Monday 13 April 2015

Irish genealogy, history & heritage events, 13–26 April

Monday 13 April: The Ballinalass Evictions, with Tom Crehan. Host: Galway Archaeological and Historical Society. Venue: Harbour Hotel, Dock Road, Galway. 8pm.

Tuesday 14 April: 'One Day for recreation': Eilis Brady and Frank Harte as chroniclers of Dublin, with Bairbre Ni Fhloinn. Host: Dublin City & Irish Folklore series of lunchtime lectures at City Hall. Venue: Council Chamber, Dublin City Hall. 1:05 to 1:50pm. Free. No booking required.

Tuesday 14 April: History of Ireland from the first settlers to Christianity, with Frank Tracy. Host: Tallaght Historical Society. Venue: County Library, Tallaght, Co Dublin. 7pm.

Tuesday 14 April: The Magaurans of Tullyhaw, with Fr Liam Kelly. Host: Cavan County Council Library Services. Venue: Johnston Central Library, Farnham St, Cavan. 7pm. A free event. No booking. All weclome.

Tuesday 14 April: as a resource for the genealogist. Host: Genealogical Society of Ireland. Venue: Dún Laoghaire FE Institute, Cumberland Street, Dún Laoghaire, Co Dublin. 8pm. Admission: €3.

Tuesday 14 April: Settlers or invaders? with Roddy Hegarty. And AGM. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society, Lisburn Branch. Venue: Bridge Community Centre, 50 Railway Street, Lisburn BT28 1XP. 7:30pm. All welcome.

Tuesday 14 April: The road to Gallipoli, a History Ireland Hedge School. Venue: National Library of Ireland, Kildare Street, Dublin 2. The debate will be chaired by History Ireland editor Tommy Graham and the panel will include Myles Dungan, John Horne, and Lar Joye. 7pm. Free. All welcome.

Wednesday 15 April: Board of Guardian Records, with Janet Hancock. Part of the Your Family Tree lunchtime lecture series. Venue: PRONI, Titanic Boulevard, Belfast. Starts at 1pm. Free but need to book at or (+44) 028 90 534800.

Wednesday 15 April: The Molly Maguires, County Donegal and the Irish immigrant experience in Pennsylvania, with Mark Bulik and Breandán Mac Suibhne. Host: Greater Hazelton Area Historical Society. Venue: Penn State Hazelton, Evelyn Graham Academic Building, Room 114, Pennsylvania, USA. 7pm. All welcome.

Wednesday 15 April: Exiles and Expatriates in the History of Knowledge, with Professor Peter Burke. Host: Irish Association of Professional Historians. Venue: National Library of Ireland, Kildare Street, Dublin 2. 7pm. Free. All welcome and no booking required.

Thursday 16 April to Saturday 18 April: WDYTYA?Live at the National Exhibition Centre (NEC), Birmingham, UK. Details.

Thursday 16 April: The rise and fall of the Irish Manor Courts 1785-1859, with John Larkin QC. Venue: PRONI, Titanic Boulevard, Belfast. 7pm. Free, but need to book by email to or telephone 028 90534800. Cancelled.

Thursday 16 April: Letters of 1916 – Wexford Launch. Venue: Enniscorthy Library, Lymington Road, Enniscorthy, Co Wexford. 6-7pm: Letters 1916 DIY – Meet the team, demo, transcribe and digitise. 7-8pm: Talks on the Letters 1916, highlighting letters of local interest. 8-9pm: Reception. Bring your family letters written Nov 1915 to Oct 1916 for digitisation. Free. All welcome.

Thursday 16 April: The Great Fair of 1864 at Queen's, with Ivor Strachan. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society, North Down & Ards Branch. Venue: 1st Presbyterian Church Hall, Upper Main Street, Bangor BT20 4AG. 7:30pm. All welcome.

Thursday 16 April: The countdown to Easter 1916, wth Dr Fearghal McGarry. Host: Bray Cualann Historical Society. Venue: Bray Chamber of Commerce House, 10 Quinsboro Road, Bray, Co Wicklow. 8pm. €4. All welcome.

Thursday 16 April:
The American Civil War and Major General Patrick Ronane Cleburne, with Liam Mac Allister. Venue: D.J. Murphy's, Bridepark Cottage, Killumney, Ovens, Co. Cork. €10. Refreshments will be served. 8pm. Limited seating so booking essential – tel Gerard on 023 8842260 or 086 3060542.

Friday 17 April: Late night opening at the Representative Church Body Library, Braemor Park, Churchtown, Dublin 14. Closes 7pm.

Friday 17 April: Vikings and the West, with Michael Gibbons. Host: Sligo Field Club, Venue: Sligo Education Centre, Institute of Technology Campus, Ballinode, Sligo. 8pm. Free. All welcome.

Saturday 18 April: IGRS Ireland Branch AGM and lecture. Host: The Irish Genealogical Research Society. Venue: Dublin City Library and Archive, Pearse Street, Dublin 2. AGM at 2:30pm (members only), followed by public lecture at 3pm: Loughlinstown (Dublin) Workhouse, with Liam Clare. Followed by Q&A session. Free. No booking, and everyone welcome.

Saturday 18 April: WW1 – The Nationalist perspective, an afternoon seminar. Three lectures: Northern Nationalism, the Great War and the 1916 Rising, with Dr Eamon Phoenix; The GAA and the First World War, with Dr Donal McAnallen; Frank Aiken and the Troubles in South Armagh, 1918-1923, with Dr Eoin Maginness. Venue: Newry and Mourne Museum, Bagenal's Castle, Castle Street, 1A Bank Parade, Newry Co Down BT34 2BY. 2pm–5pm. Book by email.

Saturday 18 April: Irish Genealogy Help Session, followed by Fulton NY Postcards website, with Laura Congleton. Host: Irish Family History Forum. Venue: Bethpage Public Library
47 Powell Avenue, Bethpage, NY, 11714, USA. Details: (516) 931-3907. Help sessions open to non-members on a one-off basis.

Monday 20 April: Irish place names, with Mary Delargy. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society, Larne Branch. Venue: Larne Bowling and Lawn Tennis Club, 112-120 Glenarm Road, Larne, Co Antrim BT40 1DZ. 7:30pm. All welcome.

Tuesday 21 April: Bytes of Dublin - digitising Dublin content in the National Folklore Collection, UCD: samples of audio, visual and manuscript material, with Anna Bale. Host: Dublin City & Irish Folklore series of lunchtime lectures at City Hall. Venue: Council Chamber, Dublin City Hall. 1:05 to 1:50pm. Free. No booking required.

Tuesday 21 April: Panel discussion on Gallipoli campaigh, to mark the centenary of the landings of April 1915. Host: Irish Historical Society. Speakers will be Tom Burke, Dr William Mulligan and Dr David Murphy. Chair: Lar Joye. 7pm in the Seminar Room, Centre for Irish Programmes, Boston College, 43 St Stephen’ s Green, Dublin 2. All welcome. Free.

Wednesday 22 April: Valuation Records, with William McAfee. Part of the Your Family Tree lunchtime lecture series. Venue: PRONI, Titanic Boulevard, Belfast. Starts at 1pm. Free but need to book at or (+44) 028 90 534800.

Wednesday 22 April: Children's burial grounds (Cilliní) in Ireland, with Dr Eileen Murphy. Host: Mayo Historical and Archaeological Society. Venue: Roseanne Clear Lecture Theatre (P002), GMIT Mayo, Castlebar, Co Mayo. 8pm. Non-members €6; Students with valid ID €2.

Wednesday 22 April: Explore the Archives Workshop. Host and venue: PRONI, Belfast. Fully Booked.

Thursday 23 April: The Battle for Douglas-Rochestown, a key engagement in the Irish Civil War, with Dr John Borgonovo. Venue: Parish Assembly Room, St Columba's, Douglas, Cork. Free. All welcome. 8pm.

Thursday 23 April: The History of Linen in South Derry, with Bruce Clark. Host: Maghera Historical Society. Venue: Walsh's Hotel, 53 Main Street, Maghera, Co LondonDerry BT46 5BN. 8:00pm. Members free. Non-members £5.

Friday 24 April: Gallipoli 1915 – the first phase, the April landings, with Dr Mark Phelan. Host: Military History Society of Ireland. Venue: Griffith College, South Circular Road, Dublin 8. Non-members welcome. 8pm.

Friday 24 April: Book Launch: City and Cemetery, A history of Mount Saint Lawrence, Limerick, by Dr Matthew Potter. Formalities by Jan O'Sullivan TD, Minister for Education and Skills. Venue: Glazed Street of City Hall, Limerick. 6:30pm. All welcome.

Friday 24 April: Survival in a medieval crisis – the Bruce Invasion and Black Death in medieval Kilkenny, with Fin Dwyer. Host: Medieval Week. Venue: Rothe House & Garden, Parliament Street, Kilkenny. 7pm. €7 (€5 for members of Kilkenny Archaeological Society).

Friday 24 April: Ireland in the 1970s, a History Ireland Hedge School. Venue: Mechanics Institute, Middle Street, Galway. Roundtable discussion with Mary Kenny, Eamonn McCann, Tom Inglis and Sarah-Anne Buckley. 8pm.

Friday 24 April: Spring Online Event: IT & Family History Taster Sessions. Host and Venue: PRONI, Titanic Boulevard, Belfast BT3 9HQ. 10am to Noon. Free, but booking required. The Internet session will be followed by a tour of PRONI's research areas and a workshop on online sources for family history. For more details and to book, email or telephone (+44) 028 90 534800.

Friday 24 to Sunday 26 April: Gallipoli 100 in Kells. Host: Hay/Kells Festival and RTE Radio 1's History Show. Venue: St Columba's, Cannon Street, Kells, Co Meath. Military genealogists and historians on hand for free tours and consultations. Event also includes lectures and music. Full details on RTE website.

Saturday 25 April: The Story of Grosse Ile, with Anne Renaud. Host: Québec Family History Society. Venue: Briarwood Presbyterian Church Hall, 70 Beaconsfield Blvd, Beaconsfield, Québec, Canada. 10:30am. Lecture followed by light refreshments. Free. Non-members welcome. Details.

Saturday 25 April: Genealogy Jumpstart for the Reluctant Irish. Venue: Irish Railroad Workers Museum, 920 Lemmon Street, Baltimore, MD 21223, USA. A workshop for beginners. $10.00 per person. Details.

Saturday 25 April: Beneath a Turkish Sky: the Royal Dublin Fusiliers and the Assault on Gallipoli, with Philip Lecane. Venue: Dublin City Library and Archive, Pearse Street, Dublin 2. Free. 3pm.

Saturday 25 April: ANZAC Day dawn service at 6:30am. Host: Australian Embassy. Venue: Grangegorman Military Cemetery, Blackhorse Avenue, Dublin 7. The service will last approximately 40 minutes. All are welcome and there is no requirement to provide notification of attendance in advance. There is no parking on site, but on-road and off-road parking is available within walking distance of the Cemetery. For more information, contact the Public Affairs Officer at the Australian Embassy on 01 6645312.

Sunday 26 April:
Annual Service of Remembrance for the Gallipoli landings. Host: New Zealand Ireland Association & Dean and Chapter of Christchurch Cathedral. Venue: Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin 8. 3.30pm. The commemorative nature of the service includes Irish soldiers who served at Gallipoli as well as New Zealand and Australian casualties from World War One and other military operations. The event is open to the public. Free.