Monday 20 June 2016

Irish genealogy and history events, 20 June to 2 July

Monday 20 June: Genealogy information sessions, with Margaret Bonar and Elizabeth Craven. Morning and afternoon sessions. Morning venue: Raheny Library, Howth Rd, Dublin 5, 10:30–11:45am. Afternoon venue: Donaghmede Library, Donaghmede Shopping Centre, Dublin 13, 2:30–4pm. Free. Bookings 085 1444883 or

Tuesday 21 June: Book launch: Titanic: culture and calamity, by Dr John Wilson Foster. Launch by Glenn Patterson. Host and venue: PRONI, Titanic Blvd, Belfast. 1pm. All welcome.

Tuesday 21 June: The Rebuilding of O’Connell Street, with Grainne Shaffrey. Part of the Capstones Shift Lecture Series. Hosts: Irish Architectural Archive, Architecture Ireland and RIAI. Venue: Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland (RIAI), 8 Merrion Square, Dublin. 6–7pm. Free. Fully booked.

Wednesday 22 June to Friday 24 June: XXI Ulster-American Heritage Symposium – Forty Years On: Current Directions in Ulster-American Heritage Studies. Host and venue: Mellon Centre for Migration Studies at the Ulster-American Folk Park, Mellon Road, Omagh, Co Tyrone. Full programme and details (pdf)

Thursday 23 June: Delayed opening of National Library of Ireland until 11am. Includes Genealogy Service at Kildare Street, Dublin 2.  

Thursday 23 June to Sunday 26 June: McGrath Clan Gathering, with talks, book and dna project launches, visits and tours, trad music sessions, BBQ, clan dinner and much more. Genealogist Ann Marie Coughlan will be available on the Friday and Saturday for free consultations (need to book). Venue: The Park Hotel and Leisure Centre, Shandon, Dungarvan, Co Waterford. Programme and booking details. Drop by for the day, or stay for the full four days.

Thursday 23 June:Drink and Temperance in C19th Ireland – a half-day conference. Speakers include Annemarie McAllister, Conor Reidy, Orfhlaith Campbell, Gillian McIntosh, Leanne McCormick and Maura Cronin. Hosts: PRONI and Open University. Venue: PRONI, Titanic Boulevard, Belfast. 1:30pm. Free but need to book.

Thursday 23 June: Remembering and reinventing the Rising, with Donal Fallon. Part of the Dublin City Council 1916/2016 Centenary Programme. Host and venue: Dublin City Library and Archive, 138-144 Pearse Street, Dublin 1. Free. No booking required, but space limited. 6:30pm.

Friday 24 June: The forgotten fisherman of Belfast Lough, 1680–1900, with Dr Desmond McCabe. Concludes the Sailortown Maritime Exhibition at PRONI, Titanic Boulevard, Belfast. 1pm. Free. No need to book.

Friday 24 June: Merchant Marine ancestors? Specialist genealogy advice, with David Snook. Concludes the Sailortown Maritime Exhibition at PRONI, Titanic Boulevard, Belfast. Free. Afternoon session.

Monday 27 June: Family Search - Website maintenance is scheduled from 6am UTC (7am Dublin/London, 12am MDT). Site may be down for as long as 24 hours.

Tuesday 28 June May: The fall of Dublin, with Liz Gillis. 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.

Wednesday 29 June:
DNA Workshop, with Dr Maurice Gleeson. Host: Ancestral Connections Summer School. Venue: Western Gateway Building G05, University College Cork. 2–5pm. Suitable for all levels of dna researcher. €35.00. All welcome. To book, contact Summer School Co-Ordinator: Lorna Moloney,, T: 085-8721184 / 021-4904700.

Thursday 30 June: O’Neill, Tone, Casement & ‘gallant allies in Europe’, a History Ireland Hedge School. Host: Merriman Summer School, glór, Causeway Link, Ennis, Co. Clare. History Ireland editor Tommy Graham wil be joined for a lively round table discussion with Angus Mitchell, Sylvie Kleinman, Mike Cronin and Hiram Morgan. 10am. €15. Details. Booking advised but can pay on door if spaces remain.

Thursday 30 June: 1916 Commemorative Cultural Event, with Turtle Bunbury discussing his latest book – 'The 1916 Rising - The Photographic Record' – plus music and a cocktail reception. Host: The Irish Georgian Society. Venue: Chicago Cultural Center, 78 East Washington Street, Chicago, IL 60602, USA. Booking essential: E or T Michael Kerrigan at 312-961-3860. pin

Friday 1 July: A ‘regular hell’: World War Ireland and the Battle of the Somme, a themed tour of the NLI's exhibition 'World War Ireland: Exploring the Irish Experience', which explores the uniquely Irish experience of the First World War with a special focus on the centenary event of the Battle of the Somme. Host and venue: National Library of Ireland (NLI), Kildare Street, Dublin 2. All welcome. 1pm. Free. Booking not required.

Friday 1 July: The Battle of the Somme, 1 July 1916, with the 36th Ulster Division, a cloth model re-enactment with Col. Declan O’Carroll. Host: Donegal County Museum. Venue: Regional Cultural Centre, Letterkenny, Co Donegal. Admission free. All welcome. 7:30pm. For further information contact Donegal County Museum, 074 9124613;