Monday 15 April 2019

Irish genealogy, history & heritage events, 15-27 April

Monday 15 April: NLI closures: All services/exhibitons/cafe, including Genealogy Advisory Service, closed until 11am for staff meeting. Main Reading Room and Manuscript Room remain closed all day to facilitate Library's continuing redevelopment of the premises. Venue: National Library of Ireland, Kildare Street, Dublin 2.

Monday 15 April: Women of the Somme, with Carol Walker. Host: NIFHS, Larne branch. Venue: Larne Bowling & Tennis Club, 112-120 Glenarm Rd, Larne, BT40 1DZ. 7:30pm. Free. All welcome.

Monday 15 April: What's New in Irish family history, with Chris Paton. Host: Glasgow and West of Scotland Family History Society. Venue: Gilchrist Theatre, Kelvinside Academy, Kirklee Road entrance, Glasgow, Scotland G12 0SW. 7:30pm. Members free. Non-members £1 on the door.

Tuesday 16 April: The Boyne in Medieval Myth and Literature, with Dr Clodagh Downey. Host: Meath Archaeological and Historical Society. Venue: Navan Library, Railway St, Dillonsland, Navan, Co. Meath. All welcome. 7pm.

Tuesday 16 April: Are we there yet? Irish genealogy online, with John Grenham MAGI. Host and venue: National Archives of Ireland, Bishop St, Dublin 8. Free. 6pm. No booking. All welcome.

Tuesday 16 April: Commandant Joe Barrett (1888-1971), leader of the mid-Clare Brigade, and his newly discovered archive, with Dr Paul O'Brien. Host: Clare Libraries. Venue: DeValera Public Library, Harmony Row, Lifford, Ennis, co Clare. 6:30pm. Free. All welcome.

Tuesday 16 April: Workshop evening. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society, South Tyrone branch. Venue: Killymaddy Centre, 190 Ballygawley Road, Dungannon BT70 1TF. 8pm. All welcome.

Wednesday 17 April: NAI Reading Room closed until Noon. National Archives of Ireland, Bishop Street, Dublin 8.

Wednesday 17 April: The Vikings in Ireland, with Dr John Sheehan. Host: Kilmurry Historical and Archaeological Association. Venue: Heritage Room, Independence Museum, Kilmurry, Co Cork. 8pm. All welcome. Members free. Non-members €5.

Wednesday 17 April: Widows and the 1641 Depositions, with Professor Jane Ohlmeyer. Host: Institute Association of Professional Historians. Venue: National Library of Ireland, Kildare Street, Dublin 2. 7pm. All welcome.

Wednesday 17 April: The Secret of Dublin Placenames, with Cathy Scuffil. Host and venue: Inchicore Library, 34 Emmet Rd, Inchicore, Kilmainham, Dublin 8. 6:30pm. Admission free. First come, first seated. T. 01 453 3793 or E.

Friday 19 April: Cave Hill and the United Irishmen, with John Gray. Host and Venue: Clifton House, North Queen Street, Belfast, BT15 1ES. 1pm–2pm. Booking advisable, T:028 9099 7022. Fee: £6.50, cash only. All welcome.

Friday 19 April: Good Friday, a public holiday in all but name in the Republic of Ireland, where all librairies and archives will be closed until Easter Monday inclusive. In Northern Ireland, Good Friday is not an official holiday and most repositories will be open (they close instead on Easter Monday and Easter Tuesday).

Monday 22 April: Easter Monday. All National Library of Ireland exhibitions in Dublin, except Seamus Heaney: Listen Now Again, will be open Noon to 5pm. All other areas of the Library closed, as are all repositories and archives in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.

Tuesday 23 April: Bank Holiday in Northern Ireland only. PRONI, the NIFHS Research Centre, and all repositories and local libraries will be closed.

Thursday 25 April: Members Interests Night. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society, Ballymena branch. Venue: Michelin Arts Workshop, Braid Arts Centre, 1-29 Bridge Street, Ballymena, BT43 5EJ. 7:15pm. All welcome.

Friday 26 April: PRONI Workshop - Getting Started. Host & venue: Public Record Office of Northern Ireland, Titanic Blvd, Belfast. Receive advice on searching for records, take part in a practical demonstration on using the Public Search Room, and handle original documents in the Reading Room. 11am to 1pm. Free, but need to book. All welcome. Details and booking.

Friday 26 and Saturday 27 April: Family Tree Live, exhibitors, lectures, workshops, DNA, one-to-one consultations. Researchers with Irish connections should be sure to visit the stands of the Irish Genealogical Research Society (IGRS) and North of Ireland Family History Society (NIFHS). Online booking for lectures ends 22 April. See FamilyTreeLive for details. Venue: Alexandra Palace, Muswell Hill, London, UK.