Tuesday, 3 June 2014

Irish genealogy and history events to 8 June

Wednesday 4 June: Chase of the Battleship Bismarck, with Lord Rathdonnell. Venue: Lisnavagh House, Rathvilly, County Carlow. The grounds will be open from 6:30pm for those would like an evening stroll followed by light refreshments before the talk. Proceeds to the Baltinglass Rectory repair fund. Tickets €20 (including refreshments) payable at the door. Booking essential. Email to reserve tickets.

Thursday 5 June: Desire and Dishonour: Heterosexuality in Nineteenth-Century Ireland, with Joanna Bourke. Host: British Association for Irish Studies. Venue: The Chancellor's Hall, Senate House (first floor), Malet St, London WC1E 7HU. 6pm – 7pm. Details and booking.

Friday 6 June: After the Gathering: Dissonant Voices in Irish Diaspora Studies. A conference hosted by Queen’s University’s Institute of Collaborative Research in the Humanities, DCAL and the Ministerial Advisory Group of the Ulster Scots Academy, will focus on diaspora histories, representations, culture and politics following the events of the Irish government’s Gathering year. 9:30am to 6pm. All-day attendance costs £5 (£2 unwaged/students), which includes teas/coffees and lunch; evening event is free. Venue (day): PRONI, 2 Titanic Boulevard, Belfast. Details. Booking essential: email

Friday 6 June and Saturday 7 June: Charms and Magic in Medieval and Modern Ireland, a symposium. Host: Department of Early Irish at the National University of Ireland Maynooth. Venue: Physics Hall (reception Friday evening: Russell Library), South Campus, NUIM, Maynooth, Co Kildare. Times: Friday 5:30pm–7:30pm; Saturday 9:30am–5:30pm. Registration fee: €20 (€10 for students): Includes tea/coffee and lunch on the Saturday. Details (pdf).

Saturday 7 June: Traditional Dress in Rural Ireland, an illustrated talk with Clodagh Doyle from the National Museum of Ireland who will discuss traditional clothing in rural Ireland in the early 1900s, with a special focus on the Aran Islands. Venue: Galway City Museum. 2:00pm–3:00pm. Free but places limited, so booking is essential: phone +353 (091) 532460.

Saturday 7 June: Genealogy Workshop – practical tips, with Mayo Genealogy Group. Venue: National Museum of Ireland, Country Life, Turlough, Castlebar, Co Mayo. 11am–1pm. Free. Non-members welcome. Details.

Saturday 7 June: Family History Fair. Venue: LDS Family History Centre, 403 Holywood Rd, Belfast, BT4 2GU. Free to attend. 10am–4.30pm. Sign up here.

Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 June: The History Festival of Ireland. Huntington Castle, Clonegal, Co Carlow. Fantastic line-up of speakers. Beautiful setting. Tickets €22.50. Details at