Monday 21 March 2016

Irish genealogy & history events, 21 March to 3 April

Monday 21 March: Order, Counter-order, and Disorder: Easter 1916 in Cork, with Gerry White. An event to launch a new exhibition. Host: Cork Libraries. Venue: Library Building, Carrigrohane, Road, Cork City. 1:30pm. To book, email or phone 0214546499.

Monday 21 March: The Easter Rising: 1916–2016 – the second 50 years, with Eddie Walsh. Part of the 1916 and Beyond lecture series. Host: Nottingham Irish Studies Group. Venue: Five Leaves Bookshop. 14a Long Row, Nottingham, NG1 2DH, UK. Admission £3. Refreshments available. 7pm–8:30pm. Book by email.

Monday 21 March: Genealogy information sessions, with Margaret Bonar and Elizabeth Craven. Morning and afternoon sessions. Morning venue: Raheny Library, Howth Rd, Dublin 5 from 10:30am to 11:45am. Afternoon venue: Donaghmede library, Donaghmede Shopping Centre, Dublin 13 from 2:30pm to 4pm. Free. Bookings to 085 1444883 or Cancelled.

Tuesday 22 March to 27 April: Southern Echoes of 1916, an exhibition. Venue: Cork Libraries HQ, Library Building, Carrigrohane Road, Cork. Free. 9:30am to 5pm, Monday to Friday. The exhibition focuses on four different subject areas and four important Cork figures, examining their involvement in the 1916 Rising and the role played by particular organisations in activities of the time. Figures included are Thomas Kent, Michael Collins, Diarmuid Lynch and Sean Hurley. The exhibition is both educational and thought provoking and has been compiled using the resources of Cork County Library's Local Studies library.

Tuesday 22 March: Belfast Corporation and the management of public health, 1880-1914, with Stuart Irwin. Last of the Surviving the City: Lunchtime Lecture Series. Host and Venue: PRONI, Titanic Boulevard, Belfast. 1pm. Free. Booking recommended: E: / T: 028 90534800.

Tuesday 22 March: Finding your Irish ancestors online, with John Grenham MAGI. Host: Libraries NI. Venue: Larne Library, 36 Pound St, Larne, Co. Antrim BT40 1SQ. 1:30pm to 3:00pm. Free, but booking is advised. Phone: 028 2827 7047.

Tuesday 22 March: Recovering marginalised narratives of Revolutionary Ireland: the Kilmainham Gaol Graffiti project, with Dr Laura McAtackney. Part of the Modern Irish History Seminar Series. Host: School of History, University of Edinburgh, Room G13, William Robertson Wing, Old Medical School, Teviot Place, Edinburgh. Free. All welcome. 6pm.

Tuesday 22 March: Finding your Irish and Scots-Irish ancestors - a day conference, with the Ulster Historical Foundation. Host: Genealogical Association of Nova Scotia. Venue: The Debert Hospitality Centre, 130 Ventura Dr, Debert, NS B0M 1G0, Canada. Cost CAN$50.00 members / CAN$65.00 non-members. Lunch and refreshments included. Programme and booking details.

Wednesday 23 March: Finding your Irish ancestors online, with John Grenham MAGI. Host: Libraries NI. Venue: Coleraine Library, Queen Street, Coleraine, Co. Londonderry BT52 1BE. 1:30pm to 3:00pm. Free, but booking is advised. Phone:028 7034 2561.

Thursday 24 March: Introduction to PRONI, a practical workshop covering online sources, use of microfilm, a guided tour and presentation of documents. HOst and venue: PRONI, Titanic Boulevard, Belfast. 2–4pm. Spaces limited. Free. Need to book by email to, or telephone: 02890 534800.

Thursday 24 March: Easter 1916: Two MacDermotts, Sean and Frank &ndash and two visions of Ireland, with Julian Walton. Host: 10th series of Julian Walton Winter Lectures series. Venue: Dunhill Multi-Education Centre, Dunhill Ecopark, Ballyphilip, Dunhill, Co Waterford. 8pm, followed by Q&A and light refreshments. €5. No need to book. Enquiries: T (0)51 396 934.

Thursday 24 March: Irishmen in the British Army, Dublin, Easter 1916, with Neil Richardson. Host and venue: Dublin City Library and Archive, Pearse Street, Dublin 2. Starts at 6:30pm. Free. No booking required but it's advised to arrive early to ensure your place.

Monday 28 March: Reflecting the Rising, 'the the biggest public history and cultural event ever staged in Ireland'. Hosts: RTÉ and Ireland 2016. A free family event taking over Dublin City from 11am to 6pm. Events range from talks and exhibitions, live music and theatrical performances, special films, interactive activities and family entertainment. Details.

Monday 28 March: Reflecting the Rising at the National Library of Ireland, Kildare Street, Dublin 2. The NLI will present a free programme of exhibitions, readings, talks and music, revolving around the year of 1916 as part of the Dublin event. There is no need to book for the exhibitions, readings and music sessions. The talks, however, are now fully booked.

Wednesday 30 March: Open genealogy consultations, with Lisa Dougherty. Host: Irish American Heritage Museum, 370 Broadway, Albany, New York 12207 USA. 11am to 2pm. Free.

Thursday 31 March: Free Genealogy evening, with Paul MacCotter MAGI exploring the basics of Irish genealogy and some famous Irish surnames, plus the history of stout in Cork. Venue: Franciscan Well brewpub, North Mall, Cork City. 8.30pm start. Free. Spaces limited; come early.

Thursday 31 March: What were your family doing in 1916? An afternoon of genealogy with Eneclann and FindMyPast. Host and venue: Tullamore Library, O'Connor Square, Tullamore, Co Offaly. 12pm to 4pm. Free. Talks and one-to-one consultations. Booking may be required: T 057 93 46832.

Thursday 31 March:
Untangling, Births, Deaths & Marriages, with Committee members. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society, Ballymena Branch. Venue: Michelin Arts Workshop, Braid Arts Centre 1-29 Bridge Street, Ballymena, BT43 5EJ. 7:15pm. Free. All welcome.

Saturday 2 April: Gaelic and Anglo Norman Ireland: different foods, different identities? with Regina Sexton. Part of the Power & Privilege – the Butlers of Ormond lecture series. Host: Tipperary County Museum. Venue: Clonmel Library, Mick Delahunty Square, Clonmel, Co. Tipperary. €5, includes refreshments. 10am–12noon. To book: T: Julia on 076 106 5564 or email

Sunday 3 April: Gleanings from Ireland's Griffith's Valuation, a workshop with Krista J Ozyazgan. Host and venue: Maine Irish Heritage Center, 34 Gray St, Portland, ME 04112 USA. 1pm. $5 members/$10 non-members. Bookings: