Tuesday 13 August: The construction of Dublin Castle, 1204-29, with Con Manning. Part of the Milestones of Medieval Dublin series of lunchtime lectures. 1:05 pm – 1:45 pm Wood Quay venue of Dublin City Council. Free.
Tuesday 13 August: Irish records: what’s online? with John Grenham. Venue: Seminar Room, National Library of Ireland, Kildare Street, Dublin 2. 1pm. Free. No booking necessary.
Tuesday 13 August: Tipperary and the American civil war, with Damien Shiels. Cashel Library, Co Tipperary. Free. 7:15pm.
Tuesday 13 August: Emo Court, with Kevin Flanagan. Part of the A Celebration of Architecture: the Big Houses of Laois series of lectures. Venue: Portlaoise Library. Time: 8pm. Cost: Free. Details: 00 353 (0)57 8622333.
Tuesday 13 August: Irish and British maritime records, with David Snook. Genealogial Society of Ireland lecture held at Dún Laoghaire College of FE, Cumberland Street, Dun Laoghaire, Co Dublin. 8pm. €3.
Tuesday 13 August: Launch of Breaking and Laveing the Countery, an exhibition exploring some aspects of County Cavan’s emigration story will be launched at Johnston Central Library, Farnham St, Cavan at 8pm. The exhibition will cover 19th-century emigration and will focus on the numbers leaving the county, parish origins, various destinations abroad and the system of chain emigration. It will include some emigrant stories, and will illustrate in graphic detail the personal story of the emigrant, whose life away from home the mass of statistical material fails to illuminate. The exhibition runs to 14th September and admission is free. Details.
Wednesday 15 August: Irish in the Civil War exhibition opens at The Irish American Heritage Museum at 11:00am in the historic Meginniss Building, 370 Broadway, Albany, New York. USA. Wednesdays–Fridays 11am–4pm; Saturdays and Sundays, 12noon–4pm. Until Sunday 30 September. Details.
Thursday 15 August: Finding your roots in County Down, with Sandra Ardis from the North of Ireland
Family History Society. Venue: Newry Library, 79 Hill Street, Newry, Co Down BT34 1DG. 12:30pm. Free. Booking advised. For more details, tel: 028 3026 4683.
Thursday 15 August: Irish Newspaper Archives – Opening up the Nation’s Newspaper Archives, with Phillip Martin, Irish Newspaper Archives. Venue: Seminar Room, National Library of Ireland, Kildare Street, Dublin 2. 1pm. Free. No booking necessary.
Friday 16 August: Family History Open Day at Dublin City Library & Archive, Pearse Street, Dublin 2. Free advice from genealogy societies, consultations with professional genealogists, and online searches on major databases, plus a chance to explore DCL&A's rich family history collection. 10am–4:30pm. Free. More info: www.dublincitypubliclibraries.ie. Tel: 00 353 (0)1-6744870 or (0)1-6744800.
Saturday 17 August: Dancing by the sea: the rise & and fall of the showband scene. A HistoryIreland Hedge School with Pascal Mooney, Marc Geagan, Gerry Gallagher and Charlie McGettigan. Venue: Heritage Festival, Kitchen Bake (old Methodist church, Bundoran, Co Donegal. 6:30pm.
Saturday 17 August: Genealogy Day at Skibbereen Heritage Centre. 2–5pm. Appointments with experienced genealogists. Booking essential, on +353 (0)28 40900.
Saturday 17 August: How to research your West Cork ancestry, with William Casey. Skibbereen Heritage Centre. 8:30pm. Free. Booking essential, on +353 (0)28 40900.
Sunday 18 August: The Squad and the Intelligence Operations of Michael Collins, with Thomas Ryle Dwyer. The 3rd Collins Griffith Lecture will be held at 2.30pm in the Prospect Gallery, Glasnevin Cemetery Museum, Co Dublin. Tickets cost €10. Booking recommended. Email or tel 353 (0)1 882 6550.