The Gathering – Local History,Heritage & Diaspora Conference



Saturday 24 November 2012 (9.30am-4.00m)

Renehan Hall, Maynooth University (south campus)

Organised by the Department of History, National University of Ireland Maynooth

9.15am Registration

9.30am Welcome & introduction

Professor Marian Lyons (Department of History, NUI Maynooth)


9.35am Opening address: The Gathering 2013

Tim O’Connor (Chairman, Board of The Gathering)

10.00-10.20am ‘The global Irish family and its history’

Patrick Fitzgerald (Mellon Centre for Migration Studies, Omagh)

10.20-10.40am ‘Working with the Irish abroad – a perspective from the Department of Foreign Affairs and trade’

Niall Burgess (Department of Foreign Affairs)

10.40-11.00am ‘The Ireland Reaching Out Programme’

John Joe Conwell (Community Liaison Officer for the Ireland Reaching Out Programme)


Q & A

11.20am Coffee

11.4 0-12.00 Searching for your lost ancestors: using transmigration studies

Dr Gerard Moran (Department of History, NUI Maynooth)

12.00-12.20 Entrepreneurs, innovators and philanthropists: the Irish imprint

on the American Midwest, 1850-1900

Ms Regina Donlon (Department of History, NUI Maynooth)

12.20-12.40 ‘In search of the Strokestown Famine emigrants’

Dr Ciarán Reilly (Department of History, NUI Maynooth)

Q & A


1.00pm Lunch & viewing of the Morpeth Roll

2.00-2.20pm The Morpeth Roll: an introduction

Christopher Ridgway (Curator, Castle Howard, York & Adjunct Professor, Department of History, NUI Maynooth)

Chairperson: Professor Terence Dooley (Centre for Historic Irish Houses & Landed Estates, Department of History, NUI Maynooth)

2.20-3.00pm Bringing the Morpeth Roll to life: a challenge for local historians

Mario Corrigan (Executive Librarian, Kildare Library & Arts Services)

Chairperson: Professor Raymond Gillespie (Department of History, NUI Maynooth)

3.00-4.00pm Plenary discussion led by Dr Patrick Fitzgerald

Q & A session: What contribution can local historians make to The Gathering?

This conference will be of interest to local historians, librarians, heritage officers, genealogists, and all with an interest in studying and or researching Irish emigration.


Registration fee: €25 (light lunch, tea & coffee included)

Advanced booking recommended

For further information, contact the History Department, NUI Maynooth log on to Tel. 01-7083729 or email