Monday 9 February 2015

Irish family history and heritage events, 9–21 February

Monday 9 February: The story of Limerick Palatines, with Austin Bovenizer. Host: Limerick Historical Society. Venue: Room 301, Mary Immaculate College, Limerick. 8pm. Admission is free and everybody is welcome.

Monday 9 February: My experience of family history research, with George Busby. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society, Newtownabbey Branch. Venue: Drama Theatre, Glengormley High School, 134 Ballyclare Road, Newtownabbey, BT36 5HP. 7pm. All welcome.

Tuesday 10 February: The Comerfords in Ireland: disentangling myths and legends, with Rev Comerford. Host: Genealogical Society of Ireland. Venue: Dún Laoghaire FE Institute, Cumberland Street, Dún Laoghaire, Co Dublin. 8pm. Admission: €3.

Tuesday 10 February: DNA and family history, with George Gordon. Venue: Host: North of Ireland Family History Society, Lisburn Branch. Venue: Bridge Community Centre, Railway Stree, Lisburn. All welcome. 7:30pm. All welcome.

Tuesday 10 February: Book launch: Fighting for Republican Spain, by Barry McLoughlin. Host: Irish Centre for the Histories of Labour and Class. Venue: Charlie Byrne's Bookshop, Middle Street, Galway. 6pm.The book includes bio details on the 230 Irish volunteers who went to defend the Spanish Republic. All welcome.

Tuesday 10 February: The Hanging of the Kearneys in Tallaght, 1816, with Eamonn Maloney. Host: Tallaght Historical Society. Venue: County Library, Tallaght, Co Dublin. 7pm.

Wednesday 11 February: Mourne men and U-boats, with Matt Maginnis. Host and Venue: Newry & Mourne Museum, Bagenal's Castle, Castle Street/1A Bank Parade, Newry, BT34 2BY. 7:30pm. Light refreshments served. Free but need to book by phone to 028 3031 3173 or email.

Wednesday 11 February: Linguistic Connections between Ireland and Scotland, a lunchtime talk with Professor Mícheál Ó Mainnín. Host and Venue: PRONI, Titanic Boulevard, Belfast. Lecture Theatre at 1pm. Free but must book by email to or tel: 028 90 534800.

Thursday 12 February: The Famine in County Monaghan, with Brian Mac Domhnall. Host: Friends of Monaghan County Museum Lecture Series. Venue: Monaghan County Museum. 1-2 Hill Street, Monaghan Town. 8pm. Free. All welcome.

Thursday 12 February: National Archives of Ireland's publication plans for 2015, with Catriona Crowe. Hosts: Eneclann and Ancestor Network. Venue: Boardroom, National Archives of Ireland, Bishop Street, Dublin 8. 2:30pm. Free, but need to book by email. Limited to 12 attendees.

Thursday 12 February: The forgotten copper mines of West Carbery, with Paddy O'Sullivan. Host: Cork Literary and Scientific Society. Venue: Crawford Art Gallery, Emmet Place, Cork City. 8pm. Admission: €8.

Thursday 12 February: Irish Emigration to Canada in the 1820s, with John O'Connell. Host: Cork Genealogical Society. Venue: FRC, Sarsfield Road, Wilton, Cork City. 8pm. All welcome.

Friday 13 February: Irish soldiers on film, with Captain Labhras Joye. Host: Military History Society of Ireland. Venue: Griffith College, South Circular Rd, Dublin 8. All welcome. 8pm.

Friday 13 February: Where did they all go? Irish emigration in the 19th century, an evening seminar. Host: Edenderry Historical Society. Venue: Town Hall, Edenderry, Co Offaly. Details.

Saturday 14 February:  Learn to love your computer, again: how to get better results from the digital tools at your command, with Mary Cahill. Hosts: Eneclann and Ancestor Network. Venue: Trustees Room of the National Library, Kildare St, Dublin 2.  2pm. Free, but need to book by email. Limited to 16 attendees.

Saturday 14 February: Drop-in Genealogy workshop, with Mayo Genealogy Group. Venue: NMI, Country Life, Turlough Park, Castlebar, Co Mayo. Free. No booking required and new researchers welcome. 11:3am–1pm.

Saturday 14 February: Forms and organisation, with Audrey Leonard. An 'Irish Saturday' class. Host: Irish Genealogical Society International (IGSI). Venue: William J. Hoffman Library and Research Center, previously known as the Minnesota Genealogical Society (MGS) library, located at 1185 Concord Street North, S. St. Paul, Minnesota, USA. 10:30am to Noon. $10 for IGSI members and $15 for non-members. Register.

Monday 16 February: The Cork, Bandon and Southcoast Railway, with Chris Larkin. Host: Enniskeane Area Heritage Group and Ballineen & Enniskeane Dev Assoc. Venue: Cort Mhuire, Ballineen, Co Cork. 8pm. €5 (students free). All welcome.

Monday 16 February: History of Derry through the River Foyle, with Roy Hamilton. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society, Foyle Branch. Venue: City's Central Library, 35 Foyle Street, Derry, Co LondonDerry BT48 6AL. 7pm. All welcome. (Rescheduled from 2 February.)

Monday 16 February: Sir Richard and William Vitruvius Morrison and their remodeling of the Irish Country House, with Edmund Joyce. Part of the Carton Lecture Series. Host: Centre for the Study of Historic Irish Houses and Estates & NUI Maynooth. Venue: Carton House, Maynooth, Co Kildare. Admission fee €10. Light refreshments served from 7:15pm. Enquiries (0)1 651 7708.

Monday 16 February: The workhouse in Larne, with Rev John Nelson. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society, Larne Branch. Venue: Larne Bowling & Lawn Tennis Club, 112-120 Glenarm Road, Larne, BT40 1DZ. 7:30pm. All welcome.

Monday 16 February: James H Tuke, Quaker Philanthropist, with Gerry Moran. Host: Galway Archaeological and Historical Society. Venue: Harbour Hotel, Dock Road, Galway. 8pm.

Tuesday 17 February to Saturday 28 April: The 1913 Lockout Tapestry will be on display. Consisting of 32 panels illustrating the historical event that saw 100,000 people in Dublin facing starvation as a consequence of a conflict between capital and labour forces. A collaborative visual arts project of commemoration. Dublin City Library & Archive, Pearse Street, Dublin 2. Free.

Wednesday 18 February: Explore Archives Online. Practical workshops and behind the scenes tours. Host and Venue: Public Record Office of Northern Ireland, Titanic Boulevard, Belfast. 2—4:30pm. Free. Fully booked. Waiting list: email at

Wednesday 18 February: A sort of homecoming: Irish soldiers and the aftermath of the Great War, with Dr Myles Dungan. Host and Venue: Newry & Mourne Museum, Bagenal's Castle , Castle Street, 1A Bank Parade, Newry BT34 2BY. 7:30pm. Light refreshments served. Free but need to book by phone to 028 3031 3173 or email.

Wednesday 18 February: Waterford people and stories from old newspapers, with William Fraher. Host: Waterford County Museum. Venue: Green Room, Town Hall, Dungarvan, Co Waterford. 8 pm. Admission: €5.00

Wednesday 18 February: Memories of the Emergency in Dublin, with Mary Muldowney. Host: Ballsbridge, Donnybrook and Sandymount Historical Society. Venue: Pembroke Library, Anglesea Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4. 1pm. Book via Library on (01)668 9575 or

Wednesday 18 February: Trawling under sail in Dubiln Bay, with Cormac Lowth. Host: Dún Laoghaire Borough Historical Society. Venue: Kingston Hotel, Adelaide Street, Dún Laoghaire. 8pm. Members €2.50; Guests: €3:50. Retired: €2.

Wednesday 18 February: The Quakers in Carlow, with John Smyth. Host: Carlow Historical and Archaeological Society. Venue: Seven Oaks Hotel, Carlow. 8pm. All welcome.

Thursday 19 February: Beginning your family history, with Clare Roots Society. Venue: Maguire Suite, Old Ground Hotel, O'Connell Street, Ennis, Co. Clare. 8pm. Everyone welcome.

Thursday 19 February: Digital records, with Joan Magee. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society, North down and Ards Branch. Venue: 1st Presbyterian Church Hall, Main Street, Bangor, Co Down. 7:30pm. All welcome.

Thursday 19 February: Becoming revolutionary: The year before 1916, with Brian Hughes. Hosts: Glasnevin Trust and Trinity College Dublin. Venue: Glasnevin Cemetery Museum, Finglas Road, Dublin 11. 7pm. Tickets €10 (or €40 the series). Bookings by telephone (0)1 882 6550 or email:

Saturday 21 February: Irish Genealogy help session, with Kathleen McGee, at 10am; Irish Famine Records at NARA, with Dorothy Dougherty at 11am. Host: Irish Family History Forum. Venue: Bethpage Public Library, 47 Powell Avenue, Bethpage, NY, 11714, USA. Details.

Saturday 21 February: Family history and folklore, with Seamus MacAnnaidh. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society, Fermanagh Branch. Venue: The Library, Halls Lane, Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh, BT74 7DR. 2:15pm. All welcome.