The Irish Ancestral Research Association

Next Meeting

Friday May 8, 2015 at 7:30pm (doors open at 7:00pm... and a short business meeting at 7:30pm will be followed by our speaker)
Meeting at Brandeis University, Mandel Center for the Humanities, Room G3.

See the Brandeis University campus map for directions.

Boston's public historian Alex Goldfeld will share the story of the Eliot School and the Catholic Exodus of 1859.   Founded in 1700, the John Eliot School is the third oldest in the entire Boston Public School system.   In 1859, it was the site of a bloody incident, when a Catholic boy named Thomas Whall was severely beaten for refusing to recite the then-required Protestant prayers in the class room.   Join us as we explore this event and place it in the context of public education and Catholic immigration in 19th century Boston.

About the speaker:
Alex R. Goldfeld has been making history accessible, interesting and relevant for over 10 years.   In practicing "public history," Alex combines the rigorous standards for research and analysis set by academics, with the use of popular writing, history sites, public monuments and innovative presentations to share Boston's history.

Upcoming Speakers

Friday June 12, 2015 at 7:30pm (doors open at 7:00pm... and a short business meeting at 7:30pm will be followed by our speaker)
at Brandeis University, Mandel Center for the Humanities, Room G3.

Author Mary Pat Kelly will share the story of her sequel to Galway Bay, which was narrated 6 generations of her Irish-American family.   In Of Irish Blood, the years are 1903 to 1923 and she is focusing on Honora Keeley Kelly's granddaughter, her great-aunt called Nora or Nonie.

About the speaker:
An author and filmmaker, Mary Pat Kelly shared the story of her best selling novel, Galway Bay with us at the TIARA banquet several years ago.   Born and raised in Chicago, she lives on Manhattan's Upper West Side with her husband, app developer Martin Sheerin from County Tyrone.

Additional 2015 meeting programs will be announced as soon as arrangements are completed.

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.  Note that each meeting will begin with a brief TIARA business meeting and announcements of upcoming events that may be of interest to the members.

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

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