ‘Rolling back the Road: A Journey In Irish Traveller Family History’.  Tony Hennessy, MAGI, and Michael Collins of Pavee Point will discuss a project carried out over the last few years which was co-ordinated by Tony Hennessy.  It culminated with the construction of large family tree charts.  Three of these were presented to the National Library in December 2019.  To attend this free online talk it is necessary to book here: https://nli.ticketsolve.com/shows/1173606173  

AGI’s 33rd AGM

We had our 33rd Annual General Meeting on Tuesday morning. Though we were founded in 1986, in our first two years we had two separate branches: one based in Belfast and the other in Dublin. That is why our first overall AGM took place in 1988. Over the years we have had AGMs in various locations in Belfast and Dublin. This year’s was the first held online. How times have changed!

Back to our Past 2020

This year Back to our Past is not just a month early, but it’s also online. Virtual BTOP takes place over the weekend of 18-20 September 2020. For just €10 anyone, anywhere in the world, will be able to pick and choose from the various talks and online articles on offer. On the BTOP page just click the BOOK EVENT icon to register. Accredited Genealogists Ireland will, as usual, be involved in the event. Six AGI Members have recorded a series of introductory talks, helping people to navigate the main online sources for Irish genealogy, concentrating primarily on free databases. … Read More

Online talk by Tony Hennessy MAGI

As part of the Online Virtual Culture Club Dublin, Tony Hennessy MAGI will present ‘How to Start, Where to Start – First Steps in Tracing Your Ancestors’ on Thursday 20th August at 2.30pm. Click here for more details and to book.