Monday 22 June 2015

Irish genealogy and heritage events: 22 June to 5 July

Wednesday 24 June: Ulster Scots Literature, with Frank Ferguson and Kathryn White. Last 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: PRONI, Titanic Boulveard, Belfast. 1pm. Free. Need to book by email:

Wednesday 24 June: Irish family history advice session, with Lisa Walsh Dougherty. Host and venue: Irish American Heritage Museum, 370 Broadway, Albany, NY 12207, USA. 11am-2pm. Free. No appointment necessary. (Tel:(518)427-1916)

Friday 27 June to Sunday 29 June: Glorious Forever? Regional Perspectives on the 1916 Rising. Host: Byrne Perry Summer School. Venue: Gorey Library & Adult Learning Centre at the Civic Square, The Avenue, Gorey, Co Wexford. Lectures, panel discussions, field trip and a Hedge School. Costs: €130 includes all lectures, dinner, entertainment and field trip. Students and Seniors €80. Programme.

Saturday 27 June: Life and Death in 1915, a one-day conference at Trinity College Dublin. Host: Universities Ireland. Lectures: Death in Ireland 1915, with Prof Eunan O'Halpin, and Life in Ireland 1915, with Dr Caitriona Clear. Hedge School, discussion and presentations of current on-theme research. Venue: Thomas Davis Theatre, TCD, Dublin 2. Need to book by 19 June. €5 to cover refreshments provided. 9am to 4:30pm.

Saturday 27 June: Irish Studies 'taster' lectures. Host: St Mary's University, Twickenham, London, and Luton Irish Fourm. Venue: Luton Irish Forum, 102 Hitchin Rd, Luton, UK. A public symposium to highlight the wide offer of Irish Studies topics available at St Mary's. 9:30am to 1:30pm. Free, but need to book.

Monday 29 June: Using Online Resources for local and family history research, first of a three-part course with genealogist Mary Jackson (second and third parts on 13 July and 14 September). Host: South Dublin County Libraries. Venue: Lucan Library, Supervalu Shopping Centre, Newcastle Road, Lucan, Co. Dublin. Some experience of computers and the Internet is essential. 6:30-8:00pm. Free. Need to book: T: 01 6216422. E:

Tuesday 30 June: Four Courts Memorial Lunch, commemorating the loss of records in the 1922 explosion. Organised by Western Australia Genealogical Society, Irish Special Interest Group. Based Bayswater, WA, Australia. Venue: An inner suburban Irish pub. Noon to 2pm. Booking essential. Email.

Wednesday 1 July: Curious tales of heroes, kings and saints at Tara, with Dr Edel Bhreatnach. Host: Tara Lecture Series 2015. Venue: Hill of Tara Visitor Centre, Navan, Co Meath. 8pm. Free. Come early as seats are limited.

Thursday 2 July to Sunday 5 July: Dromana 800, a celebration of the Fitzgerald family taking in and around the Blackwater valley in County Waterford. Talks by some of Ireland’s leading historians, culinary delights at a Medieval Feast, music and concerts, a Georgian Fête and, on Sunday afternoon, bookable one-to-one genealogy consultations with IrishAncestree at nearby Villierstown.

Friday 3 July: The aftermath of Magna Carta: King John's charter to Dungarvan, with Professor Seán Duffy. Part of Dungarvan 1215. Venue: Town Hall Theatre, Dungarvan, Co Waterford. 8pm. Followed by a performance of medieval music by Laoise O’Brien. No need to book. €5 at the door; includes refreshments.

Saturday 4 July: Tracing Irish ancestry, with Rozalind McCutcheon and Jill Williams. A full-day course at the Society of Genealogists, London EC1, UK. Full details and costs.