Joan Sharkey, Immediate Past-President of AGI, to Speak at NAI Evening Lecture Series

The National Archives of Ireland is hosting the first talk of 2022 in its evening lecture series and the speaker will be AGI immediate past-President Joan Sharkey.  Joan’s lecture is entitled ‘Researching your Roman Catholic ancestors’ and will discuss the available records and the historical background to the administration of the Irish Catholic church and how this  resulted in the majority of parish registers only commencing in the early 19th century. The talk will cover the extent of the available records and where they are located and will also give advice on using the various websites which contain transcriptions and … Read More


A PICTURE PAINTS A THOUSAND WORDS … Des Murtagh MAGI This 1912 photograph of the wedding of Daniel Harrington and Mary Ellen Byrne captures three generations of the Byrne family in Lucan, County Dublin. It was taken in the front garden of the bride’s parents’ home, which comprised of a 2/3 roomed cottage. Perhaps another photograph was also taken of the groom’s side of the family. Perhaps that photo may have been given to his parents or a family member to be framed and hung in a Harrington household in Cork. While this photograph captures a moment in time, from … Read More

AGI Elects its Tenth President

At its recent Annual General Meeting, Accredited Genealogists Ireland elected its tenth President.  The incoming office holder succeeds Joan Sharkey, who has completed a three-year term. The incoming President is Nicola Morris. She began undertaking work as a professional genealogist in 1999 after obtaining a degree in history from Trinity College, Dublin. She joined AGI in 2010 and has served on its governing Council as an ordinary member, as Hon. Secretary and most recently as the Association’s Vice-President. Over the past decade Nicola has worked closely with the production companies for the TV programme Who Do You Think You Are?, … Read More


THE DEATH NOTICE OF MARY GLYNN 1838-1923 Clare Doyle MAGI Mary Discan married into the Glynn family on 7 February 1859 when she became the wife of John Glynn, of Kilbannon, Tuam, Co. Galway. It isn’t known when or how the Glynn family came to Kilbannon, or for how long they were living there at the time of the marriage, perhaps they have always been there. Certainly, early maps from the pre-Famine period show a dwelling on the same site as the current house. Locally, it is said that the present two-storey house was once a small, thatched cottage and … Read More


Stevenson Family Home: From Farm House to Bomb Site Brian Mitchell This photograph of the Stevenson family home, Bannview House, at Derrytrasna, near Lurgan, County Armagh was published in a report of historic buildings of Craigavon by Ulster Architectural Heritage Society (1970). The photograph of Bannview House which appeared in this survey shows that the house incorporated a shop and sub-post office. This house, built in 1850s for John Stevenson (my great-great-grandfather), was at one time a linen receiving centre in the age of the cottage weaving industry, where weavers picked up yarn and deposited finished cloth. Bannview was also … Read More


PLOT 9 BALLYGALLY TOWNLAND, INCH PARISH, COUNTY DOWN Beverly Brown. Back in the 1950s, while my grandmother was still alive, she used to talk about the townland of Ballygally, between Killyleagh and Downpatrick. Although her grandparents came from there, it was visiting an elderly aunt in the area that seemed to evoke her strongest memories. She talked about having to clamber over dry stone walls and ditches to reach the cottage. It was many years later before I started to research the family history and even then, it was other branches of the family that held my attention. For a … Read More


BAILEBÁN – NOT QUITE WHITEWASHED FROM OUR MEMORY Anne Rodda M.A.G.I. Inscribed on a wall plaque in the parish of Kilbannon, Co. Galway is the name Bailebán.  Local historian Ted Steede, who arranged for the inscription a few years ago, says of the name, which is commonly anglicized as Ballybane: “There are quite a few Ballybane placenames in Ireland. The origins of the name go back to when the labouring classes living in clusters ….. used wetted lime to whitewash their cottages.  The lime was produced in the local limekiln by burning limestone from a local quarry.  Hence the name … Read More

AGI Member Tony Hennessy to speak at National Archives on Culture Night

AGI member Tony Hennessy, master of the bespoke family tree, will be revealing his secrets in a talk entitled ‘How to create your family tree’ at the National Archives of Ireland on Culture Night, September 17 next. More details at the National Archives website (


SAD TRAGEDY NEAR RAHENY Anne-Marie Smith, MAGI Farm Labourer’s Death Unfounded Rumour Disposed of at Inquest. When I was researching my mother’s side of the family tree many years ago, I came across some old newspaper clippings from March 1914, kept in a very old small suitcase wedged inside the back of a wardrobe in my grandparents’ house.   The article appeared in the Dublin Saturday Post on 21st March 1914 and covered the inquest into my granduncle James Kinnane’s (Kennan) sudden death aged 26 years. Apparently James had been out of work for about 6 months due to farm labour … Read More