Session 2 Panel 2

The Importance of Belonging: Exploring Contemporary Interest in Genealogy.

12:00 – 13:00    Panel 2: The Importance of Belonging: Exploring Contemporary Interest in Genealogy.
(Hall 7) – EN 🎧 FR 

Moderator: Adrian Chiles, Journalist and Broadcaster with BBC, England. Text available for download - Click here

Panellists:    
• Pádraigín Clancy, Folklorist and Expert on Irish Spirituality, Ireland Text available for download - Click here
• Dr Michael Egan, Irish Family History Foundation, Ireland Text available for download - Click here
• Rev. Dr Jeremy Corley, Lecturer in Sacred Scripture, Pontifical College, Maynooth, Ireland Text available for download - Click here Presentation available to download here

“Our God in his deepest mystery is not solitude, but a family, for he has within himself fatherhood, sonship, and the essence of the family, which is love” (AL, 11). This panel reflects on the importance of the communion of love in the family and its relationship to the desire to belong that is reflected in people’s growing interest in genealogy today. 

Biographies

Adrian Chiles, Journalist and Broadcaster with BBC, England

Adrian Chiles is one of the UK’s most versatile broadcasters. Between 2010 and 2015 he fronted ITV’s football coverage and presented That Sunday Night Show. He co-presented Daybreak with Christine Bleakley. He launched The One Show (BBC One), Match of the Day 2 (BBC Two), The Apprentice: You’re Fired (BBC Two) and Working Lunch (BBC Two), and presented many BBC documentaries, including Whites vs Blacks: How Football Changes a Nation and series such as Panorama (BBC1). In 2016 Adrian hosted the BBC 2 series My Mediterranean with Adrian Chiles. For radio, he hosts Chiles on Friday and Question Time on BBC 5 Live. He has previously presented the Friday edition it drive-time show, Financial World Tonight (BBC Radio 4), Wake up to Money (BBC Radio 5 Live), and 6-0-6 (BBC Radio 5 Live). His radio show, Chiles on Saturday (BBC Radio 5 Live) won a Sony Radio Academy Gold Award in 2002.

Paidrigín Clancy, Folklorist and Expert on Irish Spirituality, Ireland 

Pádraigín Clancy is from Dublin. She has an academic background in Irish Folklore, History, Theology and the Gaelic Language.  Over the past twenty five years she has presented workshops and retreats on Celtic/ Gaelic Christian Spirituality throughout Ireland, Britain, USA and Australia.  She has worked with Catholic, Episcopalian, Presbyterian and Methodist communities.  She is a member of the steering committee for Liturgy for the WMOF 2018 and is particularly passionate about protecting and integrating our Gaelic Christian heritage. She resides for much of her time on Inis Mór, the Aran islands, where she works leading pilgrimage and prayer days and also as a guide at Dún Aonghasa.  She has contributed to national radio and television on Celtic Heritage and has written the  ‘Irish Spirituality’ entry to A New Cambridge of Christian Spirituality (ed. Philip Sheldrake, 2005).  She is an associate member of AISGA ( Irish Spiritual Directors).

Dr Michael Egan, Irish Family History Foundation, Ireland

Dr Egan was born in Dublin and studied Chemical Engineering at UCD where he graduated in 1965. Following some years working in USA and Canada he returned to Ireland to complete a MEngSc and PhD. He then worked as an engineer in industry before becoming a Consultant in the design of chemical plants throughout the world. After 30 busy years of work on a great variety of projects in 63 countries he retired in 2006. UCD immediately offered him a part time lectureship in the practical Design and Economics side of Chemical Engineering. He continued in this role as an Adjunct Professor until finally relinquishing the post in 2017. On the genealogy front Dr Egan became interested in the topic around 1980 and was a founder member of the Irish Family History Society (IFHS) in 1984.Later on an overall body was established to coordinate the work and direct all the activities involved. This group was called the Irish Family History Foundation (IFHF) and Dr Egan is now Vice Chairman. 
As well as his involvement with IFHF Dr Egan is a Director of Clans of Ireland. This group meets regularly in Christ Church, Dublin and seeks to promote the development of Irish Clans through the provision of information for interested parties.

Rev. Dr Jeremy Corley, Lecturer in Sacred Scripture, Pontifical College, Maynooth, Ireland

Rev. Dr Jeremy Corley, Lecturer in Sacred Scripture, St Patrick’s College, Maynooth, was ordained in 1987 as a priest of the diocese of Portsmouth (UK), Fr Jeremy served in a parish for five years before undertaking a doctorate in Biblical Studies (1992-96) at the Catholic University of America, Washington DC. After lecturing in Scripture for more than a decade at Ushaw seminary in Durham (UK), he came in 2011 to St Patrick’s College, Maynooth, where he now lectures in Scripture, mostly Old Testament. He is the author of a monograph, Ben Sira’s Teaching on Friendship (Providence, Rhode Island: Brown Judaic Studies, 2002) and the New Collegeville Bible Commentary volume on Sirach (Collegeville, Minnesota: Liturgical Press, 2013). He also edited an essay collection, New Perspectives on the Nativity (London: T&T Clark, 2009), and is currently president of the Irish Biblical Association (2018). At St Patrick’s College, Maynooth, he is Research Coordinator. 

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