Tuesday 7 May 2013

History and genealogy events to 12 May

Wednesday 8 May: Ireland’s Neutrality during the Emergency, with Dr. Peter Rigney. Host: Malahide Historical Society. Venue: Presbyterian Church Hall, Dublin Road, Malahide, Co Dublin. 8pm.

Thursday 9 May: Family history online for beginners. Venue: Ballynahinch Library, Main Street, Ballynahinch, Co Down BT24 8DN. 2pm–3.30pm. Some basic computer skills required.

Thursday 9 May: Speranza, Lady Wilde, mother of Oscar, with Patricia Leventon. Venue: LinenHall Library, Belfast. Performance Area, 6pm. £10. Bookings.

Friday 10 May: Family history for beginners online. Venue: 12 John Street, Rathfriland, Co Down BT34 5QH. 11am–12:30pm. Free, but booking essential as places are limited – telephone 028 4063 0661.

Friday 10 May: Ireland and the 1948 London Olympics – political fun, and games, with Dr Tom Hunt. Part of the NUI Maynooth History Forum programme. 8pm. Rhetoric House, South Campus, NUI Maynooth. Enquiries.

Friday 10 May: Irish Linen Industry: a nostalgic look through film archives. Venue: Rathfriland, 12 John Street, Rathfriland, Co Down The BT34 5QH. 3pm. Free, but booking essential as places are limited – telephone 028 4063 0661.

Friday 10 May: Philanthropy during the Great Famine with particular reference to County Clare, lecture by Professor Christine Kinealy. Part of the 2013 National Famine Commemorations. Venue: Teach Ceoil, Kilrush, Co Clare. 8pm.

Friday 10 May to Sunday 12 May: Maguire Family History Weekend. Being held for the fifth year. A weekend of activities and events to reconnect Maguires with their ancestral homeland. Based in Enniskillen, Co Fermanagh. Details.

Saturday 11 May: Irish Genealogical Research Society Open Day. Lectures: 11am: Tracking the Irish with FamilySearch, with Sharon Hintze; 12noon: Community Genealogy and Historic Graveyard Surveys in Ireland, with John Tierney.  Lectures are followed by a light lunch and refreshments. £25 members; £30 non-members. AGM at 2pm (free, members-only). Venue:  34 Chepstow Villas, Bayswater, London W11. Bookings.

Saturday 11 May: The Home Rule crisis of 1912, an illustrated talk with Hugh McShane. Ballycastle library, 5 Leyland Road, Ballycastle, Co Antrim BT54 6DT. 2:30pm–3:30pm. Free.

Sunday 12 May: President Michael D. Higgins will lead the official ceremony of the 2013 National Famine Commemoration, Kilrush, Co Clare. Venue: Frances Street, Kilrush, Co Clare. Time 2.40 - 4.15pm.