Damer House, Roscrea, will host a genealogy workshop from 2pm to 5pm on Saturday the 23rd of August as part of the O’Meachair and the Barony of Ikerrin heritage event.
The workshop will assist those who would like to start researching their Maher/Meagher family heritage and also those who are more advanced in their research, but who could benefit from expert assistance.
Susan Chadwick of RTE One’s TV show The Genealogy Roadshow together with local historian Clare Bohan will provide an overview, assist participants with their queries and help those who wish to compile a family tree.
The workshop will include a review of research – 1901/1911 Census, Griffith’s valuations, church records and much more. Professional genealogists will be on hand to assist with queries.
Susan and Clare will also be joined by a team of local experts from all over ‘Ikerrin’ who are familiar with the families and places of their area and who will help with any general queries. A fee of €10 will apply to the Genealogy Workshop and also the Academic Conference that will preceed the workshop.
The conference will commence at 10am on the theme of later medieval history and the development of the O’Meachair clan and the Barony of Ikerrin itself. Papers will be presented by Dr. Paul McCotter UCC, Seosamh Devine and Adrian Hewson with a response to the papers from renowned local historian Willie Hayes. Professor Willie Smyth will chair the session and all are welcome to attend. The Genealogy Worksop and academic conference are part of the two day O’Meachair and Barony of Ikerrin Heritage festival, to be held on Friday the 22nd and Saturday the 23rd of August. An art exhibition in Killea on the theme of the Devil’s Bit will take place on the 22nd of August and a social gathering will take place in Clonakenny on the evening of the 23rd featuring a variety of events.
For more information check out the website www.omeachairofikerrin.com or facebook at OMeachair 2014.