Monday 3 January 2022

Irish genealogy, history and heritage events, January 2022

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.


Relatively few events for 2022 have been organised or posted as the New Year begins, but I'll update the list below as the month progresses and more are confirmed.

Saturday 1 January to mid-March: The Treaty 1921: Records from the Archives, an in-person exhibition at the Coach House Gallery, Dublin Castle Gardens, Dublin Castle, Dublin 2. Open daily (7/7) 10am to 5pm. All welcome. Need to book free tickets.

Monday 3 January: Bank holiday across the island. All repositories, archives and libraries closed. Some exhibitions and tourist sites open.

Tuesday 4 January: Nearly all archives, libraries and similar repositories reopen after the festive holiday.

Thursday 6 January: Release of the 1921 Census of England and Wales. Hosts: FindMyPast for online searching. TNA in Kew for in-person research.

Monday 10 January: Imbolc/St Bridget’s Day, an online talk with Fiona Byrne. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society, Newtownabbey Branch. 7:30pm–8:30pm. Free. All welcome. Email for zoom link.

Tuesday 11 January: Serendipity follows me on my journey. Family History in British India, an online talk with Jenny Mallin. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society, Lisburn Branch. 7:30pm–9pm. Free. All welcome. Email for zoom link. Details.

Thursday 13 January: Online tour: From Turmoil to Truce: Photographs of the War of Independence. Host: National Library of Ireland. Free. 2pm. All welcome. Find out more.

Friday 14 January Tipperary in 1921, with Denis G. Marnane. An in-person event. Part of the Tipperary People and Places Lecture Series. Host: Tipperary Studies. Phone or email to book your place. Starts 7pm. All welcome. Free. Postponed.

Friday 14 January and Saturday 15 January: The Handover of Dublin Castle: A Centenary Conference. Part of the Decade of Centenaries Programme, the conference will explore the immediate reactions, the expected consequences, and the implications of this dramatic shift in the centre of power. Host: Trinity College Dublin and Dublin Castle OPW. Free. Friday 2pm to 5:30pm; Saturday 9am to 5:30pm. In-person venue: Printworks, Dublin Castle – these tickets must be booked by 13 January. Live-stream of conference free and no booking required. See programme and other details.

Monday 17 January: Who do you Think You Are? and online talk with Dr Nick Barrett. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society, Larne Branch. 7:30pm-9pm. Email for Zoom link. Free. All welcome. Details.

Tuesday 18 January: Beyond 2022 - The National Archives, with Dr CiarĂ¡n Wallace. Host: Foxrock Local History Club. A free online talk starting at 8pm. Non-members welcome - send email to requesting zoom link.

Wednesday 19 January: Tenement beginnings, first session of four-week online course on the history of housing in Dublin, with Donal Fallon. Hosts: Culture Connects/Dublin City Council. 7pm to 8:30pm on consecutive Wednesdays. Details.

Wednesday 19 January: The buildings of Georgian Cork 1714-1830 - city and county, with Frank Keohane. Host: Cork Historical and Archaeological Society. Free and online at 7.30pm. All welcome. Follow @CorkHistArchSoc for zoom link prior to event.

Friday 21 January: National Archives of Library's Reading Room will be closed for an official event from 10am to 2pm.

Monday 24 January: Morristown Lattin: the estate & its tenants in the 18th century, with Dr Emma Lyons. An online lecture hosted by Offaly History as the first of its 2022 Spring programme. All welcome. Free. 7:30pm via Zoom. Email for the link.

Tuesday 25 January: Family History through Old Newspapers, with Dr David Hume 7:30pm-9pm. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society, Causeway Coast and Glens Branch. 7:30pm-9pm. Free. All welcome. Send email to for link. Details.

Tuesday 25 January: Researching Scots-Irish Ancestors, an online class for intermediate researchers, with John Beatty. Host: Allen County Public Library, Indiana, USA. 2:30pm –3:30pm EST. Free and all welcome. Need to register.

Tuesday 25 January: Fate Unknown: Tracing the Missing after the Holocaust, an online talk with Elise Bath, marking Holocaust Memorial Day. Host: Public Record Office of Northern Ireland. 2-3pm. Free. All welcome. Booking essential. Details.

Wednesday 26 January: Getting Started Workshop - Using Online Resources. A free online workshop designed to help beginner researchers identify, locate and explore the collections held by the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland. 12:30pm. Need to register. (This regular event is usually over-subscribed, so book early.)

Thursday 27 January: Launch of Belfast Workhouse Indexes, a collection with downloadable files that was recently added to PRONI's ecatalogue. Host: Public Record Office of Northern Ireland. 1pm. Free. All welcome. Details and registration.

Thursday 27 January: Researching your Roman Catholic ancestors, an online talk with Joan Sharkey MAGI. Host: National Archives of Ireland's evening lecture series 2022. 6pm. All welcome. Book your free ticket here.

Thursday 27 January: Possessing Ireland: George Petrie and the Translation of Landscape, with Dr Elizabeth Tilley. Hosts: Society for the Study of Nineteenth-Century Ireland (Annual Lecture) and National Library of Ireland. 7pm. Free. All welcome. Need to book. Details.

Friday 28 January: WB Yeats: Folklore and Fairy Tales, with Ruth Concannon. An online talk to mark the 150th anniversary of the poet's death. Host: National Library of Ireland. 2pm. Free. Need to book. Details. Fully booked.

Friday 28 January: The experience of Waterford loyalists in the revolutionary decade 1912-1923, with Dr Pat McCarthy. Host: Waterford Archaeological and Historical Society. An in-person event to be held at St Patrick's Gateway Centre, Patrick St, Waterford City. 6pm. Free. All welcome. Seats allocated on a 'first come' basis. Details.

Monday, 31 January: The traditions and folklore associated with St Brigid's Day (1 Feb), with artish/folklorist Michael Fortune. Host: National Library of Ireland. An online presentation. Free. Starts 7pm. Need to book.