Monday 26 May 2014

Irish genealogy and history events 26–31 May

Monday 26 May: The Battle of Clontarf, 1014, witih Eimear Ging. Host: Clondalkin History Society. Venue: Áras Chrónáin, Watery lane Orchard Lane, Clondalkin, Dublin 22. 8pm.

Monday 26 May: Garda mutiny in Kildare, with Brian McCarthy. Host: Kill History Group. Venue: Parish Meeting Room, Kill, Nr Naas, Co Kildare. 8:30pm.

Tuesday 27 May: 200 years of Pilkingtons in Clare and Australia from family letters and diaries, witih Katrina Pilkington. Host: Kilrush and District Historical Society. Venue: Teach Ceoil, Grace Street, Kilrush, Co Clare. 8pm.

Tuesday 27 May: Lockout to Rising: Liberty Hall and the legacy of the 1913 Lockout, with Francis Devine. Host: Howth Peninsula Heritage Society. Venue: Howth Angling Centre, West Pier, Howth, Co Dublin. €5 Non-members. All welcome. 8pm.

Tuesday 27 May:Medicine, Charity and the Infirmary in the 18th century, with Alun Withey. Venue: Edward Worth Library, Dr. Steevens’ Hospital, Dublin 8 (opposite Heuston Railway Station). 3:00pm . Lecture followed by launch of the launch of the ‘Dr Steevens' Hospital: A History’ online exhibition. Details, see

Tuesday 27 May:
Was the Great War a good war?, with Padraig Yeates. Venue: Fingal Local Studies & Archives, Clonmel House, Forster Way, Swords, Co Dublin. Free. All welcome. 7:30pm

Wednesday 28 May:
The Uses of Photography in Ireland, 1839-1900, with Dr Peader Slattery. Host: Balbriggan & District Historical Society. Venue: Town Hall, Balbriggan. 8pm.

Wednesday 28 May: Rebel Girls: Rosie Hackett and Elizabeth Gurley Flynn, with James Curry and Meredith Meagher. Host: ICHLC. Venue: Town Hall, Galway. 8:30pm. Tickets, €3 (€2 concession). Advance booking advisable.

Wednesday 28 May: WB Yeats and Arthur Griffith: Art versus Politics, with Anthony Jordan. Part of the Bealtaine Festival. Venue: Pembroke Library, Ballsbridge, Dublin. 1pm. Booking recommended on (01) 888 9575.

Wednesday 28 May: Quenching the Prairie Fire: the collapse of the GAA in 1890s Ireland, with Richard McElligott. Venue: National Library of Ireland, Kildare Street, Dublin 2. All welcome. 7pm. Admission free. No need to book.

Thursday 29 May: Place-name scholarship in Ulster from O'Donovan to the present day, with Dr Nollaig Ó Muraíle presenting the Ulster Place-Name Society's annual Deirdre Flanagan Memorial Lecture. Venue: Main Building, Queen’s University (Lanyon OG/074), Belfast. 8pm. All welcome.

Thursday 29 May: 800 years of the Book of Kells, with Bernard Meehan. Host: Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland. Venue: RSAI, 63 Merrion Square South, Dublin 2. 7:30pm.

Thursday 29 May: DNA workshop, and general Irish genealogy advice. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society. Venue: Braid Arts Centre, 1-29 Bridge St, Ballymena, Co Antrim BT43 5EJ. 7.15pm. £1 members/£3 non-members.

Friday 30 May: Investigations into Griffith's Valuation and Tithe Applotment Books for Achill, with Dr Theresa McDonald. Host: Achill Historical and Archaeological Society. Venue: Folk Life Centre, Dooagh, Achill Island, co Mayo. 8.30pm. All welcome.

Saturday 31 May: Launch of The Kerry Girls: Emigration and the Earl Grey Scheme, a new book by Kay Caball. Launch will be conducted by Jimmy Deenihan, TD, Minister of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht at 2pm at the Boys’ School, Church Street, Listowel, Co Kerry. Part of Listowel Writers' Week.

Saturday 31 May: Tour of Magheross Cemetery. A free guided tour will be held in Old St Finbarr's graveyard, one of county's oldest cemeteries, with headstones dating from the 1660s (all searchable online). Starts 11am, from Carrickmacross Workhouse, Shercock Road, Carrickmacross, Co. Monaghan.

Saturday 31 May: Brian Boru Seminar Day. Host: East Clare Heritage. Venue: St Cronins, Tuamgraney, Co Clare. Six lectures. Booking essential – tel: 0619-21351. See programme.

Saturday 31 May to Monday 2 June: Galway Hooker Festival, the city's traditional hooker regatta in association with The Latin Quarter. Races on all three days.  Galway City.