Monday 9 May 2016

Irish genealogy and history events, 9–22 May

Monday 9 May and Tuesday 10 May: The Country House and Landed Estate in time of revolution - conference. Host and Venue: Centre for the study of Irish historic houses and Estates, Maynooth University. Venue: Renehan Hall, Maynooth University, Co Kildare. Programme.

Tuesday 10 May: Forgotten but not gone - experiences of returning ex-servicemen in the Irish Free State, with Declan F. Brady. Host: Genealogical Society of Ireland. Venue: Dún Laoghaire Further Education Institute, 17 Cumberland Street, Dún Laoghaire, Dublin, Ireland Dublin 18. 8–9pm. €3. All welcome.

Wednesday 11 May: DNA and family history research, with Patrick Larkin. Host: Western Family History Association. Venue: Lackagh Parish Centre, Lackagh, Co Galway. 8pm. Free. All welcome.

Wednesday 11 May: Models for Movers: Irish Women's Emigration to America, with Ide B. O'Carroll, a discussion on this unique collection of women's oral histories spanning three waves of C20th emigration to America. Host: The CUNY Institute for Irish-American Studies. Venue: Room 5382, CUNY Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Avenue, New York City, USA. Free. All welcome. 7–9pm.

Thursday 12 May: ‘Women of the South’: Radicals and Revolutionaries – a HistoryIreland Hedge School, with editor Tommy Graham (chairman), Dr. John Borgonovo, Professor Linda Connolly, Dr. Mary McAuliffe and Dr. Claire McGing. Venue: Farmgate Cafe, the English Market, Cork City. 6pm. Free. Register.

Thursday 12 May: Book launch: "Revolt in Wicklow- A History of County Wicklow 1913-1923", edited by Henry Cairns, with contributions from Jim Rees, Dr. Ruan O' Donnell, Eva O' Cathaoir, Henry Cairns, John Finlay, James Scannell and Robert Butler. Host: Old Bray Society. Venue: Bray Town Hall, Co Wicklow. 7pm.

Friday 13 May: This month's Late Opening at the Representative Church Body Library. Venue: RCBL, Braemor Park, Churchtown, Dublin 14. The Reading Room remains open until 7:30pm. No appointment is necessary. (Exceptionally, the RCBL will be closed until 2pm on this day. See blogpost.)

Saturday 14 May: Mayo family history, with the Mayo Genealogy Group. Host and venue: National Museum of Ireland - Country Life, Turlough, Castlebar, Co Mayo. Free. 11:30am to 1pm. All welcome.

Saturday 14 May: Genealogy for intermediates, with Audrey Leonard, John Schade and Lois Mackin. Host: Irish Genealogical Society International. Venue: Minnesota Genealogical Society (MGS) Library, 1185 Concord St N, South St Paul, MN, USA. 10:30am. $15 IGSI members/$20 non-members. Details.

Saturday 14 May: Researching Uncle Sam: Introductory Genealogy Resources in the USA, with Joe Buggy. Host: Eneclann. Venue: National Library of Ireland, Kildare St, Dublin 2. 2pm. Free but need to book by email.

Saturday 14 May: Remembering 1916 – legacy and commemoration, a workshop exploring the Easter Rising and the Somme, with Tom Hartley and Philip Orr. National Museum of Northern Venue: Lecture Theatre, Ulster Museum, Botanic Gardens, Belfast BT9 5AB. 2pm to 4pm. Free, but booking required.

Saturday 14 May: The Black Death in Ireland, with Fin Dwyer. Host: Cobh Readers and Writers Festival. Venue: Cobh Library, Arch Building, Casement Square, Cobh, Co Cork. 2pm. Free. All welcome.

Sunday 15 May: Ireland's Women – Revolution and Remembrance, a three-day conference. Includes lectures, performances, a History Ireland Hedge School, and history events for children. Host: Sligo Field Club. Venue: Lisadell House, Lissadell, Co Sligo. 3pm. Free. Details.

Monday 16 May: 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

Monday 16 May: Battle of the Somme, with Billy Thompson. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society, Larne Branch. Venue: Larne Bowling & Lawn Tennis Club, 112-120 Glenarm Road, Larne, BT40 1DZ. 7:30pm. Free. All welcome.

Tuesday 17 May: What were your family doing in 1916? An afternoon of genealogy with Eneclann/FindMyPast. Host and venue: Central Library, Oliver Plunkett Road, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal. Noon to 5pm. Free. Talks and one-to-one consultations. Booking may be required: T 074 9124950.

Wednesday 18 May: 1916 in 2016: an unfinished revolution? with Professor Linda Connolly. Third of University College Cork's Reconsidering the Rising Spring Public Lectures. Venue: Ground Floor Theatre, Geology & Geography Building, UCC (off Donovan Rod, near main gate on Western Road), Cork City. 6pm. Free. All welcome. No booking required.

Thursday 19 May: The women of 1916, with Liz Gillis. Host Leixlip Local History Club. Venue: Leixlip Library, Captain's Hill, Leixlip, Co. Kildare. 7:15pm. Free. All welcome.

Thursday 19 May: 1916: Memories, commemoration and absences, with Dr Mary E Daly. Part of the Road to the Rising lecture series hosted by Tyneside Irish Cultural Society. Venue: Curtis Auditorium, Herschel Building, Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK. (Opposite Haymarket Metro Station.) 7:30pm. All welcome. Details.

Saturday 21 May: IGRS Dublin Open Day, with three full-length lectures and three short talks. Host: Irish Genealogical Resarch Society. Venue: Dublin City Library & Archive, Pearse Street, Dublin 2. Registration at 10am. Finish 4pm. Free. All welcome. No booking required. Full details.

Saturday 21 May: A Girl’s Eye View of the Irish Revolution, with Dr Marnie Hay. Host and venue: Marsh’s Library, St Patrick's Close, Dublin 8. Free. 2pm – 3pm. Booking is required as there are limited seats: book your free ticket at