Tuesday, 27 March 2012

Uncovering our Connemara Roots

A genealogy conference called Uncovering Our Connemara Roots is to be held at Station House Theatre, in Clifden, County Galway, from Wednesday 30th May - Friday 1st June 2012.  Speakers will include Dr Gerard Moran, Rob Goodbody, Gregory O'Connor, John Grenham, Eileen O' Duill, Simon Fowler, Dr, Irene Whelan, Marie Mannion and Kathleen Villiers-Tuthill.

The following is the provisional programme:

Wednesday 30th May 2012 
5:00pm–6:00 pm Welcome Reception Speaker: Kathleen Villiers-Tuthill (Station House Theatre)
6:00pm–7:00pm In Search of a Better Way of Life: Emigration from Connemara in the 19th and Early 20th Centuries. A talk by Dr Gerard Moran, National University of Ireland, Maynooth. (Station House Theatre)
8:00pm Gala 4 Course Dinner. Entertainment with Traditional Music and Sean-Nós Dancing. (Omey Suite, Station House Hotel)

Thursday 31st May 2012
9am–5pm Lectures – Sources: Home and Abroad (Station House Theatre)
9:00–9:45 Registration, Tea/Coffee
9:45–10:00 Welcome by Marie Mannion,Heritage Officer, Galway County Council
10:00–11:00 Rob Goodbody. Introduction to Land Records
11:00–12:00 Gregory O’Connor. National Archives Sources
12:00–12:20 Coffee Break
12:20–1:20 John Grenham – United Kingdom Sources
1:20–2:15 Lunch
2:15–3:15 Eileen O Dúill – Finding Cousins in the United States of America: Research in American Sources
3:15–4:15 Simon Fowler – Researching Ancestors who Served in the British Armed Forces
4:15–4:45 Question and Answers Open Forum
4:45 Coffee and Close

Evening Programme
8–9pm The Robert Burns of Connemara? The Life and Legacy of Micheal MacSuibhne (‘The Poet Sweeney’),1760–1820 by Dr. Irene Whelan. (Station House Hotel)

Friday 1st June 2012
10:30am–1pm The Home Experience. Exploring 7000 Years of West Connemara from Megalithic Times to the 19th Century. A coach trip of West Connemara with Michael Gibbons, local historian and archaeologist

For more information contact Irene King-Staunton (Co-ordinator), Clifden 2012 Market Street, Clifden, Co. Galway, Ireland Tel: 00353 87 9017406  Email: Irene@clifden2012.org  Website: www.clifden2012.org

(With thanks to Simon Fowler)


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