Regina Dunne is a public historian based in County Laois. Regina's expertise focus on local Laois history, women's history, genealogy, and digital humanities (engaging with history and local heritage through digital technologies such as podcasting, blogging and using online archives). Regina is author of Opening a Window on the Past a local history publication, supported by Laois Libraries, and Creative Laois under the Decade of Centenaries programme. The publication looks at the life of two enterprising women: Gertrude Lucy Maria Franks, founding member of Castletown United Irishwomen, Associated Countrywomen of the World, and Countrylife shop and restaurant and Helen Maybury Roe, first county librarian for Laois, renowned antiquarian, President of the Royal Society of Antiquaries Ireland, and Royal Irish Academy member.
Regina has also published a number of articles with the Laois Heritage Society on Laois and the 1918 Election, with a focus on Laois native Kevin O'Higgins, and the often forgotten, Lucy Franks. Regina is currently enrolled on Masters in Irish Regional History programme with Carlow College St Patricks', and her current research topic is looking at the Volunteer Aid Detachment Women in Laois, Carlow and Kildare.
Regina currently hosts a Saturday morning genealogy workshop in various locations, check the events section of the website for further details.
For all other bookings, workshop enquiries, or information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
As a Historian, Genealogist, Author and Experienced Public Speaker, Regina can provide a number of services including workshops or one-to-one consultation on:
Family history and genetic genealogy(DNA)
Schools workshops and talks on Local Laois History
Public history engagements
Digital place-making workshops for community and corporate organisations
Consultation on Heritage based projects including website development, marketing of heritage events and projects, podcasting and map-making
If you require a service which is not listed, get in touch, if Regina cannot provide the service she will put you in touch with a person who can.
The Volunteer Aid Detachment members from Queens County and the development of the volunteer organisation in Maryborough in 1915.Read more
The 1918 election was a defining moment for Sinn Féin in Irish politics.Read more
As recorded by Helen Maybury Roe in Béaloidea, Imh. 9, Uimh 1 (Jun., 1939), pp. 21-35 Published by An Cumann Le Béaloideas Éireann/Folklore of Ireland SocietyRead more
A review of the Laois Sheelagh's and a look at some of the theories behind these obscure stone figuresRead more
To find out more or discuss services available with Regina please reach out.