Monday 28 April 2014

Irish genealogy and history events, 29 April to 2 May

Monday 28 April: Citizen soldiers: Irish political militarism in the Atlantic World 1778-1914, witih Dr Christopher Loughlin. Host: Institute of Irish Studies. Venue: First floor, IIS, QUB, 8 Fitzwilliam Street, Belfast. 1–2pm. Free.

Tuesday 29 April: The Brian Boru Harp and its musical legacy, with Dr Janet Harbison. Host: Dublin City Library & Archive. Venue: Council Chamber, Dublin City Hall, Dame Street, Dublin 2. 1:10pm to 1:50pm. Free. All welcome. No booking required.

Tuesday 29 April:
The Irish census, including the newly launched fragments and search forms, with Catriona Crowe. Host: Kilrush and District Historical Society. Venue: Teach Ceoil, Grace Street, Kilrush, Co Clare. 8pm.

Wednesday 30 April: Using DNA to help research your Northern Irish Family Tree, with Dr Maurice Gleeson. 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.

Wednesday 30 April: Reaching Out Together information session, with Reaching Out and Learn about reverse genealogy and using Ancestry's databases. Venue: Moylough Community Centre, Co Galway. 8pm. Free and open to the public. Register for the event by contacting the Ireland XO office on 091 842013 or

Wednesday 30 April: Christianising Mayo, with Chris Corlett. Host: The Mayo Historical & Archaeological Society in association with the Heritage Studies Dept., GMIT. Venue: GMIT Campus, Castlebar, Co Mayo. 8pm. All welcome.

30 April 2014: The arts and the archives, with Ann McVeigh. Host: PRONI. Venue: Linenhall Library, Belfast. Free. Booking is essential. 1pm

Wednesday 30 April: The River Bann: a view from the archives, with Lorraine Burke. Venue: PRONI, Titanic Boulevard, Belfast. Time: 1–2pm. Admission is FREE but booking is essential. Email to reserve your place.

Thursday 1 May to Sunday 11 May: Castleton Lanterns exhibition. Last year a box of 100-year-old glass lantern slides were discovered in the organ loft of Alexandra Presbyterian Church. The 77 slides were images of 137 men from the Castleton congregation who served in WW1. Some 31 of these men are known to have been killed in action. Can you help identify some of the other men? Venue: War Memorial Gallery, 21 Talbot St, Belfast, Co Antrim BT1 2LD. The images are also online at