The Return of The Twentyx20 Lunch Time Talks

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This August at the National Library of Ireland, Eneclann and Ancestor Network will host a feast for family history fans! It’s the return of the

Twentyx20 lunch-time talks.

“We have assembled a veritable smorgasbord of experts to unlock the richness of Irish family history” said Fiona Fitzsimons, organiser of the lecture series, and Research Director at Eneclann, “We are delighted to be welcoming back the Twentyx20 Lunch-time talks at the National Library of Ireland this August and hope you will all enjoy some of the exciting topic’s we have lined up for you”

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, to take the mystery out of family history.

Talks start after 1p.m every weekday in August:


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Here is the List of the speakers

  • Tuesday 5thRev. Patrick Comerford, Blogger, Trinity College Dublin, Hatch Match and beyond…finding trails and tales in Parish records
  • Wednesday 6thBrian Mitchell,L’ Derry Archives, shipping records and their usefulness when searching for your ancestors.
  • Thursday 7thLorna Moloney,Merriman Research, The Genealogy of Gaelic clans: sources records and evidence-11th to 17th century
  • Friday 8thAoife O’Connor, Author, Yesterday’s Children: Discover your ancestor’s childhood.
  • Monday 11thPaul McCotter, N.U.I Cork, Researching the history of Irish surnames and clan-names
  • Tuesday 12thElse Churchill, Society of Genealogists, The exile of Erin, researching the poor Irish in Victorian London,
  • Wednesday 13thAudrey Collins, National Archives U.K, Under-used Irish records in the National Archives in England.
  • Thursday 14thHilary McDonagh, Ancestor Network, Genealogy and sporting records-from sporting Laurels to Family Trees.
  • Friday 15thJacinta Prunty, N.U.I Maynooth, Did you come from Dublin dear? Understanding Dublin city through maps
  • Monday 18thRhona Murray,, using to trace your family History.
  • Wednesday 20thEllen O’Flaherty, Trinity College Dublin, Using the College Archives for family history research.
  • Thursday 21stIan Tester, British Newspaper Archive, Digitising Irish newspapers: how we bring Ireland’s past stories back to life.
  • Wednesday 27thMary McAuliffe, N.U.I. Dublin, Finding women in the records.
  • Thursday 28thDan Bradley, Trinity College Dublin, Niall of the Nine Hostages and the genetic architecture of Irish surnames.


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