Tuesday, 2 August 2011

August events for your diary

Wednesday 4 August: Free entry to Irish Heritage sites (managed by OPW). Scheme offering free admission on first Wednesday of the month started in July.

Sunday 7 August: Cnocnafeola Centre in Atticall, co Down. Returning emigrants and their real life experiences will be the focus of an afternoon programme of entertainment. Songs, poetry, a workshop on tracing family history and information about the useful DIPPAM archive resource. Contact Brian White on 07719 593013.

Tuesday 9 August: The Peasant's Tale. What would it have been like to have been a peasant in the medieval period? Learn about some of the problems these farmers had to overcome to survive in the 11th century. Tales of Medieval Dublin series of free lunchtime lectures. Wood Quay Venue, Dublin. 1.05pm to 1.45pm. Speaker Cherie Peters.

Saturday 20 August to 28 August: National Heritage Week. Go to the website, type in the keywords Family History or Genealogy, and you'll find a host of events across the country aimed at helping beginners discover their ancestors.

Saturday 20 August to Sunday 28 August (except Monday 22nd): Forgotten Voices: the great Irish famine revealed through the Strokestown Estate Archive. Exhibition focussing on the importance of estate collections as sources for local history research. Castletown House, Celbridge, co Kildare. Open Tues to Sat: 10am to 5pm. Sunday: 10am to 6pm.

Monday 22 and Wednesday 24 August: Living in Ireland in 1911, with James Scannell, PRO of the Old Dublin Society. 6.30pm. Free but booking recommended. Ringsend Library on Monday; Coolock Library on Wednesday

Tuesday 23 August: The vestry records of the parish of St Bride, Dublin, 1662-1742 - lecture with Ronnie Wallace. Dublin City Library & Archive, Pearse Street, Dublin 2. 6.30pm.

Tuesday 23 August: Census 1911, with Catriona Crowe of the National Archives of Ireland. 7.30pm. Glasnevin Museum. Booking essential.

Tuesday 23 August: The story of the Guinness Estate, with Joan Sharkey. Free, but booking recommended. Coolock Library, Barryscourt Road. 6.30pm.

Wednesday 24 August: The Shaws of Terenure - a 19th-century Dublin merchant family, with Tony McCarthy. Terenure Library, Templeogue Road. Free, but booking recommended. 7pm.

Wednesday 24 August: Medieval records of Christ Church Cathedral - talk by Dr Raymond Refausse. Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin, 1.15pm

Wednesday 24 August: Garda Photographic Collection, a talk with Paul Maher of the Garda Museum. Cabra Library, Navan Road, Dublin 5. Free. 6.30pm. Co-incides with exhibition on display throughout the month in the library.

Thursday 25 August: William Steuart Trench, controversial agent of the Landsdowne Estate in Kerry, 1849-72, a lecture with Gerard J Lyne, former Keeper of Manuscripts National Library of Ireland. Dingle History Society, Dingle Library, Kerry. 7.30pm.

Thursday 25 August: Glasnevin - Ireland's necropolis, a talk by Shane Mac Thomais. Free, but booking recommended. 6.30pm. Donaghmede Library, Shopping Centre, Dublin 13.

Friday 26 to Monday 29 August: Seventh Marrinan Clan Gathering taking place in Ennistymon, co Clare, kicking off in Marrinan's Bar in Miltown Malbay. Family tree charts will be on display for two days and there's an afternoon talk Putting meat on your family tree with Larry Brennan of Clare Roots Society on Saturday.

Saturday 27 August: Medieval Churches of Ross, an illustrated talk on the ancient churches of the West Carbery area, with William Casey of Skibbereen Heritage Centre, co Cork. Free. Booking required. (0)23 40900.

Saturday 27 August: The Irish Architectural Archive, at 45 Merrion Square, Dublin, is taking part in both Merrion Square Open Day and Dublin's Garden Squares Day. 10am-5pm. Guided tours of the largest terraced house on the square.

Monday 29 August: Bank holiday in Northern Ireland. PRONI closed.

Tuesday 30 August: Hidden Connections - Black slavery and how it shaped Belfast 1765-1865. An in-depth talk about Ulster's involvement in the slave trade, with Dr Nini Rodgers. 1pm Linen Hall Library, Belfast.