My group of people arrived in Dublin today to start their week of research. The overnight trip from the U.S. can be tough and arriving before 8 a.m. guarantees that a room won't be ready. But they're troopers! At 2:00 we met in the lobby of Buswells and went off for a walking tour of Dublin conducted by John Gibney. John is from Dublin and has his doctorate in history from Trinity College Dublin. He has taught Irish history at Trinity College and UCD, and has been a research fellow at the University of Notre Dame, the Huntington Library in California and NUI Galway. We met at Dublin Castle, walked past the new GRO on Werburgh Street to Christ Church, then down to Four Courts, the site of the devastating 1922 fire, and then on to O'Connell Street ending at Trinity College. For two and a half hour, his facinating and lively commentary kept everyone wide awake. John was able to take the history he discussed and relate it to the issues we have as genealogists with Irish records.
Once back at the hotel we had a early group dinner with guests, Brian Donovan and Fiona Fitzsimons of Eneclann. They shared information on some of the projects they've worked on, including the Obama genealogy. Everyone was anxious to get a good night's sleep and we'll start at the National Library tomorrow morning.
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