Monday 31 October 2016

Irish genealogy & history events: 31 Oct to 12 Nov

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

Tuesday 1 November: Visit to NIFHS Research Centre. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society, Belfast Branch. Venue: North of Ireland Family History Society, Unit C4, 67, Valley Business Centre, Church Rd, Newtownabbey, Co Antrim BT36 7LS. 7pm. Email Branch.

Tuesday 1 November: Sisters, Surgeons and Soldiers on the Somme: 144 days of Casualty Management, with Dr Yvonne McEwen. A Decade of Centenaries event. Venue: Randalstown Library, 34 New St, Randalstown, Co Antrim, BT41 3AF 6:30pm. Booking recommended: Email - All welcome. Free.

Wednesday 2 November: The love life of Michael Collins and the Irish Civil War, with Marcus Howard. Host: Easter Rising Stories and Brent Culture Service. Venue: Willesden Green Library Centre, 95 High Road, Willesden, London NW10 2SU, UK. 6:30pm–7:45pm. Free but seating limited so booking is recommended. Register.

Wednesday 2 November: WW1 in North Antrim, with Alex Blair. A Decade of Centenaries event. Host: Portrush Library and the Ulster-Scots Agency. Venue: Portrush Libary, 12 Causeway Street, Portrush, Co Antrim BT56 8AB. 2pm–4pm. Free. All welcome. Booking recommended: 028 7082 3718.

Thursday 3 November: Delayed Opening at National Library of Ireland, Kildare Street, Dublin 2. To facilitate a staff development meeting, all NLI locations and services (including the free Genealogy Service) will be closed until 11am.

Saturday 5 November: Local History Day. Host and venue: Dublin City Library & Archive, 138-144 Pearse Street, Dublin 2. From 9:45am to 4:15pm. All welcome. Free. No booking. Lecture schedule.

Saturday 5 November: The Archaeology of religion in Tipperary, with Richard O'Brien. Host & venue: Tipperary County Museum, Mick Delahunty Square, Clonmel, Co Tipperary. 10:30am. €5. All welcome. Seats will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

Saturday 5 November: DNA and the Peopling of Europe, with Roy Keys. Host: Fermanagh Genealogy Centre. Venue: Enniskillen Castle, Enniskillen, Co Fermanagh. 2pm to 3:30pm. Free, but you need a ticket. Details.

Monday 7 November: How to Start your Family Tree, with Gillian Hunt, Ulster Historical Foundation. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society, Killyleagh Branch. Venue: Killyleagh Masonic Hall, 50 High Street, Killyleagh, Co Down BT30 9QF. 8pm. All welcome.

Monday 7 November: Derry - The First Million Years: a geological and historical story, with Sean McMahon. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society, Foyle Branch. Venue: Derry Central Library, 35 Foyle Street, Londonderry, BT48 6AL. 7pm. All welcome.

Tuesday 8 November: 'All changed, changed utterly...'? Ireland 1916-1918, a History Ireland Hedge School. Host and venue: National Library of Ireland, Kildare Street, Dublin 2. Free. 7pm. No booking required. Details.

Tuesday 8 November: Nurses, Medics and Volunteers of World War I, with Dr Johanne Devlin Trew. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society, Lisburn Branch. Venue: Bridge Community Centre, 50 Railway Street, Lisburn, BT28 1XP. 7:30pm. All welcome.

Tuesday 8 November: Tracing Irish Police Ancestors, with Jim Herlihy. Host: Genealogical Society of Ireland. Venue: Dún Laoghaire Further Education Institute, Cumberland Street, Dún Laoghaire, Co. Dublin. Donation €3. All welcome. 8pm.

Wednesday 9 November Steelboys, Oakboys and Bad Boys: the troubled County of Armagh, 1750 to 1800, with Dr Eoin Magennis. Part of the County Armagh Lecture Series. Host and venue: PRONI, Titanic Boulevard, Belfast. 1pm. Free. Booking recommended - email to secure your place. (Lecture rearranged from 12 October.)

Thursday 10 November: WWI Ireland: Exploring the Irish Experience, an exhibition tour. Host and venue: National Library of Ireland, 2/3 Kildare Street, Dublin 2. Booking is not required. All welcome. 2pm.

Thursday 10 November: From revival to rebellion, with Roddy Hegarty. Host: Libraries NI. Venue: Lisburn City Library, Linenhall St, Lisburn BT28 1FJ. 6:30pm to 7:30pm. Free. All welcome. Booking recommended: 028 9266 9345 or

Thursday 10 November: Dungannon in WW1, with Robert Butler. Host: Western Front Association. Venue: PRONI, Titanic Boulevard, Belfast. 6:30pm. £4 donation requested. All welcome. No booking.

Thursday 10 November: Starting Irish family history, with Maureen Doyle and Beryl O'Gorman. Host and venue:Genealogical Society of Victoria, Level B1 257 Collins Street, Melbourne, Australia 3000. 10am to 12Noon. Members $30/non-members $60/affiliated groups $45. Need to register. Details.

Thursday 10 November: Forgotten Soldiers: The Irishmen Shot at Dawn, with Stephen Walker. Host: Carrickfergus Museum. Venue: Carrickfergus Town Hall, Joymount, Carrickfergus, Co Antrim, BT37 7DN. 7:30pm. Light refreshments will be served. Free, but you need to book a seat. Email: Tel: 02893 358241.

Friday 11 November: Reading Room closed in the morning – National Archives of Ireland, Bishop Street, Dublin 8.

Saturday 12 November: A Tale of Two Cemeteries – a poignant story of two forgotten girls, with Harman Scott. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society, Tyrone Branch. Venue: Omagh Library, Dublin Road, Omagh, BT78 1HL. 10am. All welcome.

Saturday 12 November: The Irish Way of Death. Host: The Center for Irish Studies at the University of St. Thomas. Venue: South Woulfe Alumni Hall, Anderson Student Center, St Paul campus, Minnesota 55105, USA. 1pm–5:30pm. Free and open to the public. Details.

Saturday 12 November: The National Library's History & Heritage, an introduction to the Library's rich architectural history and the Signatories exhibition, plus a guided tour of the Reading Room.  Venue: National Library of Ireland, Kildare Street, Dublin 2. Admission free. All welcome. 1pm. No need to book.