Monday, 2 May 2016

Irish genealogy and history events, 2–15 May

Wednesday 4 May: Women, War and Revolution in Ireland, with Dr Margaret Ward. Part of the Remembering 1916 lunchtime lecture series at the Ulster Museum. Venue: Lecture Theatre, Ulster Museum, Botanic Gardens, Belfast, BT9 5AB. 1pm to 2pm. Free. All welcome. Booking online.

Wednesday 4 May: The misfortune of the Irish? James Connolly, the 1916 Rising, and the cause of labour, with Dr Donal O Driscoil. First 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.

Wednesday 4 May: Grandpa the sniper, with Frank Shouldice. Host: Kilmovee Spring Lecture Series. Venue: The Thatch Cottage, next to the Community Centre, Kilmovee, Co Mayo. Doors open 7:30pm. Lecture starts 8pm. Admission €5/€3. Includes light refreshments. All welcome.

Thursday 5 May: Purdysburn Hospital: the legacy of a villa colony with Stephen Hamilton. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society, Belfast branch. Venue: Holywood Arches Library, Holywood Road, Belfast, BT4 1NT. 7:30pm. Free. All welcome.

Thursday 5 May: 1916 and Partition, with Dr. Sarah Campbell. Part of the Road to the Rising lecture series hosted by Tyneside Irish Cultural Society. Venue: Tyneside Irish Centre, 43 Gallowgate, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK. 7:30pm. All welcome. Details.

Friday 6 May: What were your family doing in 1916? Host: Eneclann/FindMyPast. Venue: Thurles Library, The Source, Cathedral St, Thurles, Co. Tipperary. Noon to 4pm. Free. Talks and one-to-one consultations. Booking may be required: T 0504 29720.

Saturday 7 May: Irish Genealogical Research Society Open Day. Lecture: Genealogy & Famine Roads, with Charles Egan. Workshop: Irish Church Records workshop, with Claire Bradley; Expert Q&A. Followed by AGM. Venue: Westminster City Archives, 10 St Ann’s Street, London SW1P 2DEA. A relaxed and friendly gathering for members (£25) and non-members (£30) includes light lunch and refreshments. Details and booking.

Saturday 7 May: Great War Genealogy Day. Hosts: The Western Front Association and the Gallipoli Association. Venue: Blanchardstown Library, The Civic Centre, Blanchardstown Centre, Dublin 15. 10am to 5pm.  Bookings (20 minute slots) at the library desk or  01-8905563.

Saturday 7 May: Glasnevin Cemetery's 1.5m burial records, a workshop with Lynn Brady. Host and Venue: Glasnevin Cemetery Museum, Finglas Road, Dublin 11. 3pm. Free, but you need to reserve your place by email to

Monday 9 May: Introduction to newspaper archives, with Catherine Morrow. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society, Newtownabbey branch. Venue: Drama Theatre, Glengormley High School, 134 Ballyclare Road, Newtownabbey, BT36 5HP. 7pm. Free. All welcome.

Monday 9 May: Researching the Rising - Workshop, with Dr Emma Edwards. Host and venue: National Library of Ireland, Kildare Street, Dublin 2. Part of the Bealtaine 2016 Festival. Suitable for anyone looking to embark on a research project or to enhance research skills in navigating the catalogue, accessing the various collections and interpreting the sources. 2pm. Places limited; booking required via or 01 6030 278.

Monday 9 May and Tuesday 10 May: The Country House and Landed Estate in Time of Revolution - conference. Host: Centre for the Study of Historic Irish Houses and Estates. Venue: Renehan Hall, South Campus, Maynooth University, Co Kildare. Download pdf conference programme, including booking details.

Tuesday 10 May: Early Irish farming, with John Dolan. Host: Tallaght Historical Society. Venue: County Library, Tallaght, Co Dublin. All welcome. 7pm.

Wednesday 11 May: DNA and family history research, with Patrick Larkin. Host: Western Family History Association. Venue: Lackagh Parish Centre, Lackagh, Co Galway. 8pm. Free. All welcome.

Wednesday 11 May: Models for Movers: Irish Women's Emigration to America, with Ide B. O'Carroll, a discussion on this unique collection of women's oral histories spanning three waves of C20th emigration to America. Host: The CUNY Institute for Irish-American Studies. Venue: Room 5382, CUNY Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Avenue, New York City, USA. Free. All welcome. 7–9pm.

Thursday 12 May: ‘Women of the South’: Radicals and Revolutionaries – a HistoryIreland Hedge School, with editor Tommy Graham (chairman), Dr. John Borgonovo, Professor Linda Connolly, Dr. Mary McAuliffe and Dr. Claire McGing. Venue: Farmgate Cafe, the English Market, Cork City. 6pm. Free. Register.

Thursday 12 May: Book launch: "Revolt in Wicklow- A History of County Wicklow 1913-1923", edited by Henry Cairns, with contributions from Jim Rees, Dr. Ruan O' Donnell, Eva O' Cathaoir, Henry Cairns, John Finlay, James Scannell and Robert Butler. Host: Old Bray Society. Venue: Bray Town Hall, Co Wicklow. 7pm.

Friday 13 May: This month's Late Opening at the Representative Church Body Library. Venue: RCBL, Braemor Park, Churchtown, Dublin 14. The Reading Room remains open until 7:30pm. No appointment is necessary.

Saturday 14 May: Mayo family history, with the Mayo Genealogy Group. Host and venue: National Museum of Ireland - Country Life, Turlough, Castlebar, Co Mayo. Free. 11:30am to 1pm. All welcome.

Saturday 14 May: Genealogy for intermediates, with Audrey Leonard, John Schade and Lois Mackin. Host: Irish Genealogical Society International. Venue: Minnesota Genealogical Society (MGS) Library, 1185 Concord St N, South St Paul, MN, USA. 10:30am. $15 IGSI members/$20 non-members. Details.