Thursday 16 September 2021

Irish genealogy, history & heritage events, 16 September - 3 October

There are some big event programmes starting over the next few days, so it seemed like a good time to get back into the habit of posting events listings. Trouble is, there are so many at this time of year. As a compromise, I'm going to stick with online events that Irish family and local historians can enjoy no matter where they live, even if they might have to tune in an unholy time of morning or night in some cases. Most of the events below are free.

Thursday 16 September: Ireland Genealogy Projects (IGP): a free and underused online resource, with Aileen Wynne. Host Clare Roots Society. 8pm on zoom. Details.

Friday 17 September: Culture Night: The island's annual culture extravaganza sees hundreds of free events, tours and behind-the-scenes screenings across all 32 counties. These are spread across more than 40 categories of Irish culture. The Culture Night website is easy to search, by location and category and whether on- or off-line. I've listed below a few that caught my eye, but be sure to check out the site itself. You're bound to find something of interest.

Friday 17 September: Registry of Deeds Event: Lending & Borrowing in a World without Banks, with Dr Brendan Twomey. A Culture Night event from the Registry of Deeds Archive Services/Property Registration Authority of Ireland. 6pm to 7pm, IST. Free. Online. Need to book.

Friday 17 September: Dublin in the Archives: Digital Collections Exploring the City and County. This event will show how Dublin's digital collections can be used together to give us a multi-dimensional view of Dublin’s past and present. It will be chaired by Deputy City Librarian at Dublin City Libraries and Archives, Brendan Teeling. Speakers include Emma Clarke, Karen De Lacey, Joe Lee and Dr James Louis Smith. 4pm - 6pm. free. Need to register.

Friday 17 September: Leitrim Local Studies, an online session demonstrating the breadth of material available to those wanting to learn more about the history, archaeology, genealogy, literature, culture and heritage of the county. Host: Leitrim Library Service. 7:30pm to 9pm. Free. Need to book by email or phone 071 964 5582.

Friday 17 September: In Other News: Behind The Newspaper Headlines 1916-1923, an illustrated talk with Pat Lonergan. Host: Kildare County Council Decade of Commemorations programme. Online. No booking required. Details. Go to YouTube at 7:30pm.

Friday 17 September: How to create your family tree, with Tony Hennessy MAGI. Host: National Archives of Ireland. On Zoom, 6pm to 7:30pm. Free, but need to book.

Sunday 19 to Sunday 26 September: BIFHSGO Conference – Irish Lines and Female Finds: Exploring Irish records, female ancestors and genetic genealogy. Host: The British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa. Daily events over eight days. Check out the full programme and register

Monday 20 September to 10 October: Dublin Festival of History 2021 presents a programme of 100+ free events, both online and in-person. Host: Dublin City Council. More tickets have already had to be made available, such was the response to some events, so don't delay in booking your tickets. See

Tuesday 21 September: The Down Survey of the 1650s and the transformation of Ireland, with Micheál Ó Siochrú. Host: Public Record Office of Northern Ireland. Live on Zoom at 7pm – 8:15pm. Free. Details and registration.

Wednesday 22 September:Getting Started Workshop - Using Online Resources, an online workshop. Host: Public Record Office of Northern Ireland. Free. 12:30 - 13:30 BST. Need to book.

Wednesday 22 September:Teaching the Nation’s Past: Irish history in Secondary Schools, 1922-69, with Dr. Colm MacGearailt. A Louth County Council Decade of Centenaries lecture, moderated by Historian in Residence, Dr. Thomas Tormey. 8pm on Facebook. Free. Aimed at teachers and students. Need to register.

Thursday 23 September: Bring me into the spotlight of a London conference: Michael Collins from Truce to Treaty, an online lecture with Dr Anne Dolan and Dr William Murphy, moderated by David McCullagh. Joint hosts: National Archives of Ireland and National Library of Ireland. Part of the Dublin History Festival. 8pm. Book your free ticket.

Saturday 25 September: Finding "The Hollow" - The McDonalds and Doyles in St. Marys, Ontario, a webinar with David Trudeau. Host: Irish Genealogical Society International. 10:30am to Noon (CDT). Free. All welcome. Details and link. No need to register.

Saturday 25 September: The Connaught Rangers, Through Time and History, an afternoon conference. 1pm to 5pm. See Galway Bea facebook page.

Wednesday 29 September: From Townhouse to Tenement, with Dr Tim Murtagh and Ciarán Wallace. Part of the 14 Henrietta Street Teatime Talks series. Zoom. Free. Need to register.

Friday 1 October: Aspects of life and death in the Workhouse, with Clare Doyle MAGI. A First Friday Talk from the Irish Workhouse Centre, Portumna. Online at 8pm. Fee €5 via paypal. Need to book.