Date(s) - 18/01/2017
8:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Lackagh Parish Centre
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Some Families from the Shores of Lough Corrib
Our January meeting took place on 18 January at 8pm in Lackagh Parish Centre. Paul Greaney spoke on ‘Some Families from the Shores of Lough Corrib’.
The association’s AGM also took place at this meeting, at which the officers and committee for 2017 were elected.
In his talk, Paul outlined his experience of research in a wide range of genealogical sources, drawing on examples from his own family history. Principal among these is the story and family of his great-great-grandparents, Mary Burke and Michael Greaney of Kilgill, who lived through the Great Famine, married in Annaghdown Parish in 1858, and had a family of four daughters and eight sons. Six of these sons emigrated: five to Portland, Maine and one to New Zealand. Their stories of emigration, success, and tragedy formed a large part of the talk, and were complemented by a number of other interesting recent discoveries.
Particular emphasis was placed on records and some lesser known sources, and the talk was thus of general interest to anybody interested in researching their family history in Galway.
Paul Greaney is a PhD researcher in Applied Mathematics at NUI Galway. He had been actively researching his own family history for almost a decade, and has a particular interest in the genealogy of Annaghdown families. Most of his recent ancestors lived in Annaghdown, Maree, and the surrounding parishes. He is a committee member of the Western Family History Association and of Lackagh Museum, and a volunteer with Ireland Reaching Out.