FRC Closure

The FRC is closed until at least midnight Monday 4 October because of the COVID-19 Level 3 Lockdown in Auckland. There will also be no Research Services available during this time.

NZSG Interest Group - Irish

Irish Interest Group



Geraldene O'Reilly
PO Box 272-1456
Auckland 2244

Phone: 09 299 1381

The Irish Interest Group provides genealogical information covering the 32 counties of Ireland.

Our Irish holdings held within the NZSG Family Research Centre cover a range of resources: Books, CDs, Maps, Fiche, Journals, Magazines, BDM Index Films, County Folders.


Irish genealogy meetings are held at the New Zealand Society of Genealogists Family Research Centre, 159 Queens Road, Panmure, Auckland on the fourth Sunday of February, May, August and November. Meetings go from 1pm to 4pm, with the doors opening at midday, front and rear entrances. Should you want to bring your lunch, tea/coffee will be available.

Check our meeting notices for details of meeting topic and/or guest speaker.

At the conclusion of presentations the library will be open for research purposes. Assistance is provided for Irish research; please ensure you bring your family files.

A meeting door fee of $5.00 applies, with afternoon tea complementary. New members and visitors are welcome.

For any enquiries email Irish.

2021 Meetings

2021 meetings will be held on 28 March, 23 May, 29 August and 28 November.

Meetings commence at 1pm and finish at 4pm, unless otherwise advised.

Next Meeting

Our next meeting to be held at the NZSG FRC, 159 Queens Road, Panmure, on Sunday 26 September has been cancelled.

Our next meeting will be held at the NZSG FRC Panmure on Sunday 28 November, 10am to 4pm.

Our Guest Speaker will be David Verran, former librarian at Auckland Central Library and an historian of Auckland and particularly of the North Shore. 

He is a regular contributor to the History column for the North Shore monthly magazine, Channel. 

David's presentation will focus on Thomas and Mary Poynton - Catholic, Irish and early North Shore residents.

Historian Dr Rory Sweetman will also present. He is currently writing the history on 175 years of the Loyal Orange Order in New Zealand

New members and visitors welcome. 

Special Events

IRELAND: History, Memory and Myth. ISAANZ Conference to be held in Auckland 6-8 December 2021. Read here for full details.

Family History Expo 14/15 August

Irish Raffle Winners:

  • First Draw: Miriam - Ticket A05 2 green stars
  • Second Draw: Cathy - Ticket A32 2 green stars
  • Third Draw: Lorraine - Ticket A65 2 green stars

New Zealand Irish Survey

Irish in Aotearoa

In February 2021 a Report on the outcome of this survey was released - "Mapping the Irish Community and People of Irish Heritage in New Zealand" with a Foreword by Michael D Higgins, President of Ireland.

To obtain a better understanding of the breadth and depth of Irish connections in Aotearoa New Zealand, the Embassy of Ireland teamed up with Otago University Centre for Irish and Scottish Studies on a national project to map Irish citizens across New Zealand.

This project is the first contemporary research of the Irish population and people of Irish Heritage in New Zealand.

The Report's findings are available to access at - free to browse or download a PDF copy. 

This research was commissioned by the Embassy of Ireland, New Zealand, and funded by the Department of Foreign Affairs of Ireland.


Our financial year runs from 1 April to 31 March. Our annual rate is $5.00 single or $7.00 joint fee. Download a subscription form. Internet payment can be made to ASB Bank Mt Albert 12-3029-0232300-00. Please ensure you quote your name as reference.


The Irish Interest Group provide a column in The New Zealand Genealogist magazine relating to a range of Irish genealogy items. A bi-monthly newsletter is emailed to members of the Irish Interest Group.

AGM Reports 2021

2021 Committee

  • Convenor - Geraldene O'Reilly
  • Secretary - Maria Coyne
  • Treasurer - Kathryn O'Neil
  • Committee - Miles Dillon,  Bruce Graham, Dorothy Dowgray, John Dowgray, Rixanne Fergusson


You can download information from this section about Irish Genealogy Websites

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