The 'Clans and Surnames of Ireland Genealogy Programme  will take place from May 15 - 19, 2017 at the Great National Abbeycourt Hotel in Nenagh, County Tipperary. Our programme includes expert genealogy workshops, seminars, lectures, fieldtrips and valuable research advice for Irish family researchers.   

Our fieldtrips will be offered in County Clare, Limerick and Galway to facilitate a range of  requirements. We can offer 'Walking Tours', Graveyard tours and Landscape character assessment fieldwork. We offer a suitable package for a companion who may not be taking the programme should you wish to travel with same. Conservation, preservation & collections care workshops are also scheduled within the programme for the week. Our programme is in high demand so don't delay and do not hesitate to contact Lorna Moloney for more details if required.

Our speakers include  Kenneth Nicholls, Dr Paul MacCotter, Patrick Guinness, Sean J. Murphy, Fiona Fitzsimons, Dr Joe Mannion, Donough McGillacuddy,  David Ryan, Regina Sexton, Lorna Moloney, Dr Michael C. Keane, Dr Ursula Callaghan, Rosaleen Underwood, Brian Donovan, John Tierney, Aiden Feerick, John Nangle, Jennifer Armstrong Zinck, Jane Halloran-Ryan, Jennifer Wood, Tony Harpur. Tony Browne, Penny Walters, Deirdre Hunt and Treasa Kerrigan. Our speaker profiles can be viewed at SPEAKERS

For  further  details and  group bookings
please telephone:  Lorna Moloney  at 353-85-8721184

To organise payment, you can request a paypal invoice or pay through our online booking form. We also take bookings through telephone at 353-85-8721184.

Clans and surnames Family history - Nenagh, Co. Tipperary   mAY 15 - 19, 2017

May 15 -        Arrival at Nenagh, Abbeycourt Hotel. Welcome and Introductions

11.30               Registration

1.00 - 5.00  Genealogy Assessment and research needs workshops 2 -5.  Exploration of your personal   research requirements. One to one guidance sessions and research planning for your Irish  family research.

1.00-1.30         How to create your family tree using computer software
1.30 -2.00        Drawing your Irish family tree~
2.00 -2.30        Developing your Irish family research
2.30 -3.00       Online tools and resources for collating your Irish family research
3.30 -4.00The Dos and Don't for Family trees  
4.00 - 4.30       Maximising your family history research sessions
4.30 - 5.00       Document content management and dealing with research outputs
5.00 - 5.30      Overcoming research brick walls

Our Timetable is available TIMETABLE

Exhibition  The Casey Corner   'From Ireland to America - Genealogical Legacies  from the Irish Diaspora - Casey Connections'   The exhibition explores the Irish roots of   James E. Casey founder of  UPS

This exhibition examines the Genealogical wonders of O'Kief Coshe Mange collated and collected by Albert  Eugene Casey and explores its family history legacies. There will be a lecture on same during the research week.

7.30              Dr Joe Mannion - Clans and Surnames of Ireland Opening lecture                       'Clans and Surnames

May 16

8.00 - 9.00  -  Registration
9.00 - 10.00  -  Introduction to Irish genealogy sources
10.00 - 11.00 - Understanding Irish land records & Irish placenames
11.00 - 11.30   Break
11.30 - 12.15  Townland, Tithes and Taxes, Strategies and census substitutes
12.15 - 1.00   Donough McGillycuddy - 'From Iberia to Ibernia'
1.00-2.00        LUNCH
2.00-3.00         Registry of Deeds
3.00 -4.00        Latest Irish research sources
4.00 - 4.30      Convicts and Criminals in Irish family research
4.30 -5.00      Using subscriptions sites for Irish family research
5.30 - 6.30    Early Evening Meditation with Sacred Sites
7. 00 - 8.30         Dinner &  Evening Lecture with Culinary Historian Regina Sexton

May 17

8.00 -11.00      Registration
9.00 -9.30       Roundtable discussion
9.30 - 10.00    Catholic Parish Registers
10.00 - 11.00   Civil Parishes and Death registration sources
11.00 - 11.30   Break
11.30 - 12.30  Evaluation and Comparing tools for graveyard and ancestry
12.30 - 1.00   Irish Newspaper sources, Obituaries for research
1.00 - 1.30  -  The legacies of the O'Kief Coshe Mange Cork and Kerry ancestors
1.30 - 2.30    Lunch
2.30 -5.30        Afternoon field trip to Portumna Workhouse & Portumna Castlefor lectures, learning and online sources and fieldtrip led by Dr Paul MacCotter 

May 18

8.00 - 9.00   Registration
9.00 - 10.00Roundtable discussion - The Psychology of Searching
10.30 - 11.30 Conservation and Collections Care
11.30 - 1.00  Putting it all together - Disseminating your research, finalising                              sources and citations -How to write up your family history, methods                      and strategies
1.00 - 2.00   Lunch break
12.30 -1.00    Roundtable discussion
2.00 -3.30 -  Irish surname workshop
3.30 - 4.00 - Break and discussion

*Margaret Jordan Genetic Genealogist will be available in the afternoon from 2.00 - 4.00 to answer questions on DNA projects.

4.00 - 5.30     DNA - Patrick Desmond Carl Alexander Guinness, KCEG KLJ

 * We have a webinar organised with Jennifer Armstrong-Zinck on 'What now - how to deal with your DNA results'


7.00   - Evening Plenary Lecture with Kenneth Nicholls 'Old Laws and Obsolete legal terms: some Guidance for the perplexed researcher', followed by Evening Dinner.

May 19 

10.00 - 10.45  Backing up your genealogy research
11.00 - 12.00  How to continue with your Irish family research
12.00 - 12.30  Roundtable discussion - Regional surnames

May 19 - Conference papers &  seminars - Clans and Surnames. 

Featured Papers   1.30 - 3.30

  • Michael J. Keane - From Laois to Kerry - Transplantation of the 7 Septs in 1607
  • Donough McGillacuddy - 'From Ibernia to Iveria' 
  • Penny Walter 'Is adoption the Primal Wound?
  • Jennifer Wood - The Quest to find Prendergast Ancestors in Ireland'
  • Jane Halloran-Ryan - Tyredagh Clunes- what we can learn from one family's journey from  County Clare to Connecticut
  • Tony Harpur - The Glory of the O'Deas.
  • Deirdre Hunt  The O'Dwyers of Cadiz - 'The Mystery of Antony O'Dwyer in the Eighteenth century.     

*We also have papers for reading and review so contact Lorna to arrange readers for same and to arrange  at

3.30   Finale - Certificate ceremony presented by Kenneth Nicholls.

Clans and Surnames of Ireland  Programme
Great National Abbeycourt Hotel, Nenagh, Co. Tipperary
Friday 19 May 2017           Email:

Telephone: 353-85-8721184

One to one consultation will be scheduled on request with our panel of researchers and experts. The panel are:

[Kay Caball] [Lorna Moloney ] [David Ryan] [Paul MacCotter} [Tony Browne] {Rosaleen Underwood] [Sean J. Murphy][Aiden Feerick] [Ursula Callaghan] [Jane Halloran-Ryan][Adrian Martyn]

For any inquiries regarding the programme, please contact: Lorna Moloney at


Please note that day rate does not include accommodation. Our Early bird is available until the 31 December and our Paypal Link is available at
Clans and Surnames Paypal Link

Select which package you wish to book and make your payment on same.