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Monday, 3 April 2017

Irish genealogy and history events, 3 to 15 April

The following Irish family history, local history and social history events will be taking place in the next two weeks in Ireland, Northern Ireland, the UK, and the USA:

Monday 3 April: Killyleagh - its castle and celebrities, with Clive Scoular. Followed by AGM. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society, Killeleagh Branch. Venue: Masonic Hall, 50 High Street, Killyleagh, Co. Down, BT30 9QF. 8pm to 9:30pm. Free. All welcome.

Monday 3 April: Useful free family history sources to draw your family tree, with Lorna Moloney. Part of the 14th Cork Lifelong Learning Festival. Host: University College Cork Adult Continuing Education. Venue: Brookfield Health Sciences Complex, Room 102, UCC, College Rd, Cork. 1pm to 3pm. Free. No booking.

Monday 3 April: How to be a successful family historian without really trying, with Tony McCarthy. Part of the 14th Cork Lifelong Learning Festival. Host: University College Cork Adult Continuing Education. Venue: Brookfield Health Sciences Complex, Room 102, UCC, College Rd, Cork. 3pm to 4pm. Free. No booking.

Monday 3 April: The Quakers in Wicklow, with Philip Geoghegan. Host: Rathdrum Historical Society. Venue: Avondale Community College, Rathdrum, Co. Wicklow. 8pm. All welcome.

Tuesday 4 April: Genealogy workshop, with Lorna Moloney. Part of the Limerick Lifelong Learning programme. Venue: City Hall, Limerick. 10.30-12:30. Free. All welcome. Registration.

Tuesday 4 April: Why Can’t I Find my Ancestors? part of the LifeLong Learning Festival. Host and venue: Castletownbere Library, The Square, Castletownbere, Co. Cork.  Free. 1pm. All welcome.

Tuesday 4 April: The Irish Famine Roads, with Charles Egan. Host: Kilmacanogue History Society. Venue: Glenview Hotel, Glen of the Downs, Co Wicklow. 8pm. Entry €4 (members €3). All welcome.

Tuesday 4 April: How to start your family tree, by Ann Marie Coghlan. Joint hosts: Cork Genealogy Society and Cork City Libraries. Venue:  Tory Top Library, Tory Top Road, Ballyphehane, Cork. 11am to Noon. Free. Register.

Tuesday 4 April: Ireland and the Great War in Belgium, with Piet Chielens. Host: City Hall Lunch-time Lectures Series (Dublin CC). Venue: Council Chamber City Hall, Dame Street, Dublin. Doors open 12:30pmm. Talk starts 1:10pm. Bring your own headphones for enhanced sound. No booking required, but come early to ensure a place. Seats allocated on first come - first served basis. Admission free.

Tuesday 4 April: Awkward, Uncomfortable and evil items in manuscripts and archives, with Dr Jason McElligott, Keeper of Marsh's Library. Host: Irish Society for Archives. Venue: Conference Room, Dublin City Library and Archive, 138-144 Pearse Street, Dublin 2. Lecture at 6:30pm (preceded at 6pm by AGM). All welcome. No booking required.

Tuesday 4 April: Using genetic genealogy to reconstruct our family history, with Paddy Waldron. Part of the LifeLong Learning Festival of Limerick. Venue: T1.15, Ground Floor, TARA Building, Mary Immaculate College, Limerick. 7pm–8:30pm. Free.

Wednesday 5 April: Genealogy workshop, with Lorna Moloney. Part of the Limerick Lifelong Learning programme. Venue: Engineering Room EN1025, University of Limerick, Castletroy, Co Limerick. 7pm to 9pm. Free. All welcome. Registration

Wednesday 5 April: Free website sources for historical maps of Ireland, with Jane Nolan. Host: University College Dublin, as part of the All Aboard 2017 Digital Citizenship Project. Venue: DLR Lexicon, Dún Laoghaire, Dublin. 11am–noon. Admission free. No booking necessary.

Thursday 6 April: Open Access historical sources at the UCD Library, with Jenny Collery, and an Open Evening with local history groups. Venue: James Joyce Library, University College Dublin, Belfield, Dublin 4. 7pm to 8:30pm. Free.

Thursday 6 April: A few things you didn't know about the Easter Rising 1916, with Mick O'Farrell. Host and venue: GPO Witness History, O'Connell Street, Dublin 1. Lecture at 5:30pm. Tickets €10, includes a visit to the exhibition at 4:45pm. Tickets at www.gpowitnesshistory.ie or (0)1 872 1916.

Thursday 6 April: The Ulster Question, with Gerry McCarthy. Host: Kinsale & District History Society. Venue: Temperance Hall, Market Quay, Kinsale, Co. Cork. 8pm - 10pm. All welcome.

Thursday 6 April: Genealogy workshop, with Lorna Moloney. Part of the Limerick Lifelong Learning programme. Venue: King John's Castle, Limerick City. Free. All welcome. 2pm to 4pm. Registration

Thursday 6 April: The McCormack Brothers, a screening. Filmed in Ireland, the production tells the story of two brothers wrongfully hanged for the murder of a local land agent in 1858. Host and venue: Offaly History Centre, Bury Quay, Tullamore, Co Offaly. This is the second film in the 'Stories from The Famine' series from Blue Socks Entertainment. Two screenings: 2pm (€5) and 8pm (€8).

Friday 7 April: Why can't I find my ancestors? A talk about overcoming family history research problems, with Karen O'Riordan. Part of the LifeLong Learning Festival. Host and venue: Cobh Library, Arch Building, Casement Square, Cobh, Co. Cork. Free. Starts at noon. To book, tel (021) 4811130 or email cobh.library@corkcoco.ie to book.

Saturday 8 April: Finding living descendants: Tracing your family forward, with Gigi Hickey. Host: Irish Genealogical Society Intl (IGSI). Venue: Minnesota Genealogical Society Library, 1185 N. Concord Street, South St. Paul, MN, USA. 10:30am to Noon. Cost: $15 for IGSI members, $20 for non-members. Register.

Saturday 8 April: Researching your family tree, with the Mayo Genealogy Group. Host and venue: National Museum of Ireland – CountryLife, Turlough, Castlebar, Co Mayo. 11.30am to 1pm. Free. No booking required.

Saturday 8 April: An introduction to genealogy workshop, with David Ryan. Part of the Cork Lifelong Learning Festival. Venue: St. Peter's Cork, North Main Street, Cork City. 2pm–4pm. Free. All welcome. Register.

Saturday 8 April: The joys and sorrows of genealogy as a hobby, with Tony Harpur. Part of the Midleton Lifelong Learning Festival. Venue: Midleton Library, 81 Main St, Midleton, Co Cork. 12:15pm to 1:45pm. Free. All welcome.

Monday 10 April: George Russell (AE): literary witness to Irish history, with Daniel Mulhall, Ambassador of Ireland to Great Britain. Host and venue: National Library of Ireland, Kildare Street, Dublin 2. No booking required. 7pm. Free. Details.

Tuesday 11 April: Digitised online resources and complementary sources for researching family history, with Tom Quinlan. Host: Genealocial Society of Ireland. Venue: Dún Laoghaire FE Institute, 17 Cumberland St, Dún Laoghaire, Co. Dublin. 8pm. All welcome. €3 donation requested.

Tuesday 11 April: 'Enough People have died: No one else should be killed in battle!’ How Kathe Kollwitz became a pacifist during World War I, with Dr Alexandra von dem Knesebeck; chaired by Philippe Roland, Ambassador of Belgium to Ireland. Host: City Hall Lunch-time Lectures Series (Dublin CC). Venue: Council Chamber City Hall, Dame Street, Dublin. Doors open 12:30pmm. Talk starts 1:10pm. Bring your own headphones for enhanced sound. No booking required, but come early to ensure a place. Seats allocated on first come - first served basis. Admission free.

Thursday 13 April:
World War Ireland: Exploring the Irish Experience, a public tour. Host and venue: National Library of Ireland, 2/3 Kildare Street (entrance on main street, alongside main building), Dublin 2. No booking required. 2pm. Free.

Thursday 13 April: The first anniversary of the Easter Rising, with Dr Roisin Higgins. Host and venue: GPO Witness History, O'Connell Street, Dublin 1. Lecture at 5pm. Tickets €10, includes a visit to the exhibition at 4:15pm. Tickets at www.gpowitnesshistory.ie or (0)1 872 1916.

Friday 14 April: Good Friday. Most archives and libraries closed. Check locally.