Monday 11 May 2015

Irish genealogy, history & heritage events, 11–24 May

Monday 11 May: Dr Raphael Armattoe - Derry's West African Writer/Physician/Scientist, with Philippa Robinson. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society, Foyle Branch. Venue: Central Library, 35 Foyle Street, Derry BT48 6AL. 7pm. All welcome.

Monday 11 May: Why DNA? How I used DNA to fill in gaps in my family tree, with Martin McDowell. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society, Newtownabbey brance. Venue: Drama Theatre, Glengormley High School, 134 Ballyclare Road, Newtownabbey, BT36 5HP. 7pm. New members welcome.

Monday 11 and Tuesday 12 May: Women and the Country House, the focus of topics at the 13th Annual Conference of the Centre for the Study of Historic Irish Houses & Estates. Venue: National University of Ireland, Maynooth, Co Kildare. Conference registration fee is €100 per person. Details.

Tuesday 12 May: What's in a name? with William Bell. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society, Lisburn Branch. Venue: Bridge Community Centre, 50 Railway Street, Lisburn BT28 1XP. 7:30pm. All welcome.

Tuesday 12 May: Book launch – The Belfast Blitz; The City in the War Years, by Brian Bardon. Host: Ulster Historical Foundation. Venue: Public Record Office of Northern Ireland, 2 Titanic Boulevard, Belfast BT3 9HQ. 2pm for 2:30pm. Free but booking essential by email to or by telephone to (+44) 028 90 534800.

Tuesday 12 May: Book launch – A city in civil war, by Padraig Yeates. Host: Gill & Macmillan. Venue: Books Upstairs, D'Olier St, Dublin 2. Book to be launched by Catriona Crowe, Head of Special Projcts, NAI. Dr Katherine O'Donnell will also speak at the event. Starts 6pm. RSPV by email to by Friday 8 May.

Tuesday 12 May: The collections of the Irish Air Corps Museum, with Michael Whelan. Venue: County Library, Tallaght, Co Dublin. 7pm.

Tuesday 12 May: Genealogy resources, with staff from North Tipperary Genealogical Centre and Tipperary Library Local Studies Department. Venue: Nenagh Library, O'Rahilly Street, Nenagh, Co. Tipperary. Free event as part of Bealtaine programme. 2:30pm. All welcome. No need to book. Tel: 067 34404 for further information.

Wednesday 13 May: GRONI, with Emma Elliott. Last 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 13 May: Times of Conflict for County Galway Families during the Great War, with William Henry. Host: Western Family History Society. Venue: Lackagh Parish Centre, Lackagh, Co. Galway. 8:15pm. All welcome.

Wednesday 13 May: Explore the Archives – Practical Workshop, aimed at those who have just started their Irish family history. Two segments. 2pm: Explore Archives Online; 3pm: Using the Documents (searching for, ordering and viewing original documents). Host and venue: PRONI, Titanic Boulevard, Belfast. Free but booking essential. Reserve your place by email to or telephone 028 90534800.

Wednesday 13 May: Meeting Michael O'Leary, with exhibition curator Nikki Ralston. Second of the 'WWI Ireland: Exploring the Irish experience' lunchtime lecture series. Host and Venue: National Library of Ireland, Kildare Street, Dublin 2. All welcome. 1:05pm. Booking not required.

Wednesday 13 May to Saturday 16 May: Crossroads of America, the National Genealogical Society 2015 Family History Conference. Venue: St Charles Convention Center, Missouri, USA. Full programme. Includes four dedicated 'Irish genealogy' lectures; A methodology for Irish emigration to N America, with David Rencher on 14th; Navigating the best online sources for Irish research, and Unpuzzling Ireland's church records, both with Donna Moughty on 15th; and Scots-Irish Research, with Robert McLaren on the 15th.

Thursday 14 May: How to trace your family tree, with Tom French. Host: Meath County Libraries. Venue: Oldcastle Library, Millbrook Road, Oldcastle, Co Meath. 7pm. Free but need to book by telephone: 049 8542084.

Friday 15 May: Late night opening at the Representative Church Body Library, Braemor Park, Churchtown, Dublin 14. Closes 7pm.

Saturday 16 May: War and peace – the Northwest during World War II, a History Ireland Hedge School. Venue: The Guildhall, Derry. The panel will include Michael Kennedy, Emmet O'Connor, Pauline Mitchell and Joe O’Loughlin. 3pm.

Saturday 16 May: Medieval Dublin Symposium. Hosts: Friends of Medieval Dublin. Venue: Robert Emmet Theatre, Room 2037 Arts Building, Trinity College Dublin. Eight presentations from 9:30am to 5pm.. Tea/coffee & refreshments. Admission free. All welcome. No booking required.

Saturday 16 May:
Genealogy Help session, with Kathleen McGee. Host: Irish Family History Forum. Venue: Bethpage Public Library, 47 Powell Avenue, Bethpage, NY, 11714 USA. 10am. Free. Open to members and non-members (the latter on a one-off basis).

Monday 18 May: Family history and genealogy sessions. Find out how to trace your family tree, with Margaret Bonar and Betty Craven. Venue: Raheny Library, Howth Road, Dublin 5. Free advice sessions. From 10:15am to Noon. Book your slot by telephone: 085 1444883 or contact the library by email:

Tuesday 19 May: Gallipoli – 100 years, with Comdt Tony Roe. Host: Foxrock Local History Club. Venue: Foxrock Pastoral Centre, J Kill Lane and Bray Road, Foxrock, Dublin. Members free. Non-members €5. All welcome. 8pm.

Wednesday 20 May: The Border Reivers, with Kevin Johnston. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society, North Armagh Branch. Venue: Portadown Town Hall, 15-17 Edward Street, Portadown BT62 3LX. 7:30pm. All welcome.

Wednesday 20 May: Argyll to Antrim, with Cormac McSparron. First of the Ulster Scots Connections; People, Place and Practice series. Hosts: PRONI, MAG-Ulster Scots Academy, Ulster Scots Community Network and Ulster Scots Agency. Venue: Discover Ulster Scots Centre, Belfast. 1pm. Free.

Wednesday 20 May: Genealogy Workshop: ​Trace your family history using and the library's online resources, with Natassia Reilly. Host and Venue: Dungiven Library, 107 Main Street, Dungiven, Co LondonDerry, BT47 4LE. 2:30pm to 4:30pm. Places are limited so booking is essential. Tel: 028 777 41475 or email

Wednesday 21 May: Lady Augusta Dillon and the Women's War Effort in Galway, Emma Lyons discusses the war effort of women at home. Third of the 'WWI Ireland: Exploring the Irish Experience' lunchtime lecture series. Host and Venue: National Library of Ireland, Kildare Street, Dublin 2. All welcome. 1:05pm. Booking not required.

Thursday 21 May: The Ballintoy Project: how to organise a Local History Group, with Robert Corbett. Third of the Antrim Coast in the Age of Industry, 1750 to 1890, lunchtime lecture series. Host and Venue: PRONI, Titanic Boulevard, Belfast. Starts at 1pm. Free but need to book at or (+44) 028 90 534800.

Thursday 21 May: Doctoring in the Dark: William Wilde and Medicine in the 19th century, with Dr Brian Cleary. Host: Old Tuam Society. Venue: Tuam Library, High Street, Tuam, Co Galway. 8pm. Free.

Saturday 23 May: IGRS Open Day. Host: Irish Genealogical Research Society. Venue: Dublin City Library and Archive, Pearse Street, Dublin 2. Three lectures (free, no need to book, all welcome) followed by Research Help session – free one-to-one consultations, which need to be booked. See for details.