Thursday, 1 April 2021

Irish genealogy, history and heritage events in April

Thursday 1 April: WWI: Exploring the Irish Experience, a virtual exhibition tour. Host: National Library of Ireland. Free, but need to register. 11am.

Saturday 3 April: Centenary of the Burning of the Custom House, Conference 2021, with Liz Gillis and Mícheál Ó Doibhilín. The conference will be held online in a series of weekly talks to commemorate the event on 25 May 1921. They are free, and there's no need to register, on Facebook at 8pm every Saturday up to and including 22 May. Just join the live stream. Details.

Tuesday 6 April: The Great Pandemic: The 1918-19 Flu in Dublin, with Dr Ida Milne. Part of the Death and Disease in Dublin series from Dublin City Library and Archive. 1-2pm. Online. Free, but need to register.

Tuesday 6 April: The Life of Liam Mellows: Lost Soul of Irish Republican Socialism, with Conor McNamara. Host: Áras Uí Chonghaile/James Connolly Visitor Centre. 8pm. Free. All welcome. Lecture will stream on Facebook. Details.

Thursday 8 April: Yeats: the Life and Works of William Butler Yeats, a virtual exhibition tour. Host: National Library of Ireland. Free but need to book here. Online. 11am.

Saturday 10 April Gaining credentials as a professional Irish genealogist, a webinar. Host: Accredited Genealogists Ireland. A free event for those already working professionally in the industry, and for those who aspire to doing so. 10:30am. Details.

Saturday 10 April The Really Useful Family History Show, an online conference hosted by the Family History Federation. More than 35 talks throughout the day, plus 'exhibition hall', and expert panel. Day ticket £10. Details.

Tuesday 13 April: From Family Tree to Family History, an online class with Mike McKeag explaining how to develop your existing family tree into a readable family history. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society. 2pm – 3pm. Zoom. £10 fee. Book here. All welcome.

Tuesday 13 April: The History of Psychiatric Hospitals in Dublin, with Professor Brendan Kelly. Part of the Death and Disease in Dublin series from Dublin City Library and Archive. 1pm. Free but need to register here.

Wednesday 14 April: Mullingar in 1921, with historian Ruth Illingworth. Host: Westmeath Archaeological and Historical Society. War of Independence Lecture Series. 8pm-9pm. Free. Zoom details.

Thursday 15 April: From Turmoil to Truce: Photographs of the War of Independence, a virtual online exhibition tour. Host: National Library of Ireland Photographic Archive. Free but need to book. 11am.

Thursday 15 April: Partition as Paradigm: Power & Legitimacy in the Making of the New Irelands, with Dr Robert Lynch. Hosts: Ulster Society of Irish Historical Studies (USIHS) and the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland. 7pm. Free. Book ticket.

Thursday 15 April: The Registry of Deeds and its records, with Sean J Murphy. Host: Clare Roots Society. 8pm. Zoom. Members and non-members welcome. Go to society's website for zoom link.

Thursday 15 April: Blitz 80: The morning after the night before: Emma Duffin's tour of Blitzed Belfast, April 1941, with Trevor Parkhill. Hosts: Public Record Office of Northern Ireland and the Northern Ireland War Memorial (NIWM). Online presentation. 2pm. Free. All welcome. Need to register at Eventbrite.

Saturday, 17 April: The Church of Ireland Historical Society Spring Conference. Online at 11am. Conference open to all. COIHS Members free. Fee of €10/£10 for non-members. Details.

Saturday, 17 April: The story of the Dublin Port Archive, with Lar Joye, exploring the archive, collection and future plans. Host: Irish Genealogical Research Society, Ireland Branch. Zoom open at 2:15pm. Lecture starts 2:30pm. Open to members and non-members. Free. Details.

Monday 19 April: The 1641 rebellion, confederate wars, and the Cromwellian conquest – a perspective from "King's County, with Dr Eamon Darcy. Host: Offaly Heritage. 7:30pm. Email info@offalyhistory.com (subject/ref: Zoom Darcy 1641) for Zoom link.

Tuesday 20 April: Soldiers and Sex Workers: Venereal Disease in early 20th Century Ireland. Part of the Death and Disease in Dublin series from Dublin City Library and Archive. 1pm. Free but need to register here.

Wednesday 21 April: The Plight of the Big House, with JAK Dean. Host: Ulster Architectural Heritage. Online lecture, 7-8pm. All welcome. Fee £7.50 Members; £10 non-members. Details.

Wednesday 21 April: Cures and treatments of Spanish Influenza in Ireland, with Dr Patricia Marsh. World Immunization Week. Host: Public Record Office of Northern Ireland. Online presentation. 2pm. Free. All welcome. Need to register at Details.

Wednesday 21 April: The Fate of the Landlord Class in County Westmeath, with Dr Ian Kenneally. Westmeath Archaeological and Historical Society's online lecture series on the War of Independence. 8pm-9pm. Free. Details.

Thursday 22 April: Yeats and the Theatre, a themed exhibition tour introducing Yeats as a playwright and theatre maker Host: National Library of Ireland. Free but need to book. 11am.

Thursday 22 April: Blitz 80: Putting the pieces together: exploring the Blitz through archive images, film and first-hand accounts, with Ann Donnelly, Janet Hancock and Jenny Haslett. Hosts: Public Record Office of Northern Ireland and the Northern Ireland War Memorial (NIWM). Online presentation. 2pm. Free. All welcome. Need to register. Details.

Tuesday 27 April: Crisis in a Colonial Capital: The Black Death in Dublin, with Dr Simon Egan. Part of the Death and Disease in Dublin series from Dublin City Library and Archive. 1pm. Free but need to register here.

Tuesday 27 April Habitually, rankly immoral: state censorship in Ireland after 1930, with Dr A Bhreatnach'. Host: National Archives of Ireland. Online. 7pm. Free. More details will be posted to the NAI's home page in due course.

Thursday 29 April: Yeats: the Life and Works of William Butler Yeats, a virtual exhibition tour. Host: National Library of Ireland. Free but need to book here. Online. 11am.

Thursday 29 April: Blitz 80: Faces of the Blitz, with Alan Freeburn. Hosts: Public Record Office of Northern Ireland and the Northern Ireland War Memorial (NIWM). Online presentation. 2pm. Free. All welcome. Need to register. Details.

Friday 30 April to 2 May: SleuthAbility, a virtual Irish genealogy, DNA and History conference, hosted by BBNY Group. Two days of recorded presentations, some aimed at Irish-Americans, each followed by live Q&A. See programme, schedules, speakers and ticket options here.