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Monday, 4 May 2015

Irish genealogy, history & heritage events, 4–17 May

Tuesday 5 May: The GPO – 200 years of history, with Stephen Ferguson. Host: Kilmacanogue History Society. Venue: The Glenview Hotel, Glen of the Downs, Co Wicklow. 8.30pm. Entry €3 (members €2). All welcome.

Tuesday 5th May: The Limestone Town of Glenarm: quarries and quarrymen, with Gerard Muldoon. Second 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.

Wednesday 6 May: Courts, Prisons and Coroners' records, with Wesley Geddis. 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 6 May: Norman Leslie and the Sword of Price Arthur, with Mark Leslie. First 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.

Wednesday 6 May: St Fin Barre's Cathedral: The Burgess Archives – Conserving a legacy, with Paul Curtis. Host: Cork DFAS. Venue: The Clarion Hotel, Cork City. 7:45pm. Free.

Thursday 7 May: Early industries of Blarney, with Dr Colin Rynne. Host: Blarney & District Historical Society. Venue: Scoil Mhuire Gan Smal, Blarney, Co Cork. 8pm. Everone welcome.

Thursday 7 May: The Last Voyage of the RMS Lusitania, with James Scannell. Venue: Bray Library, Eglinton Road, Bray, Co Wicklow. 11:30am. Free. All welcome.

Thursday 7 May: The Representative Church Body Library and its resources, with Dr Susan Hood. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society, Belfast Branch. Venue: Holywood Arches Library, Holywood Road, Belfast, BT4 1NT. 7:30pm. All welcome.

Thursday 7 May to Sunday 10 May: Sinking of the Lusitania - Centenary programme, runs until 10 May. Includes three lectures at Cobh Library on Thursday 7th; Phototographic exhibition courtesy of the NLI, in the Cunard Centre; Flotilla of small boats - a re-enactment in Cork Harbour 9:15pm; exhibitions in Cobh Museum. Cobh, Co Cork. Programme.

Friday 8 May: Irish Immigration to Australia – a two-part lunchtime lectures event: A decent set of girls - The emigration of Irish workhouse orphan females to Australia, 1848-1850, with Dr Perry McIntyre, and Ned Kelly and all that - the story of the Irish in Australia, 1788-the present, with Dr Richard Reid. Host & venue: at PRONI, Titanic Boulevard, Belfast. 1pm. Free. Booking essential, by email to proni@dcalni.gov.uk or telephone to 028 90534800.

Saturday 9 May: IGRS Open Day, London. Host: Irish Genealogical Research Society. Venue: City of Westminster Archives Centre, 10 St Ann’s Street, London, SW1P 2DE, UK. Two lectures: The Irish in the American Civil War, with Damian Shiels, and Irish Church Records, with Paul Gorry. Followed by finger buffet lunch and AGM. 10:15am to 3:30pm. £25 members; £30 non-members. Details.

Saturday 9 May: 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 9 May: Local History Society Group Day. Four lectures. Host and Venue: Dublin City Library and Archive, 138 Pearse Street, Dublin 2. 10am to 1pm. Admission free. All welcome.

Saturday 9 May: The Carroll Family of County Offaly and Baltimore, with Denny Lynch. Charles Carroll was the only Catholic signer of the Declaration of Independence. Venue: Irish Shrine, Irish Railroad Workers Museum, 918-920 Lemmon Street, Baltimore, MD 21223, USA. 11:30am to 1pm EDT. Donations welcome. Details.

Saturday 9 May: An Irishman by any other name, with Tom Rice. Host: IGSI. Venue: Minnesota Genealogical Society (MGS) Library, 1185 Concord St N, S St Paul, MN 55075, USA. 10:30am to 12Noon. Cost:$10 for IGSI members, $15 for non-members. Registration.

Monday 11 May: Dr Raphael Armattoe - Derry's West African Writer/Physician/Scientist, with Philippa Robinson. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society, Foyle Branch. Venue: Central Library, 35 Foyle Street, Derry BT48 6AL. 7pm. All welcome.

Monday 11 May: Why DNA? How I used DNA to fill in gaps in my family tree, with Martin McDowell. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society, Newtownabbey brance. Venue: Drama Theatre, Glengormley High School, 134 Ballyclare Road, Newtownabbey, BT36 5HP. 7pm. New members welcome.

Monday 11 and Tuesday 12 May: Women and the Country House, the focus of topics at the 13th Annual Conference of the Centre for the Study of Historic Irish Houses & Estates. Venue: National University of Ireland, Maynooth, Co Kildare. Conference registration fee is €100 per person. Details.

Tuesday 12 May: What's in a name? with William Bell. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society, Lisburn Branch. Venue: Bridge Community Centre, 50 Railway Street, Lisburn BT28 1XP. 7:30pm. All welcome.

Tuesday 12 May: Book launch – The Belfast Blitz; The City in the War Years, by Brian Bardon. Host: Ulster Historical Foundation. Venue: Public Record Office of Northern Ireland, 2 Titanic Boulevard, Belfast BT3 9HQ. 2pm for 2:30pm. Free but booking essential by email to proni@dcalni.gov.uk or by telephone to (+44) 028 90 534800.

Tuesday 12 May: Book launch – A city in civil war, by Padraig Yeates. Host: Gill & Macmillan. Venue: Books Upstairs, D'Olier St, Dublin 2. Book to be launched by Catriona Crowe, Head of Special Projcts, NAI. Dr Katherine O'Donnell will also speak at the event. Starts 6pm. RSPV by email to padraigyeates@gmail.com by Friday 8 May.

Tuesday 12 May: The collections of the Irish Air Corps Museum, with Michael Whelan. Venue: County Library, Tallaght, Co Dublin. 7pm.

Wednesday 13 May: GRONI, with Emma Elliott. Last 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 13 May: Explore the Archives – Practical Workshop, aimed at those who have just started their Irish family history. Two segments. 2pm: Explore Archives Online; 3pm: Using the Documents (searching for, ordering and viewing original documents). Host and venue: PRONI, Titanic Boulevard, Belfast. Free but booking essential. Reserve your place by email to proni@dcalni.gov.uk or telephone 028 90534800.

Wednesday 13 May: Meeting Michael O'Leary, with exhibition curator Nikki Ralston. Second 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.

Wednesday 13 May to Saturday 16 May: Crossroads of America, the National Genealogical Society 2015 Family History Conference. Venue: St Charles Convention Center, Missouri, USA. Full programme. Includes four dedicated 'Irish genealogy' lectures; A methodology for Irish emigration to N America, with David Rencher on 14th; Navigating the best online sources for Irish research, and Unpuzzling Ireland's church records, both with Donna Moughty on 15th; and Scots-Irish Research, with Robert McLaren on the 15th.

Friday 15 May: Late night opening at the Representative Church Body Library, Braemor Park, Churchtown, Dublin 14. Closes 7pm.

Saturday 16 May: War and peace – the Northwest during World War II, a History Ireland Hedge School. Venue: The Guildhall, Derry. The panel will include Michael Kennedy, Emmet O'Connor, Pauline Mitchell and Joe O’Loughlin. 3pm.

Saturday 16 May: Medieval Dublin Symposium. Hosts: Friends of Medieval Dublin. Venue: Robert Emmet Theatre, Room 2037 Arts Building, Trinity College Dublin. Eight presentations from 9:30am to 5pm.. Tea/coffee & refreshments. Admission free. All welcome. No booking required.