Monday 21 October 2013

Irish genealogy and history events for the week ahead

Monday 21 October: Representations of Edwardian Working Class Belfast, with Michael Pierse, Research Fellow, Institute for Collaborative Research in the Humanities, QUB. Host: Institute of Irish Studies. Venue: Room 03/006B, Peter Froggatt Centre, QUB, Belfast. 1:00pm–2:00pm.

Monday 21 October: The Medieval castles and tower houses of Limerick, 1199–1703, with Joseph Lennon. Host: Shanid Historical Society. Venue: Parish Hall, Shanagolden, Co Limerick. 8pm.

Monday 21 October: Larne merchant seamen from the Great War, with David Snook. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society, Larne Branch. Venue: Larne Bowling & Lawn Tennis Club, Glenarm Road, Larne, BT40 1DZ. 7:30pm. Free. Non-members always made welcome.

Tuesday 22 October: John Lennon's Last Day, a performance in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Beatles in Ireland. With actor Seamus Brennan and introduction by Stephen Kennedy, playwright. Part of the Dublin Anniversaries series of City Hall lunchtime events. 13:10–13:50pm, plus 10 minutes Q&A. Free. No booking required. First come, first served.

Tuesday 22 October. 50 years on: JFK, Ireland & the world. A HistoryIreland Hedge School with Bob Schuml, Ryan Tubridy, Michael Kennedy and Carole Holohan. National Library, Kildare Street, Dublin 2. 7pm. Free.

Tuesday 22 October: Launch of the Ulster Town Charters Project and Travelling Exhibition at the Reception Room, City Hall, Belfast. Host: Ministerial Advisory Group, Ulster Scots Academy. Reception 6pm–8pm.

Wednesday 23 October: Dublin Docklands, an urban voyage, with Turtle Bunbury. The Little Museum of Dublin, 15 St. Stephen's Green, Dublin 2. 5:30pm. FULLY BOOKED.

Thursday 24 October: Industrialists and Workers, Dr Janice Holmes / Dr Barry Sheehan. Part of the Exploring Family History Lecture Series organised by the Open University and PRONI. Venue: PRONI, Titanic Boulevard, Belfast. 6:30pm–8pm. Free but booking required at

Thursday 24 October: The Ulster Revival 1859 in County Antrim, with Donna Orr. Greenisland Libary, 17 Glassillan Grove, Greenisland, Co Antrim BT38 8TE. 6:30pm–7:45pm. Free.

Friday 25 October: The North West and the Scots-Irish Diaspora in the 18th and 19th centuries with Don MacRaild. Ulster-Scots History & History Lecture Series. Host: Derry City Council Heritage & Museum Service. Venue: Tower Museum, Union Place, Derry-Londonderry. 7pm. Free.

Friday 25 October: Reflections on Limerick, by Denis O'Shaughnessy. Book launch. St Mary's RFC clubhouse, Grove Island, Limerick. 8 pm. Book can be purchased online here.

Friday 25 October: Aughadown and Kilcoe CillinĂ­, or Children Burial Grounds, an illustrated talk with local historian William Casey. Venue: St Matthew's Hall, Church Cross, Co Cork. 8pm. A contribution of €3 per person to the parish is requested. All welcome.

Saturday 26 October: Family History Fair, Newry City Library, 79 Hill Street, Newry, Co Down BT34 1DG. 10am–4pm. Free advice and guidance, exhibitors, talks. Free. Details.

Saturday 26 October: The Colorado Irish, with Dr James Walsh. Host: WISE Family History Society. Venue: Central Denver Public Library, 10 West Fourteenth Avenue Parkway, 7th floor Training Room. Denver, USA. See website for more details.

Saturday 26 October: What's New and Old in the World of Irish Genealogy, a day seminar with Gary Schroder. Host: Quebec FHS. Venue: QFHS Heritage Centre and Library, 173 Cartier Avenue, Pointe-Claire, Quebec, Canada. 10am – 3pm. Reservation required on 514-694 -1502 or Fee $30 members/$40 non-members.

Saturday 26 October: Traditions of Mummers and Wren Boys, a seminar as part of the Return to Fingal Festival. Speakers from UCD and UCC, and Mummers from Wexford, Sligo and Fingal. Venue: Roganstown Golf, Spa & Country Club, Swords, Co Dublin. 2:30–5:30pm.

Sunday 27 October: Guided Tour of Bully's Acre Graveyard, Royal Hospital Kilmainham, Dublin, with Paul O'Brien of Dublin Battlefield Tours. 2pm. Free but booking essential.