NZSG Interest Group - Irish

Irish Interest Group


Geraldene O'Reilly
PO Box 2721456


Branch Executive

Title First Name Surname
Convener Geraldene O'Reilly
Treasurer Kathryn O'Neil
Secretary Maria Coyne

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.

Special Events

Irish Genealogists to visit New Zealand

IRELAND: Unlocking Your Irish Ancestry

The NZSG Irish Interest Group are hosting an Irish Genealogy Conference in Auckland on 24th & 25th February 2024.

Speakers are prominent Irish genealogists Fintan Mullan and Gillian Hunt, along with NZ based Irish historians Sean Brosnahan and Rory Sweetman.

A total of 12 different presentations delivered over two days will provide a wide range of topics to benefit the Irish Diaspora seeking to reconnect with their Irish heritage, and the places in Ireland from where their ancestors originated.

Speakers' Biographical Details

View the speakers' biographical details here.

Download a PDF of the programme here.

Download pdf on short descriptions of presentations by Irish based historians


Booking Form can be completed online here.

Enquiries to

Auckland Event

Friday, 23 February 2024 – Panmure, Auckland, NZ (10:30am-2:30pm)

Location: Family Research Centre (FRC), Level 1, 159 Queens Road, Panmure, Auckland 1072

Host: Irish Interest Group of the New Zealand Genealogical Society

Activity: Day of one-to-one personal research consultations

Email for further information.

Book a consultation

Cost: NZ$65 per consult, individuals must pre-register.

Dunedin Event

Registration is now open for the Dunedin event on Wednesday, 28 February 2024, during the forthcoming lecture tour. Members of the Foundation's Guild and members of NZSG can avail of a discounted rate. Use code NZ-Dunedin-2024 at the checkout.

Register now!

Christchurch Event

Registration is now open for the Christchurch event on Thursday 29 February 2024 at the Christchurch Irish Society Hall. Members of the Foundation's Guild and members of NZSG can avail of a discounted rate. Use code NZ-Christchurch-2024 at the checkout.

Register now!


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.

2024 Meetings

2024 meetings will be held on 24/25 February (Irish Conference), 26 May, 25 August and 24 November.

Next Meeting

Our next meeting is to be held Sunday 26 May at the NZSG Family Research Centre, 159 Queens Road, Panmure, Auckland. Doors will open at 11.45am with the meeting due to commence at the earlier time of 12.30pm.

Our AGM will be conducted at this meeting, which we anticipate lasting 35 minutes. At the conclusion of the AGM we will host a speaker from Archives NZ to present on their holdings with an emphasis on Irish immigrants.

Access to NZSG Irish library holdings will be available, with the meeting to close at 4pm.

Members and visitors welcome; you are invited to bring your lunch, refreshments will be available.

Meeting Presentations

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.

A Little Piece of Ireland

A recording of the livestream talk for NZSG by Fiona Fitzsimons and Brian Donovan on Irish resources - watch on YouTube.


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 quarterly newsletter is e-mailed to members of the Irish Interest Group.

AGM Reports 2023

2023 Committee

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


Awards were presented to: Miles Dillon, Maria Coyne, Dorothy & John Dowgray, Rixanne Ferguson, Kathryn O'Neil, Bruce Graham, Geraldene O'Reilly and Joy Todd.

View the Certificate of Appreciation Presentation from May 2022.


You can download information from this section about Irish Genealogy Websites

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