Monday 30 October 2017

Irish genealogy and history events, 30 Oct to 12 Nov

Monday 30 October: Public Holiday in Republic of Ireland only. All libraries and archives offices closed.

Tuesday 31 October: The
wWreck of the Leon XIII in 1907,
with Mick Carrick. Host: Kilrush and District Historical Society. Venue: Teach Ceoil, Kilrush, Co. Clare. 8pm to 9pm. All welcome. Members free. Non-members €5 on the door.

Tuesday 31 October: Halloween lock-in, with Martin McDowell. Late night research and social mingle. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society. Venue: NIFHS Research Centre, Unit C4, Valley Business Centre, 67 Church Road, Newtownabbey, Co. Antrim, BT36 7LS. 8pm to 12pm. Need to be in by 8pm. Stay as long as you like. Complimentary light refreshments will be available. Free, but need to book. All welcome. Details.

Wednesday 1 November: Early medieval masons in Rathdown, with Jason Bolton. Host: Rathmichael Historical Society. Venue: Rathmichael NS, Stonebridge Road, Shankill, Co Dublin. 8pm. €4. All welcome.

Wednesday 1 November: Archives of the Valuation Office, with Frances McGee. Host and venue: National Archives of Ireland, Bishop Street, Dublin 8. Free. All welcome. No booking required. 6pm.

Wednesday 1 November: Family history clinics – free advice workshops. Host: Lisburn City Library. Venue: Lisburn City Library, Linenhall St, Lisburn BT28 1FJ. 10:30am–12:30pm and 2pm–4pm. Booking essential on 028 9266 9345. All welcome.

Wednesday 1 November: Welcome to the Golden Age of Irish genealogy, with Tony Hennessy MAGI. Host and venue: Medieval Museum in Waterford's Viking Triangle, The Mall, Waterford City. All welcome. 1:15pm to 2pm. €5 admission on the door. No booking required.

Thursday 2 November: Paisanos: The forgotten Irish who changed the face of Latin America, with Tim Fanning. Host: Mount Merrion Historical Society. Venue: Mount Merrion Community Centre, North Avenue, Mt Merrion, Stillorgan, Co Dublin. 8pm. All welcome. Non-members €4.

Thursday 2 November: From medieval warlords to anglicised loyalists: The Powers of Curraghmore, 1400-1700, with Julian Walton. The Niall Byrne Memorial Lecture. Host & venue: Waterford Museum of Treasures, The Mall, Waterford City. No prior booking is required. 7.30pm. Admission €5.

Saturday 4 November: Irish research expert help desk, with Ruth Mathewson and Roz McCutcheon of the Irish Genealogical Research Society. Host: West Surrey Family History Society. Venue: Woking Leisure Centre, Kingfield Rd, Woking, Surrey, UK (GU22 9BA). 10am–4:30pm. Free. All welcome.

Saturday 4 November: Our Wicklow heritage: Making local history. Hosted by Heritage Office, Wicklow County Council. Venue: Brockagh Resource Centre, Laragh, Glendalough, Co Wicklow. Keynote speaker Professor Raymond Gillespie. Other presentations by five local historical societies, Wicklow Library and Archives services, and a group workshop. 9:30am–4:30pm. Free, but need to register. Details.

Saturday 4 November: The Children of the 1916 Rising: part of Women's History Day. A talk, walk, and museum visit. Host: Maryland Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians. Venue: Irish Railroad Workers Museum, 918-920 Lemmon St, Baltimore, Maryland, USA. 11:30am–2pm EDT. Free. Details.

Saturday 4 November: Dublin Histories, with Donal Fallon, John Gibney and Aileen O’Carroll in conversation with Myles Dungan. Hosts: Dublin Book Festival and NLI. Venue: National Library of Ireland, Kildare Street, Dublin 2. Free. 3.30pm – 4.30pm. All welcome. Booking advised.

Saturday 4 November: Family history advice day, with the Western Family History Association. Host: Galway City Museum and WFHA. Noon for lecture presentation by Paul Greaney and Pat Finn); From 2pm: free consultations. Venue: Galway City Musuem, Spanish Parade House, Merchants Rd Lower, Galway City. For more information or to book consultation, phone Museum on 091 532460.

Monday 6 November: NLI Reading Room and Manuscript Room closed. Venue: National Library of Ireland, Kildare Street, Dublin 2. On-going Monday closures are to facilitate extensive redevelopment of the premises. All other services/exhibitons/cafe, including Genealogy Advisory Service, operating as normal. Details.

Tuesday 7 November: Understanding heraldry, with Michael McKeag. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society. Venue: NIFHS Research Centre, C4, Valley Business Park, Newtownabbey, Co Antrim. 11am–1pm and 2pm–4pm (lunch, not provided, 1–2pm). £12. Plus optional informal walk round Queen’s University to spot memorials and armorials. All welcome. Need to book. Details.

Wednesday 8 November: From Meath of the Pastures to Smithfield - a story of a cattle market and a family who lived there, with Mary O'Connell. Host: Old Dublin Society. Venue: Conference Room, Dublin City Library & Archive; 138-144 Pearse Street, Dublin 2. Starts at 6pm. No booking; seating allocated on first come basis. Free. All welcome.

Wednesday 8 November: Tracing your Family Tree: How to Start, Where to Start, with Tony Hennessy MAGI. Host and venue: Medieval Museum in Waterford's Viking Triangle, The Mall, Waterford City. All welcome. 1:15pm to 2pm. €5 admission on the door. No booking required.

Thursday 9 November: Dublin's great wars: Parallel stories from 1912-23, with Prof Richard Grayson. 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.

Thursday 9 November: Public tour of WWIreland exhibition, Exploring the Irish Experience at home and abroad. Host and Venue: National Library of Ireland, 2/3 Kildare Street (next door to main building), Dublin 2. Free. 2pm. No booking required.

Thursday 9 November: Female connections are the best road to research success, with Kevin Cassidy. Host: Greater Omaha Genealogical Society – Irish Interest Group. Venue: LDS Omaha Stake Center, 14680 California Street, Omaha, Nebraska, USA. 7pm. Free, but advance registration required by email to Rita Henry (

Saturday 11 November: Irish historical walking tour of The City of London, exploring inside the walls of the City of London to meet the Irish people who lived and worked there over the last 300 years Host: London Easter 1916-1924 Centenary Committee. Venue: Meet at Holborn tube station (London WC2B 6AA) at Noon. No charge, but donations accepted. Details.

Saturday 11 November: Irish Family History Society's Winter Meeting with two talks in the morning (at 10:15, Quakers of Baltboys, Co Wicklow, with John Hussey, and at 11:15, Culture, politics and local government in Fingal, 1891-1914, with Declan Brady) and two in the afternoon (at 2pm, Jacobs Biscuit Company and its archive, with Douglas Appleyard, and at 3pm, A Nobel scientist who lived in Dublin: Erwin Schrodinger (1887-1961), with Niall McDevitt. Venue: Dublin City Library & Archive, 138 Pearse St, Dublin 2. Registration at 10am. Free. All welcome.