Monday 17 October 2016

Irish genealogy & history events, 17–31 October

To end October: #IAMIRISH - Photography Exhibition plus a series of workshops and debates linking those of mixed race heritage to their Irish family ancestry. Host and venue: London Irish Centre, 50-52 Camden Square, London NW1 9XB. Exhibition marks Black History Month. Free. Details.

Monday 17 October: 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. Afternoons: Donaghmede library, Donaghmede Shopping Centre, Dublin 13 from 2:30pm to 4pm. Free. Bookings to 085 1444883 or

Monday 17 October: Diary of a Farmer’s Wife (1796-97), with Jenny Cumming. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society, Larne Branch. Venue: Larne Bowling & Lawn Tennis Club, 112-120 Glenarm Road, Larne, BT40 1DZ. 7:30pm. All welcome.

Tuesday 18 October: 100 years of division in Kingstown, 1816–1916, with Tom Conlon. Host: Foxrock Local History Club. Venue: Foxrock Parish Pastoral Centre, Foxrock, Co Dublin. Also, Frongoch, with Éanna De Búrca. All welcome. €5.

Tuesday 18 October: Ordinary People, Extraordinary Times: Researching Lisburn and the Great War, with Pat Geary. Host and venue: Irish Linen Centre and Lisburn Museum (Assembly Room), Market Square, Lisburn BT28 1AG. 7pm. Free but booking essential: T: 028 9266 3377, E:

Tuesday 18 October: Visiting the ‘Gibraltar of Ireland’: John Lee’s Observations on Cashel and Co. Tipperary in 1806–7, with Dr Angela Byrne. First of this winter's Tipperary People and Places Lecture series. Host: Tipperary Studies. Venue: The Gallery of the Source Library, Cathedral St, Thurles, Co Tipperary. 7:30pm. Free. All welcome.

Wednesday 19 October: Archaeolgical Finds from County Armagh: Evidence of Raiders, Traders or Invaders? with Dr Greer Ramsey. Part of the County Armagh Lecture Series. Host and venue: PRONI, Titanic Boulevard, Belfast. 1pm. Free. Booking recommended - email to secure your place.

Wednesday 19 October:
17th-century sources for studying the Ulster Scots, Ulster English and Ulster Irish, with Dr William Roulston. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society, North Armagh Branch. Venue: Bleary Community Centre, 1 Deans Road, Bleary, Craigavon, Co Armagh, BT66 8TD. 7:30pm. All welcome.

Wednesday 19 October: The Battle of the Somme, with Paul Maguire. Host: Carlow Historical and Archaeological Society. Venue: Parish Centre, Leighlinbridge, Co Carlow. 8pm. Free. All welcome.

Thursday 20 October: Buried at Canada Farm: Researching Soldiers of the First World War, with Ian Montgomery. 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. All welcome.

Thursday 20 October: Visit to PRONI. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society, Larne Branch. Venue: PRONI, 2 Titanic Boulevard, Titanic Quarter, Belfast BT3 9HQ. All welcome. Email Branch for details:

Thursday 20 October: Talking about a Revolution - 6th Galway International Heritage Conference. Talks, music, discussion. Host: Galway City Council. Venue: Harbour Hotel, New Dock Road, Galway City. All welcome. Booking essential: email

Thursday 20 October: Research visit to PRONI. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society, Foyle Branch. Venue: PRONI, 2 Titanic Boulevard, Titanic Quarter, Belfast BT3 9HQ. All welcome. Email Branch for details:

Friday 21 to Sunday 23 October: The Great Canadian Genealogy Summit (CANGEN) at the Courtyard by Marriott, Brampton, Ontario, Canada. The Summit showcases Canadian genealogists who have an expertise in the record sets relating to the early settlers of Canada. Includes Ruth Blair on Irish records. Registration ($) required: Details.

Friday 21 to Sunday 23 October: Back To Our Past and the Genetic Genealogy Ireland conference. Ireland's major genealogy exhibition and an international gathering of dna specialists. Venue: RDS, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4. 11am to 6pm each day. €10 per day. For 50% discount offer and lecture programmes, see organiser's website:

Monday 24 October: The Famine in Toomevara 1845-52, with Helen O'Brien. Host: Dunkerrin Parish History Society. Venue: Obama Plaza, Junction 23, M7, Moneygall, Co. Offaly.  8:15pm. All welcome. Members free. Non-members €5.

Wednesday 26 October: The British Army presence in Dublin, with Henry Fairbrother. Host: Old Dublin Society. Venue: Dublin City Library & Archive, Pearse Street, Dublin 2. 6pm. All wlecome. Free.

Tuesday 25 October: Remembering Patriarchs and Patriots: When Kilrush Streets Had Two Names, by Eoin Shanahan. Host: Kilrush and District Historical Society. Venue: Teach Ceoil, Grace Street, Kilrush, Co Clare. 8pm. Free to members/€5 non-members. All welcome.

Wednesday 26 October: Remembering past futures: Commemoration and the roads untaken, with Dr Heather Laird. Last of the 'Reconsidering the Rising' Public Lectures series. Host: University College Cork. Venue: Ground Floor Lecture Theatre, Geology & Geography Building, off Donovan Road, UCC, Cork. Free. No booking required. All welcome.

Friday 28 October: Peasants, Prostitutes, King-killers and Rebels: Northside Dublin Histories, magazine launch by Frankie Gaffney. Host: Stoneybatter & Smithfield People's History Project. Venue: Capuchin Day Centre, 29 Bow Street, Dublin 7. 7:30pm. All welcome. Event also marks start of the Street Stories Festival.

Friday 28 October: Vizzards and Collicks, a day seminar exploring Hallowe'en folklore and customs. Host and venue: National Library of Ireland, Kildare Street, Dublin 2 (Seminar Room). 10am - 4.30pm. All welcome. Free. Details.

Saturday 29 October: Galway, from Medieval Borough to Modern City, with Paul Walsh, followed by launch of Irish Historic Towns Atlas - Galway. Venue: Galway City Museum, Spanish Parade, Galway. 2pm. Tickets are free but booking essential ( or 091-532460).

Saturday 29 October and Sunday 30 October: Street Stories Festival 2016. Lectures throughout Saturday afternoon at the Cobblestone pub (77 King St North, Dublin 7) and Generator Hostel (Smithfield Square, Dublin 7), music at Cobblestone on Saturday evening, walking tour Working Class History of Smithfield & Stoneybatter with Donal Fallon at 2pm on Sunday (outside Cobblestone). Details.

Monday 31 October: Bank holiday in Republic of Ireland. Halloween island-wide.