Free Summer talks in the NLI: WEEK 6

The Summer Talks at lunchtime will take place every Tuesday and Thursday in August & September from 1-2pm,

Week 6 we look at the role of local history in family history.

Local history examines the story of a person in their community, in a given space and time.

Ray Gillespie ( NUI Maynooth )

Tuesday 8th of September

Raymond Gillespie

The house on Bunion Hill: an Irish Census project

How do you write local history? This talk suggest that people in the past worked within a world of family and community and for that reason genealogy is a very important resource for the local historian but is often forgotten about as local historians tend to concentrate on place rather than people. This talk looks at one household in north Armagh in the 1901 census to see what the history of one family might tell us about the world in which they lived. It suggests that genealogists need to become more historically minded and historians need to pay more attention to genealogy.

Venue:National Library of Ireland


Raymond Gillespie teaches in the Department of History, NUI Maynooth.
Most of his work forces on the local experience in early modern
Ireland and he developed the Maynooth MA in local history. He is also
The series editor of the Maynooth Studies in Local History series
Published by Four Courts Press, which has recently published its
100th volume in the series.


Séamus Ó Maitiú .

Thursday 10th of September

Se Pic

Getting Started in Local History

A brief introduction to kick-start your research into the history of your local area. Firmly believing that we should all know our place, Séamas Ó Maitiú will look at ten key questions we should ask about our area, whether it be a town, village, parish or street. Such questions as how did its population fluctuate over time and why, how did people make a living there and at what church did they worship? Pointers will be given as to where the answers to these questions and others may be found.

Venue:National Library of Ireland


Séamas Ó Maitiú, a former secondary teacher, has lectured for many years in the area of history and local studies. He has published studies on the history of Donnybrook Fair, Jacob’s biscuit factory, Wicklow stonecutting and the early history of the Gaelic League, amongst other topics. His Dublin’s suburban towns 1834-1930, a history of the Dublin townships, was based on his doctoral thesis. He currently teaches the Lord Mayor’s Certificate in Local Studies in Dublin City Archives, Pearse Street annually and is the editor of Dublin Historical Record, the journal of the Old Dublin Society.

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