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Monday, 23 March 2015

Irish genealogy and history events, 23 March to 6 April

Monday 23 March: Fighting the world's most deadly influenza pandemic in 1918-19: the Kildare story, with Dr Ida Milne. Part of the Carton Lecture Series. Host: Centre for the Study of Historic Irish Houses and Estates & NUI Maynooth. Venue: Carton House, Maynooth, Co Kildare. Admission fee €10. Light refreshments served from 7:15pm. Enquiries (0)1 651 7708/

Monday 23 March: Tracing Your Roots in the Emerald Isle: an Irish Genealogy Workshop, with the Ulster Historical Foundation. Hosts: Heinz History Center & Westmoreland Historical Society. Venue: Detre Library & Archives, Pittsburgh, PA, USA. 10:30am to 4:30pm. Admission: $25 for members, $35 for non-members. Details. Sold Out.

Tuesday 24 March: The Molly Maguires - Myth, History and Mystery, with John Kearns. Host: Stonybatter & Smithfield People's History Project. Venue: Backroom at the Cobblestone Pub, 77 North King Street, Smithfield, Dublin 7. Free. All welcome. 8.15pm.

Tuesday 24 March: Are my Roots Showing? One-to-One Genealogy Consultations. Host: Limerick Genealogy and Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival. Venue: Lissanalta House, Dooradoyle Road, Dooradoyle, Limerick. Consulations are free but booking is essential. Ring Caitriona or Aoife on +353 61 496542 or email research@limerickgenealogy.com.

Tuesday 24 March: "Better to die by the sword than to die of starvation”: protest and resistance during the Great Famine, with John Cunningham. Host: Aughty Famine Working Group. Venue: Lady Gregory Hotel, Gort, Co. Galway. 8pm. Free. Details (pdf).

Tuesday 24 March: Starting your family tree, with Helen Sisk (Cork Genealogical Society). Host: Cork Lifelong Learning Festival. Venue: Central Library, Grand Parade, Cork. 3pm–4pm. Free. All welcome.

Wednesday 25 March: Cork Harbour through time, with Kieran McCarthy. Host: Cork Lifelong Learning Festival. Venue: Curraheen Family Centre, Meeting Room, Church of the Real Presence, Curraheen Road, Cork. All welcome. Free refreshments served. 10:30am. Queries: Irene Higgins, Tel 454 1583.

Wednesday 25 March: Church Records, with Valerie Adams. Part of the Your Family Tree lunchtime lecture series. Venue: PRONI, Titanic Boulevard, Belfast. Starts at 1pm. Free but need to book at proni@dcalni.gov.uk or (+44) 028 90 534800.

Wednesday 25 March: Starting your family tree, with James Quain (Cork Genealogical Society). Host: Cork Lifelong Learning Festival. Venue: The Library, Douglas Village Shopping Centre,Cork. 11.30am - 12.30pm. All welcome.

Wednesday 25 March: Open Genealogy Consultaton, with Lisa Dougherty. Host and venue: Irish American Heritage Museum 370 Broadway, Albany, New York 12207, USA. 11am - 2pm EDT.

Wednesday 25 March: How to start your family tree research, with Ann Marie Coghlan (Cork Genealogical Society). Host: Cork Lifelong Learning Festival. Venue: Blackpool Library, Redforge Road, Cork. 2:30pm–3:30pm. Free. Tel: +353 21 492 4933.

Wednesday 25 March: Waterford Food Fights, with Joanne Rothwell. Host: Waterford County Museum Society. Venue: Green Room, Town Hall, Dungarvan, Co Waterford. 8pm. Admission: €5. All welcome. Due to high demand, the Heritage Library has added a second class of Exploring Irish Roots.

Wednesday 25 March: How to trace your Irish roots, with Beth O'Keefe. Host and venue: Heritage Library, 852 William Hilton Parkway, second-floor suite A-2, Hilton Head Island, SC 29928, USA. 1:30pm–3:30pm. Fee: $10 Heritage Library members; $15 nonmembers.

Wednesday 25 March: Virtue and Vice: Political Rhetoric and Popular Action across the Atlantic during the Irish Land War, with Andrew Phemister. Host: University of Edinburgh; Modern Irish History Seminar Programme. Venue: University of Edinburgh, Room G.13, William Robertson Wing, Teviot Place, Edinburgh, UK. 5pm. Free. All welcome. Details.

Wednesday 25 March: The Ulster Plantation: Sources for 17th-century families in Ireland (5–6:30pm) and Records related to the different churches in Ireland (7-8:30pm). Both lectures from the Ulster Historical Foundation. Host and venue: Brown County Library, 515 Pine Street, Green Bay, WI 54301, USA. To register, call 920-448-5815.

Wednesday 25 March: Freemasonry in Cork City & County: its Halls, Artefacts & Heritage, with Dr David Butler. Host: Cork Lifelong Learning Festival. Venue: Cork City & County Archives Service, Seamus Murphy Building, 32 Great William O’Brien Street, Blackpool, Cork. 2:30pm. Free. Booking advised as places limited. Email: archivist@corkcity.ie or call 450 5876.

Thursday 26 March: The Herdsmen of Sion Mills, with Celia Ferguson. Host: Strabane History Society. Venue: Room 5, Strabane Library, 1 Railway Street, Strabane, Co Tyrone BT82 8EF. 7:30pm.

Thursday 26 March: Remembering 1916, a HistoryIreland Hedge School. Venue: Lecture Theatre, Ulster Museum. Botanic Gardens, Belfast BT9 5AB. 7–9pm.(Refreshments and guided tours of the Ulster Museum’s 1916 artefacts in the new Modern History gallery, will be available from 6:15pm.) Free. Need to book.

Friday 27 March: Stories from the Archives: Cork in the 1920s & 1930s, with Kieran McCarthy. Host: Cork Lifelong Learning Festival. Venue: Cork City & County Archives Service, Seamus Murphy Building, 32 Great William O’Brien Street, Blackpool, Cork. 2:30pm. Free. Places limited, so booking recommended by tel 450 5876 or email: archivist@corkcity.ie.

Friday 27 March: Confessions of a monastic historian: (re)writing a thousand years of monastic history, with Fr Columba Stewart. Second of the Monastic Ireland AD 1100-1700: landscape and settlement lectures. Venue: Helen Roe Theatre, Royal Society of Antiquaries Ireland, 63 Merrion Square, Dublin. 5:30pm. Free. All welcome.

Friday 27 March: Starting your family tree, with Olive Coleman (Cork Genealogical Society). Host: Cork Lifelong Learning Festival. Venue: Tory Top Rd Library, Ballyphehane, Cork. 11am. Free. All welcome.

Friday 27 March: Tracing Your Irish and Scots-Irish Ancestors, with the Ulster Historical Foundation. Host: Latah County Historical Society. Venue: Best Western Plus University Inn, 1516 Pullman Road, Moscow, ID 83843, USA. 11:30am–4pm. Registration fee $35 includes lunch and workshop materials. Register online.

Friday 27 March: Starting your family tree, with Ann Marie Coughlan (Cork Genealogical Society). Host: Cork Lifelong Learning Festival. Venue: Frank O’Connor Library, Mayfield, Cork. 2:30pm. Free. All welcome.

Saturday 28 March: Tools of the Boat Building Trade, with Críostóir Mac Cárthaigh. Venue: National Museum of Ireland, Country Life, Turlough, Co Mayo. Talk exploring the importance of Ireland’s rich maritime history through the Co. Sligo McCann boatyard collection recently donated to the National Museum. Booking required. 3–4pm. Booking required.

Saturday 28 March: Researching your Irish Heritage, a day-seminar with Ulster Historical Foundation. Host: The Yakima Valley Genealogical Society. Venue: Mt Olive Lutheran Church, 7809 Tieton Drive, Yakima, WA 98908, USA. 8:30am to 4:00pm. $40, includes lunch. Registration.

Saturday 28 March: Family History Day. A full day seminar. A mix of practical information and case studies suitable for beginners or for those who have more experience in genealogical research. Venue: Dublin City Library & Archive, Pearse Street, Dublin 2. Booking not required, but it's recommended to come early to ensure a place.

Saturday, 28 March: Finding Your Irish Townland of Origin: Research in the U.S. and Ireland; Advanced Irish Genealogy: Delving further into Irish Sources; Cemetery and Headstone Research in Ireland; Planning a Genealogy Trip to Ireland, all with Joe Buggy. Host: Fairfax County Genealogical Society (Spring Conference). Venue: Fairfax Marriott Hotel, 11787 Lee Jackson Memorial Highway, Fairfax, VA 22033. 9am-3:45pm. Registration: www.fxgs.org/cpage.php?pt=20

Sunday 29 March:
Scots-Irish Seminar, with the Ulster Historical Foundation. Host: California Genealogical Society. Venue: Holiday Inn & Suites Oakland Airport, 77 Hegenberger Road, Oakland CA 94621, USA. 7:30am to 5pm. CGS members: $100. Non-members: $125. Prices include breakfast, lunch, afternoon snack and refreshments. Registration.

Monday 30 March: Finding Irish and Scots-Irish Roots, a half-day seminar with the Ulster Historical Foundation. Host: Rogue Valley Genealogical Society. Venue: Jackson County Genealogy Library, 3405 So. Pacific Highway, Medford, OR, 97501 USA. 8:30am to noon. Members £30; Non-members $35. Details. Fully booked.

Monday 30 March: Trim: Fairly typical medieval town, with Mary Hayes. Host: Clondalkin History Society. Venue: Arás Chronáin Irish Cultural Centre, Watery Lane, Clondalkin, Co Dublin. 8pm. All welcome.

Tuesday 31 March: The Police in Ireland & The First World War, with Dr Myles Dungan. Host: Garda Historical Society. Venue: The Palatine Room, Collins Museum, Dublin 7. Space limited, so need to reserve place. Email gardahistoricalsociety@gmail.com.

Tuesday 31 March: Arthur Griffith: his life and times, a History Ireland Hedge School. Host and venue: Cavan County Museum, Virginia Road, Ballyjamesduff, Co. Cavan. The panel will include Dermot McMonagle, Brian Maye, Terence McKenna and Tony Jordan. 7:30pm. Enquiries: +353 49 854 4070.

Tuesday 31 March: An introduction to Irish and Scots-Irish family history research. A half-day seminar with the Ulster Historical Foundation. Host: Rogue Valley Genealogical Society. Venue: Jackson County Genealogy Library, 3405 So. Pacific Highway, Medford, OR, 97501 USA. 8:30am to noon. Members £30; Non-members $35. Booking essential. Details.

Tuesday 31 March: Families associated with the lands west of the River Fergus in "An Leabhar Muimneach" or "The Munster Book", with Dr Cathy Swift. Host: Kilrush and District Historical Society. Venue: Teach Ceoil, Grace Street, Kilrush, Co Clare. 8pm. Admission: KDHS members free/non-members €5. All welcome.

Wednesday 1 April: World War One Ancestors, with Ian Montgomery. Part of the Your Family Tree lunchtime lecture series. Venue: PRONI, Titanic Boulevard, Belfast. Starts at 1pm. Free but need to book at proni@dcalni.gov.uk or (+44) 028 90 534800.

Wednesday 1 April to 30 May: The Irish at Gallipoli – an exhibition. Drawing on sources from the Royal Dublin Fusiliers Association Archive, the exhibition will give an overview of the campaign and highlight the personal storiesof a number of Irish-born WW1 soldiers who fought in Gallipoli and other 'theatres of war'. Venue: Dublin City Library and Archive, Pearse Street, Dublin 2.

Friday 3 April: The geoarchaeology of County Down's High Crosses and Round Towers, with Ian Meighan. Host: Monuments and Building Record Public Lectures 2015. Venue: Pat Collins Reading Room, Waterman House, 5-33 Hill Street, Belfast BT1 2LA. Free. No need to book early but limited space so arrive early to secure your seat.

Saturday 4 April: One Million Dubliners - film screening to mark the first anniversary of the death of historian, tour guide and good guy Shane MacThomáis. Host: Stoneybatter & Smithfield People's History Project. Venue: The Elbowroom, 32 Brunswick St N, Dublin 7. 4pm. Free, but there will be a collection of donations to Pieta House.

Monday 6 April: The Road to the Rising, a major bank holiday event in Dublin's O'Connell Street and nearby venues. Host: RTE, An Post and Dublin City Council. Full programme explores Ireland on the eve of Revolution, as well as the ideas, people and the socio-economic forces which would shape the events of Easter Week 1916. Re-enactments, memorabilia roadshow, talks, screenings and family fun. Need to book for some events. Programme.