Monday 24 March 2014

Irish genealogy & history events, 24–30 March

Monday 24 March: 1798 in Limerick, with Dr Ruan O'Donnell. Host: Thomond Archaeological Society. Venue: Room T,1.17 Tara Building, Mary Immaculate College, Limerick. 8pm.

Monday 24 March: The Destruction of the Public Records Office 30 June 1922, with John M Regan. Venue: City Library, Grand Parade, Cork. 7.30pm. Admission is free.

Monday, 24 March: How the Irish travelled the continent, 1829-1914, with Raphaël Ingelbien. A Trinity College Dublin public lecture. All welcome. Venue: Trinity Long Room Hub, TCD. Dublin. 6:30pm.

Tuesday 25 March: The Northern Ireland Digital Film Archive, with Mary Bradley. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society Coleraine Branch. Venue: Guide Hall, Terrace Row, Coleraine. 8pm.

Tuesday 25 March: Cootehill and the Great War, with Hugh O'Brien. The first of three lectures about the local area's response to WW1. Venue: Cootehill Library, Bridge St, Cootehill, Co Cavan. 7pm. Free, but booking advised as places are limited. Tel: (0)49 555 9873.

Wednesday 26 March: World War 1: And the truth keeps marching on, with Ian Montgomery. Host: PRONI. Venue: Linenhall Library, Belfast. Free. Booking is essential. 1pm.

Wednesday 26 March: Growing up in Castle Leslie, with Sammy Leslie. Venue: Monaghan County Museum, Hill Street, Monaghan. 8pm. Free admission. Details, tel: 353 (0) 47 82928.

Wednesday 26 March: Bringing Home the Bride, an illustrated lecture about arranged marriage in Ireland, with Dr. Claudia Kinmonth.  Venue:  Parish Centre, Clonakilty, Co. Cork.  8:30pm.

Wednesday 26 March: Researching Your Irish Ancestor Using RootsIreland with Lisa Dougherty. Venue: Irish American Heritage Museum, Broadway, Albany, NY. 6:30pm. Free.

Thursday 27 March: Chester Beatty, the collector and his collections, with Charles Horton. Host: Friends of Monaghan County Museum. Venue: Monaghan County Museum, Hill Street, Monaghan. 8pm. Free admission. Details, tel: 353 (0) 47 82928.

Thursday 27 March: Records of Emigrants and Emigration, with Dr William Roulston. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society, Ballymena Branch. Venue: Michelin Arts Workshop, Braid Arts Centre, 1-29 Bridge Street, Ballymena, BT43 5EJ. 7:15pm.

Thursday 27 March: A life of marvellous grit: Joseph Plunkett, youngest 1916 leader, with Honor Ní Brolchain. Host: Rathmines, Ranelagh and Rathgar Historical Society. Venue: Rathmines Town Hall. 8pm. €3.

Thursday 27 March:
Atlas of the Great Irish Famine, with Michael Murphy. The annual Arthur Griffith Lecture. Cavan County Museum, Virginia Road, Ballyjamesduff, Co Cavan. 8pm. Free. Details: tel +353 49 854 4070.

Friday 28 March: Before Banna: politics, society & sport in Kerry 1912–1916, a History Ireland Hedge School, with Tommy Graham and a panel of experts. Venue: The Seanchaí — Kerry Writers’ Museum, 24 The Square, Listowel, Co Kerry. 7:30pm. Free. (Rescheduled from February due to extreme weather.)

Friday 28 March: Why you can't find your ancestors even though they're there, with John Grenham. Venue: Armagh Irish and Local Studies Library, 43 Abbey St, Armagh BT61 7DY. 12:30–2:30pm. Free but need to book. Phone:028 3752 3142.

Friday 28 March: Art and patronage in Cork c1800, wiht Dr Mary Jane Boland. Host: Skibbereen and District Historical Society. Venue: West Cork Hotel, Skibbereen. 8.30pm.

Friday 28 March: Formal launch of 'Tracing your Limerick Ancestors', by Margaret Franklin, who will be signing copies of her book. Host: Flyleaf Press and Limerick City & County Libraries. Venue: Granary Branch of the Library, Michael Street, Limerick. 6:30pm. All welcome.

Friday 28 March: The Plantation, with Maureen O'Donnell considering some of the historical steps leading to the most ambitious colonial project in Ireland since the Norman Conquest. Venue: Guildhall Library, Aldermanbury, City of London EC2V 7HH. 2-3pm. Free, but booking online is essential. Queries: or 020 7332 1869.

Saturday 29 March: Society of Genealogists Open Day. Library tours, lectures and research advice. Venue: SOG, 14 Charterhouse Buildings, Goswell Street, London EC1M 7BA. Free but need to book. Non-members welcome.

Saturday 29 March: One-day conference – The History of Limerick. Organised by Mary Immaculate College and University of Limerick. Venue: The Hunt Museum. The Custom House, Rutland Street, Limerick. Free. All welcome. 09:30 to 17:00. Details: +353 61 312833.