2018 AGM Speakers

Nora Keohane Hickey

Lecture title: Remember the genealogical rules in the digital age

Nora studied History and Philosophy at St. Patrick's College, Maynooth. Her B.A. thesis was genealogical, a study of the Norman family, the de Berminghams of Leinster.

She developed a genealogical business, Cork Family History, providing professional research to clients worldwide. Nora has travelled extensively in North America, giving lectures and seminars. In Ireland, she organized Dublin-based Research Weeks together with Summer Schools in Co. Cork.

Her publications include: Going to Ireland: A Genealogical Researcher's Guide, as well as many research guides. As a local historian, Nora has published Kinsale: Glimpses of a Town through the Years, The Battle of Kinsale and some issues of Kinsale Historical Journal. She has authored many articles, both historical and genealogical, published in many journals in two continents. Among the list is her editing of My Barryroe Childhood, the memoirs of her father, Jerome Keohane.

An early member of the Irish Family History Society, Nora also acted for some years as the Honorary Editor of Irish Family History, and was a founder member of the Irish Genealogical Research Foundation, now RootsIreland. She was also a founder member of the Federation of Local History Societies, and edited Local History Review for many years.

Nora has served on the Council of Muintir Mhathúna [O'Mahony Society] for over thirty years and so her involvement with Clans of Ireland began at the earliest date. The O'Mahonys meet annually and from 2014-2017 Nora served as Taoiseach. She became Hon. Editor of the annual society journal in 1989. In 1992 she began the gatherings of The Keohanes of West Cork, who have held meetings on both sides of the Atlantic since then.
Nora has served as a Board Member of Clans of Ireland since 1999 and was in the Chair from 2009 – 2012.

Patrick Guinness KCEG, KLJ

Lecture title: The Introduction of DNA testing as a part of Irish Clan studies 1999-2010

Patrick Guinness was born in Dublin. After reading law at Trinity College, he worked in the London financial world and is a Trustee of the Iveagh Trust. He is a lifelong student of Dublin’s history, and wrote Arthur’s Round, a biography of his historic ancestor Arthur Guinness, founder of the Guinness brewery dynasty.

He has lectured extensively on DNA and on genetic genealogy relating to Irish dynasties and Viking Ireland. Since 2000 he has sponsored research on the genetics of Irish Clans. He has been a central figure in supporting the Smurfit Institute, encouraging interest in their work and informally advising other enthusiasts.

Patrick was a Council member of the County Kildare Archaeological Society and is a former President of The Irish Georgian Society.