Monday 2 March 2020

Irish genealogy and history events, 2-15 March

Monday 2 March: Emigration from the Foyle by Sail and Steam, with Brian Mitchell. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society, Foyle branch. Venue: Lecture Room of Derry City’s Central Library, 35 Foyle Street, Londonderry, BT48 6AL. All welcome. Free. 7pm.

Monday 2 March: Titanic Task – Tracing Crossgar’s Titanic Victim, with Maureen McKinney. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society, Killyleagh branch. Venue: Killyleagh Masonic Hall, 50 High Street, Killyleagh, Co Down, BT30 9QF. Free. All welcome. 8pm.

Tuesday 3 March: Emigration from North West Ulster, with Dr Paddy Fitzgerald. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society, Tyrone branch. Venue: Mellon Centre Library, Ulster American Folk Park, 2 Mellon Road, Omagh, Co. Tyrone, BT78 5QU. 7:30pm. All welcome.

Wednesday 4 March: Rebellious women in the National Library: Archival collections of women in Irish politics, ca 1870-1918, with Ciara Stewart. This lunchtime talk marks International Women’s Day (on 8 March). Host and venue: National Library of Ireland, Kildare Street, Dublin 2. 1:05pm. Booking not required. All welcome!

Wednesday 4 March: The Incredible Untold Story of Mary Elms, the Irish Oskar Schindler, with Clodagh Finn. Host: Cill Dara Historical Society. Venue: Áras Bhríde (Parish Centre), Bride Street, Kildare Town. Refreshments served from 7:30pm; talk begins at 8pm.

Thursday 5 March: Get the steam up! (The life of a railway fireman), with Nigel Porter. Poyntzpass and District Local History Society. Venue: Meeting Place, Poyntzpass Community Centre, Church Street, Poyntzpass, Co Armagh. Details. 8pm. All welcome.

Thursday 5 March: Thomas Meagher (1789?-1874): the forgotten father of Thomas Francis Meagher, with Eugene Broderick. 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.

Friday 6 March: Irish genealogy workshop with the Ulster Historical Foundation. Host: Irish American Heritage Center. Venue: Erin Room, Irish American Heritage Center, 4626 N Knox Avenue, Chicago, IL 60630, USA. 9am to 5pm. Details. Cost: FREE. Lunch can be pre-purchased, if needed. No remaining tickets.

Saturday 7 March: Learn how to research your Irish ancestors, with the Ulster Historical Foundation. Host: Wisconsin Historical Society. Venue: Memorial Library, Room 126, 728 State Street. Madison, WI 53706, USA. 9am to 5pm. Cost: $36 for WHS members and WSGS members, $40 for non-members. Details. Lunch is included. SOLD OUT.

Saturday 7 March: Digital Roadshow - Telling Your Family Story. Hosts: North of Ireland Family History Society, with Centre for Data Digitisation & Analysis, Queen’s University Belfast. Venue: Hill of The O'Neill and Ranfurly House Arts & Visitor Centre, 26 Market Square, Dungannon, Co. Tyrone, BT70 1AB. 10am - 4pm. Free entry. Free Refreshments. All welcome.

Sunday 8 March: Irish genealogy research, a seminar with the Ulster Historical Foundation. Host: South Central Pennsylvania Genealogical Society. Venue: York County History Center, 250 East Market Street, York, PA 17403, USA. 1pm to 5pm. Free to SCPGS members and members of the York County History Center; $40 non-members, pay at the door. Details. Registration not required.

Monday 9 March: A Quest for Saint Patrick – An exploration of the suggested birthplace of Ireland’s patron saint, with Michael McKernan. Host: Lecale & Downe Historical Society. Venue: Down County Museum, The Mall, English St, Downpatrick BT30 6AH. 7:30pm. Members free; Non-members £2. All welcome.

Monday 9 March: The Belfast Famine, with Jenny Cumming. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society, Newtownabbey branch. Venue: Drama Theatre, Glengormley High School, 134 Ballyclare Road, Newtownabbey, BT36 5HP. All welcome. Free. 7pm. 

Monday 9 March: Green against Green: The Irish Civil War 1922-23, with Dr Kevin Bean. Host: The Irish Studies Group. Venue: The Nottingham Irish Centre Members Bar, 2 Wilford St., Nottingham, UK, NG2 1AA. 7:30pm. Details.

Monday 9 March: Irish research, with Ulster Historical Foundation. Host and venue: Staunton Public Library (2nd floor Meeting Room), 1 Churchville Avenue, Staunton, VA 24401, USA. Free. 9am to 5pm. More info: email Free. Fully booked.

Tuesday 10 March: The Border Reivers, with Dr David Hume. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society, Lisburn branch. Venue: Bridge Community Centre, 50 Railway Street, Lisburn, BT 28 1XP. All welcome. 7:30pm.

Tuesday 10 March: Irish Calendar Customs, with Dr Marion McGarry. Host: Clare Archaeological and Historical Society. Venue: Old Ground Hotel, O'Connell Street, Ennis, Co Clare. 8pm. All welcome. Members free; non-members €5. Enquiries to or tel Mary at 0878362491.

Tuesday 10 March: Family memories of the 1914-1924 period, a special event featuring six presenters talking for about 10 minutes each on a topic which directly impacted their family. Host: Foxrock Local History Club. Venue: Foxrock Pastoral Centre, Foxrock, Dublin. 8pm. Free. All welcome.

Wednesday 11 March: Researching Your Irish and Scots-Irish Ancestors. Host: Ulster Historical Foundation. Venue: Upstairs, The Irish Lion Restaurant & Pub, 212 West Kirkwood Ave, Bloomington, IN 47404, USA. 12 noon to 7pm. Cost: $50 (General Admission); $45 (UHF Guild and Irish Lion Affiliates). Dinner options available. See full details and booking info.

Wednesday 11 March: Sarah Cecilia Harrison, Dublin's first female City Councillor, with Thomas A Burke. Host: Ballsbridge, Donnybrook & Sandymount Historical Society. Venue: Pembroke Library, Anglesea Road, Dublin 4. 1pm. Admission free. All welcome. Booking essential. T: 1 6689575; E:

Thursday 12 March: A surprise! with Julian Walters. 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.

Friday 13 March: Irish ancestry workshop, with Fintan Mullan and Gillian Hunt. Hosts: Ulster Historical Foundation and Library of Virginia. Venue: Library of Virginia, 800 East Broad Street, Richmond, VA 23219, USA. 9:30am to 12:30pm. Cost: $25 General Admission or $20 Semper Virginia Society Members. Details and tickets.

Saturday 14 March Researching your Irish and Scots-Irish roots, with Ulster Historical Foundation. Venue: Kentucky History Center & Museum, 100 W Broadway Street, Frankfort, KY40601, USA. 8:30am to 4:30pm. Cost: $25 General Admission or $20 for KGS members. Lunch is $12 extra. Details. Sold Out.

Sunday 15 March: Irish and Scots-Irish genealogy research, with Ulster Historical Foundation. Host: Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania. Venue: Brookside Manor, 50 Bustleton Pike, Feasterville-Trevose, PA 19053, USA. 9:00am–4:30pm. Costs: $80 – $104. Includes all lectures, handouts, continental breakfast, Irish themed hot buffet luncheon and dessert bar, free parking, chance to win door prizes. Details and booking.