Monday 18 April 2016

Irish genealogy and history events, 18–30 April

Monday 18 April: Easter 1916 in Cork – ‘Order, Counter-Order and Disorder’ – What happened in Cork at the time of the Easter Rising, 1916? with Gerry White. Host: Muskerry Local History Society. Venue: Ballincollig Rugby Club Hall, Ballincollig, Co Cork. 8pm. Members free; non-members €3. All welcome.

Monday 18 April: Genealogy information sessions, with Margaret Bonar and Elizabeth Craven. 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

Tuesday 19 April: 1916: The Mornings After: From the Court Martials to the Tribunals, with Tim Pat Coogan. Dalkey Library, 41 Castle Street, Dalkey, Dublin. 6:30pm. Free.

Tuesday 19 April: Major John McBride and Jacob’s Factory Garrison, with Séamas Ó Maitiú. City Hall lunchtime lectures. Host: Dublin City Council (1916/2016 Programme). Venue: Council Chambers, City Hall, Dame Street, Dublin 2. Free. All welcome. 1:10pm. No booking but space limited.

Wednesday 20 April:
Women of 1916, a panel discussion chaired by the Dan Mulhall, the Irish Ambassador to Britain. Hosted by the Institute of Irish Studies and the Liverpool Easter 1916 Commemoration Cttee. Panellists to include Dr Lauren Arrington, Professor Senia Paseta and Sinead McCoole. Starts 6pm. Refreshments to follow discussion. Venue: The Eleanor Rathbone Theatre, Bedford Street South, Liverpool L69 7ZA. Booking essential: email Dorothy Lynch,

Tuesday 21 April: Symposium on WW1. Host: Presbyterian Historical Society of Ireland. Venue: Malone Presbyterian Church, 452 Lisburn Rd, Belfast BT9 6GT. 8pm.

Thursday 21 April: 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. Fully booked.

Thursday 21 April: 'Is everything we love gone forever?' - focusing on big house destruction from the Irish War of Independence into the Civil War, with Professor Terry Dooley. Host: South East Galway Archaeological & Historical Society. Venue: Irish Workhouse Centre, Portumna, Co Galway. 7:30pm. All welcome.

Thursday 21 April:South Dublin and the 1916 Rising in Oral Histories, with Maurice O'Keefe. Host: South Dublin County Council. Venue: Clondalkin Library, Monastery Road, Dublin 22. 7pm. All welcome.

Thursday 21 April: From the Ruins of the Rising: Northern Voices on 1916 and its Aftermath, with
Donal McAnallan, discussing the Irish Volunteers Centenary Project. Venue: PRONI, Titanic Boulevard, Belfast.  Admission is free. All welcome. 7pm.  Booking recommended.

Thursday 21 April: The story of the Choctaw Indians and Irish people, with Dr Padraig Kirwan. Venue: London Irish Centre, 50-52 Camden Square, London NW1 9XB, UK. 7:45pm. Free, but need to book. Details.

Thursday 21 April: My family connection with the Lusitania, with Colleen Watters, plus branch AGM. 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. Free to members. £3 guests. All welcome.

Thursday 21 April: Digs and Lodging Houses: Literature, ruins and survival in post-war Britain, with Professor Clair Wills. The. Host: IES Irish Studies, University of London. Venue: The Chancellor's Hall, Senate House, London W1, UK. Free. Booking. 6pm to 8pm. The lecture will be followed by a wine reception in the Grand Lobby, hosted by the Irish Embassy.

Thursday 21 April:Siege Mentalities: The Occupation of Jacobs Factory, Easter 1916, with  Séamas Ó Maitiú. Host: Dublin City Public Library & Archives. Venue: Business information Centre, Central Library, Ilac Shopping Centre, Henry Street, Dublin 1. Booking essential to All welcome. 1:30pm. Free.

Friday 22 April:  Easter 1916 – Conflict and Consequences, a half-day Conference. Host and venue: PRONI, Titanic Boulevard, Belfast.  Speakers and topics will include: The outcome of the Rising, with Fearghal McGarry; The British Army in the Rising, with Tim Bowman;  The planning of the Rising, with Mike Foy; and Women of the Rising, with Margaret Ward. Free. Starts 2pm. Booking required: T - 028 9053 4800 or E -

Friday 22 April: What were your family doing in 1916? An afternoon of genealogy with Eneclann/FindMyPast. Host and venue: Dunshauglin Library, Main Street, Dunshauglin, Co. Meath. 11am to 4pm. Free. Talks and one-to-one consultations. Booking may be required: T 01 825 0504.

Friday 22 April: Researching in Ireland, with Chris Paton. Host: Qualicum Beach Family History Society. Venue: Quality Inn Resort Bayside, 240 Dogwood Street, Parksville, BC, Canada. Lectures include Using the Internet and PRONI for Northern Irish Records and Discover Irish Land Records (to fill in the census gap).1pm to 4:30pm. $25. Details.

Saturday 23 April: Workshop – Irish Family History for Beginners and Refreshers, with Maggie Loughran. Host & venue: Society of Genealogists, 14 Charterhouse Buildings, Goswell Rd, London, UK. 2pm to 5pm. £20. Details. Fully booked.

Saturday 23 April: Dublin City Council and the 1916 Rising, a day conference. Host and venue: Dublin City Library & Archives, 138 Pearse Street, Dublin 2. Registration 9:45. Five lectures. Fre. Tea/coffee included. Lunch (1–2pm) not provided. All welcome. Details.

Saturday 23 April: Easter Rising 1916. A day of events related to the Rising with a focus on the north west and the legacy of Easter 1916 for Ireland in 2016. Workshop: Trace your family to 1916. Talk: What was happening in the northwest in 1916? Film: Footage of Ireland in 1916. Debate: How do we view the Rising today? A sandwich lunch, tea, coffee and snacks will be served throughout the day (free). Host: West Inishowen History and Heritage. Venue: The Exchange, Castle Avenue, Buncrana, Co Donegal. 10am to 4:30pm. Free. Registration and details.

Monday 25 April: Frongoch and the birth of the IRA, with Lyn Ebenezer. Host: The Celtic League, Irish Branch. Venue: Ireland Institute, 27 Pearse Street, Dublin 2. 7pm. All welcome.

Tuesday 26 April: These are queer days that we are living through: Irishwomen and everyday life in 1916, with Dr Fionnuala Walsh. Host and venue: Castletown House, Celbridge, Co Kildare. €5, includes refreshments. 7:15pm. Booking required: T (0)1 628 8252 or E 8pm. Lecture held in the Hunting Room.

Thursday 28 April: DNA in Genealogy – A beginners view, with Brian O’Hara and Maggie Lyttle (follows AGM). 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.

Thursday 28 April: What were your family doing in 1916? An afternoon of genealogy with Eneclann/FindMyPast. Host and venue: Tallaght Library, Library Square, Dublin 24. 11am–4pm. Free. Talks and one-to-one consultations. Booking may be required: T 01 462 0073.

Friday 29 April: Revolutionary Memories, with Tomás Mac Conmara. Host: Kilrush Historical Society. Venue: Teach Ceoil, Grace Street, Kilrush, Co Clare. 8pm. Members, free. Non-members €5. All welcome.