Trace Your Family History At Cork City Hall


Full Lineup of Talks Announced for the 4th and 5th March in City Hall Cork

Found ‘Dead or Alive’​ Genealogy Corner at 50 Plus Expo 4th & 5th March City Hall, Cork City.

You all know that over 50’s is the new over 30’s for interests, resources and cultural pursuits. This is why Lorna Moloney (APG) & SoG(UK) who is over 50 but doesn’t look a day over 27 years has scheduled a genealogy corner at the 50’s plus Expo in Cork. This is taking place in City Hall, March 4th & 5th. Our talks at the Genealogy Corner at the Over 50s in Cork are simply wonderful with terrific experts. These talks will take place in City Hall, Cork City on March 4th & 5th. If you would like to take a table with us, please contact Lorna Moloney at 085-8721184 or email

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Our talks include:

(1) Dr Michael Christopher Keane; From Family Tree to Published Book – From Laois to Kerry. This talk will explore the journey of this author on a family history topic and goal for many.

(2) Dr Penny Walters – Dr Penny Walters was adopted at birth (‘luckily’to a lovely couple), and is now a University guest Lecturer (within Psychology, Business Studies & Ethics). Penny is a mother of 6 (aged 11-30). Her ancestral search has taken her back from the UK, through south Wales’ coalmines, to the Irish Famine and specifically to Cork (Drimoleague) & Kerry (Sneem) Penny’s aim is to talk about the issues adopted people have when looking at one’s roots, specifically, that adopted people can’t verify any information from blood relatives.  Penny will talk us through the issues adopted people have when looking at one’s roots, specifically, that adopted people can’t verify any information from blood relatives. In addition, there are ethical dilemmas when researching a family that you have never met, nor have any information about, the Pandora’s box you may be opening, and not being able to put any ‘flesh on the bones’ of the lives of the people within the certificates you can obtain.

DNA testing revealed that Penny has 71% Irish heritage, which supports the paper trail of ¾ of her ancestors coming from southern Ireland. This emotional search has led Penny to travel within the last year to Cork, Belfast, Dublin, and soon to Nenagh, where Penny will be lecturing on the Clans and Surnames Irish Family History Research week May 15 -19, 2017 see Feel free to email her at: or add her on FB or Instagram, (Penny Walters).

(3) Lorna Moloney,  CEO, Genealogist, Historian, Radio Presenter, Co-Ordinator

How to hand your Family Tree using Online sources Lorna will be talking you through the opportunities to be gained online for Irish genealogy. Lorna is running the event Clans and Surnames in May at Nenagh, Co. Tipperary which is a wonderful opportunity to trace your Irish roots.

(4) Tony Harpur: The 1842 Catholic Parish of Midleton in County Cork. Tony is an expert on Midleton and has a wonderful professional experience of Irish History and Ancestry. Tony will also be speaking at the Clans and Surnames event in May, 2017.

(5) Uilleann Ceoil – Irish Musical Lecture Uilleann Ceoil are leading ambassadors providing music accompaniment for Heritage events in Ireland. With a proven track record of providing trad sessions for University College Cork, Uilleann Ceoil will take us through the story behind Irish music.

(6) Sandra Bamber – How to draw your family tree using traditional methods of calligraphy, pen and ink. Sandra is an arts and crafts expert and has assisted with the running of events at Merriman Research with Lorna Moloney for years. Sandra will be leading the arts and crafts component of the Winter event at the GN Abbeycourt, Nenagh, Co. Tipperary on November 7 -10, 2017 for our Curious Tourist series for Irish heritage tours, see

(7) Christine Deakin Irish Genealogy Solutions : Are you looking after your family History Collection? Acid free storage products are essential for long term preservation. The usual types available in the high street are full of chemicals which can damage or destroy items. Irish Genealogy Solutions supply acid free products which are specifically designed for the storage and mounting of Certificates, photos, documents and other forms of memorabilia. We also supply the Irish Roots Binder Magazine Binder. 024 97963 / 087 3156807 Christine is an expert on these matters and this is a valuable opportunity to meet with her at this event website :

(8) David Ryan ‘ How to Trace your Cork ancestors’ David Ryan an expert on Cork and Tipperary ancestors will be available to talk to you about this avenue of Genealogy research. David is currently compiling genealogy workshops in Cork and is highly recommended.


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