Monday 9 March 2020

Irish genealogy, history & heritage events, 9-22 March


Due to coronavirus, some of the events below, especially those in the Republic of Ireland, may not go ahead because the venues have been closed, either voluntarily or by blanket bans from Government offices. I recommend all researchers check the status of the events below before they travel or set off to attend.

I've checked some of the events scheduled for the second week of this listing and found only two, both in the USA, are not yet officially cancelled. I'd be surprised if they go ahead. Cancellation of all public meetings seems to be the way things will be for a while, so my weekly Events listing won't be appearing for the foreseeable future.

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 & venue: Staunton Public Library (2nd floor Meeting Room), 1 Churchville Avenue, Staunton, VA 24401, USA. Free. 9am–5pm. Details: E 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, BT28 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.

Tuesday 10 March: Fake News and the War of Independence, with Michael B Barry. Host: From Turmoil to Truce lecture series. Venue: National Library of Ireland, 7 Kildare Street, Dublin 2. 7pm. Free. No need to book. All welcome.

Tuesday 10 March: Genetic Landscape and History Revealed by the Irish DNA Atlas, with Dr Edmund Gilbert. Host: Genealogical Society of Ireland. Venue: Dún Laoghaire Further Education Institute, Cumberland Street, Dún Laoghaire, Co Dublin. 8pm. €5. 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. Lecture postponed.

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. Cancelled.

Monday 16 March: 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. Cancelled.

Monday 16 March: Tales of Islandmagee Mariners, with Hugh Burns. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society, Larne Branch. Venue: Larne Bowling & Lawn Tennis Club, 112-120 Glenarm Road, Larne, BT40 1DZ. 7:30pm – 9:30pm. All welcome. Free. Cancelled.

Tuesday 17 March: St Patrick's Day. Everywhere. Public holiday across the island of Ireland.

Tuesday 17 March: Irish genealogy workshop, with the Ulster Historical Foundation. Hosts: Heinz History Center and Westmoreland Historical Society. Venue: Heinz History Center, 1212 Smallman Street, Pittsburgh, PA15222, USA. Cost: $30 for History Center and WCHS members/$40 for non-members. 9am–4:30pm. Registration. Cancelled.

Wednesday 18 March Votes for Women - the Suffrage Movement in Ulster, with Dr Myrtle Hill. Host and venue: Ballymena Central Library, 5 Pat's Brae, Ballymena BT43 5AX. 11am to Noon. Free. All welcome. Booking advised, T 028 2563 3950. Cancelled.

Wednesday 18 March Researching Your Scots-Irish and Irish Ancestors, with the Ulster Historical Foundation. Host: Venue: Old St Andrew’s Parish Church, 2604 Ashley River Road, Charleston, SC29414, USA. 10am-5pm. Cost: General Admission $25, plus $15 for a Tea Room Lunch). Details and booking.

Wednesday 18 March: The second reformation in nineteenth-century north Meath, with Marion Rogan. The Annual Séamus MacGabhann Lecture. Host: Meath Archaeological & Historical Society. Venue: Kells Old Courthouse Tourist Hub, Kells Rd, Navan, Co. Meath. 8pm. Cancelled.

Thursday 19 March Irish Genealogy Research Program, with the Ulster Historical Foundation. Host: The Newberry. Venue: The Newberry Library, 60 W Walton Street, Chicago, IL60610, USA. 10am to 4pm. Free, but registration required. Postponed.

Friday 20 March Researching Your Irish and Scots-Irish Ancestors, with the Ulster Historical Foundation. Hosts: St. Charles County Historical Society and St. Charles Community College. Venue: Social Sciences Building Auditorium, St. Charles Community College, 4601 Mid Rivers Mall Dr., Cottleville, MO 63376, USA. 8:45am–1pm. Cost: Members of SCCHS $25, SCC Student/Faculty/Staff $25, Non-members $30. Details. Cancelled.

Saturday 21 March: Local History Society Day 2020. Host: Dublin and Irish Local Studies. Venue: DCL&A, Pearse Street, Dublin 2. 10am – 2:30pm. Four to five presentations will be hosted on the day. Free. All welcome. No booking required. Details. Cancelled due to closure of venue.

Saturday 21 March Researching Your Irish and Scots-Irish Ancestors, with the Ulster Historical Foundation. Host: Arkansas Genealogical Society and Central Arkansas Library. Venue: Darragh Center, Main Library, 100 Rock Street, Little Rock, AR 72201, USA. 9am–3pm. Free. No registration required but space is limited to 100 places. Seats allocated on a first come, first served basis. Download details. Cancelled.

Sunday 22 March: Irish & Scots-Irish Ancestry Workshop, with the Ulster Historical Foundation. Hosts: Jan Clizer - Painting Scotland & Jessica McKenziee: The Jacklin Arts & Cultural Center, 405 N William Street, Post Falls, Coeur d’Alene ID83854, USA. 11:00am-6:00pm, includes 1hr early luncheon. Cost: $45,Fee includes: all lectures, handouts, Irish-themed lunch, tea and coffee service, free parking and door prizes. More information.