Tuesday, 7 April 2015

Irish genealogy & history events, 7–18 April

Tuesday 7 April: Remembering 1916: The Urban Folklore Project, with Críostóir Mac Cárthaigh. First of the 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 7 April: An update and discussion on DNA, with George Gordon. Host: North of Ireland FHS, Omagh Branch. Venue: Omagh Branch: Omagh Library, Dublin Road, Omagh, Co Tyrone. 7:15pm – 9:15pm. All welcome.

Tuesday 7 April: Wicklow Hedge Schools, with Tommy O'Rourke. Host: Kilmacanogue History Society. Venue: The Glenview Hotel, Glen of the Downs, Co Wicklow. 8.30pm. Entry €3 (members €2). All welcome.

Wednesday 8 April: Education 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 or (+44) 028 90 534800.

Wednesday 8 April: The Mass Rocks of County Cork, with Dr Hilary Bishop. Host: Cork Historical and Archaeological Society. Venue: Crawford Art Gallery, Cork City. All welcome, no cover charge. 8pm.

Wednesday 8 April: Roscommon and the American Civil War, with Damien Shiels. Host: Strokestown Park House, in association with the Centre for the Study of Historic Irish Houses & Estates, Maynooth University. Venue: Irish National Famine Museum, Strokestown House, Co Roscommon. 8pm. All are welcome. Entrance €5pp. Details: 00 353 71 9633013.

Thursday 9 April: Gallipoli 1915 – The 100th annivesary, with John Malcahy. Host: Blarney & District Historical Society. Venue: Scoil Mhuire Gan Smal, Blarney, Co Cork. 8pm. Everyone welcome.

Thursday 9 April: Gallipoli, with Michael Lee. Host: Mount Merrion Historical Society. Venue: Community Centre, North Avenue, Mount Merrion, Dublin. 8pm. Members free; non-members €4 (students: €2). All welcome.

Friday 10 April and Saturday 11 April: Irish Women in the First World War era. Host: Women's History Association of Ireland 2015 Conference. Venue: Maynooth University, Co Kildare. Need to book. Details.

Friday 10 April: The command and staff structure of the IRA, 1918–21, with Tom Brace. Host: Military History Society of Ireland. Venue: Griffith College, South Circular Road, Dublin 8. Non-members welcome. 8pm.

Saturday 11 April: Genealogy workshop, with the Mayo Genealogy Group. Venue: National Museum of Ireland - Country Life, Turlough, Castlebar, Co. Mayo. No need to book. 11am–1pm. Free. New members always welcome.

Saturday 11 April: The social world of the landed class in Tipperary, with Dr Karol Mullaney-Dignam. Venue: Tipperary County Museum, Mick Delahunty Square, Clonmel, Co Tipperary. 10am to Noon, with refreshments provided. €5 per session. Bookings: or 076 106 5564.

Saturday 11 April: Tracing your Irish family history on the Internet, with Chris Paton. (1pm-2:30pm) Part of Unlocking Your Past Family History Day 2015. Host: Cleveland Family History Society. Venue: Holiday Inn, Scotch Corner, Richmond, North Yorkshire, UK. (DL10 6NR, Junction A1M/A66) £15pp includes lunch and refreshments. Details.

Monday 13 April: The Ballinalass Evictions, with Tom Crehan. Host: Galway Archaeological and Historical Society. Venue: Harbour Hotel, Dock Road, Galway. 8pm.

Tuesday 14 April: 'One Day for recreation': Eilis Brady and Frank Harte as chroniclers of Dublin, with Bairbre Ni Fhloinn. 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 14 April: History of Ireland from the first settlers to Christianity, with Frank Tracy. Host: Tallaght Historical Society. Venue: County Library, Tallaght, Co Dublin. 7pm.

Tuesday 14 April: as a resource for the genealogist. Host: Genealogical Society of Ireland. Venue: Dún Laoghaire FE Institute, Cumberland Street, Dún Laoghaire, Co Dublin. 8pm. Admission: €3.

Tuesday 14 April: Settlers or invaders? with Roddy Hegarty. And AGM. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society, Lisburn Branch. Venue: Bridge Community Centre, 50 Railway Street, Lisburn BT28 1XP. 7:30pm. All welcome.

Tuesday 14 April: The road to Gallipoli, a History Ireland Hedge School. Venue: National Library of Ireland, Kildare Street, Dublin 2. The debate will be chaired by History Ireland editor Tommy Graham and the panel will include Myles Dungan, John Horne, and Lar Joye. 7pm. Free. All welcome.

Wednesday 15 April: Board of Guardian Records, with Janet Hancock. 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 15 April: The Molly Maguires, County Donegal and the Irish immigrant experience in Pennsylvania, with Mark Bulik and Breandán Mac Suibhne. Host: Greater Hazelton Area Historical Society. Venue: Penn State Hazelton, Evelyn Graham Academic Building, Room 114, Pennsylvania, USA. 7pm. All welcome.

Wednesday 15 April: Exiles and Expatriates in the History of Knowledge, with Professor Peter Burke. Host: Irish Association of Professional Historians. Venue: National Library of Ireland, Kildare Street, Dublin 2. 7pm. Free. All welcome and no booking required.

Thursday 16 April to Saturday 18 April: WDYTYA?Live at the National Exhibition Centre (NEC), Birmingham, UK. Details.

Thursday 16 April: The rise and fall of the Irish Manor Courts 1785-1859, with John Larkin QC. Venue: PRONI, Titanic Boulevard, Belfast. 7pm. Free, but need to book by email to or telephone 028 90534800. Cancelled.

Thursday 16 April: The Great Fair of 1864 at Queen's, with Ivor Strachan. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society, North Down & Ards Branch. Venue: 1st Presbyterian Church Hall, Upper Main Street, Bangor BT20 4AG. 7:30pm. All welcome.

Thursday 16 April: The countdown to Easter 1916, wth Dr Fearghal McGarry. Host: Bray Cualann Historical Society. Venue: Bray Chamber of Commerce House, 10 Quinsboro Road, Bray, Co Wicklow. 8pm. €4. All welcome.

Friday 17 April: Late night opening at the Representative Church Body Library, Braemor Park, Churchtown, Dublin 14. Closes 7pm.

Saturday 18 April: IGRS Ireland Branch AGM and lecture. Host: The Irish Genealogical Research Society. Venue: Dublin City Library and Archive, Pearse Street, Dublin 2. 2:30pm, AGM (members only); 3pm: Public lecture: Loughlinstown (Dublin) Workhouse, with Liam Clare. Followed by Q&A session. Free. No booking, and everyone welcome.

Saturday 18 April: WW1 – The Nationalist perspective, an afternoon seminar. Three lectures: Northern Nationalism, the Great War and the 1916 Rising, with Dr Eamon Phoenix; The GAA and the First World War, with Dr Donal McAnallen; Frank Aiken and the Troubles in South Armagh, 1918-1923, with Dr Eoin Maginness. Venue: Newry and Mourne Museum, Bagenal's Castle, Castle Street, 1A Bank Parade, Newry Co Down BT34 2BY. 2pm–5pm. Book by email.

Saturday 18 April: Irish Genealogy Help Session, followed by Fulton NY Postcards website, with Laura Congleton. Host: Irish Family History Forum. Venue: Bethpage Public Library
47 Powell Avenue, Bethpage, NY, 11714, USA. Details: (516) 931-3907. Help sessions open to non-members on a one-off basis.