Monday 8 June 2015

Irish genealogy, history & heritage events, 8–21 June

Monday 8 June: James O’Connor, Fenian and MP, with Cormac Lowth. Host: Clontarf Historical Society. Venue: Resource Centre, St John the Baptist, Clontarf Road, Clontarf, Dublin 3. 8:15pm. Non-members €5. All welcome.

Monday 8 June: Exhibition launch: The 6th Connaught Rangers. Host and Venue: Public Record Office of Northern Ireland, Titanic Boulevard, Belfast. 1pm. Address by Sean O'Hare, Chairman of the 6th Connaught Rangers Research Group. Followed by a presentation by Stephen Sandford, author of 'Neither Unionist nor Nationalist: The 10th (Irish) Division in the Great War'. The free exhibition continues to 10 July.

Tuesday 9 June: Establishing the Free State in conflict, 1922 – 1924. Last of the Military Archives MSPC Lunchtime Lecture Series. Host and Venue: Rathmines Library, 157 Rathmines Road Lower, Dublin 6. 1pm–2pm. Admission free. Booking essential at the library or online.

Tuesday 9 June: Start with yourself, with genealogist Bernie Walsh. First of a series of free genealogy lunchtime talks at Carlow County/Central Library, Tullow Street, Carlow. The 30-minute talks are aimed at those starting their family history and will guide and advise on where to begin and which resources to use. 1:10pm. No booking required.

Tuesday 9 June: The Black Death in medieval Kilkenny, with Fin Dwyer of Host: Conahy Heritage Society. Venue: Conahy Parish Hall, Conahy, Co Kilkenny. 8pm.

Wednesday 10 June: Book launch: The Irish in New Orleans, by Laura D Kelly. Formalities with Jimmy Deenihan, Minister of the Diaspora. Venue: Irish Whiskey Museum, 37 College Green, Dublin 2. 6:30pm to 8:30pm. Free to attend, but need to book online.

Wednesday 10 June: Archaeology of Dunluce, with Andrew Gault. 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: Discover Ulster Scots Centre, Belfast. 1pm. Free.

Thursday 11 June: c.790-800AD: The First Dublin Vikings? with Linzi Simpson. First of a new series of monthly lunchtime lectures hosted by the Friends of Medieval Dublin. Venue: Wood Quay Venue, Dublin City Council Civic Offices, Wood Quay, Dublin 8. 1:05pm. Admission free. No need to book.

Friday 12 June and Saturday 13 June: Seán Mac Diarmada Summer School 2015 – The Relevance of the 1916 Proclamation in the Ireland of Today. Kiltyclogher, Co Leitrim. Details.

Saturday 13 June: Genealogy workshop, with the Mayo Genealogy Group. Venue: National Museum of Ireland - Country Life, Turlough, Castlebar, Co. Mayo. No need to book. 11am–1pm. Free. New members always welcome.

Saturday 13 June: RootsTech Family Discovery Day at the LDS Family History Centre, 403 Holywood Road, Belfast BT4 2GU. 10am to 3:30pm. Workshops, videos of RootsTech presentations, personal assistance.

Saturday 13 June: The FindMyPast website, with Mary Wickersham. Host: Irish Genealogical Society International (IGSI). Venue: Minnesota Genealogical Society Library, 1185 Concord St. N, South St. Paul, MN 55075 USA. Members $10/Non-members $15.00. 10:30am–12noon. Need to register.

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.

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.

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.