Monday 15 June 2015

Irish genealogy, history & heritage events, 15–27 June

Monday 15 June: 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:

Monday 15 June: Years of revolt, 1912-22, with Dr Dr Eamon Phoenix. Host: Adult Learners' Week. Venue: Belfast Central Library, Royal Avenue, Belfast BT1 1EA. 6:30pm - 7:30pm. Admission free. Booking esssential: 028 9050 9150.

Wednesday 17 June: 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 17 June: The First World War in Derry and Donegal, with Richard Doherty. Host: Adult Learners Week. Venue: Limavady Library, 5 Connell Street, Limavady, Co Derry BT49 0EA 6:30pm. Admission is free but booking is advised: T: 028 7776 2540; E:

Wednesday 17 June: Rhyming Weavers of Ulster, iwth Laura Spence. Part 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.

Wednesday 17 to Sunday 21 June: Strokestown Irish Famine Summer School & Conference. Venue: Strokestown Park House, Co Roscommon. Lectures, workshops, field trips, Hedge School, music and drama performances. Programme.

Thursday 18 June: The Battle of Waterloo: Ireland and Europe in 1815, a half-day conference. Host & Venue: PRONI, Titanic Boulevard, Belfast. The conference will focus on the part played by Irishmen as soldiers and statesmen in the conflict and on the British army’s presence in Ireland during the 18th century. Lectures: The Army Barracks of Ireland, 1690-1822, with Dr Ivar McGrath; The British Army, Ireland and the Battle of Waterloo, with Dr Tim Bowman; Irish Gentry Officers at Waterloo: Embedding a Tradition, with Nicholas Perry; and ‘Entertaining to a degree and perhaps a little dangerous’: Lord Castlereagh, Lady Londonderry, Vienna and the Peace of Europe, with Brett Irwin. Starts 2pm. Free, but booking essential.

Thursday 18 June: Military Archives as a family history resource, with Capt. Claire Mortimer. Host: Clondalkin Genealogy and Family History Group. Venue: Clondalkin Library, Monastery Road, Clondalkin Dublin 22. All welcome. No booking required.

Thursday 18 June:  Convict prisons in Ireland, with Dr Ciara Breathnach. Host: Laois Heritage Society. Venue: Heritage Hotel, Jessop Street, Portlaoise. 8-9pm. No booking required. All welcome.

Saturday 20 June: Family History Help session, with Kathleen McGee at 10am, followed by New York City: State vital records and their substitutes, with Jane Wilcox at 11am. Host: Irish Family History Forum. Venue: Bethpage Public Library, 47 Powell Avenue, Bethpage, NY, 11714 USA. Details.

Saturday 20 June: The North Began? Ulster and the Irish Revolution, 1900-25, a Decade of Centenaries Symposium. Hosts: Trinity College Dublin and St Patrick’s College Drumcondra. Venue: J.M. Synge Theatre, Arts Building, Trinity College Dublin. €20 (Students/Unemployed €10). Programme (pdf). Need to book.

Sunday 21 June: The Irish at Waterloo, with Lt-Col Dan Harvey. Venue: National Museum of Ireland – Museum of Decorative Arts and History, Collins Barracks, Dublin 7. 3pm. Free. No need to book but arrive early to ensure you get a place.

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.

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.