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..... Biography: Mairead Gregory, MAPGI

Mairead was born in West Kerry and spent her early years there as a student in the Gaeltacht area. After qualifying as a teacher she returned to Kerry where she taught in different baronies giving her a great knowledge and interest in Kerry families.

A desire to travel led her to posts in Africa and Britain. When she returned to Ireland she studied Art, English Literature, Local History and Genealogy and delighted in using Gaelic when possible. On her retirement from teaching she became a full time genealogist and was employed as a successful researcher for major companies such as Hibernian, Celtic Origins, Big Family and Eneclann.

Mairead has been a member of APGI since 1999 and serves as an APGI consultant in the National Library of Ireland and also engages in consultancy work in the National Archives.

Her areas of interest are Local History, Folklore and Kerry families and their connections. Meeting and encouraging the elderly members of the Kerry community to record and conserve their memories for future generations is her main plan.