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Saturday 19 January 2019

Church records hold clues to past

Rev Patrick Comerford
Rev Patrick Comerford

The Rev Canon Professor Patrick Comerford has earned every one of his titles. He is a former Trinity College professor, a foreign desk editor and now precentor of St Mary's Cathedral, Limerick.

He is also a most engaging speaker - and this Friday, May 4, he will be giving a talk in the Members' Room at the Royal Irish Academy on Dawson Street, Dublin, on Irish church records.

He will usher you into a world of past generations, where you can learn about their social networks, living conditions, political values and social concerns - and the multiple layers of religious and ethnic mixes that have helped to make us the people we are in Ireland.

The talk, Finding Trails and Tales in Parish Records, runs from 3pm to 4.30pm and is the first in a series of expert workshops at the Royal Irish Academy run by Eneclann. It is free but places should ideally be booked in advance on

Patrick Comerford blogs regularly at

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