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TIARA Celtic Connected Education: Evidence in Folklore for Irish Family History by Fiona Fitzsimons

May 20, 2023 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

This presentation is free to members, but registration is required.  Click here to register.

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The Irish Folklore Commission Collection 1935-1970 is one of the largest collections of its kind and has been recognized for its “world significance”. It’s a treasure-house of traditional beliefs, customs and stories, passed down through the generations. These traditions are the background of Irish history. As a source, folklore requires a careful method to interpret. However, used carefully, it can provide an insight into ordinary lives not usually documented in the history books. In this talk, we explore the collection, showing how to use it in writing and researching your family history narrative.
For those of you who attended CCC 2022, this is a completely new and expanded presentation.

Presented by Fiona Fitzsimons:

Fiona Fitzsimons is a graduate of Trinity College Dublin, a historical expert and entrepreneur. Since 1996 she’s developed the historical research department at Eneclann, setting high standards for its research work. From 2005 to the present, Fiona and her team have provided research and historical consultancy for television and film production, including WDYTYA, Faces of America, Finding our Roots, and Ancestors in the Famine. Fiona has carved out a role as a writer and educator in Irish Public History, and has taught at the Innovation Academy, Trinity College Dublin; Ancestral Connections Summer School in N.U.I. Cork, the British Institute, and SLC. Fiona hosts the popular Summer Talks series in the National Library of Ireland, and in 2014, she established the monthly Expert Workshop @NLIreland series. Fiona writes a column, “Kindred Lines”, in History Ireland and is a feature writer for the online magazine Irish Lives Remembered. Fiona contributes regularly to specialist journals, and popular magazines and newspapers.



May 20, 2023
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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