Monday, 12 May 2014

Irish genealogy and history events, 12 – 18 May

Monday 12 May: 1014 – 2014, the Battle of Clontarf – what new insights?, a panel discussion
chaired by Professor Sean Duffy. Venue: Trinity College Dublin. Host: Clontarf Historical Society and Raheny Heritage Society. 8:00pm. €4.

Monday 12 May: The management of the Londonderry Estates in Down, Derry, Donegal and Antrim during the Great Famine, with Dr Anne Casement. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society, Foyle Branch. Venue: City's Central Library, 35 Foyle Street, Derry-Londonderry BT48 6AL. 7pm.

Monday 12 May: Plantation: Aspects of 17th-century Ulster society, with Dr Brendan Scott. Venue: PRONI, Titanic Boulevard, Belfast. 1pm. Free but booking essential by email at or by telephone (+44) 02890 534800.

Monday 12 May: History is to blame, by H E Daniel Mulhall, Ireland's Ambassador in London. A public lecture to discuss this often misunderstood period of Ireland's history. Venue: The Institute of Irish Studies, University of Liverpool. Free, but you need to book. Tel: 0151 794 3837. 6pm.

Tuesday 13 May: Technology and genealogy from a layperson’s point of view, with Maura Flood. Host: Genelaogical Society of Ireland. Venue: Dún Laoghaire College of Further Education, Cumberland St., Dún Laoghaire, Co. Dublin. 8pm. €3.

Tuesday 13 May: From Flax to Fabric, with Gillian Topping. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society, Lisburn Branch. Venue: Railway Buildings. Bridge Street, Lisburn. 7:30pm.

Tuesday 13 May: Brian Boru – myth and reality, a History Ireland Hedge School. Venue: National Library of Ireland, Kildare Street, Dublin 2. 7pm. Free.

Tuesday 13 May: Irish peace keepers, with Michael Whelan. Host: Tallaght Historical Society. Venue: County Library, Library Square, Tallaght, Dublin 24. 7pm. Free. All welcome.

Wednesday 14 May: Shaping Belfast: from early beginnings to Victorian expansion, with Dr Paul Larmour. Second of PRONI's series of public lectures on the historical development of Belfast. Venue: PRONI, Titanic Boulevard, Belfast. 1pm. Free, but book by email to or tel:028 90 534800.##

Wednesday 14 May: Family history tutorial and discussion, with Gerard Naughton and Paul Greaney. Host: Western Family History Association. Venue: Lackagh Parish Centre, Co Galway. 8:15pm. Details. All welcome.

Wednesday 14 May: The Lisnavagh Story, with Turtle Bunbury. Venue: Irish Georgian Society HQ, City Assembly House, 58 South William Street, Dublin 2. 6:30 to 8:00pm (tea/coffee from 6pm). No admission after 6:40pm. Tickets €10 via +353 (0)1 679 8675 or email

Thursday 15 May: Clearning hovels and building homes: an architectural history of Dublin housing, 1930 to 1960, with Ellen Rowley. Host: Royal Society of Antiquities of Ireland. Venue: 63 Merrion Square South, Dublin 2.

Thursday 15 May: A history of Methodism in Bray and North Wicklow, with Revd D A Levistone Cooney. Host: Bray Cualann Historical Society & Bray Methodist Community. Venue: Bray Methodist Church, Florence Road, Bray. 8pm. Free, but donation requested.

Friday 16 and Saturday 17 May: Remembering the Great War. Glasnevin Cemetery Museum, Dublin 11. The Museum is looking for artefacts and stories for a new exhibition. Bring along your documents, letters, uniforms, weapons, medals etc for a free historical assessment. Details:

Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 May: The Irish Workhouse – Past & Present, a weekend conference. Venue: Portumna, Co Galway. See blogpost.

Saturday 17 May: An introduction to genealogy, with Paul Gorry MAPGI. Venue: Ballyroan Library, Orchardstown Avenue, Rathfarnham, Dublin 14. 11am–1pm. Free to attend. To book your place, phone the library on +353 (0)1 4941900.

Saturday 17 May: Irish genealogy help session with Kathleen McGee at 10am. What's in a name? Trouble, with Ron Arons at 11am. Host: Irish Family History Forum. Venue: Bethpage Library, 47 Powell Avenue, Bethpage, NY, 11714.