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Monday, 5 October 2015

Irish genealogy, history & heritage events, 5–18 Oct

Monday 5 October: Unearthing the NorthWest in old photos, with Ken McCormack. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society, Foyle Branch. Venue: Central Library, 35 Foyle Street, Derry BT48 8AL. 7p–9pm.

Monday 5 October: James McAlpin and the Killyleagh Philosophy School, with Rev Dr David Steers. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society, Killyleagh Branch. Venue: Masonic Hall, 50 High Street, Killyleagh, Co. Down, BT30 9QF. 8pm to 9:30pm.

Monday 5 October: Researching your family history, with Brian Mitchell MAGI. Venue: Tower Museum, Union Hall Place, Derry BT48 6LU. 2pm. Free. No booking.

Monday 5 October: Here Lyeth - the 18th-century headstones of Wicklow, with Christian Corlett. Host: Rathdrum Historical Society. Venue: Avondale Community College, Rathdrum, Co Wicklow. 8pm. All welcome.

Tuesday 6 October: An Omagh emigrant family tragedy 1836, with Kenneth Collins. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society, Omagh Branch. Venue: Library, Spillars Place, Omagh, Co Tyrone BT78 1HL. 7:15pm to 9:15pm.

Tuesday 6 October: Henry Gore Sankey: Portrait of a perfect Lord Mayor of Dublin, 1791-92, with Dr Lisa-Marie Griffith. 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.

Wednesday 7 October: Marriage customs and matchmaking in 19th-century Ireland, with Se├ín O’Duill. Host: Raheny Heritage Society. Venue: Raheny Library. Howth Road, Raheny, Dublin 5. 6:30pm. Free. All welcome. No booking necessary.

Thursday 8 October: Suffrage militancy in Ireland, with Margaret Ward. Part 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 8 October: Using Ancestry to discover your family history, with Ancestry ProGenealogists and AncestryDNA experts. Part of Positive Ageing Week. Venue: Gresham Hotel, Upper O'Connell Street, Dublin 1. 11am. All welcome. Registration recommended (but not essential) by email to sodonnell@ancestry.com.

Thursday 8 October: 1349: The Black Death, with Gillian Kenny. 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 9 October: Back To Our Past, Ireland's biggest genealogy fair and conference. Includes Genetic Genealogy Ireland, a programme of lectures about using DNA for family history research. This is the place to be if you want expert advice on starting your genealogical hunt or to help you over a brickwall. Venue: Serpentine Hall, RDS, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4. 12Noon to 6pm. Continues Saturday and Sunday (see below). €5 admission per day.

Saturday 10 October: 1916: a contested legacy, a one-day conference. Host and venue: Irish World Heritage Centre, IrishTown, Manchester, UK. £15. Details.

Saturday 10 October: Irish genealogy workshop, with Bridget Bray. Host and venue: New York Irish Center, 1040 Jackson Ave, Between 50th & 51st Avenue, Long Island City, NY 11101, USA.  12Noon to 3pm.  Donation $10, includes light refreshments. Tickets.

Saturday 10 October and Sunday 11 October: Back To Our Past, Ireland's biggest genealogy fair and conference. Includes Genetic Genealogy Ireland, a programme of lectures about using DNA for family history research. This is the place to be if you want expert advice on starting your genealogical hunt or to help you over a brickwall. Venue: Serpentine Hall, RDS, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4. 11am to 6pm, both days. €5 admission per day.

Monday 12 October: Get Online Week @ PRONI. A two-hour practical workshop where you can learn some IT skills, get a hands-on introduction to searching archives on the internet, and enjoy a guided tour of PRONI's research areas. Workshop start at 10am and 1:30pm. Venue: PRONI, Titanic Boulevard, Belfast. Need to book – future@dfpni.gov.uk; phone: 02890 823239. Free.

Monday 12 October:  Agriculture and Settlement in Ireland, with Dr Margaret Murphy. A lecture and book launch (book of same name edited by lecturer and Dr Matthew Stout). Host and venue: Cobden Hall, Carlow College, College Street, Carlow.  1:45pm. All welcome to attend. Free.


Monday 12 October: Gruelling Ordeals: The Irish Workhouse Diet, 1850-1950, an evening programme of lectures and tastings focused on the topic of diet, health and medicine in working class lives. Host: Institute for Collaborative Research in the Humanities. Venue: Duncairn Centre for Culture & Arts, Duncairn Avenue, Belfast BT14 6BP. 5pm to 7pm. Free but you need to book tickets. All welcome.

Tuesday 13 October 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 13 October: A rather mild sort of rebel: J P Nannetti, Lord Mayor of Dublin 1906–08, with Dr Ciaran Wallace. 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.

Tueday 13 October: Get Online Week @ PRONI. A two-hour practical workshop where you can learn some IT skills, get a hands-on introduction to searching archives on the internet, and enjoy a guided tour of PRONI's research areas. Workshop start at 10am and 1:30pm. Venue: PRONI, Titanic Boulevard, Belfast. Need to book by email: future@dfpni.gov.uk or phone: 02890 823239. Free.

Tuesday 13 October: An Easter Dawn – The cast of the Rising, with Turtle Bunbury. Host: The Old Athlone Society. Venue: Officers' Mess, Custume Barracks, Athlone. 8pm. Details.

Wednesday 14 October: The Family Plot: Historic Graveyards of County Down, with William Roulston. Venue: PRONI, Titanic Boulevard, Belfast. Part of the Up Down series of lectures. Admission free. All welcome. Booking recommended. Please contact PRONI to secure your place: proni@dcalni.gov.uk; telephone 028 90534800.

Wednesday 14 October: Get Online Week @ PRONI. A two-hour practical workshop where you can learn some IT skills, get a hands-on introduction to searching archives on the internet, and enjoy a guided tour of PRONI's research areas. Workshop start at 10am and 1:30pm. Venue: PRONI, Titanic Boulevard, Belfast. Need to book by email: future@dfpni.gov.uk or phone: 02890 823239. Free.

Wednesday 14 October: David Herbison -The Bard of Dunclug (1800-1880), with Dr Ivan Herbison. The talk will commemorate the unveiling of a Blue Plaque to David Herbison in Mill Street, Ballymena. Venue: Ballymena Central Library, 5 Pat's Brae, Ballymena, Co Antrim BT43 5AX. 12:15pm to 1pm. Free. No booking required.

Thursday 15 October: Ireland 1916, a HistoryIreland Hedge School. Unfettered debate featuring a panel of historical experts. Host: South Dublin County Council/Red Line Book Festival. Venue: Civic Theatre, Tallaght, Dublin 24. 8pm. Admission: Adult €8; Concessions €6. Bookings: 01 4627477, boxoffice@civictheatre.ie. Details.

Thursday 15 October: Female political imprisonment during the Irish Civil War, with Laura McAtackney. Part 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 15 October: Huguenots in Ireland, with Elizabeth Bicker. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society, North Down & Ards Branch. Venue: 1st Bangor Presbyterian Church Hall, Main Street, Bangor, BT20 4AG. 7:30pm to 9:30pm. Details.

Thursday 15 October: Launch of Easter Dawn – The 1916 Rising, by Turtle Bunbury. Hosts: Mercier Press and Glasnevin Trust. Venue: Glasnevin Museum, Finglas Road, Dublin. 6–8pm. RSVP to Dierdre.roberts@mercierpress.ie.

Friday 16 October: Get Online Week @ PRONI. A two-hour practical workshop where you can learn some IT skills, get a hands-on introduction to searching archives on the internet, and enjoy a guided tour of PRONI's research areas. Workshop start at 10am and 1:30pm. Venue: PRONI, Titanic Boulevard, Belfast. Need to book by email: future@dfpni.gov.uk or phone: 02890 823239. Free.

Friday 16 October: Revolting Women: Irish Feminist, Labour & Nationalist Movements 1913-1923, with Dr Katherine O'Donnell & Prof. Laura McAtackney. Plus papers from Will Murphy, Rosemary Cullen-Owens, Dr Ann Matthews & Padraig Yeates. Hosts: Irish Research Council New Foundations Programme and UCD Decade of Centenaries. Venue: 86 Newman House, St Stephen's Green, Dublin 2. 2pm to 6pm. Free. Public welcome. Need to book.