Monday 17 February 2020

Irish genealogy and history events, 17 Feb-1 March

Monday 17 February: Beginners Guide to Tracing Your Family Tree, with genealogist Bernie Norris. Host and venue: Dún na Sí Amenity & Heritage Park, Lake Road, Moate, Co Westmeath. Advance registration is required, due to limited space. Telephone 090 6481183 to book a place. Workshop Fee: €10 per person. 7pm to 8:30pm.

Monday 17 February: Finding Ogle, the absconding Master of Portumna Workhouse, with David Broderick. Host: Birr Historical Society. Venue: County Arms Hotel, Birr, Co. Offaly. 8pm to 9pm. All are welcome, non members €5.

Monday 17 February: From UVF to 36th (Ulster) Division, with Carol Walker. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society, Larne branch. Venue: Larne Bowling & Lawn Tennis Club, 112-120 Glenarm Road, Larne, BT40 1DZ. 7:30pm. All welcome.

Tuesday 18 February: Conservation work to Skellig Michael, with Fergus McCormick and Edward Bourke. Host: Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings Ireland. Venue: The Custom House, Custom House Quay, Dublin 1. 6:30pm. Tickets: non-SPAB members: € 10+ booking fee; SPAB Members / Student / Unwaged: €5 + booking fee. All welcome. Bookings.

Tuesday 18 February: The Forgotten Gardens of Dunboe, with Mike Jones. Host: Coleraine Historical Society. Venue: The Sandel Centre, Knocklynn Road, Coleraine BT52 1WT. 7:30pm. All welcome.

Tuesday 18 February: Women in the Irish Revolution, with Sinead McCoole. Host: Foxrock Local History Group. Venue: Foxrock Pastoral Centre (at rear of Foxrock Church), Foxrock, Co Dublin. €5 for non-members. All welcome. Refreshments served after talks.

Wednesday 19 February: Sir Robert Hart, with David Weir. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society, North Armagh branch. Venue: Bleary Community Centre, 1 Deans Road, Bleary, Craigavon, Co Armagh, BT66 7AS. 7:30pm. All welcome.

Wednesday 19 February: The Sights, Sounds and Smells: Experiencing Daily Life at some Carlow Castles, with Dr Karen Dempsey. Host: Carlow Historical and Archaeological Society. Venue: Talbot Hotel, Portlaoise Road, Carlow Town. 8pm. Admission free and all are welcome.

Wednesday 19 February: Some aspects of surnames and personal names in Wicklow as found in 16th-century fiants, with Dr Conchubhar O Crualaoich. Host: West Wicklow Historical Society. Venue: Lalor Centre (near St Joseph's Church), Baltinglass, Co Wicklow. 8pm. All welcome. Admission €5.

Thursday 20 February: Delayed opening at NAI. The archives will not open to the public until 10:45am (usual time is 10am). National Archives, Bishop Street, Dublin 8.

Thursday 20 February: Investigations at Gallows Hill, Dungarvan, a community archaeology project, with Christina Knight O’Connor and Eddie Cantwell. Host: Part of the Dunhill History Lecture Series XIV. Venue: Dunhill Multi-Education Centre (opposite the GAA grounds), Dunhill, Co Waterford. 8pm. Followed by a Q&A and light refreshments.

Thursday 20 February: Monaghan's War of Independence 1919-1921. Exhibition launch at Monaghan County Museum, 1 Hill St, Mullaghmonaghan, Monaghan Town. From 7:30pm. Exhibition is based on new investigations into what happened in the county during the period. All welcome. For further info telephone (047) 82928.

Friday 21 February: Online Resources for Family and Local History, a two-hour workshop. Orientation tour of PRONI, followed by an introduction to searching online resources. Host and venue: Public Record Office of Northern Ireland, 2 Titanic Boulevard, Titanic Quarter Belfast, BT3 9HQ. 11am to 1pm. Free. Fully booked.

Saturday 22 February: Inspired language – cursing, swearing and blessing in early modern Waterford and Kilkenny, with Dr Clodagh Tait. Host: Waterford Archaeological and Historical Society. Venue: St Patrick's Gateway Centre, Patrick St, Waterford City. 8pm. Members free; non-members €5. All welcome.

Sunday 23 February: Dublin City Book Fair - Antiquarian, rare, secondhand & out-of-print books, prints, coins, postcards...  Venue: Stillorgan Talbot Hotel, Stillorgan, Co Dublin. 11am to 5pm. All welcome.

Tuesday 25 February: Treating shellshock and severed limbs: WWI veterans at Leopardstown & Blackrock hospitals, with Dr Eoin Kinsella. Host and venue: National Archives of Ireland, Bishop Street, Dublin 8. Free. No booking required. All welcome. 6pm.

Tuesday 25 February: A Beginner’s guide to using DNA in Family History, with NIFHS Martin McDowell. Host and venue: Ballymena Central library, 5 Pat's Brae, Ballymena, BT43 5AX. 11am. Free. Phone 028 2544 2428 or email to book.

Tuesday 25 February: Music, Temperance and Bands: Limerick and Kilrush, 1830-1890, with Dr Derek Mulcahy. Host: The Kilrush and District Historical Society. Venue: Teach Ceoil, Grace Street, Kilrush, Co Clare. 8pm. All welcome. Members, free. Non-members €5 on the door.

Tuesday 25 February: Protestant and Irish post-Independence - Tango or Tangent? with Dr Ida Milne and Ian d'Alton. Kilkenny Home Rule Club, John's Quay, Kilkenny. 8:30pm. Admission €5. Refreshments served. All are welcome.

Tuesday 25 February: Music, Temperance and Bands: Limerick and Kilrush, 1830-1890, with Dr Derek Mulcahy. Host: Kilrush and District Historical Society. Venue: Teach Ceoil, Grace Street, Kilrush, Co Clare. 8pm. Free to members; €5 for non-members, payable on the night.

Wednesday 26 February: The foundation of St Micheal's Hospital, Dún Laoghaire, with Tom Conlon. Host: Old Dublin Society. Venue: Dublin City Library & Archive, Pearse Street, Dublin 2. 6pm. All welcome. Free.

Thursday 27 February: "Hall and Tent" - Entertaining West Cork 1920-1970, with Carmel Flahavan. Host: Dúchas Clonakilty Heritage. Venue: The Parish Centre, Western Road, Clonakilty, Co Cork. 8pm. All welcome.