Monday, 1 December 2014

Irish genealogy and history events, 1–13 December

Tuesday 2 December: The heritage sites of County Kildare, with Ger McCarthy. Host: Naas Local History Group. Venue: Community Library, Harbour View, Naas, Co Kildare. 7:45pm.

Tuesday 2 December: Women in Waterford History, with Andy Kelly. Venue: Town Hall Theatre, Friary Street, Dungarvan, Co Waterford. 8pm. €5. All welcome.

Tuesday 2 December: The trial of Lundy Winter School. Venue: The Courthouse, Bishop Street Within, Derry BT48 6PQ. Dr Padraig Lenihan will evaluate the 'Book of Evidence', followed by a History Ireland Hedge School panel discussion on the theme: 'Lundy: hero or traitor?'. Admission free. Doors open 6:30pm for tea/coffee with proceedings getting underway at 7pm. All welcome.

Wednesday 3 to Friday 5 December: Reading Room closed to public for annual media review. National Archives of Ireland, Bishop Street, Dublin. Details.

Wednesday 3 December: Ulster and the First World War, with Jonathan Bardon. Venue: PRONI, Titanic Boulevard, Belfast. 1pm. Free but need to reserve your place by email to or telephone 02890 534800.

Thursday 4 December: Cork and the Great War, an illustrated talk with Gerry White. Host: Coppeen Archaeological, Historical & Cultural Society. Venue: An Caipín, Coppeen, Co. Cork. 8:30pm. €5 non-members. All welcome.

Thursday 4 December: The Story behind the Name, with Eddie Lowe. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society, Belfast Branch. Venue: Belmont Tower, 82 Belmont Church Road, Belfast, BT4 3FG, Co Antrim. 7:30pm. (Please note change of venue as Holywood Arches Library is being refurbished.) All welcome.

Thursday 4 December: Something of the Nature of a Massacre: The (1922) Bandon Valley Killings Revisited, with Dr John Borgonovo. Host: School of History's Research Seminar. Venue: G19 Kane Building, University College Cork. 6pm. Free. All welcome.

Friday 5 December: Ireland, Australia and the First World War, with Dr Jeff Kildea. Host: Military History Society of Ireland. Venue: Griffith College, South Circular Road, Dublin 8. Non-members welcome. 8pm.

Saturday 6 December: The Families in British India Society (FIBIS) Day Workshop. Venue: Herbert Art Gallery and Museum, Jordan Well, Coventry CV1 5QP, UK. 10am to 4pm. Free but booking essential. Details.

Saturday 6 December: Survival and revival – Ireland's historic gardens and demesne landscapes, with Finola Reid. Venue: Tipperary County Museum, Mick Delahunty Square, Clonmel, Co Tipperary. 10am to Noon, with refreshments provided. €5 per session. Bookings: or 076 106 5564.

Monday 8 to Friday 12 December: Preservation Week at PRONI. Limited service. There will be no Document Production but the Public Search Room, including Self-Service Microfilm area, will operate as normal at Titanic Boulevard, Belfast. More.

Tuesday 9 December: Dying in 11th-century Dublin, with Barra O Donnabhain. Last 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 9 December: Researching a Family Business – Resources in the Dublin City Library and Archive, with Eithne Massey. Host: Genealogical Society of Ireland. Venue: Dún Laoghaire FE Institute, Cumberland Street, Dún Laoghaire, Co Dublin. 8pm. Admission: €3.

Wednesday 10 December: Book Launch: 'Tracing your Kildare Ancestors' by Karel Kiely, Mario Corrigan and James Durney. Formalities to be conducted by Johnny Doyle. Venue: Kildare Town Library. 7pm. Free. Everyone welcome.

Thursday 11 December: The Making and Breaking of the Country House in Europe during World War One, with Professor Christopher Ridgway. Part of the CSHIHE/Carton Lecture Series. Venue: Carton House, Maynooth, Co Kildare. Admission fee €10, includes refreshments. 7:15pm. Followed by optional dinner, see details. Enquiries: tel: (01)6517708 Email:

Thursday 11 December: Christmas in County Wicklow 100 years ago, with James Scannell. Host: Enniskerry History Society. Venue: Powerscourt Arms Hotel, Enniskerry, Co Wicklow. 8:30pm. €3.