Irish History Lecture – Oct 2 @ 2PM

(Stair na hÉireann)
Ná Croch na Cearca! (Don’t Hang the Hens!)
An exploration into Early Irish Life and Law.
Presented by Una McGillicuddy

Brehon Law is the body of ancient native Irish law which was generally operational in Gaelic areas until the completion of the English conquest of Ireland inthe early 17th century. About the time of Elizabeth I, the Brehon laws were banned and English commonlaw was introduced.

Although part of the oral tradition and of unknown age, the Brehon laws were first set down on parchment in the 7th century and were named after the Brehons (na breithimh) who acted as interpreters of the law when called upon. This code of law transmits so much about the character of early Irish life – it’s hierarchy, the central place of farming and cattle-raising, the relationship to the land and property, marriage and child-raising, sickness and healing – among other aspects of life.

Una McGillicuddy will discuss some of the principles upon which the Brehon laws were based along with examples that will surprise, delight and probably confound! Her main interest is in exploring what was meaningful to these living men and women and what, if anything, we can learn from them and apply to our own lives and time.

Una McGillicuddy hails from Dublin where she studied Irish and Classical Civilization at Trinity College. She has lived in New York since 1985 and has taught Irish with Daltai na Gaeilge and at other language immersion events. She is delighted to be invited to Fairfield and to exchange ideas in both Irish and English.

Sunday, October 2, 2022
2:00- 4:00 p.m.
Tickets – $5.00 (Students with ID $2.00)
Sorry we cannot accept GAC script or credit cards
Sponsored by: Féile, Inc.
Hosted by: Fréamh Éireann Genealogy & GAC Language Groups
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Una McGillicuddy hails from Dublin where she studied Irish

Freamh Eireann Genealogy Group

Fréamh Éireann meets The 2nd Saturday of the month @ 10:30pm.

Fréamh Éireann, the Gaelic words for “Irish Roots”, is the name of our genealogy group.  Our interest lies in assisting members of the Fairfield Gaelic – American Club (GAC) interested in researching their family roots.  We focus on, but are not limited to, Irish family research.

Functioning as a self-help group, the members vary in knowledge but all are able to learn from each other by sharing their research experiences, providing suggestions and guidance, identifying resources, programs, and organizational sources that assist in one’s personal research.We do not conduct research for non-GAC members.Through our monthly meetings we keep members of Fréamh Éireann advised of various genealogical seminars and events as well as members’ successful searches and/or questions.  Minutes and email notices inform members who may not be able to attend.Periodically guest speakers are invited to address either our regular meetings or general meetings open to the public.  Occasionally field trips are arranged to points of genealogical interest.The Genealogy Group meets the second Saturday of the month at 10:30 am in the O’Keefe Room. All members are welcome.  For more information email:


A Typical Fréamh Éireann Meeting

 Meetings are held monthly, except in July and August, on the 2nd Saturday, at 10:30 a.m., in the O’Keefe Room (2nd Floor) of the Gaelic-American Club (GAC).  Meetings are open to GAC members and their guests.
  • Agenda
  • Reports of upcoming Genealogy Presentations by other groups which might be of interest to members
  • Discussion of possible or potential speakers, and topics, which may be of interest for addressing our group at one of our upcoming meetings or sponsored public forums held at the GAC building
  • (Optional)  Many members, following adjournment, remain to enjoy lunch in the pub, which opens for serving at noon.
    • Welcome any guests
    • Officers’ Reports
    • Committee Reports, if any (Membership, Library, Special Events, Health and Welfare, etc.)
    • New Business
    • Reports by Members on their genealogy research
    • Questions and Answers by anyone with a research question
    • Report on current month’s General Membership Meeting
    • Adjournment
  • Examples of subjects presented at our monthly Saturday morning meetings:
    • Record-keeping models
    • Utilizing various research resources
    • Censuses – United States and Ireland
    • Probate records and wills
    • U.S. city directories
    • Local libraries and genealogy groups
    • Cemeteries
    • Historical fiction novels
    • Sharing family research with family and others
    • Photo books
    • Calendars
    • Publishing family stories and pedigrees
    • Internet site for both research and sharing
    •, Family Search,,
    • Private Facebook group and personal web site.
    • Guest speakers
    • Q and A via Skype with genealogist from Ireland
    • Civil war memorabilia and history
    • Finding your Irish townland and civil parish
    • Growing up in Ireland
    • Researching with genetic DNA
    • Member sharing
    • Reports of information gathered from visiting archives, history and genealogical meetings, or visits to Ireland
    • Details of upcoming events of interest