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Monday, 21 September 2015

Irish genealogy, history/heritage events, 21 Sept-3 Oct

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.

Monday 28 September: The Famine, Ireland, and Co. Down, with Dr. Eamon Phoenix. Host: Greater Mourne Good Relations Forum. Venue: Kilkeel, Co Down. Phone for details: 028 3031 3065 / 077 9388 3664.

Tuesday 29 September: Of Mills and Millers: the industrial heritage of Palmerstown, with Aoife O'Connor. Host: The John Jennings Library, Stewarts Care Limited, Palmerston, Dublin 20. Venue: The Coach House, Old Lucan Road, Palmerstown. 7:30pm. Free. All welcome. Details from the library. T: 01 651 8129. E: Email: libraries@stewartscare.ie.

Tuesday 29 September: Digging up your Irish Ancestors, with Mary Casteleyn FIGRS, Vice Chairman of the Irish Genealogical Research Society. The illustrated talk will concentrate on using different type of media for ancestor hunting such as newspapers, pictures and miniatures and graveyards. Venue: Acocks Green Library, Shirley Road, Birmingham B27 7XH, UK. Free but donation of £3 requested. No need to book. All welcome.

Tuesday 29 September: 'Idir dhá thor': Tomás Ó Madagáin, poet at the crossroads of culture', with Philip Fogarty. Host: Kilrush and District Historical Society. Venue: Teach Ceoil, Grace Street, Kilrush, Co. Clare. Lecture at 8pm, following AGM (7:30pm).

Tuesday 29 September: The Municipal Joyce: James Joyce and the City Corporation, with Pter Costello. 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 29 September: Derry and Antrim Yearbook Project, with Diane Kirkpatrick and Andrew Kane. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society, Coleraine Branch. Venue: Guide Hall, Terrace Row, Coleraine, BT52 1HF. 8pm.

Wednesday 30 September: Tracing Your Irish-American Catholic Genealogy, with Michael Brophy. Hosts: Friends of Memorial Hall Library. Venue: Memorial Hall Library, 2 North Main St, Andover, MA 01810, USA. 7pm to 8:30pm. Details. Free, but need to register.

Wednesday 30 September: The rising of 1798 in County Down, with Allan Blackstock. 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.

Thursday 1 October: 19th-century prison records, with Chris Colvin. First of PRONI's Crime and Society lecture series. Host and Venue: Public Record Office of Northern Ireland, Titanic Boulevard, Belfast. 1pm. Free but need to book: E proni@dcalni.gov.uk, T: (+44) 028 90 534800.

Thursday 1 October: Court Records - their value to the family historian, with Wesley Geddis. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society, Belfast Branch. Venue: Holywood Arches Library, 4-12 Holywood Road, Belfast BT4 1NT. 7:30pm. All welcome.

Saturday 3 October: Conference: The Border Counties and the First World War. Host: Ulster Local History Trust. Venue: Four Seasons Hotel, Monaghan. Topics include refugees, war poetry, recruitment, soldiers, nursing and sources for family war research. Bookings. €20 or £15 includes refreshments but not lunch.