Lectures Programme 2020

Date     Title Lecturer



The Kings of Aileach and the Vikings

This talk discusses the expansion of the Cenél nEógain dynasty from about the mid-6th century onwards and then Viking activity in Ulster to the 940s. The talk ends with the collapse of the old Uí Néill high-kingship which occurred from the 960s to the 1020s.

Darren McGettigan


Tracing the poor and destitute Irish 
Precis to follow
 Brian Donovan



 To be arranged




How to research your Irish Police Forces Registers and Service Records

Precis: Gerard’s great great grandfather was one of the early members of the Dublin Metropolitan Police in 1837 and he has spent many hours researching the registers and records. The Forces covered in this presentation will be the RIC(1816 – 1922), DMP (1836 – 1935) and the Civic Guards/ Early Garda( 1922 – 1924). 

 Gerard White
.     All lectures are delivered at Dun Laoghaire Further Education Institute, Cumberland Street, Dun Laoghaire
Lectures are at 8.00pm.  A donation of €5 to cover costs is expected










Previous Lectures

Lectures 2020

Month Day Lecture Title Lecturer Video Link
January 14th Townlands, Maps and Directories Shane Wilson Video
February 11th Research your Clan using DNA and Documentary Records Dr Maurice Gleeon Video
March  10th

The Irish DNA Atlas – Revealing Irish History through Genetics

Dr Edmund Gilbert


Lectures 2019

The Society’s lectures are recorded using equipment funded by Dún Laoghaire County Council under its Community Grants Scheme

Month Day Title Lecturer Video Link
January 8th The Chief Secretary’s Office Registered Papers (CSORP) Nicola Morris M.A.G.I. No video
February 12th How to start and administer your own Y-DNA project Paddy Waldron Video
 March 12th  Killarney. the Royal visit of 1861 that put Killarney on the tourist map.   Frank Tracy  Video
 April  9th  Maud Gonne’s Men  Antony Jordan  Video
May 14th Port Collections – A history of Dublin Port and the 1906 – 1925 Name Books Lar Joye Video
June 11th The Evolution of Genetic Genealogy in Ireland Gerard Corcoran Video
July 9th  Headstones…. their obvious and hidden messages John Nangle Video
August 13th  Kingstown Municipal Housing 1904 to 1920 Charles Callan No video
September  10th  Researching WW1 Military & Naval Records of Irish Soldiers and Sailors: Gerard White Video
October 8th From Tullamore to Trinidad –  the Military Service (1916-1923) Pensions Collection as a genealogical source. Robert McEvoy Video
November 12th The 19th Century Valuation of Ireland  Frances McGee Video
December 10th Digital Transformation for Cemeteries Neil Sherrin Video

Lectures 2018

Month Day Title Lecturer Video Link
January 9th Newspaper archives as a source of genealogical information Georgina Scally Video
February  13th  Irish DNA Atlas: An update  Ed Gilbert  Video
March  13th  Monsignor O’Flaherty  Aidan Feerick  Video
 April 10th  Irish Civic Heraldry – People, Places and the Past  Stanislav Zamyatin Moore  Video
 May  8th  DNA and Irish Genealogy: Where to now?  Dr Maurice Gleeson  Video
June 12th History and Genealogy – you can’t have one without the other Declan F Brady Video
July 10th Unlocking Roman Catholic records outside Ireland Brian Donovan Video
August 14th If those trees could speak Frank Tracy Video
September 11th Using the Irish Newspaper Archive search effectively Andrew Martin Video
October 9th The Records of St. Michael’s Dun Laoghaire and their relevance to family and local history. Jim Ryan Video
November 13th Church of Ireland Records – more than just registers Derek Nielson Video
December 11th Recording an Irish Townland History Billy Saunderson Video

Lectures 2017

Month Day Title Lecturer Video link
January 10th Databases for Genealogical Research at Dublin City Library & Archive Dr Mary Clarke  
February 14th Defence Forces:  Developments at the Military Archives 2017 Capt. Daniel Ayiotis Video
March  14th  National Library Ireland : The Manuscript Collections of the Genealogical Office  Ciara Kerrigan Video
April 11th Digitised online resources and complementary sources for researching family history Tom Quinlan Video
May 9th The story of our DNA Mike Mulligan, Ancestry Video
June 13th How Online Sources Helped Put Flesh on the Bones of the Beglan Family Tree. Mary Beglan Video
July 11th Finding my Irish Story Brian Donovan, findmypast Video
August 8th OpenStreetMaps: Where historical geography meets genealogy Brian Hollinshead Video
September 12th Some residents of Killarney Road, Bray Brian White Video
October 10th DMP Casualties during the War of Independence – Part Three. James Scannell Video
November 14th Irishgenealogy.ie – A National Treasure…. Tadg O’Shea Video
December 12th Finding women in the sources – Fiona Fitzsimons  

Lectures 2016

Month Day Title Lecturer Video link
January 12th An Irish Australian in WW1 Maura Flood  
February 9th Walter Carpenter (1972‐1926) – a Kingstown Denizen of the 1900s Charles Callan  
March 8th Church of Ireland Family Records Derek Neilson  
April 12th Quaker Family Records  Noel Jenkins  
May 10th Forgotten but not gone – Experiences of Returning Ex‐Servicemen in the Irish Free State Declan F Brady  
June 14th Yitzhak Herzog – the Sinn Fein Rabbi Stuart Rosenblatt  
July 12th The Irish DNA Atlas – a Study of Genetic Diversity in Ireland Ed Gilbert  
August 9th Sisters of the Revolutionaries: Margaret and Mary Bridget Pearse Teresa O’Donnell  
September 13th Linking Genealogy and Social History Billy Saunderson  
October 11th Easter 1916 – Rising or Civil War Mal Murray  
November 8th Tracing Irish Police Ancestors Jim Herlihy  
December 13th The evolution of the Irish harp emblem Stanislav Zamyatin Video

Lectures Programme 2015

January 13th 2015 - Matchmaking and Marriage Customs in 19th Century Ireland - Sean O Duill
February 10th 2015 - The Comerfords in Ireland: disentangling myths and legends to find true origins - Patrick Comerford
March 10th 2015 - Researching Irish Emigrants to the US - Maura Flood
April 14th 2015 - ancestry.com as a resource for the genealogist
May 12th 2015 - Researching Jewish Ancestry in Ireland - Stuart Rosenblatt
June 9th 2015 - Records of the Dublin Metropolitan Police - James Scannell
July 14th 2015 - Genetic Genealogy - Gerard Corcoran
August 11th 2015 - After The Ball Was Over - Frank Tracy
September 8th 2015 - Dublin Dock Records - Declan Byrne
October 13th 2015 - Famine Roads and Ghost Villages of Co. Mayo – Charles Egan
November 10th 2015 - The Reverend Thomas Goff of Carriglea Kingstown Co Dublin – David Doyle
December 8th 2015 - Using simple tools to Document your Family History Better – A Demonstration – Tom Conlon

Lectures Programme 2014

Tuesday 4th January 2014 - Kingstown-Dun Laoghaire 1913 Week by Week - by Charles Callan
Tuesday 11th February 2014 - 19th century property tax and Griffiths Valuation - by Aidan Feerick
Tuesday 11th March 2014 - Pearse St Library as a resource for the family history researcher - by Maire Kennedy
Tuesday 8th April 2014 - Maritime Matters - by Brian Scott
Tuesday 13th May 2014 - Technology and Genealogy from a layperson's point of view - by Maura Flood
Tuesday 10th June 2014 - Clans of Ireland – a case study of the O’Donnell clan - by Francis M O’Donnell
Tuesday 8th 2014 July - Developments in The National Archives to assist the Genealogist - Gregory O Connor
Tuesday 12th August 2014 -OpenStreetMap – community and historical mapping for all - Brian Hollinshead
Tuesday 9th September 2014 -Irish Genealogy Online: the Digital Revolution - Brian Donovan
Tuesday 14th October 2014 - Commonwealth War Graves Records for Ireland - Patrick Hugh Lynch
Tuesday 11th November 2014 - Loughlinstown Workhouse - Liam Clare
Tuesday 9th December 2014 - Researching  a Family Business - Resources in the Dublin City Library and Archive - Eithne Massey

Lectures Programme 2013

  • Tuesday 8th January 2013Irish Army Records by Comdt. Pádraic Kennedy
  • Info. re. WW1 & WW2 Battlefields Tour organised by former members of the Irish Defence Forces – click here
  • Tuesday 12th February 2013Dún Laoghaire Harbour & its Board by Gráinne Shaffrey
  • Tuesday 12th March 2013 (Annual General Meeting)Rental Sources as a Resource for the Genealogist by Dr. James Ryan
  • Tuesday 9th April 2013Ancestry.com as an archival resource for the genealogist – present and future by Eric Booth
  • Tuesday 14th May 2013The Preservation of Old Documents by Christine Deakin
  • Tuesday 11th June 2013The Ordnance Survey Office as a Genealogical Resource by Leonard Hynes
  • Tuesday 9th July 2013The Shamrock Fund in World War 1 by Brian White
  • Tuesday August 13th 2013 ‘Irish and British Maritime Records’ by David Snook
  • Tuesday September 10th 2013‘Medical Records of the Royal College of Physicians’ by Harriet Wheelock
  • Tuesday October 8th 2013‘Rental Records as a Genealogical Source’ by James Ryan
  • Tuesday November 12th 2013‘Children in Care – Records of Pre-1952 Adoptions’ by Fiona Fitzsimons
  • Tuesday December 10th 2013‘The resources of Ancestry.com as a support for the Genealogist’ by Eric Booth

Lectures Programme 2012

  • Tuesday 10th JanuaryQuaker Records in Ireland by Rob Goodbody
  • Tuesday 14th February The Sinking of the Vanguard off Kish in 1875 by Declan Heffernan
  • Tuesday 13th March  – Some Sources for Family History Research in the City Archives by John Grenham
  • Tuesday 10th AprilSt Brides Church of Ireland Parish Records by Ronnie Wallace
  • Tuesday 8th MayDMP Casualties during the War of Independence by James Scannell
  • Tuesday 12th JuneUnderstanding Church Records and their value to the Family History by Dr. Jim Ryan of Flyleaf Press
  • Tuesday 10th JulyThe Care and Restoration of old Family Photographs by Edmund Ross
  • Tuesday 14th AugustThe Records of the Irish Railway Records Society by Norman E. Gamble
  • Tuesday 11th SeptemberThe Records of the Royal Irish Academy as a Resource for the Family History Researcher by Siobhán FitzPatrick
  • Tuesday 9th OctoberThe Registry of Deeds as Aide for the Genealogist by Dara Guidera and Emily Moore
  • Tuesday 13th NovemberRichard Griffith (1784-1878), Public Servant, Valuator and Geologist by Dr. Patrick N Wyse Jackson
  • Tuesday 11th DecemberThe Archives of the Royal Dublin Society – some Recent Developments by Natasha Serne