Sunday, 24 July 2016

Summer Talks 2016 at the National Library of Ireland

From the Irish Family History Centre (

Join us for the return of @NLIreland
Summer Talks 2016

Curated by Fiona Fitzsimons of the Irish Family History Centre, the Summer Talks @NLIreland features a glorious gallimaufry of guest speakers exploring aspects of Irish Family History.The Summer Talks series takes place in the Genealogy Room, NLI, Kildare St., at 1pm every Tuesday and Thursday, commencing Tuesday 26th July, concluding Thursday 8th September

This is the 5th year of this successful talks series.


For the 2016 Summer Talks, our line-up of speakers features some of the leading creative artists, scholars and activists in Ireland, discussing how their work intersects with Irish family history, to inspire and influence them.

In 2016, the talks presented range from Ireland’s prehistory (Ogham Stones), to an up-to-the-minute discussion of what constitutes Irish-American identity today?

In between we consider, who were the first Irish settlers; learn how family and local history is in the DNA of our native Irish language; gain a new perspective on Oscar Wilde; explore how family stories provided the inspiration for one of Ireland’s foremost contemporary writers; and cross linguistic boundaries with a signed/ interpreted talk on the history of Deaf Culture in Ireland.

We’re confident that our speakers will entertain, stimulate your interest, and inspire your research.

Le gach dea-mhéin,

Fiona Fitzsimons

“Fiona Fitzsimons has put together an exciting line-up of speakers for the Summer Talks 2016 series at the National Library. We’re delighted to work with The Irish Family History Centre operated by Eneclann on the series for the 5th year in a row.”

Ciara Kerrigan, NLI

o Sinead McCoole: Mná - 25 years of searching - lessons & leads
Date: July 26th

o Dermot Bolger: A reading from his new novel - The Lonely Sea and Sky, followed by a talk.
Date: July 28th

o Paul McCotter : Territory, maps and genealogy
Date: August 2nd

o Fiona Fitzsimons: Explorations in Irish genealogy
Date: August 4th

* Liam Breen / Cormac Leonard (interpreter): A history of Deaf Culture in Ireland
Date: August 9th

* Nuala Ni Dhomhnaill: ‘The selkie’s skin’: How Irish oral traditions preserve family and local history
Date: August 11th

* Eleanor Fitzsimons: Wilde’s women: How Oscar Wilde was shaped by the women in his life.
Date: August 16th

* Damien Shiels: The Forgotten Irish: Revealing the voices of Irish 19th Century Emigrants
Date: August 18th

* U.S. Ambassador O’Malley: Irish American identity, how do we sustain the people to people links between Ireland and the United States?
Date: August 23rd

* Aoife O’ Connor: Seen? Heard? Records of Children in Nineteenth Century Ireland
Date: August 25th

* Clodagh Tait: The Simple annals of my parish poor: stories from parish registers
Date: August 30th

* Nora White: Ogham Stones – Our earliest genealogical sources
Date: September 1st

* Joe Buggy: Ten free websites for U.S. genealogy research.
Date: September 6th

* Professor Dan Bradley: Adventures in ancient DNA: Who were the first Irish?
Date: September 8th

For more information and for event updates keep an eye on our Website blog at, our Facebook page, and on Twitter via @FionaFitzsimons

We will provide regular updates with all the information you need, Email us at

See you then!

(With thanks to Laura Carroll)


For details on my genealogy guide books, including A Decade of Irish Centenaries: Researching Ireland 1912-1923Discover Scottish Church Records (2nd edition), Discover Irish Land Records and Down and Out in Scotland: Researching Ancestral Crisis, please visit

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