Genealogies & Family Histories of 1916 Leaders

Lifelong Learning Course

Using genealogy to explore the 1916 Rising

DATE: 20 January 2016

VENUE: UCD O'Brien Centre for Science Building, UCD, Belfield

Coinciding with the centenary of the 1916 Rising, this course will look at its more prominent participants in terms of their family backgrounds. Using genealogical and historical methodologies, we will examine the ancestral origins, social status, political affiliations, accomplishments, interactions and other aspects of the families of leading rebellion figures. Those selected for special examination will be firstly the seven signatories of the 1916 Proclamation, Patrick Pearse, James Connolly, Thomas Clarke, Thomas MacDonagh, Seán MacDermott, Joseph Plunkett, Éamonn Ceannt. Then we will deal with the nine others executed, Con Colbert, Edward Daly, Seán Heuston, Thomas Kent, John McBride, Michael Mallin, Michael O’Hanrahan, William Pearse (Patrick’s brother) and Roger Casement. Other leading figures in focus will be Eoin MacNeill, Éamonn de Valera, Michael Collins, Michael Joseph O’Rahilly (‘The O’Rahilly’), Cathal Brugha, William T Cosgrave, Countess Markievicz (born Constance Gore Booth) and Nurse Elizabeth O’Farrell.


The course runs from 20 January to 23 March 2016 (10 classes, 7-9pm, starting date deferred from 13 January)


To register for this course please see: (click on ‘Lifelong Learning’ and scroll down to AE-GN204)

Sean Murphy

Genealogy Teacher, UCD Adult Education


Sean is a UCD history graduate, BA 1977, MA 1981. The subject of his master’s thesis was the political career of the patriot, author and medical doctor Charles Lucas (1713-1771), on which subject he has published extensively. Developing a specialisation in genealogy/family history, Sean has delivered UCD Adult Education classes in this area since 1989. He currently conducts a course in genealogy/family history which leads to a Level 7 certificate award and also works as a professional researcher, author and consultant. Other research interests, on which he has lectured and published, include Irish surnames, Gaelic chiefs, memorial inscriptions, the Gardiner family, the records of Ulster’s Office, the Registry of Deeds and the Corporation of Dublin.


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