Monday 15 May 2017

Irish genealogy and history events, 15 - 28 May

Monday 15 May to Friday 19 May: Clans and Surnames - genealogy and dna talks and consultations, fieldtrips and tours. Venue: Great National Abbey Court Hotel, Nenagh, Co Tipperary. Day bookings still available. Details.

Tuesday 16 May: Revolution and the Burning of Irish Country houses, with particular reference to Kilboy, with Professor Terence Dooley. Host: Dunkerrin Parish History Society. Venue: Obama Plaza, J23/M7, Moneygall, Co Offaly. 8pm. All welcome – tickets €5; members free.

Thursday 18 May: Mapping towns through time, with Professor Roger J P Kain, Part of the IHTA Seminar 2017. Host and venue: Royal Irish Academy, Dawson Street, Dublin 2. 6pm. All welcome. Free to attend but advance registration required. Details.

Thursday 18 May: Book launch: County Louth and the Irish Revolution, 1912-1923, by Donal Hall and Martin Maguire. Host: Irish Academic Press. Venue: Oriel Centre, Dundalk Gaol, Carrickmacross Road, Dundalk, Co Louth. 7pm. Free. Booking to or (0)45 432 497.

Thursday 18 May Tracing your Irish ancestors, with the Ulster Historical Foundation. Host New Zealand Society of Genealogists, Irish Interest Group, Lower North Island. Venue: Loaves & Fishes Hall @ Wellington Cathedral of St Paul, 45 Molesworth St, Thorndon, Wellington, New Zealand (entrance Hill St). Two two-hour sessions, each with two Irish genealogy topics. Choose from 1pm–3pm, and 6pm–8pm. $20 per session. Advance booking required: email

Saturday 20 May: Irish Genealogical Research Society – Dublin Open Day, Dublin City Library & Archive 138-144 Pearse Street, Dublin 2. Three lectures: Tracing ancestors in the Irish Police, with Jim Herlihy, Finding the Irish in Scotland, with Ruth Mathewson, and How German immigrants brought savoury delight to Dublin, with Karl-Heinz Wuestner, plus three 'Lightening Talks': DNA testing, Church records, and Introducing the upgraded website. 10am to 4pm. Lunch at own expense. Free. Details.

Saturday 20 May: Introduction to Irish Genealogy, with Bridget Bray. Host and venue: Irish Arts Center, 553 West 51st. Street, New York, NY 10019, USA. 3pm to 5pm. $38 for IAC members/students/seniors and $47 for all others. All welcome. Tickets.

Saturday 20 May: 19th Medieval Dublin Symposium. Host: Friends of Medieval Dublin. Venue: Robert Emmett Theatre (Room 2037), Arts Building, Trinity College Dublin. Free. No booking required. 9:30am–4:50pm. All welcome.

Saturday 20 May: Rathfarnham – Touched by Faith, Surrounded by History, a walk and talk. Host: Rathfarnham Historical Society. Venue: Meet at the Moravian Graveyard, Whitechurch Road, Rathfarnham, Dublin 14 at 11:30 am (sharp). Duration approx 1hr 15 mins. All are welcome. Fee €4.00.

Sunday 21 May: Tracing your Irish Ancestors, with the Ulster Historical Foundation. Host: New Zealand Society of Genealogists, Dunedin Branch. Venue: Dunningham Suite, 4th Floor, Dunedin Public Library, 230 Moray Place, Dunedin, New Zealand. 10am to 5pm. £20. Refreshments included, but bring your own lunch. Contact Robyn Thorburn, 03 473 8503.

Tuesday 23 May: Milltown Cemetery, with Tom Hartley, and Dabbling with Facebook, with Anne Johnston. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society, Belfast Branch. Venue: C. S. Lewis Room, Holywood Arches Library, Holywood Road, Belfast, BT4 1NT. 7:30pm. Free. All welcome.

Tuesday 23 May: Exploring Your Irish & Scots-Irish Ancestors, with the Ulster Historical Foundation. Host: The Wanaka Genealogy Group. Venue: Presbyterian Community Church Centre, 91 Tenby Street, Wanaka, New Zealand. 1pm–5pm. $20. All welcome. Details and booking.

Wednesday 24 May: The Gore-Booth Sisters in Manchester: Suffrage, Socialism and Sobriety, with Dr Sonja Tiernan. Host and venue: Irish World Heritage Centre, 1 Irish Town Way, Cheetham Hill, Manchester UK, M8 0RY. 7:30pm. Free. All welcome. Details.

Thursday 25 May: Forger, freemason, freeman: the story of Samuel Clayton, Dubliner, with Margaret Smith. Host: Rathmines, Ranelagh and Rathgar Historical Society. Venue: Rathmines Town Hall, Rathmines, Dublin 6. 8pm. Members free; Visitors €3.

Thursday 25 May: Irish family history day, with the Ulster Historical Foundation. Host: Society of Australian Genealogists. Venue: Glover Cottages, 124 Kent Street (next door to Richmond Villa, 120 Kent St), Sydney, Australia. 10am–4pm. Morning and afternoon tea provided; bring your own lunch. Bookings essential: $55 members, $70 non-members. Details.

Thursday 25 May: From Antichrist to ARCIC: Protestant attitudes to Catholicism, 1517-2017, with Prof Alan Ford. The Beckett Lecture. Host: Ulster Society for Irish Historical Studies. Venue: PRONI, Titanic Boulevard, Belfast. 6:30pm. Free tickets. Booking

Friday 26 May: 'Squinting George': the Curraghmore of George, first Marquess of Waterford (1736-1800), with Julian Walton. Host: Waterford Archaeological and Historical Society. Venue: St. Patrick's Gateway Centre, Patrick Street, Waterford City. 8pm. Small charge for non-members. All welcome.

Friday 26 May to Sunday 28 May: The Homecoming of the Daniel McCarthy Glas Archive and the Mac Carthy Cultural and Historical Weekend. Hosts: School of History, UCC; Cork City and County Archives; Dunmanway Historical Association. Venue: The Parkway Hotel, Dunmanway, Co Cork. For details email

Saturday 27 May:
Tracing your Irish ancestors - a day seminar with the Ulster Historical Foundation. Host: Genealogy Sunshine Coast. Venue: Genealogy Sunshine Coast Resource Centre, Petrie Park Road, Nambour, QLD 4560, Australia. 8am–3:30pm. $40, includes morning and afternoon tea; Lunch available for $5pp. Details. Booking advised.

Saturday 27 May: Our Wicklow Heritage: Community Archaeology, including illustrated presentations, a screening, workshop and optional field trip to Glendalough. Host: Wicklow County Council Heritage Department. Venue: Brockagh Resource Centre, Laragh, Co Wicklow. 10am–4pm. Free. All welcome. Advance booking essential. Details.

Sunday 28 May: Irish Family History, seminar with the Ulster Historical Foundation. Host: The Western Australian Genealogical Society (WAGS). Venue: State Library of Western Australia, 25 Francis St, Perth, Australia. 1pm–7pm. $40 members of WAGS or Affiliated Societies, $50 non-members. Details. FULLY BOOKED.