Monday, 10 August 2015

Irish genealogy, heritage & history events, 10-23 Aug

Tuesday 11 August: Researching Your Civil War Ancestors, with Dennis Northcott. Hosts: St Louis Genealogical Society and St Louis County Library. Venue: Auditorium, St Louis County Library Headquarters, 1640 N Lindbergh Blvd, St Louis, Missouri 63132, USA. Doors will open at 6:30 and the meeting will start promptly at 7 pm. Free and open to the public. Details.

Tuesday 11 August: Family history and genealogy sessions, with Margaret Bonar and Betty Craven. Donaghmede Library, Donaghmede Shopping Centre, Grange Road, Dublin 13. All are welcome and admission is free. 2:30pm to 4pm. Booking is essential, tel: 085 1444883.

Tuesday 11 August: DNA Today, with Margaret Jordan MAGI. Third 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, National Archives of Ireland, Bishop Street, Dublin 8. 5:15pm. Free but need to book by email: Everyone welcome.

Tuesday 11 August: Irish Surnames, a family heirloom, with Paul MacCotter MAGI. Genealogy at Lunchtime series of lectures. Host and Venue: National Library of Ireland, Kildare Street, Dublin 2. 1–2pm. Free. No booking. All welcome.

Thursday 13 August: Heraldry: obscure mediaeval mumbo-jumbo, or valid genealogical technique? with Bruce Durie. Genealogy at Lunchtime series of lectures. Host and Venue: National Library of Ireland, Kildare Street, Dublin 2. 1–2pm. Free. No booking. All welcome.

Thursday 13 August: In the Eyes of Ireland: Eye Diseases of our Saints, Scholars, Sinners and Soldiers, with Dr Tim Horgan. Host: Dingle Historical Society. Venue: Dingle Benners Hotel, Main Street, Dingle, Co Kerry. 8pm. All welcome.

Thursday 13 August: 1204–29: The construction of Dublin Castle, with Con Manning. Milestones of Medieval Dublin monthly lunchtime lectures series hosted by the Friends of Medieval Dublin. Venue: Wood Quay Venue, Dublin City Council Civic Offices, Wood Quay, Dublin 8. 1:05pm–1:45pm. Admission free. NO booking is necessary.

Friday 14 August: Finding your Irish ancestors, a beginner level talk. Part of the National Family History Month series at New South Wales Public Library, Macquarie St, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia 10:30am to 11:30am. Free, but booking is essential. Details.

Saturday 15 August: Love and marriage since the Famine, a History Ireland Hedge School. Host and Venue: Merriman Summer School, Glór Theatre, Ennis, Co. Clare. On the panel: Willie Smyth, Sandra McAvoy, Linda Connolly, Tom Inglis. 8:30pm.

Sunday 16 August: Murder or execution? The final year and death of Roger Casement, with Conor Dodd. Host and venue: Glasnevin Museum,Finglas Road, Dublin 11. 2:30pm. Tickets €10.

Monday 17 August: Genealogy evening. Using naming patterns to find your ancestors, with Craig L Foster; Whiskey families – a rich history in Cork, with Eric W Ryan; Brideprice, handfasting and merry wives: how understanding marriage patterns and traditions can help family history, with Craig L Foster. Venue: Lecture Theatre, Geography Building, UCC, O'Donovan's Road, Cork. 4:30pm to 8pm. All welcome.

Tuesday 18 August: Using maps for thinking about history, with Kevin Whelan. Genealogy at Lunchtime series of lectures. Host and Venue: National Library of Ireland, Kildare Street, Dublin 2. 1–2pm. Free. No booking. All welcome.

Tuesday 18 August: Early Irish Land Usage & Records, with Beryl O’Gorman & Maureen Doyle. Host and Venue: Genealogical Society of Victoria, Meeting Room, Level B1/257 Collins Street, Melbourne, Australia. 10:30am to 12:30pm. Members $20/Non-members $40. Booking essential.

Thursday 20 August: Belfast Blitz, with Brian Barton. Part of the Eastside Arts Festival. Venue: PRONI, Titanic Boulvevard, Belfast. 1pm. Free. Reserve your place by email to or telephone 028 90534800.

Thursday 20 August: Social geography – Was there a Protestant exodus from the south of Ireland? with Andy Bielenberg. Genealogy at Lunchtime series of lectures. Host and Venue: National Library of Ireland, Kildare Street, Dublin 2. 1–2pm. Free. No booking. All welcome.

Friday 21 and Saturday 22 August: The Genealogy Event. Talks, roundables, workshops, consultations on traditional genealogy and DNA research, plus social events. Venue: Woodlands House Hotel, Adare, Co Limerick. Sponsors:, Irish Ancestry Research Centre. 10:30am–4pm both days. Booking required. Admission: €10-€30. Details.

Friday 21 August: History v. archaeology: is it like Neanderthal versus Homo sapiens? a History Ireland Hedge School. Host and Venue: Rathmichael Summer School, National School, Stonebridge Road, Shankill, Dublin 18. On the panel: Franc Myles, Tom Condit, Seán Duffy, Robert Chapple. 8pm.

Saturday 22 August: Genealogy workshop: Who Do You Think You Are? with Mario Corrigan. Venue and host: Kildare Community Library, Claregate St, Kildare. 11am to Noon. No booking. Free.

Saturday 22 August: Genealogy for beginners. Venue and Host: Portlaoise Library, Dunamaise House, Lyster Square, Portlaoise, Co. Laois. 11am–1pm. Booking required. Free. For more information, telephone: 057-8622333.

Saturday 22 August: Cork Heritage Open Day. Members of the public get a glimpse of some of Cork's most fascinating buildings ranging from the Medieval to the Military, the Civic to the Commercial and the Educational to the Ecclesiastical. Free. Need to book for some locations. Details.

Saturday 22 August: Exhibition of the McMahon Archival Collection, consisting of primary source historical documents dating from 1611 to 1959. Venue: Clare County Museum, Arthur's Row, O'Connell Square, Ennis, Co Clare. Free. 9:30am to 5:30pm (closed for lunch, 1-2pm).

Saturday 22 August: Crime and Punishment in Victorian Cork, with Ronnie Herlihy. Host: Cork City Council. Venue: Triskell Christchurch, Tobin Street, Cork. Free, but booking required: tickets from Everyman Theatre Box Office. Noon to 1pm.

Saturday 22 August: Genealogy Open Day. Host: Western Family History Association. Venue: Lackagh Parish Centre, Lackagh, Carnoneen, Co. Galway. Members of the Association will be available for advice and consultations. Details. Free. No booking.

Saturday 22 August: Genealogy Workshops. Host: Drogheda Civic Trust. Genealogical matters and the Cord, with John McCullen at Noon; Basic genealogy, with Sean Collins at 2pm. Cord cemetery tours on the hour 11am to 1pm. Need to book: or telephone 353 89 4214394 (and ask for workshop venue). €5/€3.

Saturday 22 August: The elephant & partition: our border heritage reconsidered, a History Ireland Hedge School. Venue: Atlantic Apartotel, Bundoran, Co. Donegal. On the panel: Marc Geagan, Quincey Dougan, John Byrne, Darragh McDonald. 8:30pm–10:30pm. Free. No booking required.

Saturday 22 August: Moments in Time: Archives of Cork from 1915, an exhibition of unique historical records from the Cork City and County Archives collection, dating from 1915, including a diary recording the visit of PH Pearse to Cork on 23 Aug 1915. Host and venue: Cork City and County Archives, Seamus Murphy Building, 32 Great William O'Brien St, Cork. Free. No booking. Noon to 4pm.

Sunday 23 August: Hope & Despair in Letterkenny Workhouse, Co. Donegal. Host and venue: Donegal County Museum, Letterkenny, Co Donegal. 7:30pm–8:30pm. An opportunity to view original and digitised archives relating to Letterkenny Workhouse. Museum and Archive staff will be available to assist with enquiries. Free. No booking required.

Sunday 23 August: Beal na Blath Commemoration, marking the anniversary of the death of General Michael Collins. Guest Speaker: Minister for Justice & Equality Frances Fitzgerald T.D. Venue: Beal na Blath Ambush Site, Co Cork. No booking required. Free. 3pm to 4pm. Details.