Wednesday, 22 October 2014

New edition of The Irish Hand published

Newly published by Cork University Press
New edition published by Cork University Press
A revised and expanded edition of The Irish Hand by Timothy O'Neill, has been publised by Cork University Press.

The original work has long been regarded as the standard text on Irish Manuscripts, written by an author and historian who is widely acknowledged as the finest calligrapher in Ireland.

This new edition incorporates high quality digital images of the works of Irish scribes through the centuries. The extraordinary stories of the survival of these volumes, which date from the sixth to the 21st century, provide a commentary on the cultural history of Ireland, its language, scholars and scribes.

Beautifully produced, The Irish Hand is arranged in two parts with the first presenting a survey of the manuscript tradition, followed by essays on thirty-one of the great books of Ireland.

The context, contents, and history of each manuscript are given, accompanied by a full-page illustration.

Part Two surveys the work of the scribes from a practical perspective, examining script and lettering in detail. Extracts are given from fifty-two manuscripts, transliterated and translated, with a commentary on the penwork.

The 148-page hardback (9781782050926) can be purchased for €39 from the publishers.

October bank holiday arrangements in ROI

The Republic of Ireland enjoys an Autumn bank holiday on Monday 27 October. Here are the opening and closing arrangements for the main repositories and institutions used for Irish family history:

Dublin City Public Libraries will be closed on Saturday 25 October and Monday 27 October, reopening for normal hours on Tuesday 28 October.

The National Archives of Ireland will be closed to the public on Monday 27 October and will re-open on Tuesday 28 October at 9:15am. (Note also that Reading Room closing early on Thursday 30 October.)

The National Library of Ireland
's Reading Room will be closed on Monday 27 October. However, exhibitions at Kildare Street (Yeats and JFK) will be open 12pm to 5pm.

The General Register Office Research Room
in Werburgh Street will be closed on Monday 27 October, reopening Tuesday 28 October at 9:30am.

Local branch libraries will be closed on Saturday 25 October and Monday 27 October, reopening for normal hours on Tuesday 28 October.

This bank holiday does not apply in Northern Ireland where repositories, libraries and commercial enterprises are open for business as normal.

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Stop Press: Irish Newspaper Archive to slash prices

http://www.irishnewsarchive.com/
Here's something to cheer about!

The Irish Newspaper Archive, a privately-owned commercial database offering access to some 40 Irish titles, is gearing up to dramatically reduce the cost of its subscription packages.

The new 'individual researcher' rates are not yet set in stone, but are expected to be somewhere in the ballpark of:

One Day    : €9.99 (currently €10, so not exactly a headline grabber)
One Month : €29.99 (currently €60)
One Year   : €179.99 (currently €350)

The existing 48-hour and 7-day packages will be discountinued.

The announcement of imminent big price cuts was made by director Phillip Martin in the final lecture at Back To Our Past 2014. What a great note for the show to end on!

News of the changes hasn't reached the IrishNewsArchive website yet because the figures are not yet confirmed and the new regime will not be introduced until the tail-end of November, Phillip told Irish Genealogy News today. He also advised that new titles, all covering Mayo, have been added to the database in the last month:

Ballinrobe Chronicle 03/02/1866 - 10/09/1903
Ballina Herald 06/08/1927 - 28/04/1962
Mayo Examiner 06/07/1868 - 30/12/1876
Mayo News 07/01/1893 - 29/12/2004
Western Journal 03/06/1977 - 11/03/1983

In addition, all issues for the Leinster Express from 1831 to 1877 should be available before the end of the year, and all issues of the Sligo Champion, currently online from 1950 to 1981, should, from early 2015, be available up to the current year.

There's also another major title ready to join the Irish News Archive shortly. It's under wraps right now, but more than 100 years of this publication (the span starts pre-Famine) will be uploaded in the next couple of months. I'll bring you news of the launch in due course.

NOTE: This blogpost was edited at 17:10pm.

National Archives Reading Room closures - October

The National Archives of Ireland's Reading Room will be closed on Monday 27 October, a public holiday.

Please also note that the Reading Room will close early – at 4pm – on Thursday 29 October.

Derry Family History Fair focusses on WW1

A Family History Fair will be held at Derry Central Library on Thursday 23 October. It has a particular focus on World War 1 and invites people to bring along objects and artefacts such as photographs, letters, postcards, diaries or other memorabilia.

Researchers from Living Legacies will be on hand using their state-of-the-art scanning equipment to help individuals interpret and tell a story of these wartime items. For those who wish to share their cherished possessions, this is an opportunity to digitally record personal legacies and reminders from the Great War. The aim is to preserve and capture memories for the benefit of future generations

A range of organisations will be participating at the Fair offering free information and advice including the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI), the General Register Office of Northern Ireland (GRONI), Derry City Council Heritage & Museum Archives & Genealogy Services, and local and family history organisations.

Five sessions will be held:

10:30am–11:15am: Digitisation and WW1 Research

11:15am–12:00pm: WW1 Resources at PRONI

12:00pm–1:15pm  : Exploring WW1 through objects memories and stories

2:00pm–2:45pm    : On-line resources from GRONI

2:45pm–3:45pm    : Shared stories from WW1 led by Brian Mitchell

Visitors will also be able to access Derry Central Library’s Heritage Collection, which includes microfilmed local newspapers of the period, use Libraries NI's free on-line Ancestry Library Edition, and discover how the Living Legacies 1914-18 Engagement Centre is connecting academic and community researchers.

Venue: Derry Central Library, 35 Foyle Street, BT48 6AL.
Time: 10am to 4pm.
Cost: Free.
Details: 028 7127 2310 or derrycentral.library@librariesni.org.uk​

Genetic Genealogy Ireland lectures start going online

Recordings of the Genetic Genealogy Ireland (GGI) lectures, presented at Back To Our Past last weekend, are now starting to appear on the GGI YouTube channel.

Those already uploaded include a brief (two-minute) Introduction to the 2014 GGI conference; DNA for beginners, with Debbie Kennett (52 minutes); and Which DNA test is best for you?, with Maurice Gleeson (59 minutes).

All the lectures presented at GGI 2014 are destined for YouTube and they'll be uploaded in programme order, so if you were unable to attend the shwo, or missed a specific lecture, you'll still be able to catch up on what's happening in the world of DNA/genetic genealogy.

(Back To Our Past's traditional genealogy and heritage lectures were not recorded.)

Monday, 20 October 2014

Irish genealogy & history events, 20 Oct to 1 Nov

Monday 20 October: Using DNA to research your Northern Ireland family tree, with Brian O'Hara and Maggie Lyttle. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society, Larne Branch. Venue: Larne Bowling & Lawn Tennis Club, 112 Glenarm Road, Larne, BT40 1DZ. 7:30pm. All welcome.

Tuesday 21 October: Building the City Hall, with Robert Corbett. Part of the Belfast Corporation lecture series. Venue: PRONI, Titanic Boulevard, Belfast. All welcome. 1pm to 2pm. Free, but booking required. Email proni@dcalni.gov.uk or telephone 028 90  534800 to reserve your place.

Tuesday 21 October: Out of the dark, 1914-1918, South Dubliners in the Great War, with Ken Kinsella. Host: Dublin City Library and Archive. Venue: The Council Chamber, City Hall, Dame Street, Dublin 2. 1:10pm to 1:50pm (doors open 12:30pm). Free. All welcome. No booking.

Wednesday 22 October: Glimpses of Ireland's past: drawings in the OS Memoirs, with Angélique Day. Part of the Mapping City, Town and Country lecture series. Venue: Royal Irish Academy, 19 Dawson Street, Dublin 2. 1-2pm. Free. All welcome. No need to book.

Wednesday 22 October: Influence of Irish on English as we speak it, with Joe O Labhrai. Part of the Irish language and culture lecture series. Venue: PRONI, Titanic Boulevard, Belfast. All welcome. 1pm to 2pm. Free, but booking required. Email proni@dcalni.gov.uk or telephone 028 90  534800 to reserve your place.

Thursday 23 October: 'If the nation is to be saved women must help in the saving': Women and War in Ireland, 1914–18, with Dr Senia Paseta. Part of The Road to War Lecture Series. Hosted by PRONI and National Museums Northern Ireland. Venue: PRONI, Titanic Gardens, Belfast. 7pm. Free but booking essential. Email proni@dcalni.gov.uk or phone 44+ 028 905 34800.

Thursday 23 October: Exploring family history – Shops and shoppers, with Dr Janice Holmes and Dr Barry Sheehan. Part of the Open University Lunchtime Lecture Series, examining the working lives of families in the past, with examples from PRONI's collections. Venue: PRONI, Titanic Boulevard, Belfast. 1pm. Booking recommended but not essential. Free. 

Thursday 23 October: Family History Fair – WW1 and You! Objects, Memories, Resources​. Host: Libraries NI and Living Legacies 1914-18. Venue: Derry Central Library. Five lectures, demonstrations, access to heritage collections, exhibitors. 10am to 4pm. Free. All welcome.

Tuesday 28 October: Signature events at Belfast City Hall, with Robert Corbett. Part of the Belfast Corporation lecture series. Venue: PRONI, Titanic Boulevard, Belfast. All welcome. 1pm to 2pm. Free, but booking required. Email proni@dcalni.gov.uk or telephone 028 90  534800 to reserve your place.

Tuesday 28 October: Family history research using the Internet, with Boyd Gray. Host: Coleraine Brance of the North of Ireland Family History Society. Venue: Guide Hall, Terrace Row Presbyterian Church, Coleraine BT52 1HF. 8pm. All welcome.

Tuesday 28 October: We are all one in the suffrage faith, with Dr Margaret Ward. Part of the Lisburn Museum Lecture Series: Ireland during the Great War. Venue: Lisburn Museum, Market Square, Lisburn, BT28 1AG. 7pm. Free but must be booked in advance – tickets available from museum reception or, for more information call 028 9266 3377.

Tuesday 28 October: The Library holdings of the IGRS, with Mary Casteleyn FIGRS. Host: The Irish Genealogical Research Society. Venue: Helen Roe Theatre, Royal Society of Antiquaries, 63 Merrion Square, Dublin 2. Starts 6:45pm. Members and non-members welcome. No booking. Free. Details.

Wednesday 29 October: John O'Donovan's work for the Ordnance Survey, with Prof. Michael Herity. Part of the Mapping City, Town and Country lecture series. Venue: Royal Irish Academy, 19 Dawson Street, Dublin 2. 1-2pm. Free. All welcome. No need to book

Wednesday 29 October: Methodists, from the Free State to the Republic, with Revd Dudley Levistone Cooney. Host: Old Dublin Society. Venue: Dublin City Library and Archive, Pearse Street, Dublin. 6:30pm.

Wednesday 29 October: Irish family history / GRO records, a talk with the General Register Office of Northern Ireland (GRONI). Venue: Downpatrick Library. 12:30pm–1:30pm. Free. All welcome.

Wednesday 29 October: Voices from Mountjoy Prison's unmarked graves, with Tim Carey. Host and Venue: National Library of Ireland, Kildare Street, Dublin 2. Free. 6:30pm. All welcome. No booking required.

Thursday 30 October: Maps and Placenames, with Dr Liam Campbell. Host: Strabane History Society. Venue: Room 5, Strabane Library, 1 Railway Street, Strabane, Co Tyrone BT82 8EF. 7:30pm

Thursday 30 October: Exploring family history – Doctors and patients, with Dr Janice Holmes and Dr Barry Sheehan. Part of the Open University Lunchtime Lecture Series, examining the working lives of families in the past, with examples from PRONI's collections. Venue: PRONI, Titanic Boulevard, Belfast. 1pm. Booking recommended but not essential. Free.

Thursday 30 October: How to use DNA to research your townland of origin, with Dr Tyrone Bowes. Host: Ballymena Branch of the North of Ireland Family History Society. Venue: Michelin Arts Workshop, Braid Arts Centre, Ballymena BT43 5EJ. 7:15pm. All welcome.

Friday 31 October: Early medieval settlement, with Finbar McCormick. Host: Sligo Field Club. Venue: Sligo IT Education Centre. 8pm.

Friday 31 October to Saturday 1 November: Mr Tuke's Fund, a conference exploring emigration from Connemara. Host: Clifden and Connemara  Heritage Society. Venue: Station House Hotel, Clifden, Co Galway. €26.50, includes lunch and refreshments. Details (pdf).

Saturday 1 November: Landlord and estate, with Dr Wm Smyth. Venue: Tipperary County Museum, Mick Delahunty Square, Clonmel, Co Tipperary. 10am to Noon, with refreshments provided. €5 per session. Bookings: julia.walsh@tipperarycoco.ie or 076 106 5564.

Saturday 1 November: Getting started on Irish Genealogy, with Bridget Bray. Host: Irish/British Genealogy Group. Venue: New York Irish Center, 10-40 Jackson Avenue, Long Island City, NY, USA. 2-4pm. Details.

Saturday 1 November: We serve neither King nor Kaiser, an Irish Labour History Society conference, focusing on WW1. Venue: Beggars Bush Barracks, Haddington Road, Dublin 4. 10am–5pm. €10, includes tea/coffee/sandwiches. Programme. ,