Introduction to Irish Family History



This evening course will run subject to sufficient numbers applying.

Family History isn’t just about the past: learning about our origins allows people to get down to the granular details of our ancestors’ lives. It enables people to construct their own family narrative and personal identity.

This module is taught through a series of eight lectures by Fiona Fitzsimons and Brian Donovan of the Irish Family History Centre (Eneclann). The course covers a broad sweep of Irish history (1650s-1950s), and is deeply rooted the records generated by churches, central and local government, enterprises, families and individuals. You will explore what section of the Irish population is documented in these records, and how to interpret the evidence.

The course provides free access to the largest Irish online collection of family information,

You will also gain free access to EPIC and the Irish Family History Centre in Custom House Quay. It will also provide support for all participants to construct a simple family history portfolio over sixteen weeks, including creating a family profile; collecting documentary evidence; building a family tree; and writing a simple report.

This course does not include access to a computer. Participants must have access to their own computers at home for follow-up clinics and individual research.

Date, Time and Place

This lecture-only module comprises of one lecture per week for eight weeks, spread across two terms (16 lectures in total). The course commences in September 2024, pauses over the Christmas and New Year period, and resumes in January 2025.

Classes will run every Monday between 6pm-7pm. This course is taught in-person on the Trinity campus and will also be livestreamed. Lectures will not be recorded.

Please check the School of Histories and Humanities website for updates on this course at:

Course Fees

One term: €150 full rate, €90 concession rate.

Two terms: €275 full rate, €149 concession rate.

The concession rate is available to all those retired, over 65s, and those on a government pension / payment plan and the unwaged, including second- and third-level students.


Please check our website in August for updates on enrolment and term dates at:

You may apply online or by telephone as follows:

Online: Register and pay by credit/debit card online after enrolments open at:

By telephone: Text ‘APPLY FOR COURSE’ to +353 (0)87 2572015 and you will receive a call back confirming your registration. The phone will be busy during the application period so responses may be delayed. Please do not call to enroll for this course.

Get in Touch

Telephone Number

+353 (0)1 8968589 or TEXT 087 257 2015