Tuesday, 25 June 2019

Local and regional museums receive exhibition grants

The Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Josepha Madigan TD, has announced a series of small grants for local and regional museums. Total funding of €138,100 is being made available under the Regional Museum Exhibitions Scheme 2019.

Nineteen projects out of twenty two are benefitting, including the Irish Workhouse Centre in Portumna, Galway for an exhibition reflecting the diverse cultural and historical background of the Irish workhouse system; the Little Museum of Dublin’s project called Remember, recording stories from museum visitors of past memories that they are reminded of on their tour of the museum; and Kerry Cultural & Literary Centre, for an exhibition focussing on the history of Listowel and North Kerry through the ages.

"These cultural bodies are often run on relatively modest budgets and to be in a position to offer support is a very positive thing", said Minister Madigan. "These bodies are often central focus points within the community and it is vital that they are supported in their role as guardians and narrators of our cultural heritage.

"The funding provided under this scheme over the past few years has allowed these cultural entities to continue to enhance the presentation of their exhibitions which, in turn, improves the cultural offering of the communities they serve.”

You can download the full list of successful projects here

Monday, 24 June 2019

Irish genealogy, history & heritage events, 24 June-7 July

Monday 24 June: NLI Reading Room and Manuscript Room closed all day to facilitate the Library's continuing redevelopment of the premises. Venue: National Library of Ireland, Kildare Street, Dublin 2. All other services/exhibitons/cafe, including Genealogy Advisory Service, operate as normal.

Tuesday 25 June: Cold Iron – Folklore on fishing, with Bairbre Ni Fhloinn. Host: Howth Peninsula Heritage Society. Venue: Howth Angling Centre, West Pier, Howth, Co Dublin. 8pm. All welcome. €5 on the door.

Wednesday 26 June: Irish Family History Assistance. Host: Genealogical Society of Victoria. Venue: GSV Library, Level 6, 85 Queen St., Melbourne 3000, Australia. Experienced helpers in the library to offer advice on your Irish research. 10am to 4pm. Free for members. $20 non-members. Bookable one-hour appointments with a research consultant. Details.

Wednesday 26 June: Our Place on the World Map, 1000-1600, with Dr Glynn Kelso. The inaugural D A Chart Seminar on Maps, named in memory of PRONI's first Deputy Keeper. Host and Venue: Public Record Office of Northern Ireland, Titanic Boulevard, Belfast. 12:30pm. Free. All welcome. Need to book. Details.

Wednesday 26 June: A Musical Tour of Richmond Barracks, with Bernie Tynan and Tony Casey. Host and venue: Mondays at the Mess series, Richmond Barracks, Off Bulfin Rd, Inchicore, Dublin 8. 11am. All welcome. Admission €3–€5. Tickets.

Thursday 27 June: Famine Irish Archiving and Digital Storytelling. Discover how Irish Famine emigrants are being traced in North America through cutting edge digital technology and online storytelling. Hosts: ADAPT Centre, National Heritage Trust and Strokestown Park House. Venue: Science Gallery, Trinity College, Pearse Street, Dublin 2. 6-8pm. Free but need to register.

Friday 28 June: PRONI Workshop: Getting Started, an introductory workshop on essential skills for researching family and local history. Host and venue: PRONI, Titanic Boulevard, Belfast. 11am - 1pm. Free. Need to book.

Saturday 29 June: The Black and Tans to the Treaty, 1920-1921, with Mary Muldowney. The second of a two-part lecture explaining the tumultuous years of the Irish War of Independence. Host: Dublin City Public Libraries. Venue: Charleville Mall Library, North Strand, Dublin 1. 2:30pm. Book by phone 01 874 9619. Free. All welcome.

Saturday 29 June:  The Big House and Estate, conference. Host and venue: The Irish Workhouse Centre, Portumna, Co Galway. 9:30am to 4:30pm. This free conference includes refreshments and a snack lunch. Advance booking is essential as spaces are limited. Details.

Monday 1 July: NLI Reading Room and Manuscript Room closed all day to facilitate the Library's continuing redevelopment of the premises. Venue: National Library of Ireland, Kildare Street, Dublin 2. All other services/exhibitons/cafe, including Genealogy Advisory Service, operate as normal.

Monday 1 July: The Workhouse of the South Dublin Union, with Davis Coakley. Host: Richmond Barracks, Mondays at the Mess series. Venue: Richmond Barracks, Off Bulfin Rd, Inchicore, Dublin 8. 11am. All welcome. Admission €5, includes tea and scone. Tickets.

Tuesday 2 July: C4, the Research Centre of the NIFHS, is closed throughout July. Venue: Unit C4, Valley Business Centre, 67 Church Road, Newtownabbey, Co. Antrim, BT36 7LS. Reopens 4 August.

Wednesday 3 July: Liberating Ireland - Daniel O'Connell and the fight for Irish freedom, with Professor Patrick Geoghegan. Hosts: OPW - Tara Lecture Series. Venue: Hill of Tara Centre, Castleboy, Co Meath. Admission free but limited seating, so arrive early. All welcome.

Sunday 7 July: Power and Politics in the Blackwater Valley, a one-day conference. Host and venue: Dromana House, Cappoquin, Co. Waterford. Four lectures, morning coffee, lunch and afternoon tea. 10:30am to 4pm. Inclusive fee of €75pp or €130 for two persons. For more details and to book, email info@dromanahouse.com or phone 086 8186305.

Saturday, 22 June 2019

Celebrate Canada Day with $40 off AncestryDNA

AncestryDNA is running a sale in Canada (only) to mark Canada Day 2019.

https://prf.hn/click/camref:1101l4phT/creativeref:1100l27973It offers a discount of $40 CAD for each test kit ordered, reducing the price to $89 CAD plus shipping.

AncestryDNA offers the largest consumer network – 15million and counting – giving you the best chance of matching with close and distant cousins and identifying extended family. Additionally, AncestryDNA's ability to identify ethnic heritage has grown in the last week, with markers for likely ancestral connections continuing to be pinpointed to specific locations. The company refers to these geographical DNA groupings as Genetic Communities.

Of particular interest to Canadian-based researchers is the recent addition of 120+ new Canadian Communities, with greater insights about British Canadian, French Canadian, and Acadian settlers.

In total, AncestryDNA ethnicity estimates now draw on the identification of some 500 Genetic Communities.

The Canada Day sale will end at 11:59 ET on Monday 1 July.

Friday, 21 June 2019

Former Magdalene laundry to be a 'site of conscience'

The site of a former Magdalene laundry in Dublin's inner city is to be turned into a "site of conscience" within the next five years.

Magdalene Laundries were workhouses run by the Roman Catholic Church for so-called 'fallen women', unmarried mothers and orphans. They are rightly considered a cruel and dark stain on Ireland's history – one that must never be repeated, nor forgotten.

From Google Maps
The former Gloucester Street laundry
So an attempt last year to sell and demolish the building on Sean McDermott (previously Gloucester) Street to make way for a new Japanese-owned hotel found itself blocked last year by Dublin City councillors. A campaign, led by survivors of the laundries, argued that the building, the last such laundry to close* in Ireland and still owned by the state, should be retained to recognise the social, cultural and personal history experienced by many Dublin residents.

The laundry's Site of Conscience status recognises that the building is a historic site where initiatives on-site aim to connect past struggles to today's movements for human rights, and was confirmed as part of the Dublin City Agreement between Fianna Fail, Labour, Green Party and Social Democrats, which was signed earlier this week. It reads: 'We will develop a multipurpose Site of Conscience at the location of the former Magdalene laundry on Sean McDermott Street that will seek to honour and commemorate the victims and survivors of Ireland's Institutional past.'

*in 1996

Power & Politics in the Blackwater Valley, Sunday 7 July

Dromana House and Gardens, Cappoquin
A one-day conference – Power and Politics in the Blackwater Valley – will be held in the elegant surroundings of Dromana House, Cappoquin, Co. Waterford on Sunday 7 July.

The event includes morning coffee, lunch and afternoon tea and it runs from 10:30am to 4pm. There's an inclusive fee of €75pp or €130 for two persons.

For more details and to book, email info@dromanahouse.com or phone 086 8186305.

The day's programme includes the following four talks:

Liberation: Waterford and the Winning of Civil Rights in the Age of Daniel O'Connell
, with Professor Patrick Geoghehan

Richard Boyle, Earl of Cork: Statesman and Warlord (1629-1643)
, with Dr Dave Edwards

Home truths about Walter Raleigh, Richard Boyle and Edmund Spenser
, with Professor Tadgh O'Keeffe

Power struggles: marriages and money in an Anglo-Irish family in the 19th century, with Patrick Cockburn.

FindMyPast adds 5.7m United States Obituary Notices

FindMyPast has added a further 5.7million records to its United States Obituary Notices collection. The top-up brings the total of transcriptions in the record set to more than 38million, all indexed from the tributes.com and currentobituary.com websites.

The detailed transcriptions provide first name, surname, birth date, death date and place, and the obituary text, plus a link to the source website where additional information and photos may be found.

Inevitably, there are a lot of Irish surnames in the index, most of them relating to deaths in the 20th century and the early 21st, making this collection useful for locating Irish immigrants and their descendents.

Thursday, 20 June 2019

First phase of NAI's €22m redevelopment has completed

Speaking at the National Archives of Ireland (NAI) this morning, Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Josepha Madigan TD announced that the first phase of enabling works to prepare for the National Archives’ major new Project Ireland 2040 Repository Redevelopment is completed. The project is costing €22 million. More than 70,000 boxes of records have been transferred to temporary storage to facilitate the preliminary redevelopment works at Bishop Street, Dublin 8 while the majority of records continue to be accessible to the public.

National Archives of Ireland, Dublin 8
The scheme will deliver new purpose-built storage facilities at the existing NAI premises and will build-in the potential to develop and construct additional storage in the future. Funded by the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, it will have the capacity to store 250,000 boxes of records.

The Minister also complimented the NAI’s recently revamped website which provides easy online access to services provided by the repository to both government and the public. Video technology has been incorporated into the new site to facilitate a behind the scenes look at some of the projects currently being undertaken in the NAI, such as the conservation of archives salvaged from the Public Record Office fire in 1922.

Microsites highlighting the abundant genealogy collections and contributions by the NAI to the Decade of Centenaries can now be accessed from the new homepage, enabling easier online pathways and showcasing the variety and richness of its records which are available to the public.

University of Limerick's Certificate in Local History course starts September

The University of Limerick's Certificate in Local History will soon be enrolling for this September's course.

This highly recommended course is delivered through lectures presented at the Irish Workhouse Centre in Portumna, Co Galway on Wednesday evenings, and field trips. It runs over 24 weeks and covers the full breadth of local history topics. It is designed for anyone with an interest in local history.

If you would like more information, email irishworkhousecentre@gmail.com or text / phone 086 4070851.

Podcasts of History Ireland Hedge Schools 2019 online

History Ireland is a bi-monthly full colour
magazine published by Wordwell Books, Dublin 18.
Audio recordings of all History Ireland Hedge Schools held between January and May are now available online.

Like the Hedge Schools themselves, the podcasts are free.

History Ireland Hedge Schools are hosted by Tommy Graham, editor of the magazine, who chairs lively round-table discussions with academics, historians and other specialists in front of an audience.

The titles, dates and venues of the 2019 Hedge Schools are noted below. You can find out more about the topic under discussion and details of the panelists and link through to the recording on the magazine's website, here.

Scotland and the global Irish Revolution / Edinburgh University / 15 May 2019

A century of women / Linen Hall Library, Belfast / 12 April 2019

The Irish Revolution – local or global? / Cobh Library, Co Cork / 13 April 2019

Censorship in Ireland – then and now / National Library of Ireland, Dublin / 9 April 2019

Soloheadbeg — impact & legacy / Limerick Junction / 19 January 2019

Ancestry identifies roots in 225 new DNA 'communities'

Ancestry DNA results will be providing even more detailed ethnicity and geographical details following the release of more than 225 additional AncestryDNA 'communities' identifying roots in France, Canada, the UK, Australia and New Zealand.

By analysing its existing DNA network of more than 15 million people, its collection of public family trees and its Genetic Communities™ technology, the company claims to be able to identify groups of people with shared DNA and determine where their ancestors may have lived during the past 75-300 years.

Among the new communities are 35 French American, 120 Canadian, 73 UK, and 14 Australia/NZ.

You can see more details of this latest development on Ancestry's blog, and see the full updated list of 500 'communities' here.

Or, if you've already tested with AncestryDNA, take a look at your ethnicity results. They've probably been updated. Twitter comments would suggest the rollout has rolled well. It's even rolled into my own results, which has previously analysed my 94% Ireland heritage to be from Munster. It now identifies South West Munster, South West Coast of Cork, South Central Cork and West Cork. Since my paternal heritage is entirely located between Clonakilty and Skibbereen, that seems well enough done, if perhaps over done, but on my maternal side, south Tipperary should feature and my Wicklow/Wexford connections don't seem to be showing up at all. However, the tiddy weeny 6% of my more recent (last 150 years) ancestral heritage that is Welsh is correctly identified as from Flintshire, so that's pretty neat.