Monday, 19 May 2014

Irish genealogy and history events 19–24 May

Monday 19 May: A celebration of the life of Rosie Hackett, with James Curry. Hosts: Irish Labour History Society and SIPTU. Venue: Liberty Hall, Dublin. Wine reception and music. Everyone welcome. 8pm. Free.

Tuesday 20 May: Belfast post-1945: a society in transition, with Dr. Peter Smyth. Host: PRONI. Venue: PRONI, Titanic Boulevard, Belfast. 1pm. Free but booking essential; email or telephone 02890 534800 to reserve your place.

Wednesday 21 May: The Downshire Family and Hillsborough Castle, with Jason Diamond. Host: North of Ireland FHS, North Armagh Branch. Venue: Town Hall, 15-17 Edward Street, Portadown, BT62 3LX. 7:30pm.

Thursday 22 May: The Irish in Australia, a double bill of lectures. Emigration of Dublin orphan girls during the famine, with Dr Perry McIntyre, and The Irish in Australia through objects, with Dr Richard Reid. Host: Rathfarnham Historical Society. Venue: Ballyroan Library, Orchardstown Avenue, Rathfarnham, Dublin 14. 7:00pm. All welcome.

Thursday 22 May: Revolutionary women, with Liz Gillis to celebrate the centenary of Cumann na mBan. Venue: County Library, Library Square, Tallaght, Dublin 24. 6pm to 7:30pm. Free. All welcome.

Thursday 22 May: Headstones as postcards from the past, with John Tierney. Venue: Irish World Heritage Centre, Irish Town Way, Cheetham Hill, Manchester, UK. 7:30pm. £5.

Thursday 22 May: World War One and Leixlip, with James Durney. Host: Leixlip History Club. Venue: Leixlip Library, Captain's Hill, Leixlip, Co. Kildare. 7:15pm.

Thursday 22 May: Paupers, Presbyterians and the Poor Law in 19th-century Ulster, with Dr Olwen Purdue. The Robert Allen Memorial Lecture. Host: Presbyterian Historical Society. Venue: Union Theological College, Botanic Avenue, Belfast. 8.00pm:

Friday 23 May: Sunningdale, the Ulster Workers Council Strike and their Legacies: The Struggle for Democracy in Northern Ireland, a special conference at PRONI. Venue: PRONI, Titanic Boulevard, Belfast. 9am to 4pm. Programme. Free but booking essential; email or telephone 02890 534800 to reserve your place.

Friday 23 May: 100 years a diggin'. A century or archaeological excavations in Waterford city and county, with James Eogan. Host: Waterford Archaeological and Historical Society. Venue: Edmund Rice Heritage and Conference Centre, Barrack Street, Waterford. 8pm. € 5.00 non-members (members free)

Saturday 24 May: IGRS Open Day. Host: Irish Genealogical Research Society. Venue: Dublin City Library & Archive, Pearse Street, Dublin. 10:00am to 4pm. Four lectures. Programme. Free and all welcome.

Saturday 24 May: Ulster Scots Innovators Gallery to open. Part of the Belfast Titanic Maritime Festival (continues to Monday 26 May). The Ulster-Scots Agency and Northern Ireland Science Park will officially launch the Ulster-Scots Innovators Gallery in the Thompson Dry Dock, Northern Ireland Science Park, Belfast. The gallery will celebrate ten famous Ulster-Scots who made major discoveries, altered our understanding of the natural world and developed products and services of worldwide significance. Formalities at 11am.