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Monday, 10 April 2017

Irish genealogy and history events, 10–23 April

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. 7pm. Free. Details.

Monday 10 April: War of Independence agony in Cork City and County, with Tim O'Brien. Host: Muskerry Local History Society. Venue: Rugby Club, Ballincollig, Co. Cork. All welcome. Non-members €3. 8pm.

Monday 10 April: From Dublin to Limerick by barge in an era before the railroads, with Brian J. Goggin. Host: Limerick Historical Society. Venue: Room 203, Mary Immaculate College, Limerick. Free. 8pm. All welcome.

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 seat. 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.

Monday 17 April. Easter Monday. Most archives and libraries closed. Check locally.

Tuesday 18 April: The Islandbridge Memorial Gardens, with Carole Walker. 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.

Wednesday 19 April: Archaeology of the Blackstairs, with Seamus O'Morchu. Host: Carlow Historical and Archaeological Society. Venue: Community Hall, Borris, Co Carlow. 8pm. Free. All welcome.

Wednesday 19 April: Irish women during WW2, with Dr Mary Muldowney. Host: Dublin: One City One Book. Venue: The Royal Irish Academy, 19 Dawson St, Dublin 2. 6:30pm–7:30pm. Free. Register.

Thursday 20 April: Walking tour of Magee University's historic buildings, with John Thompson. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society, Foyle Branch. Confirm meeting time and place (Derry) with branch by email.

Thursday 20 April: Kindertransport to Ulster, with Charlie Warmington (preceded by AGM). Host: North of Ireland Family History Society, North Down & Ards Branch. Venue: 1st Bangor Presbyterian Church Hall, Main Street, Bangor, BT20 4AG. 7:30pm – 9:30pm. All welcome.

Thursday 20 April: From Laois to Kerry – How the clans of Laois were forced from their lands, with Michael Christopher Keane. Host: Laois Heritage Society. Venue: Heritage House Abbeyleix, Rathmoyle, Portlaoise, Co Laois. 8pm. All welcome. Admission €3.

Saturday 22 April: The Loreto Sisters, their schools and their archive, with archivist Áine McHugh. Host: Irish Genealogical Research Society. Venue: Dublin City Library & Archive, 138-144 Pearse Street, Dublin 2. 3pm. Members and non-members welcome. Free to all. No need to book. (Lecture preceded at 2:30pm by IGRS Ireland Branch AGM, members only.)

Saturday 22 April: A showing of family history resources, with Sarah McHugh. Host and venue: Enniskillen Castle Visitor Centre, Castle Buildings, Enniskillen, Fermanagh. 2:15pm (Refreshments and branch meeting precedes talk from 1:30). Members free. Small charge for non-members. All welcome.

Saturday 22 April and Sunday 23 April: Alberta Genealogical Society Conference. Venue: Radisson Hotel & Conference Centre, 4520–76 Ave NW, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada T6B 0A5. Specifically Irish-themed lectures are Irish Sources You May Never Think of, with Kyle J Betit on Saturday at 10:15am; Advances in Irish Research, also with Kyle, on Sunday, 11:20am–12:10pm; and Researching Your Scots–Irish Ancestors: Canada and Beyond, with Ruth Blair on Sunday, 11:20am–12:10pm. Several of the other lectures would also be particularly useful for researchers with Irish heritage. See full programme and details of registration.