Monday, 20 February 2012

Looking forward

As evidence that the annual hibernation is approaching its end, some interesting events are lining up for spring and early summer. Best get them in your diary before less important things like family days out and holidays get in the way!

Saturday 28 April: Family History Fair, Newry City Library, Co. Down.

Libraries NI is hosting a full-day (10.00am to 4.00pm) genealogy fair offering free advice and guidance from experts and experienced researchers.

Exhibitors include the PSNI Police Museum, the Public Record Office of N. Ireland, the Ulster Historical Foundation, the Federation for Ulster Local Studies, the Somme Heritage Centre, Northern Ireland Screen, ULTACH, Centre for Migration Studies Omagh, as well as local and family history organisations.

There will also be three talks:

11.00 – Whispers of the Past: A selection of archive material from the collections of BBCNI and the Ulster Folk and Transport, with Peter Carson from the Sound archive at the UFTM and Niamh McNamara from the BBCNI Community Archive. Items relating to Newry and surrounding area will be included.

12.30 – Emigration from Carlingford Lough, with Dr. Patrick Fitzgerald, The Mellon Centre for Migration Studies, Ulster-American Folk Park, Omagh.

2.00 – Family History Resources available in PRONI, with Dr A.M. McVeigh, PRONI

Booking is essential as places are limited.


Saturday 12 May : Irish Genealogical Society of Ireland — London Open Day and AGM.

Following the success of the 75th Anniversary Symposium last October, the IGRS Council is planning a new format for this year's AGM. There will be two talks in the morning, followed by lunch and, at 2pm, the formal business of the AGM.

The talks will be:
  • Forensic Genealogy, with Professor Bruce Durie
  • The Irish in India, 1790-1920, with Peter Bailey.
Venue: 34 Chepstow Villas, Bayswater, London W11. (Nearest tube, Notting Hill Gate.)
Cost: For the morning and lunch: £25 members; £30 non-members. AGM: free.
Start time: 10.30 for 11.00am.
Booking: At IGRS website. Seats are limited to 50 so advance booking is recommended.


Weekend 9-10 June: History Festival of Ireland at Lisnavagh House, Co. Carlow.

The stellar line up of the inaugural festival includes Ruth Dudley Edwards, Myles Dungan, Kevin Myers, Diarmaid Ferriter, David Norris, Patrick Geoghegan, Manchán Magan, Catriona Crowe, Maura Duggan, Jeananne Crowley, Robert O’Byrne and Tommy Graham. Turtle Bunbury will be playing host.

There will be presentations by the Federation of Local History Societies of Ireland, the Ulster Federation and the people behind The Gathering Ireland 2013.

The festival is an Éigse 2012 initiative. More details.