Monday 29 October 2018

Irish family history & heritage events, 29 Oct - 11 Nov

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.

Saturday 3 November:
Pioneering Women in Irish history, a day conference. Hosts: Old Tuam Society and Galway County Council. Venue: Corralea Court Hotel, The Square, Tuam, Co Galway. 9:30am to 4:30pm. The conference fee of €10 includes tea and coffee and a two course lunch. See programme.

Monday 5 November: NLI Reading Room and Manuscript Room closed. Venue: National Library of Ireland, Kildare Street, Dublin 2. On-going Monday closures are facilitating extensive redevelopment of the premises. All other services/exhibitons/cafe, including Genealogy Advisory Service, operate as normal. Details.

Monday 5 November: Workshop Evening. 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.

Monday 5 November: 1798 Rebellion, with Dr David Hume. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society, Killyleagh Branch. Venue: Killyleagh Masonic Hall, 50 High Street, Killyleagh, Co Down. 8pm. Free. All welcome.

Monday 5 November: Using the National Library, a Research Workshop. Venue and Host: NLI, Kildare Street, Dublin 2. 3pm. Places are limited so booking required. To reserve a place, email or phone 01 6030 259/346.

Thursday 8 November: Exiles of '98, a half-day conference to marks the recent publication by the Ulster Historical Foundation of 'Exiles of ’98: Ulster Presbyterians and the United States', by Peter Gilmore, Trevor Parkhill and William Roulston. Venue: Public Record Office of Northern Ireland, Titanic Boulevard, Belfast. 2-4:30pm. Free, but need to book.

Thursday 8 November: The history of the linen industry in the Mountshannon region, with Noel Murphy. Host: South East Galway Archaeological & Historical Society. Venue: Irish Workhouse Centre, St. Bridget's Road, Portumna, Co. Galway. 8pm. All welcome.

Friday 9 November: Hidden in the landscape, with Dr James O'Neill. Hosts: This land of ire: the archaeology and landscape of Tyrone's Rebellion, a lecture series organised by Historic Environment Division. Venue: The Public Record Office of Northern Ireland, Titanic Boulevard, Belfast. 1pm. Free. Details.

Saturday 10 November: Family History lecture day. Host: Irish Family History Society. Venue: Dublin City Library and Archives, 144 Pearse St, Dublin 2. 10am to 4:30pm. Free. All welcome.

Saturday 10 November: The 1918 general election – political earthquake or ‘same old, same old’? History Ireland Hedge School. Host: History Ireland magazine. Venue: Allingham Festival, Abbey Centre, Ballyshannon, Co Donegal. 6pm. Free. Editor Tommy Graham, with Brian Hanley, Brian Walker, Pauric Travers and Margaret O’Callaghan. Free. All welcome.

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