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Monday, 7 August 2017

Irish family history & heritage events, 7-20 August

Monday 7 August: Public Holiday in Republic of Ireland. All repositories, archives, libraries etc closed. Free Genealogy Advisory Services at National Archives of Ireland and National Library of Ireland will not be operating.

Tuesday 8 August: Irish Genealogy Hour – hands-on research in the computer classroom. Host and venue: Billings Public Library, 510 North 28th Street, Billings, Montana, USA. Free. All welcome. Noon to 1pm. For more information, T: (406) 657-8258.

Tuesday 8 August: British & Irish newspapers, and Irish Family History Resources Online, two lectures with Chris Paton as part of the Researching Abroad, British Isles & European Ancestors conference taking place 8 and 9 August at Kedron Wavell Services Club, 21 Kittyhawk Drive, Chermside South, Queensland 4032, Australia. 9:00am-4:50pm each day. Day fees apply. Details and registration.

Tuesday 8 August: Genealogical evening, with Dr Paul MacCotter. Host and venue: Franciscan Well Brewery pub, North Mall, Cork City. Introduction to Irish genealogy for beginners; family history and surname origins advice for the more advanced. 8:30pm. Free. No booking required.

Wednesday 9 August: The Big Houses of East Belfast, with Roger Dixon. Part of the Eastside Arts Festival 2017. Host: PRONI. Venue: PRONI, Titanic Boulevard, Belfast. 1pm. Free. Advance registration necessary.

Thursday 10 August: Irish nurses in the First World War, with Dr Phylomena Badsey. 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.

Thursday 10 August: Delayed opening at National Library of Ireland. All areas/locations of the National Library in Dublin will remain closed until 11am to facilitate a staff development meeting.

Thursday 10 August: Public tour of WWIreland Exhibition, Exploring the Irish Experience at home and abroad. Host and Venue: National Library of Ireland, 2/3 Kildare Street (next door to main building), Dublin 2. Free. 2pm. No booking required.

Thursday 10 August: Waterford's medieval walls, an evening fieldtrip with Ben Murtagh. Host: Waterford Archaeological & Historical Society. Venue: Meet in the Apple Market (opposite Babycare), Waterford City at 7pm. All welcome. Members free. Non-members €5.

Friday 11 August: Behind-the-Scenes Tour of PRONI, with archival staff. Covers the research areas, the sorting, listing and cataloguing of new materials, the secure stores, the Conservation Suite and the Photography Studio. Host and Venue: Hosts: The Public Record Office of Northern Ireland and the Belfast Titanic Society. Venue: PRONI, 2 Titanic Blvd, Titanic Quarter, Belfast, BT3 9HQ. Free. Two identical two-hour tours: choose 10am or 2pm. Register.

Friday 11 August to Sunday 13 August: The Irish Fair of Minnesota. The largest free Irish fair in the USA takes place this weekend, with entertainment, Celtic Kitchen, a cultural area, vendors. Family history help will be on offer from the Irish Genealogical Society International, and the society will also be presenting a free lecture, Facts and Myths about Irish Research, at 11am on the Sunday. Venue: Harriet Island, St. Paul, Minnesota, USA. Open Friday, Noon to 7pm; Saturday & Sunday, 10am to 6pm. More details.

Monday 14 to Monday 21 August: Waterford City and County Archives will be closed. Reopening at High Street, Waterford City on 22 August (10am to 2pm).

Monday 14 August: Landscapes of Death: Goldenbridge and the Garden Cemetery, with CiarĂ¡n Wallace. Host and Venue: Richmond Barracks Mess, off Bulfin Rd, Inchicore, Dublin 8. 11am Refreshments will be served in te Mess Cafe after the talk. Weather permitting a short visit to Goldenbridge Cemetery will also take place. Tickets €5 (includes tea/coffee & scone).

Monday 14 August: Closure of Main and Manuscript Reading Rooms of National Library of Ireland. First of the service restrictions resulting from start of four-year redevelopment work at the Kildare Street, Dublin, library buildings. See NLI for details.

Tuesday 15 August: Irish Genealogy Hour – hands-on research in the computer classroom with different topic each week. Host and venue: Billings Public Library, 510 North 28th Street, Billings, Montana, USA. Free. All welcome. Noon to 1pm. For more information, T: (406) 657-8258.

Tuesday 15 August: Genealogical evening, with Dr Paul MacCotter. Host & venue: Franciscan Well Brewery pub, North Mall, Cork City. Introduction to Irish genealogy for beginners; family history and surname origins advice for more advanced. 8:30pm. Free. No booking. Just turn up.

Saturday 19 August: Genealogy Workshop – how to trace your family history, with Lynn Brady. Host and venue: Glasnevin Cemetery Museum, Finglas Road, Dublin 11. 2pm-3pm. Free. Booking is essential: email Lynn Brady on lbrady@glasnevintrust.ie or call 0(1) 882 6536.