Irish Family History Society


25th Anniversary

1984 - 2009


25th Anniversary Celebration Evening

On the 22nd October 2009 the Society held its 25th Anniversary Celebration evening at Dublin City Library & Archive, Pearse Street, Dublin. The Society holds its lectures at this location and it was especially pleasing that we were able to celebrate at the Dublin City Library.

Fifty five members and guests had an enjoyable evening. Quite a few of our founder members were able to attend the function, which made it a memorable occasion for all of us.  It was great to see so many old friends.  Some members and guests travelled from Cork and Galway especially for the occasion. Guests included Raheny Heritage Society, CIGO, IGRS, Cork Genealogical Society, Maureen Phibbs of Irish Roots Magazine, Certificate Genealogists' Alumni Group and Irish Huguenot Society. Maire Kennedy and Mary Clarke from Dublin City Library & Archive also dropped in to wish us well for the future.

    L-R. Nora Hickey, Nuala Silke, Michael Egan,                                            L-R   John Dyer & Michael Murphy

            Richard Flatman & Gerry P Cahill

Our guests began to arrive at 5.30 and we had a chance to have a drink and chat with old friends and also meet some of our new members, including a few who had joined in the current year. Our display of old photographs was a great talking point and added to the occasion. At around 6o'c, Chairman Gerry Cahill, after welcoming everyone, gave a brief talk outlining the foundation of the society and its development over the years.


                  Gerry P Cahill, Hon. Chairman

Following Gerry's talk we continued to celebrate with some party food, a drink and much more chat until the evening ended just before 8o'c when the Library was closing.

                Frank Pelly & Patricia Moorhead                                                    Nuala Silke & Michael Egan


Many thanks to Patricia Moorhead, Joan Sharkey and Mary Beglan for all their work in organising such a successful evening and also for producing the excellent displays of old photographs and memorabilia. Many thanks also to Dublin City Library & Archive for allowing us hold our special event at the Library.

All photographs D Sharkey

Congratulations from The Old Dublin Society

5th November 2009

"Dear Mr. Cahill,

This Society is currently celebrating the 75th Anniversary of its foundation in 1934 and mindful that your Society is also currently celebrating its 25th Anniversary, I have been asked by the Council of The Old Dublin Society to formally extend to you our sincere congratulations on reaching your 25th Anniversary and to wish the I.F.H.S. continuing success in all its future activities.

Yours sincerely

For the Old Dublin Society

James Scannell,

Hon. PRO"

Autumn News Sheet 2009

The Society's Autumn News Sheet 2009 was issued to members at the end of October. The bumper edition of 12 pages against the usual 8 includes 5 pages devoted to the celebration of the Society's 25th Anniversary. A selection of photographs taken over the years are shown including one of the 1985 committee. Richard Flatman's piece " A Look back over the years"  takes us on a brief journey from the beginnings in the 1980s to the present time. A PDF version is available to download in the Members' Area.

Summer Outing 22nd August 2009


Our 25th Anniversary Celebrations commenced with a Summer Outing which took place on Saturday, 22nd August to the historical town of Kildare. It was here in the 5th century that St. Brigid set up her monastic settlement. Little of that settlement remains today but the town does boast a fine cathedral church and round-tower, both of which are accessible

Cathedral, Kildare. (photo J Sharkey)     

to the public. At least two of the party climbed to the top of the round-tower! Other historic buildings in the town reflect the dependence on the local garrison and the military settlement at the Curragh.


Lunch at the Silken Thomas Public House was very good as was the after-lunch “wander” through the Japanese Gardens and the excellent guided tour of the National Stud which caused one or two blushes amongst those who attended!

What was lacking in numbers was made-up for in the company of those participating. Thanks to John Heueston and Joan Sharkey for their work in organising this outing.

Gerry P. Cahill,

Hon. Chairman




       Tower, Kildare (photo J Sharkey)

    Group Tower (photo M Murphy)

Special 25th Anniversary Offer to Members

In August , as part of the Society's celebrations, members were invited to give a relative or friend a gift of free membership of the Irish Family History Society until the end of December 2009. These new members received a Welcome Pack which included some past News Sheets along with information about the Society as well as access to Members' Only area. They will also receive the Irish Family History journal due to be published by year end.

At year end they will be invited to become a full paying member. However, there is no obligation to continue membership after the end of the year.

IFHS New Web Site launched - June 2009

The first celebration of the Society's 25 years was the emergence of the new website along with its new Domain address in June 2009.

Our old web site had served us well over the years since it was first launched in 1995. IFHS member, Ian Johnston developed the site and continued to update and develop it further through the years. News items of interest to our members were regularly added. A facility to pay annual membership subscriptions through PayPal was added in late 2007, in time for the 2008 subscriptions.

As the Society progressed it was clear that we needed to develop a new web site which would enable us incorporate some of the major advances in technology over the recent years and thereby offer more facilities to our members and help us obtain new ones.

A professional web designer was engaged to develop our new web site. A software package purchased by the Society enables us update the site easily without needing a deep knowledge of web design.

The various Menu options allows easy navigation to the various areas of the site. 99% of the data from the old web site was transferred to the new one. Visitors can easily locate details of our meetings throughout the year. Our extensive News page includes meetings by other groups that we feel may be of interest to our members.

The new web site has enabled us add two important areas: An online Publications Book Stall and a Members' Area.

Access to Members' Area requires a password. PDF copies of past NewsSheet from 2006 onwards are currently available. Members' Queries and Articles have also been added. A section for Members' Interest is being developed. Over the coming months we will be adding further information which we hope will be of interest to our members.


Contact the Irish Family History Society
Post: 17 Aubrey Park, Shankill, Dublin D18 CX64, Ireland.