Most organisations and local societies haven't yet published their 2016 lecture programmes, so the first events lists of the year is short. I'll update the list below as I learn of more scheduled lectures.
Monday 4 January: The Border Reivers, with Laura Spence. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society, Killyeleagh Branch. Venue: Killyleagh Masonic Hall, 50 High Street, Killyleagh Co Down. BT30 9QF. 8pm. All welcome.
Thursday 7 January: Education records for the family historian, with Valerie Adams. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society, Belfast Branch. Holywood Arches Library, Holywood Road, Belfast, BT4 1NT. 7:30pm.
Friday 8 January: Robert the Bruce's Irish wars, with Professor Seán Duffy. Host: Military History Society of Ireland. Venue: Griffith College, S. Circular Road, Dublin 8. 8pm. Non-members welcome.
Saturday 9 January: Indirect Evidence, with Tom Rice, CG. Host: Irish Genealogical Society International. Venue: Minnesota Genealogical Society (MGS) Library, 1185 Concord St N, S St Paul, Minnesota, MN 55075. USA. $15 to members/$20 to non-members. 10:30am to Noon. Register.
Monday 11 January: My experiences of using family tree software, with Kathleen Morrisson. HHost: North of Ireland Family History Society, Newtonabbey Branch. Venue: Glengormley School, 34 Ballyclare Road, Newtownabbey, Co Antrim BT36 5HP. 7pm–9pm. All welcome.
Monday 11 January: William Massey – Prime Minister of New Zealand, with Aaron Callan. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society, Newtonabbey Branch. Venue: Derry City’s Central Library, 35 Foyle Street, LondonDerry, BT48 6AL. 7pm. All welcome.
Monday 11 January: Galway in 1916—a pictorial review, with Paul Duffy, followed by AGM. Host: Galway Archaeological and Historical Society. Venue: Harbour Hotel, Dock Road, Galway. 8pm
Tuesday 12 January: The Howth gun-running, with Gerry Byrne. Host: Skerries Historical Society. Venue: Keane’s Lounge, The Bus Bar, 8 Strand Street, Skerries, Co Dublin. 8:15pm. All welcome.
Tuesday 12 January: It’s a Small World, with Syl Maguire. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society, Lisburn Branch. Venue: The Bridge Community Centre, 50 Railway Street, Lisburn, BT 28 1XP. 7:30pm.
Tuesday 12 January: 'In the land of the Sassenach' – Irish republican lives in interwar England, with Prof Mo Moulton. Host: University of Edinburgh Modern Irish History Seminar Series. Venue: Sydney Smith Lecture Theatre, Old Medical School, Teviot Place, Edinburgh, UK. 6pm. Details.
Wednesday 13 January: Women of the Revolution, with Liz Gillis. Host: Knocklyon History Society. Venue: The Iona Centre (beside St Colmcille’s Church), Idrone Avenue, Knocklyon, Co Dublin. 7:45pm. Admission: Members €3; Guests €4. All welcome.
Thursday 14 January: Social conditions in Dún Laoghaire during 1916, with Pádraig Yeates. Host: Dún Laoghaire–Rathdown 1916 Committee. Venue: The Lexicon, Dún Laoghaire, Co Dublin. 7–9pm.
Thursday 14 January: The 'Separation women' of WW1, a public debate. Host: Irish Centre for the Histories of Labour & Class. Venue: Galway Mechanics Institute, Middle St, Galway. A panel of historians will disentangle the myths from the facts in relation to the separation women. Chair: Dr Sarah-Ann Buckley. Panel: Dr Fionnuala Walsh, Dr Ann Matthews, Mary Clancy and John Borgonovo. Free event. 8pm. All welcome. Details.
Thursday 14 January: WWI Ireland: Exploring the Irish Experience Exhibition. Monthly (second Thursdays) public tours of the exhibition commence today. Venue: National Library of Ireland, 2/3 Kildare Street, Dublin 2. No booking required, although numbers limited. Free. 2pm.
Thursday 14 January: Tales of Enniskerry, with Brian White. Host: Enniskerry History Society. Venue: Powerscourt Arms, Enniskerry, Co Wicklow. €3. 8:30pm.