TRADFEST talks at the IFHC

23 Jan 19 to 27 Jan 19


TradFest 2019 runs from the 23rd - 27th January and is Ireland’s largest festival of traditional music with many events taking place in some of Dublin’s most historic places.

The Irish Family History Centre is delighted to be able to run events, which can be enjoyed in conjunction with all the musical delights on offer. 


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TITLE: The Origin of Irish Surnames

DATE: Fri 25th January

TIME: 3pm

VENUE: Unit 12, CHQ Building, IFSC, Dublin 1

Irish surnames are some of the oldest family names used in Europe, but when and how did they first originate? This will be explored by Fiona Fitzsimons founder and research director of the Irish Family History Centre.

Fiona and her team have provided research and historical consultancy for television and film production, including WDYTYA, Faces of America, Finding our Roots, Ancestors in the Famine and more.

Her skills have been harnessed to delve into the Irish roots of a variety of states people, actors and celebrities, including Barack Obama, Tom Cruise, Princess Charlene of Monaco and, most recently, Canadian Prime Minster Justin Trudeau.


You can book your tickets through eventbrite. 



Fiona Fitzsimons with Vice-President Joe Biden after presenting him with his Irish ancestry.


Genealogy Workshop - Connect to explore your Irish roots

DATE: Sun 27th January

TIME: 2pm

VENUE: Unit 12, CHQ Building, IFSC, Dublin 1

ENTRY: €5.00

Come along to discover how to research your Irish Family History. This workshop will be conducted by Declan Brady one of our expert genealogists from the Irish Family History Centre. Learn from us about all things family history related.

All participants will receive:

  • 1 month’s FREE world subscription to Findmypast

  • 1 month’s FREE subscription to

Enjoy a complimentary visit to the Irish Family History Centre


Book your ticket through eventbrite.


Declan Brady walking someone through the surname map at the Irish Family History Centre. 


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