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Monday, 14 September 2015

Irish genealogy, history & heritage events, 14-27 Sept

Until Saturday 26 September: Irish Quakers Tapestry exhibition: More than 400 years of Quaker life, ideas, and history displayed on embroidered panels. Venue: Irish Linen Centre & Lisburn Museum, Market Square, Lisburn. Admission free. 

Monday 14 September: Rescuing our built heritage, with Ronan O’Donnell. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society, Foyle Branch. Venue: Derry City’s Central Library, 35 Foyle Street, Londonderry BT48 6AL. 7pm.

Monday 14 September: Hungry for Change - the effect of the Great Famine on Irish migration, with Dr Ann McVeigh. Venue: Linen Hall Library, 17 Donegall Square North, Belfast BT1 5GB. 1pm. Free. 028 9032 1707

Tuesday 15 September: Dating and understanding family photos, with Jayne Shrimpton. 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 15 September: Sir Daniel Bellingham, Dublin's First Lord Mayor 1665–66, with Dr Mary Clark. Host: Dublin City Council. Venue: Mansion House, Dawson Street, Dublin 2. 6:30–7:15 plus Q&A. Admission free but booking essential by e-mail to lordmayor@dublincity.ie or telephone 01 222 6200.

Tuesday 15 September: 'I will not be smoked out'; the burning of Ballydugan House 1922, with Ann O’Riordan, followed by her book launch. Host: South East Galway Archaeological & Historical Society. Venue: O’Meara's, Clonfert Ave, Portumna, Co. Galway. 8pm. All welcome.

Tuesday 15 September: Mapping Dublin’s Growth 1749-1847, with Rob Goodbody. Host: Foxrock Local History Club. Venue: Foxrock Pastoral Centre, behind church, Foxrock, Dublin 18. Members free. Non-members: €5. All welcome. 8pm.

Wednesday 16 September: A favourite watering place: the development of Bangor as a Victorian seaside resort, with Sandra Millsopp. Part of the Up Down series of lectures. Host and venue: PRONI, Titanic Boulevard, Belfast. 1pm. Free but need to book your place by email to proni@dcalni.gov.uk or telephone to 028 90534800.

Wednesday 16 September: To the Gap and Back - Walking through history, with Michael Desmond. Host Waterford Museum. Venue: Town Hall Theatre, Friary Street, Dungarvan, Co Waterford. 8pm. Admission €5. All welcome.

Wednesday 16 September: Relating Ulster's Famine experience: an exercise in myth-making? with Dr Gerard MacAtasney. Host and venue: Crossmaglen Library, 44 The Square, Crossmaglen, Co Armagh BT35 9AA. 7pm. Free. More details: telephone: 028 3086 1951 or email: crossmaglen.library@librariesni.org.uk.

Wednesday 16 September: The History of Presbyterianism in Ireland and The Presbyterian Historical Society of Ireland, with Valerie Adams. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society, North Armagh Branch. Venue: Town Hall, 15-17 Edward Street, Portadown, BT62 3LX. 7:30pm. Details.

Wednesday 16 September: Nurses from Dublin in the Great War, with Michael O'Flaherty. Host: Dún Laoghaire Borough Historical Society. Venue: Royal Marine Hotel, Marine Road, Dún Laoghaire, Co Dublin. 8pm. Members € 2.50, visitors € 3.50.

Wednesday 16 September: Commemorating 1916, with historians Pádraig Yeates, Liz Gillis, Paul O’Brien, Díarmaid Ferriter and Shane Kenna. Host: Hodge Figgis Book Festival. Venue: Hodges Figgis, 56 Dawson Street, Dublin 2. Free. 6:30pm. No booking required.

Thursday 17 September: Children's literature and the spread of the English language in 19th-century Ireland, with Charles Benson. 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 17 September: Irish Manor Courts 1785-1859, with John Larkin QC. Host and venue: PRONI, Titanic Boulvevard, Belfast. 7pm. Free. Need to reserve your place: E: proni@dcalni.gov.uk, T: 028 90534800.

Thursday 17 September: A Famine link: the Hannah – life and emigration from South Armagh at the time of the Famine, with Kevin Murphy. Host and venue: Newry City Library, 79 Hill Street, Newry BT34 1DG. 12:30pm. Free. More details: telephone: 028 3026 4683 or email: newrycity.library@librariesni.org.uk

Thursday 17 September:  Introduction to family history research, 'Looking for Sarah!', with Hilary Maginnis. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society, North Down & Ards branch. Venue: 1st Bangor Presbyterian Church Hall, Main Street, Bangor BT20 4AG. 7:30pm.

Thursday 17 September: Jeremiah O’Donovan Rossa: his life and afterlife, a HistoryIreland Hedge School debate. Host: Glasnevin Trust. Venue: Prospect Gallery, Glasnevin Museum, Finglas Rd, Dublin 11. Plus official launch of the O’Donovan Rossa Funeral Exhibition. Light refreshments from 6.45pm – 7pm. Free. No booking required but seats limited and offered on first come, first served basis. Details.

Thursday 17 September: Revolution in Galway, an open evening for locals to contribute/share stories, memorabilia or objects relating to Galway in the revolutionary period of 1913-1923. All original matieral will be scanned and copied and returned to owners. Host and venue: Galway City Museum, Spanish Parade, Galway. 5pm-8pm. Refreshments provided. All welcome.

Friday 18 September: Culture Night 2015. County programmes.
  • Genealogy Open Evening with Richard Forrest. Venue: Blarney Library, Blarney, Co Cork. 7pm - 9.30pm. Walk-in family history sessions; More details: telephone 021 4382115. 
  • Genealogy and General Research Open Evening at the National Archives of Ireland, Bishops Street, Dublin 8. 5pm to 8pm. Free. Archivists and genealogists will be on hand to offer advice about collections and family history research.
  • Genealogy Advisory Service and all current NLI exhibitions at National Library of Ireland. 5pm to 11pm in Kildare Street, Dublin 2, where there will also be live music. Café Joly will also be open. Free.
  • Discover your ancestry at the Genealogy Centre, Farnham Centre (above Johnston Central Library), Farnham St, Cavan. 6pm - 8pm. Telephone for more details: 049 4361094.
  • The work of angels, an illustrated talk on The Book of Kells, with Kate Walsh. Host and venue: Nenagh Arts Centre, Banba Square, Nenagh, Co Tipperary. 6pm. Free. Details: telephone 067 34400.
  • Tracing your ancestors, with Clem Roche. Athy Heritage Centre Museum, Emily Square, Athy, Co Kildare. 6:30pm-8pm. To book, telephone 059 8633075.
  • Folklore in Cavan, Scéim na Scol, 1937-8, a bi-lingual lecture with Críostóir Mac Cárthaigh (UCD National Folklore Collection), and music. Johnston Central Library, Cavan. From 6:45pm. Details.
Friday 18 September and Saturday 19 September: The Irish-Scottish world in the Middle Ages – a free conference marking the 700th anniversary of Edward Bruce's invasion of Ireland in 1315. Host: Trinity College Dublin. Venue: Thomas Davis Theatre (Room 2045, Arts Building), TCD, Dublin 2. Programme. Register for ticket. All welcome.  

Saturday 19 September: Getting Started with Irish Genealogy Research, with Miles Davenport. An introductory level workshop. Host and venue: McClelland Library (Norton Room), 1106 North Central Avenue, Margaret T. Hance Park, Phoenix, Arizona, USA. 10:30am to 12:30pm. Cost: $15 for Library/ICC Members and $20 for non-members. Details.  

Saturday 19 September:  Beyond the Basics of Irish Research in Ireland, with Claire E Keenan. Host: Irish Family History Forum. Venue: Bethpage Public Library, 47 Powell Avenue, Bethpage, NY, 11714 USA. Help Session starts 10am; General Meeting starts 11am.  

Saturday 19 September: The Great Irish Famine and its consequences, with Francis Xavier McCorry. Host and venue: Warrenpoint Library, 61 Summerhill, Warrenpoint, Co Down BT34 3JB. More details: telephone 028 4175 3375 or email warrenpoint.library@librariesni.org.uk. 12:30pm. Free.  

Saturday 19 September: The Civil War in Dublin - Who Won? with Pádraig Yeates. Host: Stoneybatter & Smithfield People's History Project. Venue: The Cobblestone, 77 North King Street, Smithfield, Dublin 7. 4:30pm. Free.  

Saturday 19 September: One-day Irish genealogy workshop – focus on Ulster, with Chris Paton, Dr William Roulston and others. Host: Ontario Genealogy Society. Venue: North York Central Library Auditorium, 5120 Yonge Street, Toronto, Canada. Topics include: the History of the Ulster Plantation, the Decade of Remembrance, PRONI for research, the Orange Order, Belfast's Middle Class, and more. 9am to 4:45pm. Registration. Regular Fee $65 ($60 for OGS members). Workshop full.  

Monday 21 September:
Who do you think WE are?’ with Irene McCarlie & Su Topping. Members night. North of Ireland Family History Society, Larne Branch. Venue: Larne Bowling & Lawn Tennis Club, 112-120 Glenarm Road, Larne, Co Antrim BT40 1DZ. 7:30pm.

Monday 21 September: Book launch: Not The Same Sky, by Evelyn Conlon. The story of Famine orphans sent to Australia in the 1840s. Hosts: Libraries NI and Newry, Mourne and Down District Council. Venue: Newry City Library, 79 Hill Street, Newry BT34 1DG. 2pm. Free. More details: telephone: 028 3026 4683 or email: newrycity.library@librariesni.org.uk

Monday 21 September: Family history and genealogy sessions. Find out how to trace your family tree, with Margaret Bonar and Betty Craven. Venue: Raheny Library, Howth Road, Dublin 5. Free advice sessions. From 10:15am to Noon. Book your slot by telephone: 085 1444883 or contact the library by email: rahenylibrary@dublincity.ie.

Tuesday 22 September: Maps, Rentals & Terriers – Irish Estate records, with Nicola Morris MAGI. Last 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: bookings@nationalarchives.ie. Everyone welcome.

Tuesday 22 September: Printer to the City: John Exshaw, Lord Mayor of Dublin, with Dr Maire Kennedy. Host: Dublin City Council. Venue: Mansion House, Dawson Street, Dublin 2. 6:30–7:15 plus Q&A. Admission free but booking essential by e-mail to lordmayor@dublincity.ie or telephone 01 222 6200.

Tuesday 22 September: Sport and the everyday in Ireland, with Paul Rouse. Genealogy at Lunchtime series of lectures. Host and Venue: National Library of Ireland, Kildare Street, Dublin 2. 1–2pm. Free. No booking. All welcome.

Wednesday 23 September: Another time: photographs of the Stewart family, marquesses of Londonderry, with Lorraine Bourke. Part of the Up Down series of lectures. Host and venue: PRONI, Titanic Boulevard, Belfast. 1pm. Free but need to book your place by email to proni@dcalni.gov.uk or telephone to 028 90534800.

Wednesday 23 September: Great Famine in Ulster, a HistoryIreland Hedge School chaired by Tommy Graham. This discussion will open the Annual Famine Commemoration International Conference at Canal Court Hotel, Newry, Co Down (23–25 September) and is scheduled to include Professor Peter Gray, Professor Christine Kinealy, Professor Mary Daly, Dr Ruan O’Donnell. 7:30 to 9:30pm. Free.

Thursday 24 September: Introduction & Registration & How to get Started. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society, Ballymena branch. Venue: Michelin Arts Workshop, Braid Arts Centre 1-29 Bridge Street, Ballymena, BT43 5EJ. 7:15pm.

Thursday 24 September: Gallipoli and Ireland/Ulster, with Nigel Henderson and Philip Orr plus music from Ciaran Mulholland. Venue: Banqueting Hall, Belfast City Hall. 7pm (light refreshments from 6:30pm.). Free but need to book by telephone: 028 90 270 663.

Saturday 26 September: Annual Famine Commemoration, the official ceremony. Includes music, poetry, unveiling of plaque, wreath-laying. Venue: Albert Basin, Newry, Co Down. Gates open 12:30pm. Formalities begin at 2pm.

Saturday 26 September: Open Day at National Archives of Ireland, Bishop Street, Dublin 8. From 10am to 5pm. Tours (30 mins) to the Conservation, storage and preservation areas; Reading Room introductions; Genealogy sources with members of Accredited Genealogists Ireland; Book Stalls; and a lecture (45 mins each) programme exploring all areas of the NAI's work. Booking is recommended for the tours and lectures because space is limited and they are usually over-subscribed: bookings@nationalarchives.ie. Free.