Monday 25 January 2016

Irish genealogy and history events, 25 Jan to 7 Feb

Monday 25 January: Dan Donnelly: Irish boxing champion, with Larry Breen. Host: Clondalkin Historical Society. Venue: Áras Cronáin, Watery Lane, Clondalkin, Dublin 22. 8pm

Tuesday 26 January: Pubs and patriotism - Fenianism from the 1860s to 1916, with Maura Cronin. Host: Kilrush and District Historical Society. Venue: Teach Ceoil, Grace Street, Kilrush, Co Clare. 8pm. Members free. €5 for non-members. New members are welcome.

Tuesday 26 January: People and stories from the Bann Disc, with Jennifer Cunningham. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society, Coleraine Branch. Venue: Guide Hall, Terrace Row, Coleraine, Co Derry. 8pm. All welcome.

Wednesday 27 January: Powers of Redemption: The Irish Famine as a Crisis of Governmentally, with Dr David Nally. Host: Society for the Study of 19th-century Ireland. Venue: National Library of Ireland, Kildare Street, Dublin 2. All welcome. Free Admission. Booking is not required. 6pm.

Wednesday 27 January: Open genealogy consultations, with Lisa Dougherty. Host & Venue: Irish American Heritage Museum, 370 Broadway, Albany, New York 12207 USA. 11am to 2pm. Free but need to register.

Wednesday 27 January: 'They have rights who dare maintain them' - The Formation of the Irish Volunteers, with Gerry White. Host: Dúchas Heritage Clonakilty. Venue: The Parish Centre, Clonakilty, Co. Cork. 8:30pm. All welcome.

From Thursday 28 January: Dublin Fire Brigade and the 1916 Rising, an exhibition. Venue: City Hall, Dame Street, Dublin 2. Open 10am–5pm. Free. Continues until 30 June. (The Flag of Countess Markievicz will also be on display at City Hall from 1 March.)

Thursday 28 January: Deansgrange Cemetery and its association with the Rising, with Jamie Moran. Host: Dún Laoghaire–Rathdown 1916 Committee. Venue: DLR Lexicon, Dún Laoghaire, Co Dublin. 7pm–9pm. Free. No booking required.

Thursday 28 January: From shoe box to window box: Commemoration of the First World War in Ireland from 1919 to present day, with Tom Burke of the Royal Dublin Fusiliers Association. Hosts: Glasnevin Trust & Trinity College Dublin. Part of the '1916: Rebellion, War and Commemoration in Ireland and beyond’ lecture series. Venue: Glasnevin Cemetery Museum, Finglas Rd, Dublin 11. 7pm. Tickets €10.

Thursday 28 January: Corkmen in the American Civil War, with Damien Shiels. Host: Skibbereen and District Historical Society. Venue: West Cork Hotel, Skibbereen, Co Cork. 8:30pm. Members free. Non-members pay small fee at door. All welcome.

Thursday 28 January: From Family Tree to Family History, with Mike McKeag. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society, Ballemena Branch. Venue: Michelin Arts Workshop, Braid Arts Centre 1-29 Bridge Street, Ballymena, Co Antrim. BT43 5EJ. Starts at 7:15pm. All welcome.

Sunday 31 January: Living in the margins: Early Irish scribes and their manuscripts, with Dr. Angela Gleason. The 2016 Karen Lemke Lecture. Hosts: St. Joseph’s College and Maine Irish Heritage Center. Venue: Maine Irish Heritage Center, Corner of State and Gray Streets, Portland, Maine, USA. Admission: $5 (Free for MIHC members and the St Joseph’s College Community). More info: Tel 207.780.0118 or see

Sunday 31 January: 1916 Irish historical and social walking tour through central London, with Peter Middleton. Host: London Easter 1916 Centenary Committee. Meeting at Great Northern Hotel, King’s Cross Station, Pancras Road, London N1, at Noon. Tour lasts about 3 hours. The event is free, but donations to the London Easter 1916 Centenary Committee accepted. Details

Monday 1 February: The Flight of the Earls, with Deirdra Friel. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society, Foyle Branch. Venue: Derry City’s Central Library, 35 Foyle Street, Londonderry, BT48 6AL. 7pm. Free. All welcome.

Monday 1 February: The Strangford Islanders, with Beverly Brown. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society, Killyleagh Branch. Venue: Killyleagh Masonic Hall, 50 High Street, Killyleagh, Co Down BT30 9QF. 8pm. Free. All welcome.

Monday 1 February: 1916 – When the dawn is come – Thomas MacDonagh and the Easter Rising, with Dr Shane Kenna. Venue: Dublin Castle, Dame Street, Dublin. 6:30pm. Free. All welcome but need to book a place. E:, T: (0)1 645 8812.

Tuesday 2 February: Selfridges of London and Ardstraw, with Frank Collins. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society, Omagh Branch. Venue: Omagh Library, Dublin Road, Omagh, Co Tyrone BT78 1HL. 7:15pm. Free. All welcome.

Wednesday 3 February: Petty thieves and rebel volunteers; a shared history at Kilmainham Gaol, with Dr Lisa Marie Griffith. Host: Dublin City Council 1916-2016 Centenary Programme. Venue: Inchicore Library, 34 Emmet Road, Dublin 8. 6:30pm. Free. Booking required. E: T: (0)1 453 3793.

Thursday 4 February: A Tour tbrough Ulster's graveyards, with Dr William Roulston. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society, Belfast Branch. Venue: Holywood Arches Library, Holywood Road, Belfast, BT4 1NT. 7:30pm. All Welcome.

Thursday 4 February: Free at last: Irish records, so peculiar, so cheap, with John Grenham MAGI. Host: Family Search. Venue: RootsTech, Salt Palace Convention Center, 100 South West Temple St, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA.

Thursday 4 February: Using FindMyPast to unlock your Irish ancestry, with Brian Donovan. Venue: RootsTech, Salt Palace Convention Center, 100 South West Temple St, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA.

Thursday 4 February: The Belfast workhouse in the nineteenth century, with Dr Olwen Perdue. First of the Surviving the City: Lunchtime Lecture Series. Host and Venue: PRONI, Titanic Boulevard, Belfast. 1pm. Free. Booking recommended: E: / T: 028 90534800.

Thursday 4 February: Wikimedia Edithon – This will comprise a number of talks on the Somme and Ireland 1916 as well as a workshop to show how to edit and upload information to Wikipedia articles. Host and Venue: PRONI, Titanic Boulevard, Belfast. 2:30pm to 5:30pm. Free. Booking recommended: E: / T: 028 90534800.

Thursday 4 February: Abandoned mansions of Ireland, with Tarquin Blake. Host: Blarney & District Historical Society. Venue: Scoil Mhuire Gan Smál (Blarney Secondary School), Blarney, Co. Cork. 8pm. All welcome.

Friday 5 February: The Coast, The Copper, The Ancient East: County Waterford's archaeology, with Dave Pollock. Host and venue: The Copper Coast UNESCO Global Geopark Visitor Centre, Knockmahon, Bunmahon, Co. Waterford. 7:30pm. Tickets €5 (includes tea/coffee). See www.coppercoastgeopark or telephone (0)51 292828.

Friday 5 & Saturday 6 February : Globalising the Rising – 1916 in context, an interdisciplinary conference. Venue: O’Reilly Hall, University College Dublin, Belfield, Dublin 4. Although free to attend, tickets need to be booked for each day. See full programme. 8:45am to 5:30pm on Friday; 9:30am to 5pm on Saturday. All welcome.

Saturday 6 February: Family history on the web, part of the library's Family Fun Day. Host and venue: Antrim Library, 10 Railway St, Antrim BT41 4AE. 11:30am to 1pm and 1:30pm to 3pm. Free. No need to book. Just drop in.