Monday 1 May 2017

Irish genealogy and history events, 1–14 May

Until the end of June: Con and Eva – Gendering Revolution, an exhibition exploring the revolutionary lives of two sisters, Constance Markievicz and Eva Gore-Booth. Host and venue: Irish World Heritage Centre, 1 Irish Town Way, Cheetham, Manchester, UK. Free. Details.

Tuesday 2 May: From Meeting House to Chapel: The evolution of Presbyterian and Catholic churches, with Finbar McCormick. Host: Institute of Irish Studies. Venue: Irish Studies Seminars, Queen's University Belfast, 6–10 Fitzwilliam Street, Belfast. 4:30pm. All welcome.

Thursday 4 May: May Day Magic: Fairies, Witches and Dew-Charms, with Dr Jenny Butler. Host: Muskerry Local History Society. Venue: Rugby Club, Ballincollig, Co. Cork. All welcome. Non-members €3. 8pm.

Thursday 4 May: 1916 Lives in focus Augustine Birrell, with Eunan O'Halpin; Thomas Clarke, with James Quinn; Desmond Ryan, with Lawrence White. Host and venue: Pearse Museum, St. Enda's Park, Grange Road, Rathfarnham, Dublin 16. 7pm. Admission is free, but booking is advised on 01 4934208. Details.

Friday 5 May & Saturday 6 May: Genealogy Days, with talks, tours, consultations and local genealogy societies. Host and venue: Irish American Heritage Museum, 370 Broadway, Albany, NY 12207, USA. Details to be posted in due course.

Friday 5 May to Sunday 7 May: The Historic Settlement in South Kildare, conference. Hosts: Group for the Study of Irish Historic Settlement and Castledermot Local History Group. Venue: Seven Oaks Hotel, Carlow. Programme. Full Conference Registration €50; students €20.

Saturday 6 May: The Mother and Child Scheme, with Andrew McCarthy Host & venue: Tipperary County Museum, Mick Delahunty Square, Clonmel, Co Tipperary. 10:30am. €5. All welcome. Seats allocated on a first come, first served basis.

Saturday 6 May: IGRS Open Day. Two lectures: Ireland’s Court Records – What survived 1922? with Steven Smyrl MAGI, and Finding the Irish in British and Irish Army Records, with Nicola Morris MAGI; AGM; light lunch and refreshments; Q&A session. An informal and informative event for members (£25) and non-members (£30). Venue: The Abbey Conference Centre, 34 Great Smith Street, London SW1P 3BU, UK. Booking and full details.

Saturday 6 May: Genealogy Workshop, with resident genealogist Lynn Brady. Host and Venue: Glasnevin Cemetery Museum, Finglas Road, Glasnevin, Dublin 11. 2pm to 3pm. All participants will receive vouchers worth €10, giving access to Glasnevin Cemetery's unique records. Booking essential. E: or call 0(1) 882 6536.

Monday 8 May: The early history of the Ulster Plantation c1609–1641: Some problems and opportunities, with David Hefferman. Host: Institute of Irish Studies. Venue: Irish Studies Seminars, Queen's University Belfast, 6–10 Fitzwilliam Street, Belfast. 4:30pm. All welcome.

Monday 8 May: A Dander Through Shantallow – A history of the area, with Roy Hamilton. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society, Foyle Branch. Venue: Lecture Room of Derry City’s Central Library, 35 Foyle Street, Londonderry, BT48 6AL. 7pm. Free. All welcome.

Tuesday 9 May: The story of our DNA, with Mike Mulligan. Host: Genealogical Society of Ireland. Venue: Dún Laoghaire FE Institute, 17 Cumberland St, Dún Laoghaire, Co. Dublin. 8pm. All welcome. €3 donation requested.

Wednesday 10 May: Guarding against ‘hogs, dogs, bogs and thieves’: West of Ireland herdsmen in the 19th century, with John Cunningham. Host: Western Family History Association. Venue: Lackagh Parish Centre, Lackagh, Co. Galway. 8pm–10pm. Free. All welcome. Details.

Thursday 11 May: Lorrha (Tipperary) people in the Great War, with Gerard O'Meara. Hosts: Western Front Association and PRONI. Venue: Public Record Office of Northern Ireland, Titanic Boulevard, Belfast, BT3 9HQ. All welcome. £4 donation requested. 6:30pm to 8:45pm. Details.

Friday 12 May: Dr Brian Trainor – A day of talks to celebrate his life and work in history and archives. Host: Ulster Historical Foundation. Venue: PRONI, Titanic Boulevard, Belfast. 10am to 3pm. The event is free to attend and light refreshments and lunch will be provided on the day. Registration is essential; Tel UHF on 028 9066 1988 or e-mail: or Eventbrite.

Friday 12 May to Sunday 14 May:
Knocklong History Weekend, focus on the Irish Revolution in Munster. Lecture, bus tour of war sites, music, theatre, and a seminar on Cumann na mBan in the War of Independence. Venues in Knocklong, Co Limerick. Small charge for some elements. Details.

Saturday 13 May: DNA: the next step in family history, with Paddy Waldron. Host: Mayo Genealogy Group. Venue: National Museum of Country Life, Turlough Park, Castlebar, Co. Mayo. 2pm–3:30pm.

Saturday 13 May: Griffith's Valuation of Ireland, with Audrey Leonard. Host: Irish Genealogical Society Intl (IGSI). Venue: Minnesota Genealogical Society (MGS) Library, 1185 N. Concord, South St. Paul, Minnesota, USA. Starts at 10:30am. Cost is $15 for IGSI members and $20 for non-members. Register.

Saturday 13 May: Connecting People and Place: Exploring Your Ulster Roots, a day seminar. Hosts: Ulster Historical Foundation, Public Record Office of Northern Ireland, Federation for Ulster Local Studies, North of Ireland Family History Society. Venue: PRONI, 2 Titanic Boulevard, Titanic Quarter, Belfast, BT1 2LG. 10am to 4pm. Refreshments and light lunch included. Advance registration for free tickets is essential. Waiting list only. Details.