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Monday, 4 August 2014

Irish genealogy and history events, 4–17 August

Monday 4 August: Rediscovering the Belfast Nationalists who fought in World War One. Launch of exhibition, with Siobhan Brennan Deane of the 6th Connaught Ranger Exhibition research group. Part of Féile an Phobail. All welcome. Venue: Falls Road Library, 49 Falls Road, Belfast, Co Antrim BT12 4PD. 1pm.

Monday 4 August: Remembering, forgetting and commemorating Ireland's Great War: Issues for Belfast, with Professor Richard S Grayson and PRONI. The lecture will draw closely on local stories of the war. Part of Féile an Phobail. All welcome. Venue: Falls Road Library, 49 Falls Road, Belfast, Co Antrim BT12 4PD. 7pm.

Monday 4 August: How to research your Erris ancestor, a workshop. Venue: Gaol Siar, Main Street, Belmullet, Co Mayo. (Above Carey's.) €35. 11am to 2pm. Need to book. Tel: Barbara on 087 216 9625 or email eolas@gaolsiar.com.

Monday 4 August: The Cavan WW1 Trench Experience and Exhibition. Lecture at 8pm. Official opening of trenches at 10pm.  Music and refreshments. Cavan County Museum, Ballyjamesduff, Co Cavan. Details: (0)49 854 4070. 

Tuesday 5 August: Hatch Match and beyond…finding trails and tales in Parish records, with Rev. Patrick Comerford. Part of the Eneclann/Ancestor Network 20x20 lunchtime series. Venue: National Library of Ireland, Kildare Street, Dublin 2. 20-min lecture plus Q&As. Free. No need to book. 1pm.

Tuesday 5 August: Religion, Society and Piety: the churches and people of early medieval Tipperary, with Patrick Gleeson. Cashel Summer Lecture Series. Venue: Cashel Library, Friar St, Cashel, Co Tipperary. 7:30pm. Free.

Tuesday 5 August: The Soul of the Nation: Irish republicans, war and rebellion, with Fearghal McGarry and PRONI. The lecture will explore republican responses to the First World War, particularly how that wider conflict shaped the Easter Rising of 1916. Part of Féile an Phobail. All welcome. Venue: Falls Road Library, 49 Falls Road, Belfast, Co Antrim BT12 4PD. 1pm. 

Wednesday 6 August: Shipping records and their usefulness when searching for your ancestors, with Brian Mitchell MAPGI. Part of the Eneclann/Ancestor Network 20x20 lunchtime series. Venue: National Library of Ireland, Kildare Street, Dublin 2. 20-min lecture plus Q&As. Free. No need to book. 1pm.

Wednesday 6 August: A Kilkee Man in the First World War, with Michael Nolan. Host: Kilkee Civic Trust Summer Talks 2014. Venue: Kilkee Bay Hotel, Co Clare, at 8 pm. Admission free. www.kilkeecivictrust.org

Wednesday 6 August: The Great War and Unionist Memory, with Philip Orr and PRONI, who will seek to assess why the war continues to feature so much in popular Unionist culture. Part of Féile an Phobail. All welcome. Venue: Falls Road Library, 49 Falls Road, Belfast BT12 4PD. 1pm. 

Thursday 7 August: Belfast Women and the Great War. Margaret Ward and Lynda Walker will be presenting a visual account of the impact of war in Belfast, looking at how women mobilised to support the war effort; the impact of war on work and social life and also on women's political organisations. PRONI will also give a short presentation. Part of Féile an Phobail. All welcome. Venue: Falls Road Library, 49 Falls Road, Belfast, Co Antrim BT12 4PD. 1pm.

Thursday 7 August:
The Great War Roadshow – songs and stories from WW1. Venue: Town Hall, Cavan. 7:30pm. For details, phone Cavan Genealogy on (0)49 4361094.

Thursday 7 August: The Genealogy of Gaelic clans: sources records and evidence – 11th to 17th century, with Lorna Moloney. Part of the Eneclann/Ancestor Network 20x20 lunchtime series. Venue: National Library of Ireland, Kildare Street, Dublin 2. 20-min lecture plus Q&As. Free. No need to book. 1pm.

Thursday 7 August: The outbreak of the First World War, with Dr William Mulligan. Part of The Road to War Lecture Series. Hosted by PRONI and National Museums Northern Ireland. Venue: Ulster Museum Lecture Theatre, Botanic Gardens, Belfast. 7pm. Free but booking essential. Email proni@dcalni.gov.uk or phone 44+ 028 905 34800.

Friday 8 August: Mothers and Midwifes: The experience of Childbirth and Midwifery in Ireland, 1630–1800, with Phil O’Loughlin. Host: Dingle Historical Society. Venue: Dingle Library, Co Kerry. 7:30 pm

Friday 8 August: Yesterday’s Children: Discover your ancestor’s childhood, with Aoife O’Connor. Part of the Eneclann/Ancestor Network 20x20 lunchtime series. Venue: National Library of Ireland, Kildare Street, Dublin 2. 20-min lecture plus Q&As. Free. No need to book. 1pm.

Friday 8 August: The formation and history of the three Irish Divisions, with Jimmy McDermott. The lecture will examine the politics that drove the formation of the three Irish Divisions. PRONI will also give a short presentation. Part of Féile an Phobail. All welcome. Venue: Falls Road Library, 49 Falls Road, Belfast, Co Antrim BT12 4PD. 1pm.

Saturday 9 August: Military and Industrial Dublin Walking Tour, with History Ireland's John Gibney. Meet at 12noon at the gates of Arbour Hill cemetery, Dublin. The tour will take in the following sites in the area Collins Barracks, Arbour Hill cemetary/St Bricíns, Montpellier Hill, Garda HQ, Wellington monument, and the Magazine Fort/15 acres. Cost: €10 (all proceeds towards the Street Stories festival taking place 26-28 September.

Sunday 10 August to Thursday 14 August: War and Peace. Parnell Summer School. Venue: Avondale House, Co Wicklow. Host: Parnell society.  Details.

Sunday 10 August: Ancestry and Heritage Workshop for children and grandparents. Venue: Gaol Siar, Main Street, Belmullet, Co Mayo. (Above Carey's.) Adults: €35/Children €12. 11am to 2pm. Need to book. Tel: Barbara on 087 216 9625 or email eolas@gaolsiar.com.

Monday 11 August: Researching the history of Irish surnames and clan-names, with Paul McCotter MAPGI. Part of the Eneclann/Ancestor Network 20x20 lunchtime series. Venue: National Library of Ireland, Kildare Street, Dublin 2. 20-min lecture plus Q&As. Free. No booking. 1pm.

Monday 11 August: How to research your Erris ancestor, a workshop. Venue: Gaol Siar, Main Street, Belmullet, Co Mayo. (Above Carey's) €35. 11am to 2pm. Need to book. Tel: Barbara on 087 216 9625 or email eolas@gaolsiar.com.

Tuesday 12 August: Women in 11th-century Dublin, with Christina Lee. Part of the Living and Dying in a medieval city – Dublin in the Age of Clontarf lunchtime lecture series. Host: Friends of Medieval Dublin. Venue: Wood Quay Venue, Civic Offices, Wood Quay, Dublin 8. Time: 1:05pm to 1:45pm. Free.

Tuesday 12 August: The exile of Erin, researching the poor Irish in Victorian London, with Else Churchill. Part of the Eneclann/Ancestor Network 20x20 lunchtime series. Venue: National Library of Ireland, Kildare Street, Dublin 2. 20-min lecture plus Q&As. Free. No need to book. 1pm. 

Tuesday 12 August: OpenStreetMap – community and historical mapping for all, with Brian Hollinshead. Host: Genealogical Society of Ireland. Venue: DFEi, Cumberland St, Dun Laoghaire. 8pm. €3.

Tuesday 12 August: CAIN – 1983 and 1984 records; talk and demonstration at PRONI, Belfast. Graham Jackson, PRONI Archivist, will talk about the official archives and the annual release process and Dr Brendan Lynn, CAIN, will talk about the work of CAIN and highlight some of the recently released material. For more information about this event, please click here. 1pm. Email proni@dcalni.gov.uk or call (028 90 534800) to reserve your place, admission is FREE.

Wednesday 13 August:Limerick Quakers: History, Business, Religion, 1655-1900, with Hiram Wood. Host: Kilkee Civic Trust Summer Talks 2014. Venue: Kilkee Bay Hotel, Co Clare, at 8 pm. Admission free. www.kilkeecivictrust.org

Wednesday 13 August: Under-used Irish records in the National Archives in England, with Audrey Collins. Part of the Eneclann/Ancestor Network 20x20 lunchtime series. Venue: National Library of Ireland, Kildare Street, Dublin 2. 20-min lecture plus Q&As. Free. No booking. 1pm.

Wednesday 13 August: East Belfast & The Great War, launch of community-focused project with guest speaker, Professor Richard Grayson. Venue: The Great Hall, Parliament Buildings, Stormont, Belfast. Places are limited so you need to book, by email to eastbelfastgreatwar@hotmail.co.uk or telephone 07966 931 410, by Friday 8 August.

Wednesday 13 August to Saturday 16 August: A commemoration of local war heroes, exhibition. Host: Donaghadee Historical Society. Venue: 1st Presbyterian Church Hall, High Street, Donaghadee, Co Down. 11:30am to 7:30pm.  North Down & Ards Family History Society will also be offering genealogy advice.

Thursday 14 August: Genealogy and sporting records – from sporting Laurels to Family Trees, with Hilary McDonagh. Part of the Eneclann/Ancestor Network 20x20 lunchtime series. Venue: National Library of Ireland, Kildare Street, Dublin 2. 20-min lecture plus Q&As. Free. No need to book. 1pm.

Friday 15 August: Living Legacies. Bring along your old Donaghadee photos, documents and WW1 memorabilia to the Donaghadee Historical Society's exhibition. The Living Legacies team from Queens University Belfast will copy and photograph items. Donaghadee, Co Down.

Sunday 17 August: “Don’t let me lie in this dreadful place”: The Death and Life of Roger Casement, with Séamas Ó Síocháin Ph.D. Venue: Glasnevin Museum, Finglas Road, Dublin 11. €10 per person, booking advised. For more details or to book please contact the Museum (0)1 882 6550 or email events@glasnevintrust.ie. The lecture will be preceded by a short commemoration starting at 2.30pm.