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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
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 &
Estates, Department of History, NUI Maynooth)
2.20-2.40pm Only connect: Ancestry and the Morpeth Roll
Miriam Silverman (Senior Content Manager UK & Ireland at Ancestryco.uk)
Q & A session
2.50-3.30pm 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
3.30-4.30pm Plenary discussion led by Dr Patrick Fitzgerald
Q & A session: What contribution can local historians make to The

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
www.nuim.ie/academic/history Tel. 01-7083729 or email history.department@nuim.ie

On Saturday 24 November 2012 the Department of History, National University of Ireland, Maynooth will host a conference for the Gathering 2013

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