Monday 6 February 2017

Irish genealogy, history and heritage, 6–18 February

Monday 6 February: The McKees of Ulster, with John McKee. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society, Killyleagh Branch. Venue: Masonic Hall, 50 High Street, Killyleagh, Co Down, BT30 9QF. 8pm to 9:30pm. All welcome.

Monday 6 February: Tracing your military and revolutionary ancestors, with Nicola Morris MAGI. Host: 'Mondays at the Mess lecture series. Venue: Richmond Barracks, off Bulfin Road, Inchicore, Dublin 8. 11am. All welcome. Entry €5 includes tea/coffee and a scone in the cafe. Tickets.

Monday 6 February: “We own the Laurentic” – story of the sinking and exploration of the White Star liner Laurentic, with Jack Scoltock. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society, Foyle Branch. Venue: Lecture Room of Derry City’s Central Library, 35 Foyle Street, Derry, BT48 6AL. 7pm. Free. All welcome.

Tuesday 7 February: Magnificence and misery: Philanthropy, identity, and city image in Dublin and Edinburgh, c.1815-c.1845, with Joe Curran. Part of the 'Modern Irish History - Culture, Place and Identity' seminar series. Host: University of Edinburgh, School of History, Classics and Archaeology. Venue: Room G13, Old Medical School, William Robertson Wing, Teviot Place, Edinburgh, UK. 6pm. No booking required. All welcome.

Tuesday 7 February: Dublin's sporting heritage and the development of Dublin City Sports Archive, with Ellen Murphy. Host: The Old Dublin Society. Venue: Dublin City Library & Archive Conference Room, 138–144 Pearse Street, Dublin 2. 6pm. Free. All welcome.

Thursday 9 February: Poets of the black chair: Francis Ledwidge and Hedd Wynn 1887-1917, with Myles Dungan and Nerys Williams. Part of the 'Ireland and the World after the Rising’ Winter Lecture Series 2017. Host: Glasnevin Trust & Trinity College Dublin. Venue: Museum’s Milestone Gallery, Glasnevin Cemetery. Dublin 11. 7pm. Tickets for each lecture are €10. Details and booking.

Thursday 9 February Military Traditions Conference and book launch. Joint hosts: PRONI and Antrim and Down Western Front Association. Venue: Public Record Office of Northern Ireland, 2 Titanic Blvd, Titanic Quarter, Belfast BT3 9HQ. 2pm to 5:30pm. Free, but need to register.

Friday 10 February: New Discoveries At Glendalough, a talk from UCD School of Archaeology. Host: Glendalough Heritage Forum. Venue: Brockagh Centre, Laragh, County Wicklow. 7pm. Details. All welcome.

Saturday 11 February:
Beginning Irish Research, with Audrey Leonard. Host: Irish Genealogical Society Intl (IGSI). Venue: Minnesota Genealogical Society Library, 1185 North Concord, South St Paul, MN. USA. 10:30am–12 noon. The cost is $15 for IGSI members and $20 for non-members. Need to book.

Saturday 11 February: Getting Started with Irish Genealogy Research, a beginner level workshop, with Miles Davenport. Host and venue: McClelland Irish Library (Norton Room) 1106 North Central Avenue, Phoenix, Arizona, USA. 10:30am – 12:30pm. Costs: $15 for Library/ICC members and $20 for the general public. Details. Fully booked.

Saturday 11 February: The Evolution of Surnames, with Vincent Brogan. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society, Omagh Branch. Venue: Seminar Room, Omagh Library, Dublin Road, Omagh, BT78 1HL. 10am. Free. All welcome.

Saturday 11 February: No more on the docks, an evening of entertainment (celebrating the history and stories of the docklands) with songwriter Paul O’Brien. Hosts: Dublin Dock Workers Preservation Society and the East Wall History Group. Venue: The Ferryman, 35 Sir John Rogerson's Quay, Dublin. From 8:30pm. Free. All welcome.

Monday 13 February: Book Sale at Cork County Library HQ, Carrigrohane Road, Cork. 10am-5pm. All welcome.

Monday 13 February: 1916 What Happened Next - Compensation Claims, with Cathy Scuffil. Host: Clontarf Historical Society. Venue: Resource Centre, St. John the Baptist Church, Seafield Road. Clontarf Dublin 3. 8pm.

Monday 13 February: Smuggled Goods and Illicit Commerce in West Cork and the Bantry area in the 17th Century, with Dr Connie Kelleher. Host: Bantry Historical Society. Venue: Christian Fellowship Church, Tower Street, Bantry, Co. Cork. All welcome. 8pm.

Monday 13 February: Old Carnmoney, with Wesley Bonar. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society, Newtownabbey Branch. Venue: Drama Theatre, Glengormley High School, 134 Ballyclare Road, Newtownabbey, BT36 5HP. 7pm. All welcome.

Monday 13 February: A History of Irish Presbyterianism & the resources of the Presbyterian Historical Society, with Valerie Adams. Host: Carryduff Historical Society. Venue: Lough Moss Leisure Centre, Hillsborough Road, Carryduff, Co Down. 8pm. All welcome.

Tuesday 14 February: Defence Forces: Developments at the Military Archives in 2017, with Capt. Daniel Ayiotis. Host: Genealogical Society of Ireland (GSI). Venue: DFEi, Cumberland St, Dún Laoghaire, Co Dublin. 8pm. All welcome. A donation of €3 is requested.

Tuesday 14 February: Stories of Belfast Poor House, with Louise Cavana. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society, Lisburn Branch. Venue: The Bridge Community Centre, 50 Railway Street, Lisburn, BT28 1XP. 7:30pm. All welcome.

Wednesday 15 February: Fairs and livestock markets, with Jimmy Walsh. Host: Carlow History and Archaeological Society. Venue: Seven Oaks Hotel, Carlow. 8pm. All welcome. Free.

Wednesday 15 February: Patrick Pearse: Reality and Myth, with Dr Roisin Higgins. Host and venue: Tyneside Irish Centre, 41 Gallowgate, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK NE1 4SG. 7:30pm - 9pm. Free. All welcome. Details.

Thursday 16 February: Aquila Non Captat Museas: a voyage of discovery of the William Graves & Sons Shipping Company papers at WIT Libraries, with Kieran Cronin. Host: Dunhill History Lecture Series XI, 2017. Venue: Dunhill Multi-Education Centre (opp GAA grounds), Dunhill, Co Waterford. 8pm. €5. Lecture is followed by Q&A and light refreshments. All welcome. Details of lecture series.

Thursday 16 February: Ireland and the Russian revolution, 1917-23, with Conor Kostick. Part of the 'Ireland and the World after the Rising’ Winter Lecture Series 2017. Host: Glasnevin Trust & Trinity College Dublin. Venue: Museum’s Milestone Gallery, Glasnevin Cemetery. Dublin 11. 7pm. Tickets for each lecture are €10. Details and booking.

Friday 17 – Saturday 18 February: The Royal Munster Fusiliers and the Kerry Connection, an exhibiton. Hosts: The Royal Munster Fusiliers Association, the Great War Society, and the Cork. Venue: Tralee Library, Moyderwell, Tralee, Co. Kerry. Friday at 2pm-5:30; Saturday 10am to 5:30pm. Researchers are attending on Saturday to assist the public locate information on WW1 ancestors. Free.