Monday 7 May 2018

Irish genealogy and history events, 7 - 20 May, 2018

Monday 7 May: Public Holiday in both the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.

Tuesday 8 May: Five Dynasties of Montalto, with Horace Reid. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society, Lisburn Branch. Venue: The Bridge Community Centre, 50 Railway Street, Lisburn, BT28 1XP. 7:30pm. Free. All welcome.

Tuesday 8 May: DNA and Irish genealogy: Where to now? with Maurice Gleeson. Host: Genealogical Society of Ireland. Venue: DFEi, Cumberland St, DĂșn Laoghaire, Co Dublin. 8pm. All welcome. €3.

Tuesday 8 May: Sheela-na Gigs – Medieval Exhibitionist figures, with Gary Dempsey. Host: Co Roscommon Historical and Archaeological Society. Venue: Percy French Hotel, Strokestown, Co Roscommon. 8pm. All welcome.

Tuesday 8 May:  Famine in Cork City, with Pat Gunne. A National Famine Commemoration Event. Host: Cork Libraries. Venue: City  Library, 61 Grand Parade, Cork City. 7pm. Free. All welcome.

Tuesday 8 May: The history of Dungarvan, and the Grattan Square Heritage Plaques, with Willie Whelan. Host: SGC Cinema Dungarvan. Venue: SGC Dungarvan, High Street, Dungarvan, Co. Waterford. 5pm–7pm. All welcome. Details.

Tuesday 8 May: Glendalough: the ancient church, with Frank Tracy. Host: Tallaght Historical Society. Venue: County Library, The Square, Tallaght, Dublin 24. 7pm. Free. 

Thursday 10 May: Women in WW1, with Sarah Jane Paterson and the Tonagh Ladies. Host: Western Front Association, Antrim and Down branch. Venue: PRONI, Titanic Boulevard, Belfast BT3 9HQ. 6:30pm. All welcome. Free.

Thursday 10 May: 100 years of Irish women’s history, with Dr. Emma Bidwell. Host and venue: Skibbereen Library, 10 North St, Marsh, Skibbereen, Co. Cork. Free. 11am. All welcome. Booking essential: tel 028 22400 to reserve your place.

Thursday 10 May: Famine sites in Skibbereen Town, a guided walk with Philip O'Regan. A National Famine Commemoration event. Host: Skibbereen Heritage Centre. Meet at the Courthouse in North Street, Skibbereen, Co Cork, at 6:30pm. Walk finishes at Skibbereen Heritage Centre c.8pm. Free. All welcome. Booking essential: tel 028 40900.

Friday 11 May: Mapping the Great Irish Famine, with Mike Murphy. The National Famine Commemoration 2018 Public Lecture. Introduction by Professor WJ Smyth. Venue: Where: Aula Maxima, University College Cork, Cork. 7:30pm. Free. All welcome. Details.

Friday 11 - Sunday 13 May: Historic Settlement: Dungarvan and West Waterford, annual conference. Host: Group for the Study of Irish Historic Settlement. Venue: Lawlors Hotel, Dungarvan, Co Waterford. For full details and to register see

Saturday 12 May: National Famine Commemoration 2018. Official ceremony at University College Cork. Organisers University College Cork in collaboration with Cork City Council.

Saturday 12 May: Genealogy workshop, with Lynn Brady. (Extra date to meet demand) Host and venue: Glasnevin cemetery, Finglas Road, Glasnevin, Dublin 11. 2pm. Tickets €10 each; includes the workshop and a genealogy pack which contains research rules, an explanation of the Glasnevin Records, and a €10 genealogy voucher to start your search of the Glasnevin database. Booking essential.

Monday 14 May: Famine and Migration, with Dr Paddy Fitzgerald. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society, Newtownabbey Branch. Venue: Drama Theatre, Glengormley High School, 134 Ballyclare Road, Newtownabbey, BT36 5HP. Free. 7pm. All welcome.

Monday 14 May: 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.

Monday 14 May: Famine and Migration, with Paddy Fitzgerald. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society, Lisburn Branch. Venue: Lecture Room of Derry City’s Central Library, 35 Foyle Street, Derry, BT48 6AL. 7pm. Free. All welcome.

Tuesday 15 May: A guide to tracing your Limerick ancestors, with John Grenham MAGI. Host and venue: Granary Library, The Granary, Michael St, Limerick. Free. All welcome. 8pm. Details.

Wednesday 16 May: To the White House and back with a President Alive and Dead, with Dr Ian Hunter. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society, North Armagh branch. Venue: Bleary Community Centre, 1 Deans Road, Bleary, Craigavon, Co Armagh, BT66 7AS. 7:30pm. All welcome. Free.

Wednesday 16 May: 1918 tenements and Compo Claims, with Donal Fallon and Cathy Scuffil. Part of the Dublin in 1918 lecture series.  Hosts: Dublin City Public Libraries, Dublin Historians and Near fm 90.3. Venue: Raheny Library, Howth Rd, Raheny, Dublin 5. 6:30pm. Free.

Thursday 17 May: Printed in Bray. The history of the printing industry in Bray & County Wicklow. Hosts: Bray Cualann Historical Society. Venue: Royal Hotel, Main Street, Bray, Co Wicklow. 8pm. Admission €5, members free. All welcome.

Thursday 17 May: Urban modernity and the historic city c1700 to c1840, with Professor Roey Sweet. Hosts: Royal Irish Academy and British Embassy Dublin. Venue: The Royal Irish Academy, 19 Dawson Street, Dublin 2. 6pm. Free. All welcome. Need to register. Details.

Friday 18 May: Irish Historic Towns Atlas Seminar 2018: Modernising Townscapes. Host and venue: Venue: The Royal Irish Academy, 19 Dawson Street, Dublin 2. Free. All welcome. Need to register. Details.

Saturday 19 May: Irish records – Now is the time, a workshop with Jill Williams of the Irish Genealogical Research Society. Host: Aberdeen and NES Family History Society. Venue: Unitarian Church Centre, 43A Skene Terrace, Aberdeen, UK, AB10 1RN. 2:30pm–4:30pm. All welcome. Free.

Saturday 19 May: IGRS Genealogy Open Day. Three lectures and two 'lightning talks'. Host: Irish Genealogical Research Society. Venue: Dublin City Library & Archive, Pearse Street, Dublin 2. 10am to 4pm. Three lectures and two 'lightning talks'. Free. All welcome. No need to register.

Saturday 19 May: 20th Medieval Dublin Symposium. Host: The Friends of Medieval Dublin. Venue: J.M. Synge Theatre (Room 2039), Arts Building, Trinity College Dublin. Details. Free. All welcome.

Saturday 19 May: Managing your Matches - a step-by-step approach to interpreting your DNA matches, with Maurice Gleeson (at 9am) and Marrying DNA and Irish Family Tree Research, with Maurice Gleeson (at 11am). Host: Queensland Family History Society. Venue: Queensland Baptist Centre, 53 Prospect Road, Gaythorne, Queensland, Australia. Cost: $25.00 members (QFHS and GSQ) and $40.00 non-members (includes morning tea). Booking essential.