The Irish Ancestral Research Association


Next Meeting

June 13, 2014 at 7:30pm at Brandeis University, Mandel Center for the Humanities, Room G3.

Author Matthew Jude Barker will present an account of the history of the Portland, Maine Irish and a summation of his new book, THE IRISH OF PORTLAND, MAINE, A HISTORY OF FOREST CITY HIBERNIANS.

About the speaker: Matthew Jude Barker, a Portland, Maine native and genealogical and historical researcher since 1981. He is a resident genealogist and historian at the Maine Irish Heritage Center. Matt is the author of many Maine history articles that have appeared in: PORTLAND, DISCOVER MAINE, & GALWAY ROOTS. He was a contributing writer to several books, including THEY CHANGE THEIR SKY, THE IRISH IN MAINE (2004) and JOHN FORD IN FOCUS (2008). Matt is working on a major history of the Irish in Portland [,Maine] during the Civil War. He received a "40 Under 40" award from the IRISH ECHO in 2012. Matt is also the writer and compiler of an Irish genealogy newsletter and the Maine Irish Heritage Trail.

Upcoming Speakers

No meetings in July and August.


Except July and August, TIARA usually meets either the second Friday evening of every month, or on the following Saturday morning at various locations.
On Friday nights, the meetings will be held at a new location - Room G3 in the Mandel Center for Humanities, on the campus of Brandeis University, 415 South St., Waltham, Massachusetts. ( See the Brandeis University campus map for directions. )

Note that parking is free and handicap parking is available directly in front of the building. Public Transportation is available via the Brandeis/Roberts "T" stop however the station is approx. 1/2 mile from the meeting facility. The meetings are free and open to the public, but membership is encouraged.

The programs presented at the meetings vary, but may include general topics such as: how to do genealogical research; Irish history; resources for Irish research in the New England, Dublin, and Belfast area; and how to locate ancestors in Maritime Canada, Northern Ireland, or the Republic of Ireland.

For information about upcoming programs, write to:
The Irish Ancestral Research Association
2120 Commonwealth Ave.
Auburndale, Massachusetts

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Meeting Cancellation Notices

Meeting cancellations are given to Boston's Channel 7 or 56 by 1:00 PM in case of severe weather. Although they do not broadcast the cancellation on the television, you can sign up at Channel 7's website WHDH to receive an email with cancellation information. They also have a cellphone text messaging service for which you can sign up to be notified if there is a cancellation. See their website for more information.

And of course, check TIARA's own web site!

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