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

Election of New Fellows

At our recent Annual General Meeting it was announced that AGI Members Máire Mac Conghail and Helen Kelly have been elected Fellows of the Association.  Under its constitution, AGI may award Fellowship in recognition of “invaluable service…to AGI” or a “particularly outstanding contribution to the study of Irish genealogy”. As an 18 year old student Máire Mac Conghail (then called Doran) worked as a freelance researcher for the Genealogical Office and after graduating in the early 1960s she began practicing independently as a professional genealogist. After marriage and a number of years spent rearing her family, she returned to professional … 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!

Justin Martin Elected an Emeritus Member of AGI

Having formally retired from professional genealogy, Justin Homan Martin has been elected an Emeritus Member of Accredited Genealogists Ireland in recognition of his many years of committed service to the Association and Irish genealogy. Justin began his career as a professional genealogist in 1984, receiving credentials from AGI in 1992, which was then known as APGI – the Association of Professional Genealogists in Ireland. In addition to running a very successful practice covering all aspects of genealogical research, but with a specialisation in seventeenth and eighteenth century sources, Justin also undertook probate, adoption and general historical research. His work has … Read More

AGI Members in ‘Zoomed’ Genealogy Q&A Session

In October Members of Accredited Genealogists Ireland participated in an online Genealogy Q&A event in collaborarion with Dublin City Council’s (DCC) Culture Company and the National Archives of Ireland. Virtual participation at meetings and lectures, through the process of Zoom, was practically unknown prior to March this year, when the highly contagious coronavirus appeared and took over the way we live our everyday lives. Over the past few months, under the auspices of the Culture Club (part of DCC’s Culture Company) AGI  – via Zoom – has given a number of virtual presentations, one of which was a successful Genealogy … Read More

Jillian Van Turnhout is AGI’s Newest Affiliate

AGI is pleased to welcome Jillian van Turnhout as the newest Affiliate of Accredited Genealogists Ireland.  Jillian has a national profile outside the sphere of ancestral research, having been a member of Seanad Éireann, the upper house of the Irish parliament.  As well as being a former Senator, she is a current member of the Board of the Arts Council of Ireland.  Jillian has been involved in family history for nearly two decades and in recent years she has concentrated on developing that interest professionally. Jillian is the 17th person to be admitted as an AGI Affiliate since the Affiliate … Read More