Monday 7 September 2015

Irish family history & heritage events, 7–19 Sept

Monday 7 September: Henrietta Street Tenement Project - Evening of memories and stories. Venue: 14 Henrietta Street, Dublin. All welcome. From 5:30pm. Coffee and tea will be served. Wear warm clothes. Info.

Tuesday 8 September: Anglicans Aren’t All Anglo! – Church of Ireland records, with Rosaleen Underwood MAGI. Fifth of the 'Your Ancestors and the Nation’s Archives' lecture series presented by Accredited Genealogists Ireland (AGI) and the National Archives of Ireland. Venue: Reading Room, National Archives of Ireland, Bishop Street, Dublin 8. 5:15pm. Free but need to book by email: Everyone welcome.

Tuesday 8 September: Defending Ireland from the Irish: the 1867 Fenian Rising, with Jerome Devitt. Host: South Dublin County Libraries. Venue: County Library, Library Square, Tallaght, Dublin 24. 7:00pm. All welcome.

Tuesday 8 September: Family history and genealogy sessions, with Margaret Bonar and Betty Craven. Donaghmede Library, Donaghmede Shopping Centre, Grange Road, Dublin 13. All welcome. Free. 2:30pm to 4pm. Booking is essential, tel: 085 1444883.

Tuesday 8 September: The House on Bunion Hill: an Irish census project, with Ray Gillespie. Genealogy at Lunchtime series of lectures. Host and venue: National Library of Ireland, Kildare Street, Dublin 2. 1–2pm. Free. No booking. All welcome.

Tuesday 8 September: The recording of historic homesteads, with John Tierney. A day course in tracing, surveying and digitally publishing a Memory Trail of historic homesteads. Host: Kilrush and District Historical Society. Venue: Teach Ceoil, Grace Street, Kilrush, Co. Clare. 9:30am to 4pm. Free. All welcome.

Tuesday 8 September: Northern Ireland Civil Registration records, with GRONI staff. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society, Lisburn Branch. Venue: Bridge Community Centre, Railway Street, Lisburn, BT28 4XP. 7:30pm to 9:30pm.

Wednesday 9 September: Researching Ancestors in the Army in India, a free workshop with Valmay Young of FIBIS. Venue: British Library, 96 Euston Road, London NW1, UK. 2pm. Free but you need to book by emailing Details.

Wednesday 9 September: Building the Silent Valley Dam, 1923 to 1933: setting the record straight, with Philip Donald. Part of the Up Down series of lectures. Host and venue: PRONI, Titanic Boulevard, Belfast. 1pm. Free but need to book your place by email to or telephone to 028 90 534800.

Wednesday 9 September: Recording of headstones workshop, with John Tierney of Historic Graves. Host: Clare Roots Society. Venue: Teach Ceoil, Grace Street, Kilrush, Co. Clare. To book or for more details, contact

Wednesday 9 September: Ireland Reaching Out, with Mike Feerick. Host: Western Family History Association. Venue: Lackagh Parish Centre, Lackagh, Co. Galway. 8pm–10pm. Details.

Thursday 10 September: 1315: The Bruce Invasion, with Seymour Phillips. Milestones of Medieval Dublin monthly lunchtime lectures series hosted by the Friends of Medieval Dublin. Venue: Wood Quay Venue, Dublin City Council Civic Offices, Wood Quay, Dublin 8. 1:05pm–1:45pm. Admission free. NO booking is necessary.

Thursday 10 September: Getting started in local history, with Séamus Ó Maitiú. Genealogy at Lunchtime series of lectures. Host and Venue: National Library of Ireland, Kildare Street, Dublin 2. 1–2pm. Free. No booking. All welcome.

Thursday 10 September: Irish Genealogy Resources: Finding Records for an Irish Ancestor. Workshop. New York Public Library, Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, South Court Classroom A, Fifth Avenue at 42nd Street New York, NY, 10018. Noon. Details.

Friday 11 September: Using American Resources to Find Ulster-Scot & Irish Ancestors, with Kevin Shue. Host: Ulster Historical Foundation. Venue: PRONI, Titanic Boulevard, Belfast. Free. 1pm. Details and booking.

Saturday 12 September: A Scholar's Search: No Irish Need Apply? with Conar Donnan. Host and Venue: Irish Railroad Workers Museum, 920 Lemmon Street, Baltimore, Maryland 21223, USA. Donations Welcome. 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM EDT. Need to register.

Saturday 12 September: SS Nomadic, a Titanic Restoration, with Graeme Moore. Venue: PRONI, Titanic Boulvevard, Belfast. 1pm. Free. Booking is recommended, by email to or telephone to 028 90534800.

Saturday 12 September: Society of Genealogists Open Day. Free library tours (all fully booked) and lectures aimed at beginners. Venue: Society of Genealogists, 14 Charterhouse Buildings, Goswell Road, London EC1, UK. 11am to 6pm. Details.

Saturday 12 September: The lure of the East: The Irish in the India Office records, with Hilary Tulloch on behalf of the Irish Genealogical Research Society (IGRS). Venue: Seminar Room, National Library of Ireland, Kildare Street, Dublin 2. 2pm–3:30pm. Free, but email booking essential.

Saturday 12 September: Catholic Historical Society of Ireland Annual Conference. Venue: St Patrick's College, Drumcondra, Dublin. Four lectures. 10am to 3:15pm. Registration on morning of conference. Cost (lunch not included): €15 (€10 unwaged). Email for details:

Saturday 12 September: Public Record Office of Northern Ireland open for European Heritage Weekend. Open 9am to 4:45pm both days. There will be a full service on the Saturday and a limited service on the Sunday. This is a great opportunity for those researchers who are unable to visit PRONI (Titanic Boulevard, Belfast) during the working week. 

Saturday 12 September: Irish Petty Sessions and Prison registers, with Audrey Leonard (10:30am to noon), and 'Irish Saturday' with IGSI volunteers (10am to 4pm). Host: MGS Library, 1185 Concord St North, South St Paul, MN 55075, USA. $10 for IGSI members, $15 for non-members. Need to register.

Until Saturday 26 September: Irish Quakers Tapestry exhibition: More than 400 years of Quaker life, ideas, and history displayed on embroidered panels. Venue: Irish Linen Centre & Lisburn Museum, Market Square, Lisburn. Admission free.

Monday 14 September: Rescuing Our Built Heritage, with Ronan O’Donnell. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society, Foyle Branch. Venue: Derry City’s Central Library, 35 Foyle Street, Londonderry BT48 6AL. 7pm.

Tuesday 15 September: Dating and understanding family photos, with Jayne Shrimpton. Genealogy at Lunchtime series of lectures. Host and Venue: National Library of Ireland, Kildare Street, Dublin 2. 1–2pm. Free. No booking. All welcome.

Tuesday 15 September: Sir Daniel Bellingham, Dublin's First Lord Mayor 1665–66, with Dr Mary Clark. Host: Dublin City Council. Venue: Mansion House, Dawson Street, Dublin 2. 6:30–7:15 plus Q&A. Admission free but booking essential by e-mail to or telephone 01 222 6200.

Tuesday 15 September: 'I will not be smoked out'; the burning of Ballydugan House 1922, with Ann O’Riordan, followed by her book launch. Host: South East Galway Archaeological & Historical Society. Venue: O’Meara's, Clonfert Ave, Portumna, Co. Galway. 8pm. All welcome.

Tuesday 15 September: Mapping Dublin’s Growth 1749-1847, with Rob Goodbody. Host: Foxrock Local History Club. Venue: Foxrock Pastoral Centre, behind church, Foxrock, Dublin 18. Members free. Non-members: €5. All welcome. 8pm.

Wednesday 16 September: A favourite watering place’: the development of Bangor as a Victorian seaside resort, with Sandra Millsopp. Part of the Up Down series of lectures. Host and venue: PRONI, Titanic Boulevard, Belfast. 1pm. Free but need to book your place by email to or telephone to 028 90534800.

Wednesday 16 September: To the Gap and Back - Walking through history, with Michael Desmond. Host Waterford Museum. Venue: Town Hall Theatre, Friary Street, Dungarvan, Co Waterford. 8pm. Admission €5. All welcome.

Wednesday 16 September: Relating Ulster's Famine experience: an exercise in myth-making? with Dr Gerard MacAtasney. Host and venue: Crossmaglen Library, 44 The Square, Crossmaglen, Co Armagh BT35 9AA. 7pm. Free. More details: telephone: 028 3086 1951 or email:

Wednesday 16 September: The History of Presbyterianism in Ireland and The Presbyterian Historical Society of Ireland, with Valerie Adams. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society, North Armagh Branch. Venue: Town Hall, 15-17 Edward Street, Portadown, BT62 3LX. 7:30pm. Details.

Wednesday 16 September: Nurses from Dublin in the Great War, with Michael O'Flaherty. Host: Dún Laoghaire Borough Historical Society. Venue: Royal Marine Hotel, Marine Road, Dún Laoghaire, Co Dublin. 8pm. Members € 2.50, visitors € 3.50.

Thursday 17 September: Children's literature and the spread of the English language in 19th-centure Ireland, with Charles Benson. Genealogy at Lunchtime series of lectures. Host and Venue: National Library of Ireland, Kildare Street, Dublin 2. 1–2pm. Free. No booking. All welcome.

Thursday 17 September: Irish Manor Courts 1785-1859, with John Larkin QC. Host and venue: PRONI, Titanic Boulvevard, Belfast. 7pm. Free. Need to reserve your place: E:, T: 028 90534800.

Thursday 17 September: A Famine link: the Hannah – life and emigration from South Armagh at the time of the Famine, with Kevin Murphy. Host and venue: Newry City Library, 79 Hill Street, Newry BT34 1DG. 12:30pm. Free. More details: telephone: 028 3026 4683 or email:

Thursday 17 September:  Introduction to family history research, 'Looking for Sarah!', with Hilary Maginnis. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society, North Down & Ards branch. Venue: 1st Bangor Presbyterian Church Hall, Main Street, Bangor BT20 4AG. 7:30pm.
Thursday 17 September: Jeremiah O’Donovan Rossa: his life and afterlife, a HistoryIreland Hedge School debate. Host: Glasnevin Trust. Venue: Prospect Gallery, Glasnevin Museum, Finglas Rd, Dublin 11. Plus official launch of the O’Donovan Rossa Funeral Exhibition. Light refreshments from 6.45pm – 7pm. Free. No booking required but seats limited and offered on first come, first served basis. Details.

Thursday 17 September: Revolution in Galway, an open evening for locals to contribute/share stories, memorabilia or objects relating to Galway in the revolutionary period of 1913-1923. All original matieral will be scanned and copied and returned to owners. Host and venue: Galway City Museum, Spanish Parade, Galway. 5pm-8pm. Refreshments provided. All welcome.

Friday 18 September: Culture Night 2015. County programmes.
  • Genealogy Open Evening with Richard Forrest. Venue: Blarney Library, Blarney, Co Cork. 7pm - 9.30pm. Walk-in family history sessions; More details: telephone 021 4382115. 
  • Research Open Evening at the National Archives of Ireland, Bishops Street, Dublin 8. 5pm to 8pm. Free. Telephone for details: 01 407 2300.
  • Genealogy Advisory Service and all current NLI exhibitions at National Library of Ireland. 5pm to 11pm in Kildare Street, Dublin 2, where there will also be live music. Café Joly will also be open. Free admission. Booking is not required.
  • Discover your ancestry at the Genealogy Centre, Farnham Centre (above Johnston Central Library), Farnham St, Cavan. 6pm - 8pm. Telephone for more details: 049 4361094.
  • The work of angels, an illustrated talk on The Book of Kells, with Kate Walsh. Host and venue: Nenagh Arts Centre, Banba Square, Nenagh, Co Tipperary. 6pm. Free. Details: telephone 067 34400.
  • Tracing your ancestors, with Clem Roche. Athy Heritage Centre Museum, Emily Square, Athy, Co Kildare. 6:30pm-8pm. To book, telephone 059 8633075.
  • Folklore in Cavan, Scéim na Scol, 1937-8, a bi-lingual lecture with Críostóir Mac Cárthaigh (UCD National Folklore Collection), and music. Johnston Central Library, Cavan. From 6:45pm. Details.
Friday 18 September and Saturday 19 September: The Irish-Scottish world in the Middle Ages – a free conference marking the 700th anniversary of Edward Bruce's invasion of Ireland in 1315. Host: Trinity College Dublin. Venue: Thomas Davis Theatre (Room 2045, Arts Building), TCD, Dublin 2. Programme. Register for ticket. All welcome.  

Saturday 19 September: Getting Started with Irish Genealogy Research, with Miles Davenport. An introductory level workshop. Host and venue: McClelland Library (Norton Room), 1106 North Central Avenue, Margaret T. Hance Park, Phoenix, Arizona, USA. 10:30am to 12:30pm. Cost: $15 for Library/ICC Members and $20 for non-members. Details.  

Saturday 19 September:  Beyond the Basics of Irish Research in Ireland, with Claire E Keenan. Host: Irish Family History Forum. Venue: Bethpage Public Library, 47 Powell Avenue, Bethpage, NY, 11714 USA. Help Session starts 10am; General Meeting starts 11am.  

Saturday 19 September: The Great Irish Famine and its consequences, with Francis Xavier McCorry. Host and venue: Warrenpoint Library, 61 Summerhill, Warrenpoint, Co Down BT34 3JB. More details: telephone 028 4175 3375 or email 12:30pm. Free.  

Saturday 19 September: The Civil War in Dublin - Who Won? with Pádraig Yeates. Host: Stoneybatter & Smithfield People's History Project. Venue: The Cobblestone, 77 North King Street, Smithfield, Dublin 7. 4:30pm. Free.  

Saturday 19 September: One-day Irish genealogy workshop – focus on Ulster, with Chris Paton, Dr William Roulston and others. Host: Ontario Genealogy Society. Venue: North York Central Library Auditorium, 5120 Yonge Street, Toronto, Canada. Topics include: the History of the Ulster Plantation, the Decade of Remembrance, PRONI for research, the Orange Order, Belfast's Middle Class, and more. 9am to 4:45pm. Registration. Regular Fee $65 ($60 for OGS members). Workshop full.