"Finding a Place of Origin for Your Irish Ancestors" is the title of a presentation to be given by Lisa Dougherty, a volunteer at the National Archives. The presentation will be from 7:00 to 8:30 PM on March 14, 2011 at the Record's Community Media Lab in their offices at 501 Broadway in Troy (the entrance is on 5th Ave. and there is parking at the rear which you can enter from Broadway or 6th Ave.).
She has helped people at similar events, such as in Pittsfield. She specializes in Irish genealogy. Also, she comes highly recommended by Jean Nudd, an Archivist for the National Archives in Pittsfield.
I am personally interested in Lisa's talk because I know my great great grandfather, Captain James Burke, came from Limerick Ireland and a couple other factoids about his time in Ireland, but that's it. I reliably gotten back any further in Ireland. I don't know if he came from Limerick City or County Limerick.
I suspect others don't know how to reach back further "over there" or even, as comes from her talk's title, how to determine the place of origin in Ireland.
If you're Irish, chances are great you'll learn a lot at this one. Please join us.