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Monday, 4 December 2017

Irish genealogy and history events, 4-17 December

Monday 4 December to Friday 8 December: National Archives of Ireland's Reading Room closed to the public during the annual Media Preview week which allows journalists and broadcasters to preview government archives due for release in early 2018. Details. Reading Room will reopen on Monday 11 December.

Monday 4 December: NLI Reading Room and Manuscript Room closed. Venue: National Library of Ireland, Kildare St, Dublin 2. On-going Monday closures are facilitating extensive redevelopment of the premises. Other services/exhibitons/cafe, including Genealogy Advisory Service operating as normal. Details.

Monday 4 December: The Meltin' Pot Dive – a personal story of the discovery of the B17 Flying Fortress in the Foyle, with Danny Keenan. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society, Foyle branch. Venue: Lecture Room of Derry City’s Central Library, 35 Foyle Street, Londonderry, BT48 6AL. All welcome. Free. 7pm.

Monday 4 December: Christmas Night – Historical superstitions, with Hugh Burns. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society, Larne Branch. Venue: Larne Bowling & Lawn Tennis Club, 112-120 Glenarm Road, Larne, Co Antrim BT40 1DZ. All welcome. 7:30pm. Free.

Monday 4 December: Wrecks on the Northern Coast – a history and personal story of diving on these wrecks, with Danny Keenan. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society, Foyle Branch. Venue: Lecture Room of Derry City’s Central Library, 35 Foyle Street, Londonderry, BT48 6AL. 7pm. All welcome. Free.

Tuesday 5 December: A bridge across time? The historian and oral history in Ireland, with Dr Maura Cronin. Host: Oral History Network Ireland. Venue: National Library of Ireland, Kildare Street, Dublin 2. 7pm. Free, but booking required. Details.

Wednesday 6 December: How to draw a family tree without using up four rolls of wallpaper, with Tony Hennessy MAGI. Host and venue: Medieval Museum in Waterford's Viking Triangle, The Mall, Waterford City. All welcome. 1:15pm to 2pm. €5 admission on the door. No booking required.

Wednesday 6 December: Using Early-Modern records - a workshop. Host and venue: Public Record Office of Northern Ireland, Titanic Boulevard, Belfast. 10:30am to 1pm.  Free. Need to register.

Wednesday 6 December: Fr Michael Crotty and the Birr Schism, with Brian Kennedy. Host: Birr Historical Society. Venue: County Arms Hotel, Birr, Co Offaly. 8pm. All welcome.

Wednesday 6 December: Unlocking PRONI's prison records, with Graham Jackson. Host: PRONI. Venue: Linen Hall Library, 17 Donegall Square North, Belfast BT1 5GB. Free. 1pm. All welcome. Booking recommended. Details.

Thursday 7 December: Flights of Fancy, Offaly follies and their demesnes, with Rachel McKenna. Lecture and book launch. Host and venue: Offaly History Centre, Bury Quay, Tullamore, Co Offaly. Details. 8pm–10pm. All welcome. Members €2 non members €5.

Saturday 9 December: The Life and times of the Archdales, with Peter Archdale. Host: NIFHS Tyrone Branch. Venue: Seminar Room, First Floor, Omagh Library, Dublin Road, Omagh, BT78 1HL. 10am to noon. All welcome.

Sunday 10 December: How to get ready to search Irish records, with Kevin Cassidy. Host: Lincoln-Lancaster County Genealogical Society. Venue: Walt Branch Library, 6701 S 14th St, Lincoln, Nebraska, USA, 2pm–4pm. All welcome.

Monday 11 to Friday 15 December: Preservation Week at the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland, Belfast. Document ordering and production will be suspended throughout this week to facilitate essential preservation work. Researchers will still have access to church records and search services via the Search Room.

Monday 11 December: NLI Reading Room and Manuscript Room closed. Venue: National Library of Ireland, Kildare Street, Dublin 2. On-going Monday closures are to facilitate extensive redevelopment of the premises. All other services/exhibitons/cafe, including Genealogy Advisory Service operating as normal. Details.

Tuesday 12 December: The Skull's Tale, with RenĂ© Gapert. Host: More Tales of Medieval Dublin lecture series. Venue: Wood Quay Venue, Dublin City Council, Civic Offices, Wood Quay, Dublin 8. 1:05–1:55pm. Free. All welcome.

Thursday 14 December: 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 14 December: Follow your family through their chain migration, with Kevin Cassidy. Host: Greater Omaha Genealogical Society – Irish Interest Group. Venue: LDS Omaha Stake Center, 14680 California Street, Omaha, Nebraska, USA, in the classrooms located on the west end of the building. 7pm. Free, but advance registration required by email to Rita Henry (rhenry416@cox.net).

Thursday 14 December: The Goodbodys and Perrys of Obelisk Park, Stillorgan, with Rob Goodbody. Host: Kilmacud Stillorgan Local History Society. Venue: Glenalbyn Sports Club, Stillorgan, Co Dublin. Admission €3 for non-members. All welcome.