Board of Directors

Board Board of Directors – Genealogical Society of Ireland

The Board of Directors of the Genealogical Society of Ireland is elected annually by the Members at the Annual General Meeting held on the second Tuesday in March each year. The below were elected at the AGM held in March 2016.

Board meetings are normally held on the first Thursday each month at the Daonchartlann. Picture opposite shows a typical meeting in progress.



Title of Position

General Areas of Responsibility


Cathaoirleach Liaison with the President, Vice-Presidents and College of Fellows. Representation. Gerry Hayden
Leas-Chathaoirleach and Lecture Programme Deputising for Cathaoirleach. Representation.

Evening Meeting Lecture Programme, Evening Meeting, liaison with the Dún Laoghaire College of Further Education (Barry O’Connor)

Tony O’Hara
General Secretary, Company Secretary

Oifigeach na Gaeilge

Heraldry Ireland & Vexillology Ireland

Board Meetings, Corporate Matters in conjunction with Finance, Policy Matters, Monthly Gazette, Morning Meeting, Legislation, liaison with DLRCoCo., Oireachtas members, Govt. Depts. & Agencies.
Irish DNA Atlas Project. Representation.
Irish language services and the promotion of the use of the Irish language within the Society
Promotion of Heraldry and Vexillology. CEO of Vexillology Ireland & Heraldry lreland. Maintenance of the Heraldic & Vexillological registers, archival/library collections, websites and Facebook pages. Nomenclature & Protocol Policy. FIAV
representative. Liaison with Hon, Herald and Hon, Vexillologist.
Michael Merrigan
Finance Financial Records, Banking, Budgets, Financial Control, including Publications, Grant Applications, Corporate Matters in conjunction with Company Secretary. An Daonchartlann Foundation (Provisionally).
Billy Saunderson
Membership Services and Cemetery Projects Membership Drive and Records in conjunction with Finance. Recording Memorial Inscriptions, Group Projects, Publication of MIs in conjunction with Publications. Barry O’Connor
IMG_20150419_123636[1] Internet Services Diaspora Outreach,
Sales & Marketing
Publications & Membership Sales & Marketing, Marketing & Promotion Strategies, Advertising. CSI On-Line Shop. Diaspora Outreach overseas promotion. GSI Website design and maintenance. Digital Archive in conjunction with Archival Services. GSI Facebook page in conjunction with General Secretary. Occasional Publications, GSI Journal. Tom Conlon
Anne Social Inclusion & GSI Social Club Outreach Programme aimed at including the “New Irish” and others in GSI activities.  Organisation of social events and day trip in conjunction with Outreach Programme. “Contact point” for lapsed and/or elderly/ill members. Liaison with Membership Services. Anne Brophy
Lua Archival Services & Educational Services Archival Collections, Archival Policy, GSI Files (in conjunction with General Secretary), GSI On-Line Catalogue in conjunction with Internet Services. Public Ofhce in conjunction with Building Services. Supervision of Librarians / Archivists. Education Programmes, liaison with Educational establishments, repositories, libraries etc. Liaison with Outreach Programme. Lua Ó Scollaí
13 Buildings & Utilities, Health & Safety officer An Daonchartlann, utilities ans services within the building, liaison with Dún Laoghaire Harbour Company. Periodical Collection – Irish content extraction with Archival Services & Educational Services Séamus Moriarty
Outreach Programme Provision of exhibitions and outreach projects in conjunction with Education Services, Social Inclusion and Archival Services. Eddie Gahan

Nota bene:  The above were elected at the AGM in March  2016 and received their portfolios at the April meeting of the Board.