Reception marking 80th anniversary of the founding of the Irish Genealogical Research Society

The following announcement was written by the Irish Genealogical Research Society:

On the evening of Friday, 23rd September a reception was held in London to mark the 80th anniversary of the founding of the Irish Genealogical Research Society.

It took place at the College of Arms, where 80 years earlier the Society had been founded, on the 15th September 1936, in the rooms of the then York Herald, Aubrey J. Toppin, CVO, a longtime friend of Fr Wallace Clare, the Society’s founding father.

On this occasion our host was once again the York Herald, a position currently occupied by Peter O’Donoghue, who was joined by his colleagues, Patric Dickinson, Clarenceux King of Arms, and Timothy Duke, Norroy and Ulster King of Arms. Among the sixty or so guests was the Irish Ambassador, Dan Mulhall, President of the Huguenot Society of Great Britain & Ireland, Brian de Save, Head of the London FamilySearch Centre, Sharon Hintze, and Else Churchill, resident genealogist at the Society of Genealogists. Other guests well known within Irish genealogy and archives included Maurice Gleeson, Jill Williams, Anthony Camp and Aideen Ireland.

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One Comment

Dick, it was a good year! I was born and I have a wee bit of Irish ancestry, McCaffery, Moran, McLaughlin etc.


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