Monday 7 December 2015

Irish genealogy and heritage events, 6-31 December

If I hear of any other pertinent events between now and the end of the year, I'll update this listing accordingly.

Monday 7 December to Friday 11 December: Preservation Week at Public Record Office of Northern Ireland, Titanic Quarter, Belfast. Reduced service. Self-service microfilms will be available in the search room but there will be no document production.

Monday 7 December: The Miller Family, with Jim Condren. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society, Foyle Branch. Venue: Derry City’s Central Library, 35 Foyle Street, Londonderry, BT48 6AL. 7pm. All welcome.

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

Tuesday 8 December: The establishment of the printing press, with Raymond Gillespie. 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.

Tuesday 8 December: Guns and hoses: Dublin Fire Brigade and the Irish Revolution, 1913-23, with Las Fallon. Host: TCDSU 1916 Centenary Initiative. Venue: Jonathan Swift Theatre, Arts Block, Trinity College Dublin. 7pm. All welcome.

Wednesday 9 December: Exploring a Spanish Armada wreck in County Sligo, with Fionnbarr Moore. Hosts: Mayo Historical and Archaeological Society and The Culture and Environment Programme GMIT Mayo. Venue: Roseanne Clear Lecture Theatre (P002), GMIT, Castlebar, Co Mayo. Admission free to members; €6 to non-members. Students with valid ID €2. All welcome. 8pm.

Thursday 10 December : The Ulster Division, with Dr Timothy Bowman. Host: Western Front Association. Venue: Room G00033 in the Elmwood Building, School of Geography, Archaeology and Palaeoecology, Queens University Belfast (Access is from Elmwood Avenue)  7pm. Free. All welcome.

Saturday 12 December: Our lives should not be sweated: Belfast women workers, 1910-1915, with Theresa Moriarty. Host: The Irish Labour History Society. Venue: Linen Hall Library, 17 Donegall Square North, Belfast. 1:30pm. Free. (Visitors may like to take the opportunity to view the Linen Hall Library's current exhibition: “Labor & Dignity: James Connolly In America”. No ticket required. Details.

Tuesday 15 December: How DNA found two more generations of my 18th century Limerick ancestors, with Paddy Waldron. Host: Limerick City Library. Venue: The Granary, Michael Street, Limerick. 8pm. Discounted DNA testing will be available after the talk.

Wednesday 16 December: Family history one to ones, with Lisa Walsh Dougherty. Host and venue: Folklife Reading Room, Folklife Center at Crandall Library, 251 Glen St, Glens Falls, NY 12801, USA. 10am–12pm. Free. No appointment required; just drop in.

Thursday 17 December: My experience of family history research, with George Busby. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society, North Down and Ards branch. Venue: 1st Bangor Presbyterian Church Hall, Main Street, Bangor BT20 4AG. 7:30pm. All welcome. Non-members £3.