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Monday, 29 May 2017

Irish genealogy and history events, 29 May to 11 June

Monday 29 May: Bank holiday in Northern Ireland.

Tuesday 30 May: Irish family history seminar, with the Ulster Historical Foundation. Host: Australian Institute of Genealogical Studies. Venue: Willis Room, Whitehorse Centre, 397 Whitehorse Rd, Nunawading, Melbourne, Australia. 9:30am-4:30pm. $45. SOLD OUT.

Tuesday 30 May: Domestic service in Kilrush, Co. Clare from 1881 to 1951, with Lisa O’Sullivan. Host: Kilrush and District Historical Society. Venue: Teach Ceoil, Grace Street, Kilrush, Co. Clare. 8pm–9pm. All welcome.

Tuesday 30 May to 9 June: Messines Memorial exhibition, an art installation entitled ‘Assembly - Memorial Chairs’ by artist Val Carman. During the course of this battle, the 16th (Irish) division fought side by side with the 36th (Ulster) division. Host and venue: PRONI, Titanic Boulevard, Belfast. Exhibition free during normal opening hours until 1pm Friday 9th. 

Wednesday 31 May: Irish Family History Day, with the Ulster Historical Foundation. Host: Genealogical Society of Victoria, Irish Ancestry Group. Venue: 107 Victoria Harbour Promenade, Docklands, Melbourne, Australia. 9:30am-4:30pm. $45. Details. SOLD OUT.

Wednesday 31 May: The Great Parchment Book, with Philippa Smith. Host: London Metropolitan Archives. Venue: Heritage Gallery at Guildhall Art Gallery, London EC2, UK. Talk marks London History Day. 10:30am. Free and all welcome, but need to book.

Wednesday 31 May: From Messines to Carrick Hill: Writing Home from the Great War, with Tom Burke. Host and venue: National Library of Ireland, Kildare Street, Dublin 2. 7pm. All welcome. No booking required. Details.

Thursday 1 June and Friday 2 June: Women and Irishness, conference. Host: Women on Ireland Research. Venue: Waterford Institute of Technology, Cork Road, Waterford City, County Waterford. €50 for one day; €75 for two days. Programme and registration.

Thursday 1 June: The island of Ireland and the Great War in Flanders, with Piet Chielens. Host and venue: PRONI, Titanic Boulevard, Belfast. 7pm. Free but need to book.

Friday 2 June: The British Army in 1917: how serious were the morale problems? with Dr Tom Thorpe. First of the Battle of Messines lecture series, co-hosted by PRONI and the Antrim and Down Branch of the Western Front Association. Venue: Public Record Office of Northern Ireland, Titanic Boulevard, Belfast BT3 9HQ. 12:30-1:30pm. Free. All welcome. Booking advised.

Saturday 3 June : Irish family history, with the Ulster Historical Foundation. Part of the New Zealand Society of Genealogists's 50th Anniversary Conference. Venue: Alexandra Park, Greenlane West, Auckland New Zealand. 9am–6pm. Day rate: $92 (or full conference $230). Details.

Sunday 4 June: Irish family history, an evening lecture with the Ulster Historical Foundation. Host: Loyal Orange Institution of New Zealand. Venue: Sudima Hotel, 18 Airport Drive, Airport Oaks, Auckland, New Zealand. 7pm–9pm. More details.

Monday 5 June: Bank holiday in Republic of Ireland.

Monday 5 June: Ireland in 1917, with Dr Stephen Sandford. Part of the Battle of Messines lunchtime lecture series, co-hosted by PRONI and the Antrim and Down Branch of the Western Front Association. Venue: Public Record Office of Northern Ireland, Titanic Boulevard, Belfast, BT3 9HQ. 12:30-1:30pm. Free. All welcome. Booking advised.

Tuesday 6 June: The myths of 1917, with Dr Tim Bowman. Part of the Battle of Messines lunchtime lecture series, co-hosted by PRONI and the Antrim and Down Branch of the Western Front Association. Venue: Public Record Office of Northern Ireland, Titanic Boulevard, Belfast, BT3 9HQ. 12:30-1:30pm. Free. All welcome. Booking advised.

Wednesday 7 June: James Franklin Fuller, FRIBA, FRSAI, FSA. (1835-1924) – Great architect; dubious genealogist? with Bob Frewen. Host: Irish Genealogical Research Society. Venue: Helen Roe Theatre, Royal Society of Antiquaries Ireland, Society House, 63 Merrion Square, Dublin 2. Free. No booking required. 6:45pm. All welcome.

Wednesday 7 June: The limits of partnership: The Irish divisions in Flanders in 1917, with Nicholas Perry. Last of the Battle of Messines lunchtime lecture series, co-hosted by PRONI and the Antrim and Down Branch of the Western Front Association. Venue: PRONI, Titanic Boulevard, Belfast, BT3 9HQ. 12:30-1:30pm. Free. All welcome. Booking advised.

Thurssday 8 June: Four Soldiers, Three Armies, with Trevor Adams. Hosts: Western Front Association and PRONI. Venue: Public Record Office of Northern Ireland, Titanic Boulevard, Belfast, BT3 9HQ. All welcome. £4 donation requested. 6:30pm to 8:45pm. Details.

Friday 9 June: International Archives Day – Behind the Scenes Tours and Workshop. Host and venue: Public Record Office of Northern Ireland, Titanic Boulevard, Belfast. Free. Booking essential. Details. (At 29 May, the workshop is fully booked. Tours still have some space.)

Friday 9 June to Sunday 11 June: Irish Military Seminar. Lectures, screenings, weapon and vehicle displays and workshops, field trip. Hosts: Kildare Library Services, Ireland’s Military Story magazine and Merrion Press. Venue: Riverbank Arts Centre, Newbridge, Co Kildare. Free. Booking essential. Programme and details.

Saturday 10 June: Researching Scots-Irish Ancestors, with Sheila Northrop. Host: Irish Genealogical Society Intl (IGSI). Venue: Minnesota Genealogical Society (MGS) Library, 1185 N. Concord, South St. Paul, Minnesota, USA. Starts at 10:30am. Cost is $15 for IGSI members and $20 for non-members. Register.