Monday, 3 October 2016

Irish genealogy and history events, 3-16 October

Monday 3 October: The school and the home: boarding schools in Dublin 1800-1860, with Mary Hatfield. What was it like to be a student at boarding school in the early nineteenth-century. What did students study and why? Part of the Dublin Festival of History. Venue: Ballymun Library, Main Street, Ballymun, Dublin 11. Free. 6:30pm. Booking required. Details.

Monday 3 October: History, Memory & the Archives: sources for the Revolutionary period in Military Archives, with Commandant Stephen MacEoin. Part of the Dublin Festival of History 2016 programme. Venue: Auditorium, Guard Room, Cathal Brugha Barracks, Rathmines, Dublin 6. 3pm. Free. Early booking recommended, to

Monday 3 October: History of Ballyarnett Racecourse, with Thomas Deeney. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society, Foyle Branch. Venue: Derry Central Library, 35 Foyle Street, Londonderry, BT48 6AL. 7pm. All welcome.

Tuesday 4 October: Visit to Heritage Services, Central Library. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society, Belfast Branch. Venue: Heritage Services, 2nd Floor, Central Library, Royal Avenue, Belfast, BT1 1EA. 2:30pm. Email Branch:

Tuesday 4 October: The Irish soldier in 1916, with Lar Joye. Host and venue: Irish Linen Centre and Lisburn Museum (Assembly Room), Market Square, Lisburn BT28 1AG. 7pm. Free but booking essential: T: 028 9266 3377, E:

Wednesday 5 October: Visit to the LDS Family History Centre, with Keith Wright. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society, Tyrone Branch. Venue: Foyle Northern Ireland FHC, Racecourse Road, LondonDerry, BT48 7RA. 7pm. Email Branch:

Wednesday 5 October: Halloween in Ireland, history and traditions, with Dr Deirdre O'Byrne. Host: Birmingham Irish Heritage Group. Venue: Irish Centre Birmingham, 14-20 High Street, Digbeth, Birmingham, UK B12 0LN. 7–9pm. Details.

Wednesday 5 October: ‘From Jangling steeples to Hill-Rimmed Houses’: the Buildings of County Armagh, with Dr Kevin Mulligan. Part of the County Armagh Lecture Series. Host and venue: PRONI, Titanic Boulevard, Belfast. 1pm. Free. Booking recommended - email to secure your place

Wednesday 5 October: Launch of #IAMIRISH - Photography Exhibition. Formalities by Ambassador Dan Mulhall. Launch will also announce a series of workshops and debates linking those of mixed race heritage to their Irish family ancestry. Host and venue: London Irish Centre, 50-52 Camden Square, London NW1 9XB. Exhibition marks Black History Month. 7pm. Free. Details. Exhibition to continue to 31 October.

Thursday 6 October: The archaeological landscape of the War of Independence and The Civil War, with Damian Shiels. Host and Venue: National Museum of Ireland Archaeology. Ceramics Room, Kildare Street, Dublin 2. 1pm to 1:45pm. All welcome. Free but need to book by email to or telephone to (0)1 648 6334.

Friday 7 October: A history of eating and drinking, with Kim Mawwhinney. Host and venue: PRONI, Titanic Boulevard, Belfast. Free. 1pm. Booking recommended: T: 028 9053 4800, E:

Saturday 8 October: The National Library's History & Heritage, an introduction to the Library's rich architectural history and the Signatories exhibition, plus a guided tour of the Reading Room.  Venue: National Library of Ireland, Kildare Street, Dublin 2. Admission free. All welcome. 1pm. No need to book.

Saturday 8 October: Irish Ancestry One-Day Conference, with lectures from Maggie Loughran and Chris Paton. Host: Lancashire Family History and Heraldry Society. Venue: Oswaldtwistle Civic Arts Centre, 155 Union Road, Oswaldtwistle, Lancashire, UK, BB5 3HZ. Tickets £20, includes buffet Lunch. Details.

Saturday 8 October: 19th-century Irish genealogy research: What’s available and how to find it - an Intermediate level workshop with Miles Davenport. Host and venue: McClelland Irish Centre (Norton Room), 1106 North Central Avenue, Phoenix, Arizona 85004, USA. 10:30am to 12:30pm. Non-Members: $20/Members: $15. Need to register. Details.

Saturday 8 October: Famine and eviction in the Irish Midlands, a morning seminar. Hosts: Offaly Historical Society and Irish Newspaper Archives. Venue: Offaly History Centre, Bury Quay, Tullamore. 9:30am to 1pm. Details (Word doc).

Saturday 8 October: Mayo Heritage & Diaspora Day: From Sackville Street to the Somme. Host: Mayo Genealogy Group. Venue: National Museum of Ireland – Country Life, Turlough, Mayo. Guest speakers from the Jackie Clark Library and GMIT Castlebar will discuss the sources available for Mayo research, and much more. 11am–3:30pm. Free. Need to book by email: or telephone +353 (0) 94 9031751.

Monday 10 October: Family Heirlooms and Artefacts Night. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society, Newtownabbey Branch. Venue: Drama Theatre, Glengormley High School, 134 Ballyclare Road, Newtownabbey, Co Antrim BT36 5HP. 7pm. All welcome.

Tuesday 11 October:
The Story of the North Lisburn area, with Chris Scott. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society, Lisburn Branch. Venue: Bridge Community Centre, 50 Railway Street, Lisburn, BT28 1XP. 7:30pm. All welcome.

Tuesday 11 October: Easter 1916 – Rising or Civil War, with Mal Murray. Host: Genealogical Society of Ireland. Venue: Dún Laoghaire Further Education Institute, Cumberland Street, Dún Laoghaire, Co. Dublin. Donation €3. All welcome. 8pm.

Wednesday 12 October Steelboys, Oakboys and Bad Boys: the troubled County of Armagh, 1750 to 1800, with Dr Eoin Magennis. Part of the County Armagh Lecture Series. Host and venue: PRONI, Titanic Boulevard, Belfast. 1pm. Free. Booking recommended - email to secure your place.

Thursday 13 October: WWI Ireland: Exploring the Irish Experience, an exhibition tour. Host and venue: National Library of Ireland, 2/3 Kildare Street, Dublin 2. Booking is not required. All welcome. 2pm.

Thursday 13 October: Irish Round Towers, with Professor Tadhg O’Keeffe. Part of the Red Line Book Festival. Host: South Dublin Libraries Local Studies. Venue: Clondalkin Civic Offices, Ninth Lock Road, Clondalkin, Co Dublin. 7pm. Free, but need to book: (0)1 4627477.

Thursday 13 October: The Clogherney Boys in World War 1: A mid-Tyrone story, with Robert Corbett. Host: Western Front Association. Venue: RONI, Titanic Boulevard, Belfast. 6:30pm. £4 donation requested. All welcome. No booking.

Friday 14 and Saturday 15 October: Warp and weft – A two day exploration of diasporic links, ancestral entanglements, revolution and war. Hosts: Cavan Ireland 2016 Committee, Cavan Genealogy and the Mellon Centre for Migration Studies Omagh. Venue: Friday 14th: Belturbet, Co Cavan, and Saturday 15th: Mellon Centre, Omagh, Co Tyrone. All welcome. Details of programme, fees and booking.

Friday 14 and Saturday 15 October: A safe place for ships - a 2nd annual Irish maritime heritage conference exploring Ireland's sea-going past. Topics include piracy, fishing communities, smuggling, ports, boat-building, Lusitania, naval warfare etc. Organised by the School of History, University College Cork. Fre. No registration required. Details.

Saturday 15 October: Resources available at the Catholic Archdiocese of Brooklyn, with Joseph Coen. Host: Irish Family History Forum. Venue: Bethpage Library. Meeting starts 10am. 47 Powell Ave, Bethpage, New York, USA. Details.

Saturday 15 October: Ireland: Church, Famine & Immigration - a full day seminar. Host: Genealogical Society of Queensland. Venue: Queen Alexandra Conference Centre, Old Cleveland Road, Coorparoo, Queensland, Australia. 8:30am to 3:15pm. Morning tea and lunch included. See society's website for costs and booking details.