With most of Ireland 'shutting up shop' for the second half of December, there's not much left in the calendar in the way of Irish family history events. I'm not expecting to come across many more events before the New Year, but if I do hear of any, I'll update the list below.
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: €4.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Monday 15 December: St Dympna’s and the Care of the Mentally ill in Nineteenth Century Carlow, with Dr Catherine Cox. Host: Carlow College, Free Public Lectures series. Venue: Cobden Hall, Carlow College. 1:45pm-3:00pm. All are Welcome and Admission is free.
Monday 15 December: Ulster Scots, with Matthew Warwick. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society (NIFHS), Larne Branch. Venue: Larne Bowling & Lawn Tennis Club, 112-120 Glenarm Road, Larne, Co Antrim BT40 1DZ. 7:30pm. All welcome.
Wednesday 17 December: Brickwalls demolished. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society, North Armagh Branch. Venue: Town Hall, 15-17 Edward Street, Portadown, Co Armagh BT62 3LX. 7:30pm. All welcome.
Thursday 18 December:Big Houses and their families, with Roger Dixon. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society (NIFHS), North Down & Ards Branch. Venue: 1st Presbyterian Church Hall, Upper Main Street, Bangor, Co Down. 7:30pm. All welcome.