Monday 23 November 2015

Irish family history & heritage events, 23 Nov to 5 Dec

Monday 23 November to Wednesday 25 November, inclusive: Genealogy Advisory Service will be available on a first-come, first-served basis for extended hours from 10am to 5pm (closed 1–2pm). Venue: Reading Room, National Archives of Ireland, Bishop Street, Dublin 8. (Normal hours, year-round, are 10am to 1:30pm.) It's always free.

Tuesday 24 November: 19th-century Valuation records, with Gillian Hunt. Host: Ulster Historical Foundation. Venue: Discover Ulster-Scots Centre, 1-9 Victoria Street, Belfast BT1 3GA. 1–2pm. Free but registration required by email to or telephone 028 9043 6710.

Tuesday 24 November: Footsteps to Freedom: 1916–2016, West Limerick's part in the Easter Rising, with Gerard Greaney. Venue: Newcastle West Library, Gortboy, Newcastle West, Co. Limerick. 8pm.

Tuesday 24 November: NIVAL collections, with Eve Parnell. Host: Eneclann. Venue: National Library of Ireland, Kildare Street, Dublin 2. Free. Need to book by email.

Wednesday 25 November: Women and the Irish Revolution – Cumann Na Mban, with Prof Mary J. Hickman, Louise Ryan, Cal McCarthy and Marie Quinlivan. Host and Venue: London Irish Centre, 50-52 Camden Square, London NW1 9XB, UK. 6:30pm for 7pm start. Admission: £8 (concessions £5). Details.

Wednesday 25 November: North Down women in WW1, with Dr Margaret Ward. Host and venue: North Down Museum, Town Hall, Castle Park Ave, Bangor, Co Down BT20 4BT. 7:30pm. Free but you need to reserve a place by tel: 02891 271200 or email:

Wednesday 25 November: Irish genealogy help session, with Lisa Walsh Dougherty. Host and venue: Irish American Heritage Museum, 370 Broadway, Albany, NY 12207, USA. 11am to 2pm. Free. No booking required.

Thursday 26 November: Surviving the City; Poverty and Health in Belfast 1888-1914. Exhibition launch. Hosts: Queen’s University Belfast and PRONI. Venue: Public Record Office of Northern Ireland. Titanic Boulevard, Belfast. 6pm.

Thursday 26 November: Medieval use of the settlement type known as the crannógs: late medieval use in Ireland, with Dr. Kieran O'Conor. Host and venue: Rathcroghan Visitor Centre, Tulsk, Co Roscommon. 7:30pm. Tickets: 071 9639268. Details.

Thursday 26 November: Letters of 1916 – Cork launch. Meet the team, learn about the project, watch demonstrations, learn how you can contribute to Ireland's first public humanities project. Bring in your own letters written 1.11.1915 to 31.10.2016. Venue: Boole Library, University College Cork. 2–5pm. Reception in Staff Dining Room 5:15–6:15pm, followed by talks about the project 6:30–7:30pm in Boole 2, Lecture Theatres and lesson plans for secondary schools, 7:45–8:30pm. Drop in at anytime. Details.

Thursday 26 November: The Battle of Kinsale – a future for our past, an illustrated account of the background and events of 1601 with Dermot Ryan, and a talk by Gerry McCarthy on the possibilities of raising awareness of 1601 at a local, national and international level. Host: Kinsale History Society. Venue: Actons Hotel, Kinsale, Co Cork. 8pm. All welcome.

Thursday 26 November: 1915 – Forgotten battles, with Dessie Blackadder. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society, Ballymena branch. 7:15pm. Michelin Arts Workshop, Braid Arts Centre, 1-29, Bridge Street, Ballymena BT43 5EJ. All welcome.

Thursday 26 November to Friday 4 December : Reading Room of National Archives of Ireland, Bishop Street, Dublin 8, closed for preparation of departmental records being transferred from departments of state, and annual media preview.

Friday 27 November: West Connaught and the Great War, Exhibition, Open evening. Venue: Clifden Library, Market St, Clifden, Co. Galway. 6:30–8pm. All welcome. Free.

Tuesday 1 December: From the labour trench to the board: myth, memory and masculinity in Irish migrant memories of work in the British construction industry, with Dr Barry Hazley. Host: Modern Irish History Seminar Series, School of History, Classics & Archaeology, University of Edinburgh. Venue: Room G13, William Robertson Wing, Old Medical School, Teviot Place, Edinburgh, UK. 6pm. Free. All welcome.

Tuesday 1 December:: From popular culture in the Great War to the Great War in popular culture, a History Ireland Hedge School. Venue: National Library, Kildare Street, Dublin 2. 7pm. Free. No booking required. Panel: Maurice Walsh, John Horne, Angus Mitchell and Jennifer Wellington.

Thursday 3 December: Women’s rights and child welfare in Ireland, 1922-2014, with Sarah-Anne Buckley. Host: Irish Centre for the Histories of Labour & Class. Venue: Room GO11, Hardiman Research Building, NUI Galway. 4pm to 6pm. All welcome.

Thursday 3 December: Blarney Parish Records, an illustrated lecture with Richard Forrest. Host: Blarney & District Historical Society. Venue: Scoil Mhuire Gan Smál (Blarney Secondary School), Blarney, Co. Cork. Enquiries to Brian Gabriel 087 2153216. All welcome. 8pm.

Thursday 3 December: Irish genealogy sessions, with Lisa Walsh Dougherty. Drop-in help session 11am–12pm, followed by Discussion group 12pm–1pm. Host and venue: Clifton Park Library (Local History Room), 475 Moe Road, Clifton Park, NY 12065, USA. Free.

Thursday 3 December: Book launch: Cumann na mBan – County Galway Dimensions. Part of the 1916 Centenary programme for County Galway. With Cllr. Peter Roche and Mary Clancy. Venue: Áras an Chontae, Prospect Hill, Galway. 6pm. Confirm attendance by telephone to 091 509198.

Friday 4 December: Fairy Bullets, Superstitions & Strange Goings On, with David Hume, and Christmas Dinner. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society, Larne branch. Venue: Halfway House Hotel, 352 Coast Rd, Ballygalley, Larne, Co Antrim BT40 2RA. Email for details:

Saturday 5 December: William Niblo — Not Soon Forgotten, with Benjamin Feldman. Host: New York History Roundtable. Venue: McCloskey meeting room, Parish House of the Basilica of St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral, 263 Mulberry Street, Manhattan, New York, USA. 2pm.

Saturday 5 December: Mastering Genealogical Proof, with Barbara Scanlon. A workshop using Dr Thomas W. Jones' book of that name. Host and Venue: Kansas City Irish Center. 30 W Pershing Rd, Lowr, Kansas City, Missouri, USA. 11am–1pm. Details.