Monday 9 May 2022

Irish genealogy, history and heritage events, 9-22 May

Monday 9 May: Pier 53, Philadelphia, an online talk with Susan McAninley, plus AGM. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society, Newtownabbey Branch. All welcome. Non-members should contact Branch Secretary at for zoom link. 7pm–8:30pm BST. Free.

Monday 9 May: Ferries on the Foyle, an online talk with Dr Jim Condren, plus AGM. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society, Foyle Branch. 7pm to 8:30pm. Talk Postponed.

Monday 9 May: Visit to the Livingstone Centre, an in-person event at The Livingstone Centre, 3 Church Hill, Killinchy, Newtownards, Co Down. Host: NIFHS, Killyleagh Branch. All welcome. For confirmation of meeting time and other details, contact the Branch Secretary at

Monday 9 May: Big Jim Larkin 1874-1947, an in-person talk with Historian-in-Residence James Curry. A Mondays at the Mess event. Venue: Richmond Barracks, Inchicore, Dublin 8. 7pm–8pm. All welcome. Admission: €5 full / €3 conc. – includes refreshments after the talk. Booking.

Tuesday 10 May: Towards an understanding of Mary MacSweeney: Trauma and the Brixton Hunger Strike, 1920, with Dr Leeann Lane, an in-person talk presented to coincide with The Treaty 1921 exhibition. Hosts: Tipperary County Council and the National Archives. 7pm. Free. All welcome. Venue: The Source, Cathedral St, Thurles, Co Tipperary. Details.

Tuesday 10 May: Military Records - Nineteenth century British Army, WW1 & the Irish Revolution, an advanced family history workshop with Declan Brady. In-person at Richmond Barracks, Inchicore, Dublin 8. 6:30pm to 8:30pm. Free. Details. Fully booked

Tuesday 10 May: From the Ashes: Creation of the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland, with Stephen Scarth. An online event hosted by the Antrim and Down branch of the Western Front Association (WFA) and PRONI. Free. All welcome. 7pm. Need to register before 6pm on the day to receive link. Details.

Tuesday 10 May: Early Irish Immigrants to Essex County, an online talk by Laura Smith. Host: Essex Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society, Essex Branch. Non-members welcome. Free. Pre-registration is required. 7pm EDT / 12pm Ireland. Details.

Wednesday 11 May: Waterford Heritage – Plans, Projects and Partnerships, an in-person event with Bernadette Guest, Waterford County Heritage Officer discussing her role and projects. Host: Waterford Museum Society. All welcome. 8pm. Venue: upstairs at Merry’s Gastro Bar, Lower Main Street Dungarvan. Admission fee €5.

Thursday 12 May: The National Archives – the Memory of the Nation, with John Hedigan and NAAC panel. An online YouTube event charting the evolution of the National Archives as the memory of the Irish State from the 18th century to the present day. 6pm. All welcome. Free. Register by 5pm on day of event.

Thursday 12 May: Cleave's Creamery Tipperary – taken over by the workers on 12 May 1922, a talk with Des Marnane. In-person event at The Excel, Mitchell St, Tipperary. 8pm. Details.

Thursday 12 May: Grangegorman's archive collection, an online lecture with Brian Donnelly, senior archivist at the NAI. Host: TU Dublin Conservatoire. Part of the Stages of Memory project. 5pm. Free. All welcome. Need to register on Eventbrite.

Thursday 12 May:Such troubled times’: the burning of big houses in Northern Ireland 1921-1981, with Olwen Purdue. Part of the online Burning the Big House lecture series. Host: Centre for the Study of Historic Irish houses and Estates, History Department, Maynooth University. 7pm to 8pm. Booking. Fully booked.

Saturday 14 May: Home to Mayo, a day programme from the Mayo Genealogy Group celebrating its work at past and present projects. In-person. Venue: Museum of Country Life, Turlough, Castlebar, Co Mayo. Talks and presentations from 11am to 1pm followed by tours with an emigration focus from 2pm and 3pm. Free. Details.

Sunday 15 May: O'Connell Avenue, Limerick City, a free walking tour with Dr Paul O'Brien. An in-person event. Meet at the Model School, O'Connell Street, Limerick at 1.45pm. Tour starts at 2pm. All welcome.

Monday 16 May: AGM & Update on the Islandmagee Project, with Martin McDowell & Anne Johnston. An online event hosted by the North of Ireland Family History Society, Larne Branch. 7:30pm. Free. All welcome. Email by Saturday noon for link.

Monday 16 May: ‘The Temple, the Ark and the Edicule': Recreating Jerusalem in Early Medieval Offaly, with Dr Tomás Ó Carragáin (UCC). An online lecture hosted by Offaly History. All welcome. 7:30pm via Zoom. Free. Email for the link.

Tuesday 17 May: AGM and Branch meeting, an online event hosted by the North of Ireland Family History Society's South Tyrone Branch. Non-members welcome. Free. 8pm. Email to for zoom link.

Thursday 19 May: Ablaze! Fire and the country house: a perspective beyond Ireland, with Christopher Ridgway. Last of the online Burning the Big House lecture series. Host: Centre for the Study of Historic Irish houses & Estates, Maynooth University. 7pm–8pm. Booking. Fully booked.

Thursday 19 May: A day programme of workshops exploring how the Irish Historic Towns Atlases are used by various sectors from academic to architectural. An online event, live-streamed from the Royal Irish Academy, Dublin 2. Free. All welcome. 9:30am to 6pm. Need to register. Details.

Thursday 19 May: Ancestral Voices: Dillon and Parnell, the 2022 J.C. Beckett Memorial lecture with Professor Paul Bew. An in-person event hosted by the Ulster Society of Irish Historical Studies (USIHS) and the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI). Venue: PRONI, 2 Titanic Boulevard, Titanic Quarter, Belfast, BT3 9HQ. 7pm. Free. Need to book in advance.

Saturday 21 May: Black '47 conference. Lectures and discussions exploring the Great Famine in the year of 1847, emigration, protest and consequences. In-person event. Venue: Irish Workhouse Centre in Portumna, County Galway. 9am–5pm. All welcome. Fee: €25 per person, includes welcome tea/coffee and scone, lunch and other refreshments. Details.