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Monday, 25 May 2015

Irish family history & heritage events, 25 May to 6 June

Monday 25 May: The Last Voyage of the RMS Lusitania, with James Scannell. Host: Clondalkin History Society. Venue: Arás Chronáin Irish Cultural Centre, Watery Lane, Clondalkin, Co Dublin. 8pm. All welcome.

Tuesday 26 May: William Bald and the making of the Antrim Coast Road, 1832 to 1840, with Desmond McCabe. Part 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 proni@dcalni.gov.uk or (+44) 028 90 534800.

Tuesday 26 May: Women in the Military Service (1916-1923) Pensions Collection – A reassessment and new sources, with Cecile Gordon. First of the Military Archives MSPC Lunchtime Lecture Series. Host and Venue: Rathmines Library, 157 Rathmines Road Lower, Dublin 6. 1pm–2pm. Admission free. Booking essential at the library or online.

Wednesday 27 May: Open Genealogy Consultation, with Lisa Dougherty. Host and Venue: Irish American Heritage Museum, 370 Broadway, Albany, New York 12207, USA. 11am to 2pm EDT.

Wednesday 27 May: Edward Bruce in Ulster, 1315, with William Roulston. Part of the Ulster Scots Connections; People, Place and Practice series. Hosts: PRONI, MAG-Ulster Scots Academy, Ulster Scots Community Network and Ulster Scots Agency. Venue: PRONI, Titanic Boulevard, Belfast. 1pm. Free.

Wednesday 27 May: Researching Ancestors in the Army in India – Free Workshop, with Valmay Young. Host: Families of British India Venue: British Library (St Pancras), 96 Euston Road, London NW1 2DB, UK. Booking required; email hrs-training@bl.uk. 2pm.

Thursday 28 May: Rolling heads: Medieval battle injuries in Ireland, with Kathryn Power. Host: Ballygarvan & District Local History Society. Venue: Park Hotel by Radisson, Cork Airport, Cork. 8pm. €5 for non-members.

Wednesday 28 May: Mary Martin: Legacy from Loss, with Isabelle Smyth. Last of the 'WWI Ireland: Exploring the Irish Experience' lunchtime lecture series. Host and Venue: National Library of Ireland, Kildare Street, Dublin 2. All welcome. 1:05pm. Booking not required

Thursday 28 May: Genealogy and its uses, with Lorna Moloney. Host: Ballygarvan and District Local History Society. Venue: Cork Airport Hotel, Cork. Free to members. Non-members €5 on the door. 8pm. Admission to lectures are free to members. €5 on the night for non-members.

Venue: PRONI, Titanic Boulevard, Belfast. All welcome. Free, but
booking required: proni@dcalni.gov.uk or 028 90534800.
Thursday 28 May: Letters of 1916, Belfast launch. Bring your family letters written 1 November 1915 to 31 October 1916 to digitize and add to the Letters 1916 archive.
5:30pm to 6:30pm: Open Session: Demonstrations, Meet the Team, Transcribe and Digitise.
6.30pm to 7:45pm: A year in a life: a series of talks exploring life in Ireland a century ago, highlighting letters from PRONI’S collection, with Prof Susan Schreibman, Stephen Scarth, Ian Montgomery and Jason Burke.
7:45pm to 8:30pm: Reception.

Tuesday 2 June: Iron and Stone: the Earls of Antrim as Victorian industrialists, with Ian Montgomery. Last 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 proni@dcalni.gov.uk or (+44) 028 90 534800.

Tuesday 2 June: The Importance of the Military Service (1916-1923) Pensions Collection - Understanding revolutionary Ireland and beyond. Second of the Military Archives MSPC Lunchtime Lecture Series. Host and Venue: Rathmines Library, 157 Rathmines Road Lower, Dublin 6. 1pm–2pm. Admission free. Booking essential at the library or online.

Wednesday 3 June: Ulster Scots Language, with Gary Blair. Part of the Ulster Scots Connections; People, Place and Practice series. Hosts: PRONI, MAG-Ulster Scots Academy, Ulster Scots Community Network and Ulster Scots Agency. Venue: Discover Ulster Scots Centre, The Corn Exchange, 31 Gordon Street, Belfast, BT1 2LG. 1pm. Free.

Wednesday 3 June to Saturday 6 June: Women and the Great Hunger in Ireland conference. Host and venue: Quinnipiac University, Hamden, Connecticut, USA. Speakers include: Jason King, Ciarán Reilly and Margaret Ward. Full programme and registration details.

Thursday 4 June: Common Currency: The Shared Inheritance of Ulster and North America, a one-day conference hosted by the Ulster Historical Foundation. Venue: Discover Irish-Scots Centre, The Corn Exchange Building, Victoria Street, Belfast. 9am to 4pm. Free. Lunch and refreshments provided. Need to book. Programme and booking.

Friday 5 June: Putting a price on the War of Independence, with Nuala O'Connor and Diarmaid Ferriter. Host: Visual Carlow. Venue: Borris House, Borris, Co Carlow. 6pm. Tickets €12.50. Booking.

Saturday 6 June: The larger houses of County Tipperary, with Barry O'Reilly. Penultimate session of The Big House in County Tipperary lecture series. Venue: Tipperary County Museum, Mick Delahunty Square, Clonmel, Co Tipperary. 10am to Noon, with refreshments provided. €5 per session. Bookings: julia.walsh@tipperarycoco.ie or 076 106 5564.

Saturday 6 June: Ireland's other great war – Ireland and the Napoleonic Wars, a one-day conference to commemorate the bicentenary of the Battle of Waterloo. Host and venue: Department of History, Renehan Hall, Maynooth University, Co Kildare. €25 or €15 for concessions, includes tea/coffee and light lunch. Details.

Saturday 6 June: Guns and Hoses: the story of the Dublin Fire Brigade during 1916 and the revolutionary years 1913-1922, with Las Fallon. Host: Stoneybatter & Smithfield People's History Project. Venue: The Cobblestone, 77 North King Street, Smithfield, Dublin 7. 4:30pm. All welcome.

Saturday 6 June: WW1 Roadshow – East Belfast and the Great War. Venue: East Belfast Network Centre, Templemore Avenue School, 55 Templemore Avenue, Belfast BT5 4FP. 10am to 3pm. Free event. Living Legacies team providing advice on preserving artefacts; 10:30am launch of Row on Row: East Belfast Remembers 2015; 11am lecture: The Shipyard and the Home Front during WW1, with Philip Orr; 1:30pm lecture: Researching East Belfast and the Great War, with Jason Burke; 2:45pm Playing of the Last Post by The Hounds of Ulster. In addition, Nigel Henderson will be providing family history and WW1 research advice.