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Happy Halloween

Despite climate change’s best efforts, the evenings are beginning to draw in.Many people will not be aware that Hallowe’en has its origins in Ireland. It’s changed quite a bit since I was a child in the 1980s but some facets still remain the same. Back then, we dressed up and went to our neighbours’ doors…

Autumn Term At Malahide

It is that time of year. The weather is a teeny bit colder. Conkers are forming on the trees. Kids are going back to school. Adults think about taking an evening course. Well, I just happen to have one. This is my traditional in-person beginner Irish genealogy course in Malahide Community School in beautiful north…

New Research published

The Irish Genealogist for 2020 has been published this week. It goes out to all members of the Irish Genealogical Research Society. I’m delighted to see my own article in it. My One-Name Study of the Ure families of Ireland represents more than a decade of research into this surname, which is more commonly found…

Review of Back to Our Past

Back to our Past (BTOP) has existed in a physical format for several years now. It usually comprises of an exhibition area with stands from various repositories, commercial entities and family history societies, and runs a strand of lectures on traditional genealogical research. In recent years, these lectures have been largely focused on records offered…

Autumn Term online!

As the summer draws to a close, people often look to evening classes to learn a new skill or pass the darker evenings. For almost a decade, I’ve been teaching a beginners’ Irish genealogy class in Malahide Community School. In this time, I’ve helped over many people begin or further their ancestry. I am excited…

Remembering the RMS Leinster

The story of the sinking of the RMS Leinster on 10th October 1918 is one that always loomed large in my family because my great-great grandfather, Michael Joyce MP, was aboard when it happened. He survived the disaster but more than 550 people lost their lives. The figures are not exact because travel between Ireland…