Irish Theater Festival in NYC

August 24, 2008

The 59E59 Theaters will host New York City’s first Irish theater festival, 1st IRISH 2008, featuring the New York City premieres of works by eight Irish playwrites.

The festival begins on Saturday, September 6 and runs through Sunday, September 28.  The 59E59 Theaters are located (not surprisingly) at 59 East 59th Street, between Park and Madison  For more information check or an article about the festival in Broadway World.


Researching Genealogical Resources in Ireland Long-Distance

August 22, 2008


SUNDAY, September 28, 2008, 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m
Fordham Law School Auditorium
140 West 62nd Street, Manhattan

In their only New York City area appearance, two internationally-acclaimed experts on genealogical research in Ireland—Dr. William Roulston, Research Director of Ulster Historical Foundation in Belfast, and Dr. Brian Trainor, the Foundation’s retired Research Director and the former Director of the Public Records Office of Northern Ireland—will present an information-packed afternoon on researching genealogical resources in Ireland long-distance. The seminar is open to members of the New York Irish History Roundtable and the public.

Drs. Roulston and Trainor will give four lectures that focus on genealogical resources in a variety of repositories in the thirty-two counties of Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. They will introduce us to many of the lesser-known resources. The afternoon will begin with a general introductory lecture, followed by specialized talks. The lectures are “Introduction to Irish and Scots-Irish Family History Research,” “The Three Cs: Church Registers, Census Records and Civil Registration Records,” “Gravestone Inscriptions,” and “Not Always at the Bottom of the Pile.” Time will be allotted for questions after each lecture.

The seminar will take place on SUNDAY, September 28th, 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., in the McNally Amphitheatre of Fordham Law School at Lincoln Center, 140 W. 62nd Street, between Amsterdam and Columbus avenues. Take the A, B, C, D, or 1 subway line to 59th Street-Columbus Circle. The price of admission is $15 for members and $20 for non-members.

Ulster Historical Foundation, established in 1956, is one of the principal genealogical research agencies in Ireland and a leading publisher of quality historical, educational, and genealogical books.

Ireland GenWeb Project Website

August 2, 2008

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The IrelandGenWeb Project has a wonderful set of genealogical data that is constantly being updated by a group of dedicated volunteers. From the IrelandGenWeb site:

“Welcome to the IrelandGenWeb Project homepage. This site is part of the WorldGenWeb Project and is the local resource index page for Ireland research. To learn more about the history of this project or to contact us for more information, please visit our About This Project.

If you would like to know when any of the County webpages have been updated with new records or of any new projects going on at the IrelandGenWeb Project, join the IGW-L mailing list. This is just an announcement mailing list and will not create a lot of mail.

However, we have a wonderful genealogy list which covers the genealogy, history and the culture of Ireland. It covers all the counties and is a great place for you to learn new research methods and make connections. You can join the list at the Ireland GenWeb Project mailing list webpage.”