Monday 16 May 2022

Irish genealogy, history and heritage events, 16 to 29 May

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.

Monday 16 May: Ireland’s Biggest War? – The American Civil War, with Dr John Lynch. An online event by North of Ireland Family History Society, Foyle Branch. AGM at 6:30pm. Talk starts c7pm. Free. All welcome. Non-members should email for zoom link. Details.

Tuesday 17 May: Sourcing Family Connections before 1800, with Roddy Hegarty, plus AGM, an online event hosted by the North of Ireland Family History Society's South Tyrone Branch. Non-members welcome. Free. Starts 8pm. Non-members can email to for zoom link. Details.

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.

Monday 23 May: A reception to mark the publication of Irish Archives Vol 27: Innovation, the ISA at 50, edited by Susan Hood and Elizabeth McEvoy, and to be launched by Aideen Ireland, President of ARA. An in-person event hosted by the Irish Society of Archives at the Irish Architectural Archive, 45 Merrion Square, Dublin 2 at 6.30pm. Refreshments will be served. Need to register.

Monday 23 May: The Treaty 1921, the National Archives of Ireland's exhibition is now on tour and will be at County Hall, Carricklawn, Wexford Town, County Wexford until 10 June. Free. In-person event. All welcome. Details.

Monday 23 May: Arctic Ireland : The Great Frost and Forgotten Famine of 1740/41, with Professor David Dickson. An in-person event hosted by the Lurgan Townscape Heritage Scheme. Venue: Brownlow House, Windsor Avenue, Lurgan BT67 9BJ. Free. 7:30pm. Details and booking.

Tuesday 24 May: Leaving Hearth and Home, an online talk with Natalie Bodle discussing the reasons why so many Ulster-Scots emigrate to North America in the C18th. Follows AGM. Hosted by the Belfast Branch of the North of Ireland Family History Society. AGM 6:30 / talk at c7pm. All welcome. Non-members may email for zoom link.

Tuesday 24 May Researching ancestors in Northern Ireland, an online talk with Vincent Brogan MAGI. Part of DCC's Culture Club 'Ask the Genealogist' series. Free. 11am. Need to book.

Tuesday 24 May: Emigration from the Causeway Coast & Glens area, with Dr Paddy Fitzgerald. An online event hosted by the North of Ireland Family History Society's Causeway Coast and Glens Branch. 7:30pm. Free. All welcome. Non-members should e-mail the branch secretary at to request the zoom link.

Wednesday 25 May: Fragmented Pasts: Re/building fragmented archives, an online event with three presentations. Hosted by the Centre for Early Modern Studies, Limerick. 2pm to 4pm. Free. Need to register.

Thursday 26 May: The National Library of Ireland: History & Heritage, with Katie Foley. An online event providing an introduction to the National Library’s early history and architectural heritage, with a festive twist! 1pm. Free. All welcome. Need to book.

Thursday 26 May: Unlocking the Past – Preserving the Future, a conservation discussion with leading conservators involved in the Beyond 2022 project. An online event hosted bythe Beyond 2022 Project supported by the Trinity Long Room Hub. 7pm to 8:15pm. Free. All welcome. Registration essential.

Thursday 26 May: From Slieve Gallion Brae to the shore of Lough Neave: The place names of mid-Ulster, with Dr Brian Ó Doibhlin delivering the Ulster Place-Name Society's annual Deirdre Flanagan Memorial Lecture. An in-person event. Venue: Queen's University Belfast, BT7 1NN in the Peter Froggatt Centre/0G/007. 7:30pm. Free. Details and registration.

Friday 27 May: Front Page News, a lunchtime online event with Ruth Concannon. Hosted by the National Library of Ireland, this talk takes a light-hearted look at social change as seen in the RTÉ Guide for May 1962, 1972, 1982, 1992 and 2002. 1pm. Free. Need to book