Monday 11 October 2021

Irish genealogy, history and heritage events, 11 - 31 October 2021

While online talks continue to be offered by most organisations and event hosts, a few in-person events are beginning to re-appear in my listings. In the list below, you'll find all in-person events clearly indicated and the location highlighted in bold.

Until 6 November: The Art Of Negotiation: John Lavery's Anglo Irish Treaty Portraits, an exhibition, with talks and tours (all in-person) throughout the month. Embassy of Ireland, 17 Grosvenor Place, London SW1X 7HR. Free tickets.

Tuesday 12 October: The Significance of the Irish Townland as an Analytical Tool for the genealogist and local historian, with the founder of, Michael McShane. Host: The Genealogical Society of Ireland. 8pm, on zoom. All welcome. For details, email

Tuesday 12 to Saturday 23 October: The Treaty, 1921: Records from the Archives, an in-person exhibition. Hosts: Irish Embassy in London, National Archives of Ireland, British Academy and Royal Irish Academy. Venue: British Academy, Carlton House Terrace, St. James's, London SW1Y 5AH. Free but booking essential. Timed admission slots available throughout the day.

Tuesday 12 October: More than two sides to every border story, with Dr Darach MacDonald. Host: Heritage from Home Series / LibrariesNI. A free online lecture starting at 12:30pm. Booking essential.

Tuesday 12 October: A fight to the finish: The 1920 Hunger Strike of Michael Fitzgerald, an online lecture with Gerard Shannon. Host: Áras Uí Chonghaile / James Connolly Visitor Centre. Zoom. 8pm. YouTube or Facebook. No need to book.

Wednesday 13 October: The Boer War and its Legacy, with Dr Spencer Jones. Host: Public Record Office of Northern Ireland. Free. Online. 8pm to 9pm. Need to book.

Thursday 14 October: The 1798 rebellion in Offaly, with Dr Ciaran Reilly. Host: Offaly Libraries History Lecture Series 2021. Online via Offaly Libraries’ Facebook and YOUTUBE channels. Free to view. 7:30pm.

Monday 18 October: In the shadow of Glenarm Castle, an online talk with Jacky Wilson. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society, Larne Branch. Free. 7:30pm to 9pm. All welcome. Send email to for zoom link.

Tuesday 19 October From Dungannon to Dungannon : A Scots/Irish Journey, a talk by John Palmer. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society, South Tyrone branch. 8pm to 9:30pm. Free. All welcome. Email for zoom link.

Tuesday 19 October: Northern Protestants On Shifting Ground, with Susan McKay. Host: Heritage from Home Series / LibrariesNI. A free online lecture starting at 12:30pm. Booking essential.

Wednesday 20 October: Getting Started Workshop - Using Online Resources, an online workshop from the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland. Free. 12:30-1:30pm. Need to book.

Wednesday 20 October: A Peaceable and Orderly County? – Police-Public Relations in Carlow during the War of Independence, with Adam Kane. An in-person event. Host: Carlow Historical and Archaeological Society. Venue: Seven Oaks Hotel, Athy Rd, Carlow Town. 8pm. Free. All welcome.

Wednesday 20 October: Goldenbridge Cemetery Tour, an in-person event with limited numbers. Host and meeting place: Richmond Barracks, off Bulfin Rd, Inchicore Dublin 8 at 10:30am. Must be booked in advance. €8 adults / €6 concessions.

Wednesday 20 October: The Great Northern Railway, Louth and the Revolution, with Dr Peter Rigney. Host: Louth Library Service. An online lecture starting at 7:30pm. Free. All welcome. Register here.

Thursday 21 October: Curses, Witches, and Fairies: The Uses and Abuses of Magic in Modern British and Irish History, with Dr Thomas Waters. Host: The Ulster Society for Irish Historical Studies and the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland. 7pm to 8om. Free. Online. Need to book. Details

Thursday 21 October Famine Emigration, with Dr Ciaran Reilly. Host: Clare Roots Society. An online lecture. 8pm. All welcome. Details.

Thursday 21 October: From Turmoil to Truce: Photographs of the War of Independence, an online tour of the National Library of Ireland's exhibition. Free. 11am. Need to register.

Saturday 23 October: A Changing Ireland 1918 - 1923, with Dr Myrtle Hill, Gabriel Doherty and Padraig Yeates. An online lecture and discussion via zoom from 11am to 1:30pm. Hosts: Federation for Ulster Local Studies and Federation of Local History Societies. Register by email to

Saturday 23 October: Scotland Road, the former heartland of Liverpool’s Irish community, a two-hour walk with historian Greg Quiery. Host: Liverpool Irish Festival. From the city's Central Library on William Brown Street, Liverpool, to St Andrew's church. 10am to Noon. £10/£7 conc (+ Eventbrite fees), Need to book. Numbers of participants will be limited.

Sunday 24 October: A live recording of the Irish History Podcast, with Fin Dwyer talking locals about their Irish family history and the long history of links between Merseyside and Ireland. Host: Liverpool Irish Festival. In-person event at Grand Central Hall, 35 Renshaw Street, Liverpool, L1 2SF, 2pm to 4pm. Booking essential. Fee: £7/£5conc + booking fees. All welcome. Details.

Monday 25 October: Bank holiday in the Republic of Ireland. All libraries, archives and similar repositories will be closed, returning to normal opening hours on Tuesday 26th.

Tuesday 26 October: Raising revenue for the Holy Land: The Knights Templar and Agriculture in Medieval Tipperary, with Dr Margaret Murphy. Host: Tipperary Library Services 'Tipperary People and Places Lecture Series XV'. Free. In-person at Tipperary Studies, The Source, Thurles, Co Tipperary. 7pm. No need to book. Details.

Tuesday 26 October: Recovering West Clare Voices from the American Civil War, with Damien Shiels. The in-personlecture, at 8pm, follows the society's AGM. Host: Kilrush and District Historical Society. Venue: Teach Ceoil, Kilrush, Co Clare. See health rules for attendees. Members free. €5 for non-members. Details.

Tuesday 26 October: Tracing Relatives from the Belfast Shipyards, an online lecture with Maureen McKinney. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society, Causeway C&G Branch Branch. 7:30pm to 9pm. All welcome. Free. email for zoom link.

Tuesday 26 October: Shadows from the Trenches – Veterans of the Great War and the Irish Revolution, 1918-1923, an online lecture with Dr Emmanuel Destenay. Host: National Library of Ireland. 6pm. Free. Need to register.

Tuesday 26 October: Northern Irish Land Registry, an online lecture with Des McCabe. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society, Belfast Branch. 7:30pm to 9pm. All welcome. Free. email for zoom link.

Thursday 28 October: A History of Fraternities in Ulster – Orange Order, Freemasons, Hibernians, etc, with David Hume. A free online talk hosted by the North of Ireland Family History Society, Ballymena Branch. 7pm-9pm. Email to request link: Details.