There's a good number of interesting events this January, despite the usual sluggish start to the month. Even so, some items may not have been publicised yet. If I pick up any additional items for this month, I'll update this list.
Friday 11 January: Carson's Army: the Ulster Volunteer Force, 1913-1914, with Dr Tim Bowman. Military History Society of Ireland. Venue: Lecture Theatre Griffith College, Dublin 8. 8pm. Non-members welcome.
Tuesday 15 January: Griffiths & Military Records, with the Omagh branch of the NIFHS. Venue: Omagh Library, Dublin Road. 7:15pm–9:15pm. Details.
Tuesday 15 January: Main lecture – Maps of South County Dublin, with Arnold Horner. Also a short talk – Deciphering Assyrian Cuneiform, The life and works of the Rev. Edward Hinck, with Neil Flanagan. Foxrock Local History Club. Pastoral Centre, Foxrock Church, Jct Kill Lane/Bray Rd. 8pm.
Tuesday 15 January: The 3rd Home Rule Bill, 1912, with Dermot Meleady, biographer of John Redmond. Inaugural lecture of the Decade of Centenaries series. Host: Asbourne Historical Society. Venue: The Library, Killegland Square, Ashbourne, Co Meath. 7pm. Map. Enquiries.
Wednesday 16 January: An evening of Ulster-Scots, a talk about Ulster-Scots culture. Waterside Library, The Workhouse, Glendermott Road, Derry. 7pm. Free. Details: 028 7134 2963.
Thursday 17 January: From Rocky Shores to the Rocky Mountains: The Irish in Montana. Launch of exhibition at the Butte-Silver Bow Public Archives, Butte, Montana, USA. 5-7pm. Details.
Thursday 17 January: The MacDonnell Family/treatment of tenants/resettlement in Clare, with Michael Nolan. Clare Roots Society. Venue: Civic Rooms, Ennis Town Council, Drumbiggle, Ennis. 8pm. €5 for non-members.
Friday 18 January: Protestants and the Irish language, past and present, with Gordon McCoy. Killyleagh Library, Co Down. Free. 1:15pm. Booking and details: 028 4482 8407.
Saturday 19 January: Life as it was lived in days of war: accounts of the First World War held at PRONI, with Ian Montgomery. Venue: Collins Barracks, Dublin. 2pm. Free. No booking.
Saturday 19 January: Civil Registration Records, with the Fermanagh branch of the NIFHS. 2:15pm–4:15pm. Seminar Room, The Library, Enniskillen, Co Fermanagh. Details.
Monday 21 January: Townlands, with Linda Hooke. Larne Branch of the NIFHS. Venue: Larne Bowling & Lawn Tennis Club, 112, Glenarm Road, Larne. 7:30pm–9:30pm. Details.
Wednesday 23 January: Dublin after dark: glimpses of life in an early modern city – with Dr Maighread Ní Mhurchadha. The 16th annual Sir John T Gilbert Commemorative Lecture is preceded by a wine reception at 6pm at Dublin City Public Libraries, Pearse Street, Dublin 2. Booking essential. (Update 15 January: This event FULLY BOOKED. The lecture will be recorded and I'll advise when it's made available.)
Wednesday 23 January: The Dublin Lockout cartoons of Ernest Kavanagh. James Curry discusses the illustrations of this cartoonist, who was killed in the 1916 Uprising. Part of the Bibliofiles Lecture Series at the National Library of Ireland, Kildare St, Dublin 2. 7pm. Free. No booking.
Saturday 26 January: Irish Family History Advice in the Crypt, with the Irish Family History Foundation. Venue: Christchurch Cathedral, Dublin. Free. 11am to 4pm. Part of the TempleBar Tradfest. Details.
Saturday 26 January: My ancestor was Irish – Further resources, a full-day course (10:30 – 5pm) with Michael Gandy, Roz McCutcheon and Peter Christian, looking at problems in Irish family history research and how to tackle them, locating early Irish marriages, the Irish Poor and what’s new online. £30 non-members £24 members. Society of Genealogists, Clerkenwell, London. Booking.