We are delighted to announce that APGI has to date admitted three Affiliates; Sandra Doble, Bernadette Walsh and Anne-Marie Smith. All of their details can be found on the website and we look forward to meeting the new affiliates at the next professional development event.
[L-R: Sandra Doble, Anne Marie Smith, APGI Presdent Steven Smyrl and Bernadette Walsh]
Tom Cruise's Irish Ancestors
On Wednesday 3rd April, the Department of Foreign Affairs held a reception at Iveagh House to welcome Hollywood star Tom Cruise to Ireland.
In advance of the reception, Tom Cruise met with APGI member Fiona Fitzsimons
and Helen Moss of Eneclann for a personal brief on his Irish family history.
"Tom Cruise's bona fides as an Irishman are beyond doubt! We traced his Cruise ancestors back to the 1190s in Ireland when they received a grant of crown lands in the Naul, Grallagh and Hollywood in north county Dublin. We traced related families, the Russells and Warrens to the first wave of Anglo-Norman settlement in the late 12th and early 13th Centuries. His Irish roots were not only via the conquering Anglo-Normans. We traced his Gaelic Irish lineage back to an ancestor Níall Glundubh Uí Neill who died in 919A.D.
Tom's ancestors were the Catholic aristocratic and gentry families dispossessed by Cromwell, but who remain visible in the historic records into the 1700s."
Afterwards the Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore presented Cruise with a certificate of Irish Heritage to acknowledge his Irish roots.
The research into Cruise's family was commissioned by Tourism Ireland to promote the Gathering.
[L-R: Mark Henry of Tourism Ireland, Fiona Fitzsimons of Eneclann, Tom Cruise and Helen Moss of Eneclann]
Genealogy Day at Cork City & County Archives
Rosaleen Underwood MAPGI will be contributing to the Genealogy Day at Cork City & County Archives as part of the Cork Lifelong Learning Festival when she will be speaking about New Online Sources for Genealogy on Friday, 22nd March at 3.30pm. Booking essential.
St. Patrick's Festival Family History Centre
APGI members Mary Beglan, Aiden Feerick, Fiona Fitzsimons, Gerry Kennedy and Eileen Ó Dúill will provide a free genealogy advice service and talks during the week of the St. Patrick's Festival (14th to 18th March).
The event, sponsored by FindMyPast.ie, will take place in the Discover Ireland Centre (St. Andrew's, Suffolk St.).
Opening hours are 10am to 5pm Thursday to Saturday; 11am to 4pm Sunday 17th March; 11am to 3pm on Monday 18th March.
For further information, see www.findmypast.ie
RTE’s Dead Money rises to IFTAs shortlist
RTE’s hit show Dead Money (http://www.rte.ie/tv/programmes/dead_money.html) has been shortlisted in the 2013 Irish Film & Television Awards. The six-week series, produced by production company ProMedia, proved hugely popular during its initial run in March and April 2012 and has since been repeated twice. Depicting the work of Massey & King, a probate research firm owned by Steven Smyrl, President of APGI, and his brother Kit, each episode of Dead Money set the search for next-of-kin to an unclaimed estate in an historical and emotional context in which the located relatives discovered their entitlements to a sum of money – sometimes a small fortune!
Dead Money’s IFTA shortlist was based upon an episode which told the story of the search for the nearest relatives of the late Alan Murray, a former taxi driver living in Sligo. After searching in Ireland and overseas and tracking down various cousins, a long-lost daughter, Angela, was discovered some seven years after Alan had died. Never having known about her Irish family, viewers saw a tearful Angela finally meet the relatives she never knew existed. In a remarkably poignant scene, she also learned that her father -- who she believed had abandoned her mother -- had maintained contact and visits while she was still a youngster.
On hearing of the IFTA shortlist, Massey & King’s Steven Smyrl said: “Both Kit and I are thrilled by the nomination and want to thank all the team at ProMedia for their hard work in turning the idea into reality. This particular episode portrayed a difficult and heart-breaking story in a sensitive manner and demonstrated how probate research can deliver more than just money.”
Organised by the Irish Film & Television Academy, this year’s IFTAs mark the 10th Anniversary of the Awards which promise to be an unforgettable occasion, celebrating Ireland’s outstanding film and television productions in 2012 and reflecting upon a decade of exceptional Irish art, creativity and entertainment.
Steven and Kit Smyrl