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Monday, 16 May 2016

Irish genealogy and history events, 16–29 May

Monday 16 May: Genealogy information sessions, with Margaret Bonar and Elizabeth Craven. Morning and afternoon sessions. Morning venue: Raheny Library, Howth Rd, Dublin 5 from 10:30am to 11:45am. Afternoon venue: Donaghmede library, Donaghmede Shopping Centre, Dublin 13 from 2:30pm to 4pm. Free. Bookings to 085 1444883 or impossibleancestors@gmail.com.

Monday 16 May: Battle of the Somme, with Billy Thompson. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society, Larne Branch. Venue: Larne Bowling & Lawn Tennis Club, 112-120 Glenarm Road, Larne, BT40 1DZ. 7:30pm. €3 for non-members. All welcome.

Tuesday 17 May: What were your family doing in 1916? An afternoon of genealogy with Eneclann/FindMyPast. Host and venue: Central Library, Oliver Plunkett Road, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal. Noon to 5pm. Free. Talks and one-to-one consultations. Booking may be required: T 074 9124950.

Wednesday 18 May: 1916 in 2016: an unfinished revolution? with Professor Linda Connolly. Third of University College Cork's Reconsidering the Rising Spring Public Lectures. Venue: Ground Floor Theatre, Geology & Geography Building, UCC (off Donovan Road, near main gate on Western Road), Cork City. 6pm. Free. All welcome. No booking required.

Wednesday 18 May: Reading Room of the National Archives of Ireland will be closed all day. The Genealogy Service will not operate. All back to normal schedules on Thursday. Bishop Street, Dublin.

Thursday 19 May: Con and Eva – launch of exhibition exploring the lives of the sisters Constance (aka Countess Markievicz) and Eva Gore-Booth. Host and venue: PRONI, Titanic Boulevard, Belfast. Launch at 1pm. Free, but booking recommended. All welcome. Details.

Thursday 19 May: The women of 1916, with Liz Gillis. Host Leixlip Local History Club. Venue: Leixlip Library, Captain's Hill, Leixlip, Co. Kildare. 7:15pm. Free. All welcome.

Thursday 19 May: 1916: Memories, commemoration and absences, with Dr Mary E Daly. Part of the Road to the Rising lecture series hosted by Tyneside Irish Cultural Society. Venue: Curtis Auditorium, Herschel Building, Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK. (Opposite Haymarket Metro Station.) 7:30pm. All welcome. Details.

Saturday 21 May: IGRS Dublin Open Day, with three full-length lectures and three short talks. Host: Irish Genealogical Resarch Society. Venue: Dublin City Library & Archive, Pearse Street, Dublin 2. Registration at 10am. Finish 4pm. Free. All welcome. No booking required. Full details.

Saturday 21 May: A Girl’s Eye View of the Irish Revolution, with Dr Marnie Hay. Host and venue: Marsh’s Library, St Patrick's Close, Dublin 8. Free. 2pm – 3pm. Booking is required as there are limited seats: book your free ticket at https://agirlseyeview.eventbrite.ie.

Tuesday 24 May: Trace your family history, with the Ulster Historical Foundation. Host: Ballyclare May Festival. Venue: Ballyclare Primary School Pitch and Marquee, Co Antrim. 12pm to 3pm. Free. No booking required. Details.

Wednesday 25 May: What were your family doing in 1916? An afternoon of genealogy with Eneclann/FindMyPast. Host and venue: Carrickmacross Library, Civic Office, Riverside Road, Carrickmacross, Co. Monaghan. Noon to 5pm. Free. Talks and one-to-one consultations. Booking may be required: T 042 966 1148.

Wednesday 25 May: The Centenary of the Honan Chapel, with Virginia Teehan. Last of University College Cork's Reconsidering the Rising Spring Public Lectures. Venue: Ground Floor Theatre, Geology & Geography Building, UCC (off Donovan Rod, near main gate on Western Road), Cork City. 6pm. Free. All welcome. No booking required.

Thursday 26 May: Introduction to PRONI, a practical workshop covering online sources, use of microfilm, a guided tour and presentation of documents. Host and venue: PRONI, Titanic Boulevard, Belfast. 2–4pm. Spaces limited. Free. Need to book by email to proni@dcalni.gov.uk, or telephone: 02890 534800. Fully booked.

Thursday 26 May: Cumann na mBan in Donegal, with Helen Meeran. Host and Venue: Donegal County Museum, High Road, Letterkenny, Co Donegal. 1pm.