Monday, 10 February 2014

Irish genealogy & history events 10–15 February

Monday 10 February: The Archaeology of Viking Dublin at Wood Quay, with Dr. Pat Wallace. Part of the Battle of Clontarf commemoration series of lectures hosted by Clontarf Historical Society and Raheny Heritage Society. Venue: Clasac Theatre, Alfie Byrne Road, Clontarf, Dublin 3. 8:15pm. Members free, non-members €5. Tea and coffee after lecture. Details: Kay Lonergan, +353 1-8338711.

Monday 10 February: Through the lens of a 1930s Press photographer, with Sandra Ardis. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society, Newtownabbey Branch. Venue: Drama Theatre, Glengormley High School, 134 Ballyclare Road, Newtownabbey, BT36 5HP 7pm. Details.

Monday 10 February: The History of the Stormont area of Belfast, with Aidan Campbell. Host: Carryduff Historical Society. Venue: Committee Room in the Lough Moss Centre, Hillsborough Road, Carryduff, Co Down. 8pm. Talk is in support of the Marie Curie Hospice. £2 non-members.

Tuesday 11 February:  19th Century Property Tax and Griffith’s Valuation, with Aiden Feerick MAPGI.  Host: Genelaogical Society of Ireland. Venue: Dún Laoghaire College of Further Education, Cumberland St., Dún Laoghaire, Co. Dublin. 8pm. €3.

Tuesday 11 February: Folklore and Folk Cures, with Doreen McBridge. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society Lisburn Branch. Venue: The Bridge Community Centre, Railway Street, Lisburn. 7:30pm.

Wednesday 12 February: "Maps from Snaps": Archive Mapping and Aerial Photography for Local and Family History, with Drew Ferris. Venue: PRONI, Titanic Boulevard, Belfast. Part of PRONI's Overlooked Archival Sources lecture series. Admission is free but you need to book by email.

Thursday 13 February: Illustrious Corpses, Burying Nationalist Ireland's Heroes, with Professor Michael Laffan. Host: Trinity College Dublin. Venue: Glasnevin Cemetery Museum, Finglas Road, Dublin 11. 7pm. &euros;10. To book, Tel: +353 (0)1 882 6550 or email:

Thursday 13 February: The archaeology of Monaghan, with Liam Bradley. Host: Friends of Monaghan County Museum. Venue: Monaghan County Museum, Hill Street, Monaghan. 8pm. Free admission. Details, tel: 353 (0) 47 82928.

Friday 14 February: The last stronghold – the siege of Clogh Oughter Castle 1653, with Conleth Manning. Host: Military History Society of Ireland. Venue: Griffith College, South Circular Road, Dublin 8. Time: 8pm. Non-members very welcome.

Friday 14 February: Before Banna: politics, society & sport in Kerry 1912-1916, a History Ireland Hedge School. Venue: Seanchaí—Kerry Writers’ Museum, Listowel, Co Kerry. Members of the audience take part in the debate and provide valuable insights and information. Free. No booking but arrive early to ensure a seat. Starts 7:30pm. POSTPONED, due to weather issues.

Friday 14 February: The history of surnames, with Aodán Mac Póilin. Venue: Killyleagh Library,52 High Street, Killyleagh, Co Down BT30 9QF. 1:15pm. Free. For more information, tel: 028 4482 8407.

Saturday 15 February: Irish Family History morning with the Irish Family History Forum at Bethpage Public Library, 47 Powell Ave, Bethpage, New York, USA. 10am: Genealogist Kathleen McGee who will moderate a help session for those researching their Irish roots. 11am: Dorothy Dougherty, Public Programs Director at National Archives at NYC, will discuss the many resources available at NARA for genealogists and family historians. Free admission and open to the public. Details, tel: 631-673-9114.

Saturday 15 February: Oliver Bond and the king-killers of Pill Lane. The dissenters of Church Street in 1798, with Fergus Whelan. Host: Stoneybatter & Smithfield People's History Project. Venue: The Cobblestone, 77 North Street, Smithfield, Dublin 7. Time: 4:30pm.