Monday 27 May 2019

Irish genealogy and history events, 27 May to 9 June

Monday 27 May: NLI Reading Room and Manuscript Room closed all day to facilitate the Library's continuing redevelopment of the premises. Venue: National Library of Ireland, Kildare Street, Dublin 2. All other services/exhibitons/cafe, including Genealogy Advisory Service, operate as normal

Monday 27 May: Public holiday in Northern Ireland. All archives and libraries closed, reopening to normal timetables on Tuesday. Note: The Republic of Ireland does not share this holiday and operates as normal.

Tuesday 28 May: A Bloody Dawn - The Irish at D-Day, with military historian Dan Harvey, who recently retired as Lieutenant Colonel from the Irish Defence Forces. Host and venue: Centre Culturel Irlandais, 5 rue des Irlandais, 75005 Paris, France. Presentation in English. 7pm to 9pm. Admission free. Reservation recommended.

Tuesday 28 May: The National Archives of Ireland, with Brian Donnelly. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society, Causeway Coast & Glens branch. Venue: The Guide Hall, Terrace Row, Coleraine, Co Londonderry. 8pm. All welcome. Free.

Wednesday 29 May: A Terrible Beauty Televised: The Irish Revolution in Film, with Lance Pettit. Host: ICC's The Decade of Centenaries: Ireland in 1919 - Spring lecture series. Venue: Irish Cultural Centre, 5 Black's Road, Hammersmith, London W6 9DT. 7–9pm. All welcome. Tickets £5.92, via Eventbrite. 

Wednesday 29 May: Lead mining at Ballycorus, with Rob Goodbody. Host: Spring Talks series, Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council. Venue: Marlay House, Marlay Park, Grange Rd, Rathfarnham, Dublin 16. 7pm. Free. Booking essential; email

Thursday 30 May: RCB Library will closed all day. Re-opening Friday 9:30am, subject to usual Friday restrictions (only printed collection accessible). RCB Library, Churchtown, Dublin 14.

Thursday 30 May: The O’Haras of Crebilly, with Brian O’Hara, plus AGM. Host: NIFHS, Ballymena Branch. Venue: Michelin Arts Workshop, Braid Arts Centre, 1-29 Bridge Street, Ballymena, BT43 5EJ. 7:15pm. Free. All welcome.

Friday 31 May: A Long Farewell - Emigration of Donegal Women 1845-1950, with Caroline Carr. Host: Donegal County Museum. Venue: Twin Towns Library, The Base Enterprise Centre, Railway Rd, Stranorlar, Co. Donegal. Free. 11am. All welcome.

Monday 3 June: June bank holiday in Republic of Ireland. All archives and libraries closed, except exhibitions at the National Library of Ireland which are open 12-noon to 5pm. Note: Northern Ireland does not share this holiday and its institutions are open as per regular timetable.

Tuesday 4 June: Researching Irish Records, with Jennifer Bryan. Venue: Jackson County Genealogy Library, Jackson County Genealogy Library, 3405 S. Pacific Hwy, Medford, Oregon 97501 USA. $20/non-Members; $10/RVGS Members. 10:30am-12:30pm. To register, T541-512-2340, email

Wednesday 5 June: International Council on Archives Workshop, a practical workshop on essential skills, online resources and a tour or the public spaces. Venue: PRONI, Titanic Boulevard, Belfast. 11am-4pm (incl one-hour break for lunch). This is a free event however spaces are limited, so need to register.

Wednesday 5 June: The French landings in Cork that never were, 1900-1905, with Dr Jérôme aan de Wiel. Cork Harbour Festival Lunchtime Lectures series. Hosts: History Department UCC and St Peter's Cork. Venue: St Peter's Church, North Main Street, Cork City. Free. 1:10pm to 2pm. Chaired by Dr John Borgonovo. Free.

Wednesday 5 June: Harry Boland's Manchester roots, with Donnacha DeLong. (Harry Boland and Michael Collins sprang Eamonn De Valera from Lincoln Prison.) Host and venue: Irish World Heritage Centre, Irish Town, Cheetham Hill, Manchester 8, UK. Free but need to book or email IWHC at 7:15pm. All welcome.

Thursday 6 June: Book launch: A Bloody Dawn: The Irish at D-Day, by Dan Harvey. Official opening of the Irish Military Seminar 2019. Hosts: Kildare Decade of Commemorations and Newbridge Library. Venue: Newbridge Library, Athgarvan Road, Newbridge, Co. Kildare. 7pm to 8:30pm. All welcome. Free but need to book. See details.

Thursday 6 June: Like diamonds, gambling and picture-fancying, a luxury of the rich’?: Ireland’s divorcing minority, 1701-1922, with Dr Diane Urquahart. J.C. Beckett Annual Memorial Lecture. Hosts: The Ulster Society of Irish Historical Studies. Venue: PRONI Titanic Boulevard, Belfast. 7pm. Details and booking.

Thursday 6 June: Amphibious warfare: The Desmond Rebellion and the Munster coastline, 1579-1583, with David Edwards. Cork Harbour Festival Lunchtime Lectures series. Hosts: History Department UCC and St Peter's Cork. Venue: St Peter's Church, North Main Street, Cork City. Free. 1:10pm to 2pm. Chaired by Dr John Borgonovo.

Friday 7 and Saturday 8 June: The Genealogy Show. Venue: National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham, UK. 10am to 5pm both days. £15 admission per day. £4 per talk (both with booking fee add-ons via website). Details.