Monday 18 November 2019

Irish genealogy and history events, 18-30 November

Monday 18 November: A Bard's Road to an Earl's Abode, with James Heenan. Origin of the harp and Turlough O'Carolan's journey to his patron's home at Portumna Castle. Host: Birr Historical Society. Venue: County Arms Hotel, Birr, Co. Offaly. 8pm. All welcome. Non members €5.

Monday 18 November: The National Library of Ireland (all areas) will open at 11am. This includes the Genealogy Advisory Service and Reading Rooms.

Monday 18 November: Ernie O'Malley and his Clew Bay Folklore Collection, with Cormac O'Malley. A Folklore Society of Ireland lecture. Host: National Library of Ireland, Kildare Street, Dublin 2. 7pm. Free. All welcome and booking not required.

Monday 18 November: Family history advice, with Margaret Bonar and Betty Craven. Two sessions: Mornings (10:15-Noon) at Raheny Library, Howth Rd, Raheny, Dublin 5 / Afternoon sessions at Donaghmede Library, Donaghmede Shopping Centre, Dublin 13. Free. All welcome. Booking essential at T 087 6491605.

Monday 18 November: Larne Naval Base in the Great War, with Guy Warner. Host: NIFHS, Larne Branch. Venue: Larne Bowling & Lawn Tennis Club, 112-120 Glenarm Road, Larne, BT40 1DZ. 7:30pm. All welcome. Free.

Tuesday 19 November“You may want a priest yet”: the portrayal of the Catholic Priest in Irish Folklore, with Professor Salvador Ryan. Host and venue: Tipperary Studies, The Source, Thurles, Co Tipperary. 7:30pm. Free. All welcome.

Wednesday 20 November: Using Local Records, with Joy Smith. Host: NIFGS, North Armagh Branch. Venue: Bleary Community Centre, 1 Deans Road, Bleary, Craigavon, Co Armagh, BT66 7AS. Free. 7:30pm. All welcome.

Wednesday 20 November: Bishop James Doyle (JKL) and Daniel O’Connell, with Dr Thomas McGrath. Host: Carlow Historical & Archaeological Society. Venue: Carlow College, St Patrick’s, Carlow Town. 8pm. Free. All welcome.

Wednesday 20 November: The story of the Dunmore Road and its Big Houses, with Joe Falvey. Host: Barony of Gautier Historical Society. Venue: Woodlands Hotel, Dunmore Road, Waterford. 8pm. All welcome. Members free. Non-members €5.

Thursday 21 NovemberClerical Families in 19th Century Ulster, with Dr Janice Holmes. Host: Presbyterian Historical Society of Ireland. Venue: McQuiston Memorial Presbyterian Church, 83 Castlereagh Rd, Belfast BT5 5FE. 8pm. Details.

Thursday 21 November: Linenopolis: the health and welfare of mill workers, a talk by David Huddleston examining workhouse, asylum, school and mill records to reveal the health and welfare of mill workers during the late C19th. Host and venue: The Public Record Office of Northern Ireland, Titanic Boulevard, Belfast. 1pm. Free but you need to register. All welcome.

Saturday 23 November: Irish records? They all went up in smoke... didn't they? a workshop for beginners with Jill Williams, FIGRS. Host: Scottish Genealogy Society, 15 Victoria Terrace, Edinburgh EH1 2JL, Scotland. 10am to Noon, in the Society's Library. Price: £10. Booking.

Saturday 23 November: The Irish Land Agent and the Great Famine: Management practices and challenges, with Dr Ciaran Reilly. Host and venue: Newry and Mourne Museum, Bagenal's Castle, Castle Street, Newry, Co Down BT34 2BY. £3. Noon. All welcome.

Monday 25 November: Getting Started, an introductory workshop for those interested in local and family history. Host and venue: PRONI, Titanic Boulevard, Belfast. 11am to 1pm. Fully Booked.

Tuesday 26 November: Online Resources workshop, an introduction to using online records for family and local history research. Each workshop will start with an orientation tour of PRONI. Host and venue: PRONI, Titanic Boulevard, Belfast. 11am to 1pm. Fully Booked.

Tuesday 26 November: Talking about DNA, with Martin McDowell. Host: NIFHS, Belfast Branch. Venue: CS Lewis Room, Holywood Arches Library, 4-12 Holywood Road, Belfast, BT4 1NT. Free. All welcome. 7:30pm.

Tuesday 26 November: Six Degrees of Separation, with Dr Linde Lunney. Host: NIFHS, Causeway Branch. Venue: Upper Main Hall, The Sandel Centre, Knocklynn Road, Coleraine, BT52 1WT. 8pm. Free. All welcome.

Tuesday 26 NovemberHistorical Emigration from Newtownstewart and District, with Dr Patrick Fitzgerald and Clare Lawler Kilgallen. Host: Dennett Interchange. Venue: Mellon Centre for Migration Studies, Ulster-American Folk Park, 2 Mellon Road, Castletown, Omagh, Co Tyrone, BT78 5QY. 7:30pm. All welcome. Free. See full details and Registration/RSVP (not obligatory) at eventbrite.

Tuesday 26 November: An inconvenient truth? Sexual violence and the Irish Revolution, a History Ireland Hedge School, chaired by editor Tommy Graham. In the panel will be Linda Connolly, Lindsey Earner, Tom Clonan and Brian Hanley. 7pm. Free.  Booking recommended.

Wednesday 27 November: Using WikiTree, with Anne Johnston of the NIFHS. An Explore Your Archive week event. Host: PRONI. Venue: Public Record Office of Northern Ireland, Titanic Boulevard, Belfast. 1pm. Free but need to register.

Wednesday 27 November: "From the Cradle to the Grave": The Work of the Sanitary Officer, with Joanne Rothwell, County Archivist. Venue: Dungarvan Harbour Sailing Club, Davitts Quay, Dungarvon, Co Waterford. 8pm. Admission: €5. No booking necessary. All welcome. Details.

Thursday 28 November: Researching Your WW1 Ancestors, with Alan Rosborough. Host: NIFHS, Ballymena Branch. Venue: Michelin Arts Workshop, Braid Arts Centre, 1-29 Bridge Street, Ballymena, Co Antrim BT43 5EJ. 7:15pm. All welcome. Free.

Thursday 28 November: A Beginner’s Guide to Using DNA for Family History​, with Martin McDowell of the NIFHS. Host and venue: PRONI, Titanic Boulevard, Belfast. 1–2pm. Free, but need to register.

Thursday 28 November: The Military Service (1916-1923) Service Collection, with Michael Keane. Venue: The People's Museum of Limerick, 2 Pery Square, Limerick City, Limerick. 7:30pm. Free. All welcome.

Thursday 28 November: The penal laws and Catholic children in the eighteenth century, with Dr Eoin Kinsella. Host and Venue: Royal Society of Antiquities, Helen Roe Theatre, Society House, 63 Merrion Square, Dublin 2. 7:30pm. Free. All welcome.

Thursday 28 November: Exploring Land, Mapping & Property Records in Ireland, a seminar, chaired by Tom Quinlan (NAI). Host: Property Registration Authority of Ireland. Venue: Registry of Deeds Archive Services, Henrietta Street, Dublin 1. 2:30pm–4pm. Free. Need to register.

Friday 29 November: Launch of new suite of online records. Host and venue: Public Record Office of Northern Ireland, Titanic Boulevard, Belfast. Free, with lunch included. 11am to 3pm. Need to register.

Friday 29 November: Red hand on the Suir – the Irish Transport and General Workers Union in Waterford in the early C20th, with Francis Devine. Host: Waterford Archaeological and Historical Society. Venue: St Patrick's Gateway Centre, Patrick St, Waterford City. 8pm. Members free; non-members €5. All welcome.

Friday 29 November: Exploring Archive & Genealogy Collections, an afternoon of short talks (Tracing your ancestors at 12pm and Understanding Archive Collections) and an opportunity to browse the collections and talk to the genealogist and archivist. Venue: Central Library, Foyle Street, Derry. Hosts: Derry City and Strabane District Council. Free. Details. Part of the Explore Your Archives campaign.