Irish Special Interest Group
|The Irish Special Interest Group (I-SIG) meets four times a year, and three of those meetings in 2023 will be hybrid; that is, they will be held in-person at the Grant’s View branch of St. Louis County Library OR at the StLGS office in Maplewood and also livestreamed via Zoom. The first meeting of the year will be livestreamed only. See below for specific instructions and directions to the library.
Click here for more information on Irish in St. Louis.
The city of St. Louis also provides some interesting information about Irish immigration to St. Louis. Click here to link to that page.
For details or questions about StLGS Irish-SIG, contact Kay Weber, I-SIG leader, at
Upcoming Meetings for 2023
Irish SIG meetings for the rest of this year will all be hybrid. In-person meetings will be at the Grant’s View branch of St. Louis County Library, (9700 Musick Ave., St. Louis, MO 63123) or the StLGS office, or you can attend remotely via Zoom.
Information on this year’s meetings and recorded I-SIG webinars are below. Click here for the 2023 I-SIG meeting flyer.
All Irish SIG meetings are free and open to the public; however it is necessary to register, if you want to join the Zoom webinar. You do NOT need to register for the in-person meeting or to view the digital recording that will be posted on this page. All meetings begin at 7:00 p.m. (Central)
Tuesday, 25 April 2023
Irish in St. Louis
Author, Patrick Murphy, will discuss his two books on the Irish in St. Louis and their unique journey from being one of the most despised ethnic groups in the city to one of the most beloved. (In-person at the StLGS office. Find a Google map to the office here.)
Featured Speaker: Patrick Murphy, author and television producer
Registration to attend via Zoom for this meeting is now open.
To preregister for this meeting, click on the Registration Button below and follow the simple instructions that appear on your screen. Once you have filled in the registration form, an invitation with a link and a passcode to attend the meeting will be sent to the email you provided.
Remaining Meetings for 2023
Tuesday, 25 July 2023
Townlands and Parishes
Understanding townlands and parishes in Ireland is a must if you are searching for your ancestors. The concept of townland has evolved over time, and Catholic and Anglican parishes add more confusion to the search. (In-person at the StLGS office)
Featured Speaker: Gabrielle Ni Mheachair
Tuesday, 24 October 2023
Walking in the Footsteps of Irish St. Louis
Stories of Kerry Patch and Dogtown are well known aspects of the history of the Irish in St. Louis. However, there are many more areas of the city that have Irish roots and many prominent early Irish-American St. Louisans who set the course of the city with their philanthropy and business acumen. Learn more about St. Louis’s Irish heritage and the resources available to study their rich history. (In-person at Grant’s View Library)
Featured Speaker: Chris Naffziger, historian and writer of St. Louis Patina, an architectural blog in St. Louis
Recorded SIG Meetings Available Online
Tuesday, 24 January 2023
Your Chance to Ask Those Questions!
Join us with your questions and comments regarding our favorite but sometimes frustrating pastime, Irish research. Hopefully, we can help with some of those rock walls!
Featured Speakers: Mike Bridwell, Carol Hemmersmeier, and Kay Weber
The handout for this meeting is here.
The recorded webinar can be viewed here.
Password for the recording is kIfH@66S
Tuesday, 25 October 2022
Placing an Irish Ancestor into StLGS’s First Families, featuring Viki Fagyal and Kay Weber Bernard/Barney/Brian King was an Irish immigrant who came to Missouri as a child with his parents during the infamous potato famine. Careful research led to placing him in St. Louis before the Civil War and recognizing him in the First Families program. You can honor your early ancestors by enrolling them in a lineage society with knowledge of the process.
The link to the First Families page is here.
The recorded webinar can be viewed here.
Password for the recording is dD0=^+mR
Last modified: 04-Feb-2023 09:20