Monday, 2 November 2015

Irish genealogy, heritage and history events, 2-15 Nov

Monday 2 November: DNA Genealogy, with Sean Quinn. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society, Foyle Branch. Venue: Derry City Central Library, 35 Foyle Street, Derry BT48 6AL. 7–9pm.

Monday 2 November: McClurgs of Kilmore and Killyleagh, with Peter Gibson. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society, Killyleagh Branch. Venue: Masonic Hall, 50 High Street, Killyleagh, Co. Down, BT30 9QF. 8pm to 9:30pm.

Tuesday 3 November: Revolutionary woman: Caitlin Bean Ui Chierigh, first woman Lord Mayor of Dublin, 1939–41, with Helen Litton. 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 or telephone 01 222 6200.

Tuesday 3 November: Landed estates and records relating to their management, with Dr William Roulston. Host: Ulster Historical Foundation. Venue: Discover Ulster-Scots Centre, 1-9 Victoria Street, Belfast BT1 3GA. 1–2pm. Free but registration required by email to or telephone 028 9043 6710.

Tuesday 3 November: Ireland transformed: The Cromwellian Conquest and the Down Survey, with Prof Micheál Ó Siochrú. Hosts: Trinity College Dublin and Carlow Collage. Venue: Cobden Hall, Carlow College, College Street, Carlow. 5pm to 7pm. Free. All welcome.

Wednesday 4 November: The 1939 Register: the Home Front from your own home, with Myko Clelland. Host and venue: The National Archives (TNA), Kew, London, UK. 12:30pm to 1:30pm. Tickets free but need to be booked.

Thursday 5 November: Playing the game - Sport, Ireland and the Great War, a conference. Hosted jointly by Western Front Association, Antrim & Down branch and PRONI. Venue: PRONI, Titanic Boulevard, Belfast. 10am to 4pm. Full details 0f speakers and talks to follow.Free but need to book by email to or telephone (+44) 028 90 534800.

Thursday 5 November: Putting your Family in Place, with Dr Janice Holmes. Host: Host: North of Ireland Family History Society, Belfast Branch. Venue: Holywood Arches Library, Holywood Road, Belfast, BT4 1NT. 7:30pm.

Thursday 5 November: War Memorials, with Professor Keith Jeffery. Host: Ulster Architectural Heritage Society. Venue: Auditorium, The McClay Library, Queen's University, College Park Ave, Belfast BT7 1LQ. Fee: £10/Students £5. All welcome. 7:30pm. No advance bookings – pay at venue.

Thursday 5 November: Preparing for the Rising: Radicalism in Galway, 1915-16, with Cormac Ó Comhraí. Venue: Galway Mechanics' Institute, Middle St, Galway. €5. All welcome. 8pm.

Thursday 5 November: Bailieborough: Remembering the Great War locally and nationally, with Patrick Hugh Lynch. The lecture marks the launch of the Bailieborough Heritage Society. Venue: Bailieborough Library, Market House, Bailieborough, Co Cavan. 7.30pm. All welcome. Admission free.

Thursday 5 November: Eliza Davis of Wicklow and Margaret Butler of Carlow, two local women transported to Van Diemen’s Land, with Joan Kavanagh & Dianne Snowden. Host: West Wicklow Historical Society. Venue: Timmins Bar (upstairs), Baltinglass, Co Wicklow. 8pm. All welcome. Cover charge: €5, includes tea/coffee.

Saturday 7 November: Wicklow and the sea, a one-day conference exploring the maritime history of Wicklow. Host: Wicklow Historical Society.  Venue: Grand Hotel, Wicklow. 9:30am to 3:30pm. Details.

Saturday 7 November: The Cahir Estate under Butler and Charteris Ownership, 1858–1962, with David J Butler. Part of the Power & Privilege – The Butlers of Ormond, County Museum Lecture Series. Venue: Clonmel Library, Mick Delahunty Square (opposite Museum), Clonmel, Co Tipperary. 10am to Noon €5. To book, call Julia on 076 106 5564 or email

Saturday 7 November: Local history Day, a one-day conference. Host and venue: Dublin City Libraries&Archives, Pearse Street, Dublin. 9:45am to 3:30pm. Free. No booking required. Details.

Monday 9 November: Discovering your family connections, with Martin Curley. Host: Athenry Heritage Network. Venue: Town Hall, Clarke Street, Athenry, Co Galway. 8pm. 

Tuesday 10 November: 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 10 November: History of Dublin's Fruit and Vegetable Markets, with John Conroy. Host: Tallaght Historical Society. Venue: Tallaght Library, Library Square, Dublin 24. 7pm. Free. All welcome.

Tuesday 10 November: The National Archives of Ireland as a resource for the genealogist, with Gregory O Connor. Host: Genealogical Society of Ireland. Venue: Dún Laoghaire Further Education Institute, 17 Cumberland Street, Dún Laoghaire, Dublin, Ireland Dublin 18. 8–9pm. €3. All welcome.

Tuesday 10 November: Civil records of births, deaths and marriages, with Gillian Hunt. Host: Ulster Historical Foundation. Venue: Discover Ulster-Scots Centre, 1-9 Victoria Street, Belfast BT1 3GA. 1–2pm. Free but registration required by email to or telephone 028 9043 6710.

Tuesday 10 November: The personal is political: cultures of commemoration and the children of 1916, with Dr Caoimhe Nic Dháibhéid. Host: Modern Irish History Seminar Series, School of History, Classics & Archaeology, University of Edinburgh. Venue: Room G13, William Robertson Wing, Old Medical School, Teviot Place, Edinburgh, UK. 6pm. Free. All welcome.

Tuesday 10 November: Cork and the American Civil War, with Damian Shiels. Host: Cloyne Literary & Historical Society. Venue: Ballymaloe House, Midleton, Co. Cork. 8pm. Admission €7.50 payable at the door includes light refreshments. All welcome.

Thursday 12 November: 'Black sheep disgrace any flock': The 19th-century Land Agent, with Dr Ciaran Reilly. Host: Irish Genealogical Research Society. Venue: Helen Roe Theatre, Royal Society of Antiquities, 63 Merrion Square South, Dublin 2. Time: 6:45pm. All welcome. No need to book. Admission free.

Thursday 12 November: 1487: The coronation of Lambert Simnel, with Sparky Booker. 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.

Thursday 12 November: The graveyards of Tulsk, Ogulla, Kilcooley and Killynagh, with Mary B Timoney. Venue: Rathcroghan Visitor Centre, Tulsk, Co. Roscommon. 7:30pm. €5. Tickets need to be booked. Contact 071 9639268.

Thursday 12 November:  Researching East Belfast and the Great War, with Jason Burke. Host: Western Front Association. Venue: PRONI, Titanic Boulevard, Belfast. 7pm. Free. All welcome.

Friday 13 November: New Dubliners and the City: 1200 - 2000, a one-day public conference exploring the influence of immigrants on life in Dublin from the Middle Ages to the present. Host: Dublin History Research Network. Venue: National Library of Ireland, Kildare Street, Dublin 2Details. Fully booked.

Saturday 14 November: Gallipoli - Perspectives: a seminar with five speakers offering different perspectives on the Gallipoli Campaign and the aftermath. Moderated by Tom Burke of the Royal Dublin Fusiliers. Venue: National Library of Ireland, Kildare Street, Dublin 2. 10am to 1pm. Booking not required. Details.

Saturday 14 November:
Family history research, free practical tips, with the Mayo Genealogy Group. Venue: National Museum of Ireland, Turlough Park (Country Life), Castlebar, Mayo. 11:30am–1:00pm. No booking required. New researchers welcome. At 2pm, the Group will officially launch their project, 101 Mayo People; all welcome to attend.