Thursday 13 September 2012

Genealogy and history events in mid-September

Saturday 15th: The early medieval kingdoms of Donegal, some new thoughts, with Dr Brian Lacey delivering the 2012 Paddy McGill Memorial Lecture. Donegal Historical Society, Heritage Centre, Ardara, Co Donegal. 8.30pm.

Saturday 15th: Remembering the Ulster Covenant, a HistoryIreland Hedge School at the Regional Cultural Centre, Letterkenny, Co Donegal, with Brian Kennaway (Irish Assoc), Éamon Phoenix (Stranmillis), Margaret O'Callaghan (QUB) and Pádraig Óg Ó Ruairc (Univ of Limerick) 2.30pm. Free. Followed by an exhibition opening at Donegal County Museum.

Monday 17th: Planned land settlement in 19th and 20th century Ireland, with Suzanne Begley and Miriam Moffitt. Clanricarde's planters and land agitation in East Galway 1886-1916; and The Land Commission and the making of Ráth Cairn, Co Meath 1935. Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland, 63 Merrion Square South, Dublin 2.

Tuesday 18th:
Dublin 100 years ago, an illustrated talk with James Scannell. In addition, there will be a short talk on the history of the local nursery trade, with Myles Reid. Foxrock Local History group. Venue: Foxrock Pastoral Centre, Dublin 18. 8pm. All welcome. Admission € 4.00.

Tuesday 18th: The Crusader’s Tale, with Edward Coleman. Tales of Medieval Dublin series. William Fitzroger was a Prior of the Order of the Knights Hospitaller in Ireland based in Kilmainham in the late 13th century. His conflicting loyalties to his king and his order presented him with a difficult choice: would he fight for the Holy Land or defend the English colony in Ireland? Wood Quay Venue, Civic Offices, Dublin 8. 1.15pm to 1.45pm. Free. More information.

Tuesday 18th: The Clothworkers, with Alison McCaughran. Coleraine Historical Society. Guide Hall, Terrace Row (Mountsandel Road). 8pm. Non-members £2, includes tea and biscuits.

Wednesday 19th: History and traditions of the Grand Orange Lodge of Ireland, with David Scott. Carrick-on-Shannon & District Historical Society are the hosts and the talk will take place at the Bush Hotel at 8.30pm. All welcome.

Thursday 20th: The Ulster Covenant and Ulster Unionist resistance to Home Rule, 1912-1914, with Dr Tim Bowman. Part of the Change, Conflict and Transformation, 1912-1922 Lecture Series. PRONI, Belfast Titanic Quarter. Free. 6.30pm.

Thursday 20th: Gold Frenzy – the story of Wicklow's gold rush, with Peader McArdle. Bray Cualann Historical Society. Bray Chamber of Commerce House, Quinsboro Road.

Thursday 20th: Symposium on the Ulster Covenant, with Gordon Lucy, Dr Trevor Morrow, Dr William Roulston and Dr John Dunlop. Malone Presbyterian Church, Belfast, 7:30pm.

Friday 21st The Kildare Place Society and Schooling in the 19th Century, exhibition opens at the National Museum of Ireland, Collins Barracks. All exhibits are from the CICE Plunket Museum and the CICE archives. Exhibition will run until June 2013. Tel: 01 6777444.

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Friday 21st: Visit the National Library on Culture Night. View the magnificent Reading Room, explore the excellent exhibitions, meet the staff and find out more about the Library's many treasures. There's also live music and readings and refreshments at Café Joly. From 5pm to 11pm. No booking required. Kildare Stree, Dublin.

Friday 21st: Also at the National Library of Ireland, the Genealogy Advisory Service will be holding a Culture Night special from 5pm to 10pm. No booking is required; the team will be giving advice on a first come, first served basis, and it's free.

Friday 21st: Who do you think you are?, a genealogy session as part of Culture Night at the National Museum of Ireland, Castlebar, Co Mayo (Activity & Resource Rooms, Level C). 6pm: Introduction by Stella Cafferty of Mayo Genealogy Group. Find out how about the Mayo Genealogy Group and hear their plans and aims for the future. 6.15pm: Researching your ancestors at home (Ireland), with Dympna Joyce. 6.30pm: Researching for your ancestors abroad, with Dympna Joyce. 6.45pm: Chat to members of the Mayo Genealogy Group for some practical advice, hand-outs and hands-on help on how to research your family history. Free. No booking required.

Friday 21st: Family History on Culture Night at Dublin City Library & Archive. Advice and suggestions will be offered throughout the evening. Beginners welcome. Among the organisations taking part are the GOONS, GSI, Ancestors Network adn the Irish-Jewish Society. Venue: 138-144 Pearse Street, Dublin 2. From 5pm to 10pm. No booking required.

Friday 21st: Tours and talks at Glasnevin Museum on Culture Night. Tours of the O'Connell crypt at 5.30pm and 6pm. The architect who designed the museum, Hugh Maguire, will give a talk entitled 'The Architecture of Glasnevin Museum' at 7pm. Free but booking required as places are limited. The Museum itself will be open, free, from 5pm to 9pm.

Saturday 22nd: The Ulster Covenant and contemporary Ireland, with John Coakley, Ed Curran, Paula Devine, Brian Feeney, Michael McDowell, Margaret O'Callaghan, David Trimble and Graham Walker. Hosted by the Institute for British-Irish Studies and the Irish Association for Cultural, Economic and Social Relations at the Linen Hall Library. Belfast. Admission £10/€12.

Saturday 22nd: PRONI will be exhibiting at the Spectrum Centre, 331 Shankill Road, Belfast, as part of the Militaria Collectors Fair & Ulster Covenant Exhibition. 10am–5pm. Free. Details.