The leaves may be falling and the days getting shorter, but at least Autumn can be relied upon for a busy calendar of Irish genealogy, history and heritage events! Here's a list for the next two weeks:
Wednesday 17 October: Merchants and mariners in 16th-century Meath, with Fionnán Tuite. Lismullin Institute, Lismullin Conference Centre, Navan. 8-9pm. Details. €5.00.
Wednesday 17 October: Home Rule: lost opportunity or sell-out? A HistoryIreland Hedge School at the National Library of Ireland, Kildare Street, Dublin, with Stephen Collins (Irish Times), Brian Hanley (Inst of Irish Studies, Liverpool) and Margaret O'Callaghan (QUB). 7pm. Free. No booking. Likely to be a very lively debate!
Thursday 18 October: Tracing your Irish ancestry, with Godfrey Duffy. Part of the Tyneside Irish Festival. 7-9pm. 43 Gallowgate, Newcastle, Tyne and Wear, NE1 4SG. £3 on the door.
Thursday 18 October: The Andrews Family of Comber, with Clive Scoular. Host: North Down & Ards Branch of NIFHS. Venue: First Presbyterian Church Hall, Upper Main Street, Bangor. 7.30-9.30pm.
Thursday 18 October: Family History for Beginners, with Sandra Ardis. Downpatrick Library. Market St. 7:30pm. Free. Booking recommended.
Thursday 18 October: Presbyteriansism in Armagh, with Rev Joe Thompson. Hosted by the Presbyterian Historical Society. Venue: The Mall Presbyterian Church, Armagh. 8pm.
Saturday 20 to Sunday 21 October: Ireland in a Roman World. International and interdisciplinary conference. Robert Emmett Theatre, Trinity College, Dublin. Attendance both days €80/€60; Saturday €50/€40; Sunday €40/€30. More information.
Monday 22 October: The Obama Connection, with Henry Healy from Moneygall. Birr Historical Society. Dooly's Hotel. 8pm. All welcome.
Monday 22 October: Naked Savages: Irish customs at the end of the Middle Ages, with Dr Hiram Morgan. Continental views of the Irish as savages. Linen Hall Library, Belfast. 6-8pm. Email or tel: 028 9032 1707.
Monday 22 October: Charles Stewart Parnell, a talk with Donal McCartney. Roundwood & District Historical & Folklore Society, Roundwood Parish Hall, Co Wicklow. 8pm. Details.
Tuesday 23 October: The Ulster Covenant and the partition of Ireland, with Michael Laffan. Howth Peninsula Heritage Society. Howth Angling Centre, West Pier. 8pm.
Tuesday 23 October: Highway Robbery — The dangers and expenses of road travel from 17th- to 19th-century Waterford, with Joanne Rothwell. Cappoquin Community Centre. 7.30pm. Details.
Wednesday 24 October: Researching the Registry of Deeds, with Mary Beglan. Raheny Library. Howth Road, Dublin 5. Free. 6:30pm. Email.
Wednesday 24 October: The Highland Lady and Ireland's Great Famine, with Dr Enda Delaney. Second of the Bibliofiles series of lectures. National Library of Ireland, Kildare Street, Dublin. 7pm. Free. No booking required.
Thursday 25 October : 400 years of Urban Growth in the North of Ireland, with Janice Holmes. First of the PRONI/Open University series of lectures on Urban History in Ulster. Venue: PRONI, Titanic Quarter, Belfast. 6.30pm. Free.
Friday 26 and Saturday 27 October: The Genealogy Event, New York's only family history event this year. Includes a dedicated lecture segment on Getting Started in Irish Genealogy. Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 West 18th Street, New York. $15 advance ticket, $20 on the door.