Maura developed an interest in genealogy and family history as a child.
Her summers spent on her uncle's farm in Galway gave her a sense of the history of the place and her ancestors who lived there in the past.
This coupled with the mass emigration in the area to places such as New Zealand, Australia, the UK and the US fuelled her curiosity.
She has realised that she has actually been compiling her family tree most of her life and has followed the lives of her relatives abroad with enormous enthusiasm. She has been described by some of her relatives as the one who keeps them together. Technology today has brought her even closer to her Diaspora with continuous contact with them and her family in Galway.
Maura has worked as a professional genealogist for over five years. She holds Certificates in Genealogy from University College Dublin and Mastering Genealogical Proof from the Association of Professions Genealogists (APG) in the United States. She is a member of the Genealogical Society of Ireland and the APG and is a Committee Member of the Irish Family History Society.
Maura gives genealogy and family history classes in South Dublin and one off presentations. She has also written articles for a genealogy newsletter. As a panel member of the Genealogy Advisory Service of the National Library over the past four years, she has helped both Irish people and visitors from abroad with their queries. Genealogy and family history continues to be more and more popular and this has given her the opportunity to undertake some research for television.