Using Online Resources for Irish History Research

Lucan Library will host a three part practical course given by Mary Jackson, a Lucan-based genealogist, on using online and original sources for Irish local and family history projects. It will run from 6.30 pm to 8.00 pm on Monday evenings and there are 10-15 places available.

A knowledge of computers and using the internet is essential.

Ordnance Survey Map of Lucan 1870

Over the three sessions, participants will work on a project of their choice – topics of interest to Lucan can be suggested if none springs to mind! Projects can include oral history or records based research.
The first session (29 June 2015) will focus on getting the most from popular online resources and on identifying the public archives and institutions where original records relevant to the chosen topics might be located.
At the second session (13 July 2015), participants will report back to the group on their research to date and they will be given an opportunity to discuss how they propose to advance their project.
At the third and final session (14 September 2015) participants will present a short paper (four minutes to deliver it) on their chosen topic or some key aspect of it. Afterwards, a folder containing copies of the papers will be lodged, for reference, with the Local History Section of Lucan Library.

If you are interested please contact Lucan library on 01-6216422, email or call in.


Genealogy Workshop at Ballyroan Library




Would you like to trace your ancestors?

On Saturday 17 May Paul Gorry will provide “An Introduction to Genealogy” at Ballyroan Library between 11.00am and 1.00pm. Paul, who is a professional Genealogist, will tell you how to get started and guide you through the many online resources available to those wishing to get back to their roots.

To book ring Ballyroan Library on 01 4941900.

Heritage Week at Lucan Library

Lucan Library is delighted to present the following events to celebrate Heritage Week 2013.

17th August until end of September. Exhibition: Lucan House & Demesne By Ronie de Brun

17th August until end of September. Exhibition: Postcard Views of South Dublin, then and nowA photographic exhibition as part of The Gathering 2013

Wednesday 21st August, 7:00pm.‘Sources for Family History Research’, a talk by Mary Jackson. Booking required – now booking, phone 01 6216422

Thursday 22nd August, 6.30pm A Celebration of Traditional Irish Music by Comhaltas Ceoltóirí LucanAll welcome!

History & Heritage events at Castletymon Library

The following events will take place in Castletymon Library to mark History & Heritage 2013. 

Monday August 19th  11am-12:30pm Heritage Card-making Workshop with Ann Foster.

Tuesday August 20th 11am Genealogy: An Introduction: Talk by genealogist Carol Collins

Thursday September 12th 11.45am: Malachi Horan Remembers, a talk by Tomas Maher, illustrated with slides :

Monday September 23rd: 9.45am: Introduction to Archaeology- Talk by Nikolah Gilligan, suitable for a 5th or 6th class. (One class only)

All events are free but booking is necessary.  Just call in to the library to book, or phone 01 4524888.

Heritage Week Genealogy Workshops

Interested in tracing your family tree? Already started your research but hitting a brick wall? Join us at the County Library, Tallaght during Heritage Week 2012 for free workshops with genealogist Paul Gorry.

Irish Genealogical Records: scope & access explained, Part 1. Saturday 18th August 2:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

This first workshop will cover Civil Records, Census Returns & Church Records, both online resources and physical repositories.

Irish Genealogical Records: scope & access explained, Part 2. Saturday 25th August 2:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

The second workshop will include Land Records, OSI Maps, Graveyard Memorials / Registers, Newspapers and other miscellaneous sources. Again, both repositories and online resources will be covered. There will be plenty of time for Q&A.

These workshops are free of charge but booking is required. It is not necessary to attend both workshops.

To book your place, please contact the County Library, Tallaght on 01 4620073 or

Caring for your Family Documents

Archivist Damien Burke from the Archives and Records Assocation Ireland will give a talk on Caring for your Family Documents at the County Library, Tallaght this Saturday 27th August at 2:00 p.m.

This will be a practical session giving advice on caring for your family papers, old photographs and books, etc. It will cover signs of damage to paper, basic preservation steps you can take to prevent damage, how to correctly handle old documents, best storage options, and much more.

Feel free to bring along any items you need advice on and Damien will have free conservation materials to give away to help you get started.

Discover your Irish Roots this St. Patrick’s Day are doing a nice promo of their Irish records for St. Patrick’s Day but did you know that these records are available for free through your public library?

Griffith’s Valuation is available as part of the Public Library Information Services on Ask About Ireland.

You can browse Ordnance Survey Historical Maps for free at your local library & South Dublin Libraries also have a historical map viewer which includes pre-Ordnance Survey Maps.

The index to the  Tithe Applotment Books can be searched computers in the Local Studies section at the County Library, Tallaght.

The Lawrence Collection of photographs can be viewed freely online on the National Library’s Digital Archive.

As well as these, there are many other free online tools for researching your Irish family history, including of course the Census for 1901 & 1911. South Dublin Libraries’ Digital Archive Source includes Thom’s Directories for the South Dublin County area. For more information on researching your family history at the County Library, Tallaght please see our guide at