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Monday, 29 June 2015

Irish genealogy and heritage events, 29 June–12 July

Monday 29 June: Using Online Resources for local and family history research, first of a three-part course with genealogist Mary Jackson (second and third parts on 13 July and 14 September). Host: South Dublin County Libraries. Venue: Lucan Library, Supervalu Shopping Centre, Newcastle Road, Lucan, Co. Dublin. Some experience of computers and the Internet is essential. 6:30-8:00pm. Free. Need to book: T: 01 6216422. E: lucan@sdublincoco.ie.

Tuesday 30 June: Witchcraft, heresy, magic & gender in the 14th-century Anglo-Irish colony, with Maeve Callan. Host: Friends of Christ Church Cathedral. Venue: The Music Room, Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin. 1:15pm. Free. All welcome.

Tuesday 30 June: Family History Open Day, at Lisburn Library. Taster sessions using Irish genealogy websites including Ancestry; screenings of short films of Lisburn 1930s-1950s from NI Screen Digital Film Archive; North of Ireland Family History Society's Lisburn Branch will be on hand to help with queries involving ancestors from the local area. Venue and host: Lisburn Library, 23 Linenhall Street, Lisburn. 10:30 to 15:30. All free. Phone library for more details: 028 9263 3350.

Tuesday 30 June: Four Courts Memorial Lunch, commemorating the loss of records in the 1922 explosion. Organised by Western Australia Genealogical Society, Irish Special Interest Group. Based Bayswater, WA, Australia. Venue: An inner suburban Irish pub. Noon to 2pm. Booking essential. Email.

Wednesday 1 July: Curious tales of heroes, kings and saints at Tara, with Dr Edel Bhreatnach. Host: Tara Lecture Series 2015. Venue: Hill of Tara Visitor Centre, Navan, Co Meath. 8pm. Free. Come early as seats are limited.

Wednesday 1 July: The impact of losses in small towns during WW1, with Dr Clodagh Tait. Part of the Stand Up and Fight summer lecture series. Venue: Exhibition area, City Hall, Merchants' Quay, Limerick. 6:30pm. Free. Refreshments provided. All welcome. 

Thursday 2 July to Sunday 5 July: Dromana 800, a celebration of the Fitzgerald family taking in and around the Blackwater valley in County Waterford. Talks by some of Ireland’s leading historians, culinary delights at a Medieval Feast, music and concerts, a Georgian Fête and, on Sunday afternoon, bookable one-to-one genealogy consultations with IrishAncestree at nearby Villierstown.

Thursday 2 July: Genealogical sources for Carrigaholt parish, with Paddy Waldron. Part of the Carrigaholt Cultural and Hertiage Festival, Carrigaholt, County Clare. 7pm–8pm.

Friday 3 July: The aftermath of Magna Carta: King John's charter to Dungarvan, with Professor Seán Duffy. Part of Dungarvan 1215. Venue: Town Hall Theatre, Dungarvan, Co Waterford. 8pm. Followed by a performance of medieval music by Laoise O’Brien. No need to book. €5 at the door; includes refreshments. It's fully booked but the SOG are running a waiting list.

Saturday 4 July: Tracing Irish ancestry, with Rozalind McCutcheon and Jill Williams. A full-day course at the Society of Genealogists, London EC1, UK. Full details and costs.

Tuesday 7 July:
Wills & Their Whereabouts, with Steven Smyrl discussing testamentary records. First of the 'Your Ancestors and the Nation’s Archives' lecture series presented by Accredited Genealogists Ireland (AGI) and the National Archives of Ireland. Venue: Reading room of the National Archives of Ireland, Bishop Street, Dublin 8. 5:15pm. Free but need to book email bookings@nationalarchives.ie.

Tuesday 7 July: Nuns in medieval Ireland: the other monasticism, with Tracy Collins. Host: Friends of Christ Church Cathedral. Venue: The Music Room, Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin. 1:15pm. Free. All welcome.

Wednesday 8 July: Tara in the Bronze Age, with Dr Eoin Grogan. Host: Tara Lecture Series 2015. Venue: Hill of Tara Visitor Centre, Navan, Co Meath. 8pm. Free. Come early as seats are limited.

Saturday 11 July: 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 July: Jeremiah O’Donovan Rossa: his life and after-life, a HistoryIreland Hedge School with Leeann Lane, Judith Campbell, Conor McNamara and Shane Kenna. Venue: O'Driscoll's pub, Reenascreena, West Cork. 7pm. Part of the Jeremiah O'Donovan Rossa Centenary Commemorations programme.