Monday, 28 March 2016

Irish genealogy & history events: 28 March to 10 April

Monday 28 March: Reflecting the Rising, 'the biggest public history and cultural event ever staged in Ireland'. Hosts: RTÉ and Ireland 2016. A free family event taking over Dublin City from 11am to 6pm. Events range from talks and exhibitions, live music and theatrical performances, special films, interactive activities and family entertainment. Details.

Monday 28 March: Reflecting the Rising at the National Library of Ireland, Kildare Street, Dublin 2. The NLI will present a free programme of exhibitions, readings, talks and music, revolving around the year of 1916 as part of the Dublin event. There is no need to book for the exhibitions, readings and music sessions. The talks, however, are now fully booked.

Monday 28 March: Dublin Easter 1916: what was it like? a HistoryIreland Hedge School with editor Tommy Graham chairing the debate. Panel: John Gibney, Lucy McDiarmid, Mary McAulliffe and Joe Connell. Part of the Reflecting the Rising programme. Venue: Thomas Davis Theatre (Room 2043), Trinity College, Dublin 2, 5pm. Free. Booking essential.

Tuesday 29 March: "This is the size of your apples, they are scarce this year and the robbers plentiful": Businesswomen in provincial Ireland, the letters of Flo Clancy, 1938-1948, with Paul O'Brien.  Host: Kilrush Historical Society. Venue: Teach Ceoil, Grace Street, Kilrush, Co Clare. 8pm. Members free; €5 for non-members. All welcome.

Wednesday 30 March: Open genealogy consultations, with Lisa Dougherty. Host: Irish American Heritage Museum, 370 Broadway, Albany, New York 12207 USA. 11am to 2pm. Free.

Thursday 31 March: Free Genealogy evening, with Paul MacCotter MAGI exploring the basics of Irish genealogy and some famous Irish surnames, plus the history of stout in Cork. Venue: Franciscan Well brewpub, North Mall, Cork City. 8.30pm start. Free. Spaces limited; come early.

Thursday 31 March: What were your family doing in 1916? An afternoon of genealogy with Eneclann and FindMyPast. Host and venue: Tullamore Library, O'Connor Square, Tullamore, Co Offaly. 12pm to 4pm. Free. Talks and one-to-one consultations. Booking may be required: T 057 93 46832.

Thursday 31 March: Untangling, Births, Deaths & Marriages, with Committee members. 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. Free. All welcome.

Saturday 2 April: The Poet's Rebellion. Two talks: Ireland 1916: a tale of two Thomases, with Dan Mulhall, Irish Ambassador to the UK, and 1916, what did it all mean? with Dr Ivan Gibbons. Also musical performances and Easter 1916 art exhibition by Declan Kerr. Host: Luton Irish Forum (LIF). Venue: The Hat Factory (THF), 65-67 Bute St, Luton, Bedford, UK LU1 2EY. 1:30pm to 5:30pm. Tickets £8: LIF-01582 720447; THF-01582 878100.

Saturday 2 April: Gaelic and Anglo Norman Ireland: different foods, different identities? with Regina Sexton. Part of the Power & Privilege – the Butlers of Ormond lecture series. Host: Tipperary County Museum. Venue: Clonmel Library, Mick Delahunty Square, Clonmel, Co. Tipperary. €5, includes refreshments. 10am–12noon. To book: T: Julia on 076 106 5564 or email

Sunday 3 April: Gleanings from Ireland's Griffith's Valuation, a workshop with Krista J Ozyazgan. Host and venue: Maine Irish Heritage Center, 34 Gray St, Portland, ME 04112 USA. 1pm. $5 members/$10 non-members. Bookings:

Monday 4 April: South Dublin and the 1916 Rising in Oral Histories, with Maurice O'Keefe. Host: South Dublin County Council. Venue: Lucan Library, Unit 16, Superquinn Shopping Centre, Newcastle Rd, Lucan, Co. Dublin. 7pm. All welcome.

Monday 4 April: Central Library's historical holdings, with Linda Ming. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society, Foyle branch. Venue: Derry City’s Central Library, 35 Foyle Street, Londonderry, BT48 6AL. 7pm. Free. All welcome.

Monday 4 April: The Strangford Stone, with Martin Todd. Plus AGM. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society, Killyleagh branch. Venue: Killyleagh Masonic Hall, 50 High St, Killyleagh, Co Down. BT30 9QF. 8pm. Free. All welcome.

Tuesday 5 April: Sean Connolly, City Hall and the 1916 Rising, with Conor McNamara. Host: 'Dublin City Council and the 1916 Rising' City Hall Lunchtime Lecture Series. Venue: Council Chamber, City Hall, Dame Street, Dublin 2. 1:10pm. Free. No booking required but arrive early to ensure you get a seat.

Thursday 7 April: The 1916 Rising and its aftermath, with Philip Orr. Plus AGM. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society, Belfast branch. Venue: Holywood Arches Library, Holywood Road, Belfast, BT4 1NT. 7:30pm. Free. All welcome.

Thursday 7 to Saturday 9 April: WDYTYA?Live, Venue: NEC, Birmingham, UK. Three-day family history exhibition with packed programme of lectures and workshops. Irish contingent includes the Irish Genealogical Research Society, National Archives of Ireland & National Library of Ireland, IrishAncestors4U, Ireland XO. FindMyPastIreland/Eneclann, the Irish Family History Society and the North of Ireland Family History Society. Details.

Friday 8 April: Supplying the IRA: gunrunning from Britain 1919–1923, Gerard Noonan. Host: Military History Society of Ireland. Venue: Griffith College, South Circular Road, Dublin 8. 8pm. Non-members welcome.

Saturday 9 April: Finding the Source: A Survey of Irish Genealogical Websites and Databases, with Miles Davenport. This workshop is aimed at Intermediate level researchers. Venue: Norton Room, McClelland Library & Irish Cultural Center, 1106 N. Central Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85004, USA. $15 Library/ICC members; $20 non-members. 10:30am&12:30pm. Details.

Sunday 10 April: Glasnevin in 1916; 1916 in Glasnevin, a HistoryIreland Hedge School, with editor Tommy Graham chairing a panel consisting of Conor Dodd, Joe Duffy, John Gibney and Liz Gillis. Venue: Glasnevin Cemetery Museum, Finglas Road, Dublin 11. 2pm. Free and no booking required but arrive early to be sure of a place. Details.