Join us for Lunch at The National Library!!

This August and September at the National Library of Ireland, Eneclann and Ancestor Network bring you the best of Irish cultural, family and social history related talks, with the return of the

Family History lunch-time talks.

Fiona Fitzsimons,(Eneclann) organiser of the lecture series said, “We are delighted to welcome the return of the Lunch-time talks at the National Library in 2015.  Family History draws on many different areas of study: genetics, history, archaeology, and fashion, to name but a few.  In the course of my research, I’ve drawn on the knowledge of some of the foremost experts.  This Summer, I’ve invited some of my professional colleagues, here to the Library, to inform and entertain.”

Each talk is a short introduction to a key area, source or research method in Irish family history. The Q&A session will give you direct access to the experts.  We want to take the mystery out of family history!

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

This is the 4th year of this successful talks series.


Here is the List of the speakers and their talks.


  • Tuesday 4th: Gianpiero Cavallieri RCSI, The Irish DNA Atlas
  • Thursday 6th: Ned Kelly NMI, Secrets of the Bog Bodies
  • Tuesday 11th: Paul McCotter, NUI Cork, Irish Surnames, a family heirloom
  • Thursday 13th: Bruce Durie, U.Strathclyde, Heraldry – obscure mediaeval mumbo-jumbo, or valid genealogical technique?
  • Tuesday 18th:Kevin Whelan, Notre Dame, Using maps for thinking about Irish history. An Illustrated talk.
  • Thursday 20th: Andy Bielenberg, PhD, Social geography of Ireland: was there a protestant exodus from the south of Ireland 1919-1923?
  • Tuesday 25th: Rob Goodbody, Author of IHTA, Dublin vol. 3, What industrial heritage?
  • Thursday 27th:Eve Parnell, NCAD, Archives to be explored in the National Irish Visual Arts Library.


  • Tuesday 1st: David Edwards, NUI Cork, The Tudor Conquest of Ireland: Untold stories
  • Thursday 3rd: Padraig Lenihan, NUI Galway, The Irish in European warfare 17C; military origins of diaspora.
  • Tuesday 8th: Ray Gillespie, NUI Maynooth, The house on Bunion Hill: an Irish census project.
  • Thursday 10th: Seamus O’ Maitiu, Gilbert Library, Getting Started in Local History
  • Tuesday 15th: Jayne Shrimpton, Dating and Understanding Family Photographs.
  • Thursday 17th: Charles Benson, Fellow T.C.D., Primrose Pretty-face in Galway. Children’s literature and the spread of the English language in 19th C. Ireland.
  • Tuesday 22th:Paul Rouse, N.U.I. Dublin Sport and the everyday Ireland:
  • Thursday 24nd:To be confirmed, Family History and its role in Irish culture.


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See you then!

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