Monday, 20 April 2015

Irish family history & heritage events, 20 Apr – 2 May

Monday 20 April: Irish place names, with Mary Delargy. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society, Larne Branch. Venue: Larne Bowling and Lawn Tennis Club, 112-120 Glenarm Road, Larne, Co Antrim BT40 1DZ. 7:30pm. All welcome.

Monday 20 April: Ernie O'Malley – His life and times, with Cormac O' Malley. Host: Mallow Field Club. Venue: Hibernian Hotel, Davis Street, Mallow, Co. Cork. 8pm. €3.

Tuesday 21 April: Bytes of Dublin - digitising Dublin content in the National Folklore Collection, UCD: samples of audio, visual and manuscript material, with Anna Bale. Host: Dublin City & Irish Folklore series of lunchtime lectures at City Hall. Venue: Council Chamber, Dublin City Hall. 1:05 to 1:50pm. Free. No booking required.

Tuesday 21 April: Panel discussion on Gallipoli campaigh, to mark the centenary of the landings of April 1915. Host: Irish Historical Society. Speakers will be Tom Burke, Dr William Mulligan and Dr David Murphy. Chair: Lar Joye. 7pm in the Seminar Room, Centre for Irish Programmes, Boston College, 43 St Stephen’ s Green, Dublin 2. All welcome. Free.

Wednesday 22 April: Valuation Records, with William McAfee. Part of the Your Family Tree lunchtime lecture series. Venue: PRONI, Titanic Boulevard, Belfast. Starts at 1pm. Free but need to book at or (+44) 028 90 534800.

Wednesday 22 April: Children's burial grounds (Cilliní) in Ireland, with Dr Eileen Murphy. Host: Mayo Historical and Archaeological Society. Venue: Roseanne Clear Lecture Theatre (P002), GMIT Mayo, Castlebar, Co Mayo. 8pm. Non-members €6; Students with valid ID €2.

Wednesday 22 April: Explore the Archives Workshop. Host and venue: PRONI, Belfast. Fully Booked.

Thursday 23 April: The Battle for Douglas-Rochestown, a key engagement in the Irish Civil War, with Dr John Borgonovo. Venue: Parish Assembly Room, St Columba's, Douglas, Cork. Free. All welcome. 8pm.

Thursday 23 April: The History of Linen in South Derry, with Bruce Clark. Host: Maghera Historical Society. Venue: Walsh's Hotel, 53 Main Street, Maghera, Co LondonDerry BT46 5BN. 8:00pm. Members free. Non-members £5.

Thursday 23 April: "Johnnies and Mehmets … side by side”: The redemptive afterlife of Gallipoli in Australia, Turkey and Ireland, with Professor Stuart Ward. Host: Boston College (Ireland). Venue: National Library of Ireland, Seminar Room, Kildare Street, Dublin 2. 7pm. No booking is required and all are welcome.

Friday 24 April: Gallipoli 1915 – the first phase, the April landings, with Dr Mark Phelan. Host: Military History Society of Ireland. Venue: Griffith College, South Circular Road, Dublin 8. Non-members welcome. 8pm.

Friday 24 April: Book Launch: City and Cemetery, A history of Mount Saint Lawrence, Limerick, by Dr Matthew Potter. Formalities by Jan O'Sullivan TD, Minister for Education and Skills. Venue: Glazed Street of City Hall, Limerick. 6:30pm. All welcome.

Friday 24 April: 99 years since the 1916 Easter Rising – An Post Museum at the GPO. Free tours at 10am, 12pm and 2pm. Venue: GPO, O'Connell Street, Dublin 1. (An Post Museum will be closing at the end of May.) Book tickets to avoid disappointment, or turn up on the day and take pot luck.

Friday 24 April: Survival in a medieval crisis – the Bruce Invasion and Black Death in medieval Kilkenny, with Fin Dwyer. Host: Medieval Week. Venue: Rothe House & Garden, Parliament Street, Kilkenny. 7pm. €7 (€5 for members of Kilkenny Archaeological Society).

Friday 24 April: Ireland in the 1970s, a History Ireland Hedge School. Venue: Mechanics Institute, Middle Street, Galway. Roundtable discussion with Mary Kenny, Eamonn McCann, Tom Inglis and Sarah-Anne Buckley. 8pm.

Friday 24 April: Spring Online Event: IT & Family History Taster Sessions. Host and Venue: PRONI, Titanic Boulevard, Belfast BT3 9HQ. 10am to Noon. Free, but booking required. The Internet session will be followed by a tour of PRONI's research areas and a workshop on online sources for family history. For more details and to book, email or telephone (+44) 028 90 534800.

Friday 24 to Sunday 26 April: Gallipoli 100 in Kells. Host: Hay/Kells Festival and RTE Radio 1's History Show. Venue: St Columba's, Cannon Street, Kells, Co Meath. Military genealogists and historians on hand for free tours and consultations. Event also includes lectures and music. Full details on RTE website.

Saturday 25 April: The Story of Grosse Ile, with Anne Renaud. Host: Québec Family History Society. Venue: Briarwood Presbyterian Church Hall, 70 Beaconsfield Blvd, Beaconsfield, Québec, Canada. 10:30am. Lecture followed by light refreshments. Free. Non-members welcome. Details.

Saturday 25 April: Genealogy Jumpstart for the Reluctant Irish. Venue: Irish Railroad Workers Museum, 920 Lemmon Street, Baltimore, MD 21223, USA. A workshop for beginners. $10.00 per person. Details.

Saturday 25 April: Beneath a Turkish Sky: the Royal Dublin Fusiliers and the Assault on Gallipoli, with Philip Lecane. Venue: Dublin City Library and Archive, Pearse Street, Dublin 2. Free. 3pm.

Saturday 25 April: ANZAC Day dawn service at 6:30am. Host: Australian Embassy. Venue: Grangegorman Military Cemetery, Blackhorse Avenue, Dublin 7. The service will last approximately 40 minutes. All are welcome and there is no requirement to provide notification of attendance in advance. There is no parking on site, but on-road and off-road parking is available within walking distance of the Cemetery. For more information, contact the Public Affairs Officer at the Australian Embassy on 01 6645312.

Sunday 26 April: Annual Service of Remembrance for the Gallipoli landings. Host: New Zealand Ireland Association & Dean and Chapter of Christchurch Cathedral. Venue: Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin 8. 3.30pm. The commemorative nature of the service includes Irish soldiers who served at Gallipoli as well as New Zealand and Australian casualties from World War One and other military operations. The event is open to the public. Free.

Sunday 26 April: The sinking of the Lusitania: Unravelling the mysteries, with Paddy Sullivan. Host: The Cobh Lusitania Lecture Series. Venue: Commodore Hotel, Cobh, Co. Cork. Free. 3pm. All welcome.

Sunday 26 April: Military aspects of the Easter Rising, with Lar Joye. Venue and host: National Museum of Ireland, Collins Barracks, Dublin 7. Free. 3–4pm. No booking. Seats allocated on first come, first served basis 15 minutes before lecture starts.

Monday 27 April: Mount Jerome – A Protestant Cemetery, with Henry Fairbrother. Host: Clondalkin History Society. Venue: Arás Chronáin Irish Cultural Centre, Watery Lane, Clondalkin, Co Dublin. 8pm. All welcome.

Tuesday 28 April: Grand dwellings and intimate settings: Stories of urban living, with Kelly Fitzgerald. Host: Dublin City & Irish Folklore series of lunchtime lectures at City Hall. Venue: Council Chamber, Dublin City Hall. 1:05 to 1:50pm. Free. No booking required.

Tuesday 28 April: The History of the West Clare Creameries, with Paul Markham. Host: Kilrush & District Historical Society. Venue: Teach Ceoil, Grace Street, Kilrush, Co Clare. 8pm. Admission free for KDHS members. Non-members €5. All welcome.

Tuesday 28 April: The industrial heritage of the Antrim Glens, with Fred Hamond. First of the Antrim Coast in the Age of Industry, 1750 to 1890, lunchtime lecture series. Host and Venue: PRONI, Titanic Boulevard, Belfast. Starts at 1pm. Free but need to book at or (+44) 028 90 534800.

Wednesday 29 April: Landed Estate Records, with Stephen Scarth. Part of the Your Family Tree lunchtime lecture series. Venue: PRONI, Titanic Boulevard, Belfast. Starts at 1pm. Free but need to book at or (+44) 028 90 534800.

Wednesday 29 April: Open Genealogy Consultation, with Lisa Dougherty. Host and Venue: Irish American Heritage Museum, 370 Broadway, Albany, New York 12207, USA. 11am to 2pm EDT.

Thursday 30 April: Ireland and Gallipoli Conference. Host: PRONI and Antrim and Down Western Front Association branch. Venue: PRONI, Titanic Boulevard, Belfast. This conferences seeks to examine this campaign 100 years on with special focus on the experience and role of Ireland and Irish people. 10am to 4pm. Free. Book your place by email to or telephone 028 9053 4800.

Thursday 30 April: The Lost Irish - 3 million names in Southern Ireland, with Joy Roy FGSV. Host: Genealogical Society of Victoria (GSV). Venue: GSV Meeting Room, Level B1 257 Collins Street, Melbourne, Australia. 12:30pm–1:30pm. Members free. Non-members $8.

Thursday 30 April: Holy wells: patterns and rituals, with Dr Shane Lehane. Host: Ballygarvan & District Local History Society. Venue: Park Hotel by Radisson, Cork Airport, Cork. 8pm. €5 for non-members.

Thursday 30 April: Mount Jerome – a Protestant cemetery, with Henry Fairbrother. Host: Rathmines, Ranelagh and Rathgar Historical Society. Venue: Town Hall, Rathmines, Dublin 6, at 8pm. Non-Members: €3.00. all welcome.

Saturday 2 May: The Big House - handling/interactive session, with Dr Mellisa Shiels. Venue: Tipperary County Museum, Mick Delahunty Square, Clonmel, Co Tipperary. 10am to Noon, with refreshments provided. €5 per session. Bookings: or 076 106 5564.