Monday 22 October 2018

Irish family history and heritage events, 22 Oct - 4 Nov

Monday 22 October to Friday 26 October: National Archives of Ireland's Reading Room closed to facilitate building works. Venue: Bishop Street, Dublin 8. Reopens Tuesday 30th. Details

Monday 22 October: NLI Reading Room and Manuscript Room closed. Venue: National Library of Ireland, Dublin 2. On-going all-day Monday closures are facilitating extensive redevelopment of the main Kildare Street premises; all other services/exhibitons/cafe, including Genealogy Advisory Service, operate as normal. Details.

Monday 22 October: Was Bonaparte in the GPO? Reflections on the legend of Napoleon in Irish history 1796-1916, with Professor Thomas Bartlett. Host and venue: Princess Grace Irish Library, 9 rue Princesse Marie-de-Lorraine, 98000 Monaco. 7:30pm–10pm. Reservations via are essential. Entry €10 per person payable at the door.

Monday 22 October: The sinking of the RMS Leinster in October 1918, with Mario Corrigan. Host: Kill Local History Group. Venue: Parish Office, Kill, Co. Kildare. 8:30pm. Free. All welcome.

Tuesday 23 October: Pandemic: Ireland and the Great Flu 1918, a full-day conference and exhibition. Hosts: Glasnevin Cemetery Museum and Trinity College Dublin. Venue: Glasnevin Cemetery Museum, Finglas Road, Dublin 11. 9:30am to 5:15pm. €10. Booking.

Tuesday 23 October: What's in a (Sur)name? with Dr Paul Tempan. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society, Belfast Branch. Venue: C. S. Lewis Room, Holywood Arches Library, 4-12 Holywood Road, Belfast, BT4 1NT. 7:30pm. Free. All welcome.

Wednesday 24 October: DNA applications to Irish genealogy, with Maurice Gleeson. Host: Irish Genealogical Research Society, Ireland Branch Autumn Lecture. Venue: Helen Roe Theatre, Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland, 63 Merrion Square South, Dublin 2. 6:45pm. All welcome. Members free; non-members €5.

Wednesday 24 October: The Siege, the 1718 Migration and the Foyle Valley, with Dr William Roulston. Hosts: Siege Museum supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund and Derry Strabane Council. Venue: The Siege Museum, 13 Society Street, Derry BT48 6PJ. Free. 7pm to 10pm. Need to register.

Wednesday 24 October: Irish family history assistance in the Library. Host: Genealogical Society of Victoria. Venue: GSV Library, Level 6, 85 Queen Street, Melbourne, Australia. Free for members. $20 non-members. 10am to 4pm. Consultations: One-hour appointments with a research consultant also available. See details.

Thursday 25 October: Total war? Ireland in the Revolutionary and Napoleonic wars, 1793-1815, with Professor Tom Bartlett. Hosts: PRONI and the Ulster Society for Irish Historical Studies. Venue: Public Record Office of Northern Ireland, 2 Titanic Boulevard, Titanic Quarter, Belfast BT3 9HQ. Free. 7pm–9:30pm. Need to register.

Friday 26 October: Using Family and Local History Resources Online, a Positive Aging Month practical workshop that starts with an orientation tour of PRONI and is followed by an introduction to searching resources online. Venue: Public Record Office of Northern Ireland, Titanic Boulevard, Belfast. 11am to 1pm. Free, but space is limited so booking is essential. Details

Saturday 27 October: Irish Special Interest Group meeting, with Jean Roth. Host and venue: Seattle Genealogical Society, 6200 Sand Point Way NE. Seattle, WA, USA. Free. 10:15am to 12:15pm. All welcome.

Sunday 28 October Free genealogy help session. Host and venue: Library of the Irish American Heritage Center, 4626 N Knox Avenue, Chicago, IL 60630, USA. From 1pm to 4pm. Free. All welcome.

Monday 29 October: Bank Holiday in the Republic of Ireland. All repositories and libraries closed, except the National Library of Ireland where exhibitions are open 12-5pm only, but all other services and facilities are closed. This public holiday does not apply to Northern Ireland, which operates as normal.

Monday 29 October: Ireland’s last witchcraft trial: Islandmagee, 1711, with Ciara Molloy. Host: Offaly Historical and Archaeological Society. Venue: Offaly History Centre, Bury Quay, Tullamore, Co Offaly. 8pm. There will be a prize for the best dressed witch on the night!

Tuesday 30 October: Glasgow's Mitchell Library Resources, with Irene O’Brien. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society, Causeway Branch. Venue: Guide Hall, Terrace Row, Coleraine BT52 1HF. 8pm. Free. All welcome.

Tuesday 30 October: Brendan Bracken: son of the Fenian rebel who built Kilrush's Maid of Erin or Winston Churchill's secret son? with Brian Comerford. Hosts: Kilrush and District Historical Society. Venue: Teach Ceoil, Kilrush, Co. Clare. 8pm. All welcome. Free to members/€5 to non-members.

Friday 2 November:
Ireland's abandoned school houses, with Enda O’Flaherty. Venue: Loughwell Farm Park, Moycullen, Co. Galway. 8pm. All welcome. Admission is free and refreshments will be served.