Monday 31 October 2022

Irish genealogy, heritage & history events, 31 October-13 November

Monday 31 October: Bank holiday in the Republic of Ireland only. (Business as usual in Northern Ireland)

Tuesday 1 November: Sex, Sectarianism(?) and the City: A Queer History for Belfast, 1890-1968, a hybrid event with Dr Tom Hulme of QUB. Host: Irish Historical Society. Venue: Boston College Ireland, 43 Saint Stephen's Green, Dublin 2. Online via zoom. 7pm. Free. All welcome. Registration and details at Eventbrite.

Tuesday 1 November: The Irish Civil War and Northern Ireland, an online lecture with Dr Adrian Grant. Host: National Library of Ireland. 7pm to 8pm. Free. All welcome. Need to book.

Wednesday 2 November: Irish Speaking Soldiers from East Belfast in the First World War, a talk with Dr Carmel Duggan, to coincide with the launch of a new exhibition. In-person event. Venue: Linen Hall Library, 17 Donegall Square North, Belfast. 2pm–3pm. Free but need to book. Details.

Wednesday 2 November: William Pirrie - Home Ruler, Liberal and Titanic builder, with Mark Doherty. An in-person event from the City Cemetery Series. Venue: Áras Uí Chonghaile; The James Connolly Visitor Centre, 374-376 Falls Road, Belfast. 7pm to 8.15pm. All welcome. Free. Booking advised.

Thursday 3 November: 'Oh! Jammie what have you done?': Traumatic assaults on women and imaginative resistance in mid-twentieth century Irish folklore, with Dr Christina Brophy. An online talk hosted by the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland in conjunction with The Ulster Society of Irish Historical Studies. 7pm to 8pm. Free. All welcome. Need to register.

Thursday 3 November: Policing in Ireland 1922, with Jim Herlihy. An in-person talk. Host: Cork City Libraries. Venue: Mayfield Library, Old Youghal Road, Montenotte, Cork City. 3pm. All welcome.

Friday 4 November: Amritsar 1919. The event that rocked an empire, an in-person talk with Michael Whelan. Venue: St. Patrick's Gateway Centre, Patrick Street, Waterford City. Tickets €6.19. Details.

Friday 4 November: Sheep led by lions? The Catholic Armies 1641-1643, with Dr Pádraig Lenihan. An in-person event hosted by the Military History Society of Ireland. Venue: Arthur Griffith Building, South Circular Road, Dublin 8. 8pm to 10pm. Free. All welcome. Need to register.

Saturday 5 November: Amalgamating Your DNA Match Lists, an online zoom class with Martin McDowell. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society. 2pm. Cost: £10. Book your place while tickets last.

Saturday 5 November: Did your ancestor fight in WW1? A free, in-person research facility will be hosted by the Western Front Association at St. Peter's Cork, 87A North Main Street, Cork City, for anyone looking for information on an ancestor who fought in the Great War. 10:30am–2:30pm. In association with the below event. All welcome.

Saturday 5 November: Cork's Victoria Cross Recipients of the Great War, with Gerry White. An in-person event. 1pm to 2pm. Tickets: €6.16, including booking fee. Register here. Venue: St. Peter's Cork, 87A North Main Street, Cork City. See above event being held at same venue.

Monday 7 November: The Names Have It, a talk by Moira Concannon. A hybrid event hosted by the North of Ireland Family History Society, Killyleagh Branch. 8pm. All welcome. In-person venue: Killyleagh Masonic Hall, 50 High Street, Killyleagh, Downpatrick BT30 9QF. Details

Monday 7 November: Ferries on the Foyle, with Dr Jim Condren. An in-person and online event hosted by the North of Ireland Family History Society, Foyle Branch. Venue:Lecture Room Derry's Central Library 35 Foyle Street, Derry. 7pm - 8:30pm. Details.

Tuesday 8 November: Lost meeting houses of Belfast, an in-person event with Tom Hartley. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society, Lisburn Branch. Venue: Bridge Community Centre 50 Railway Street, Lisburn, Co. Down BT28 1XP. 7:30pm–9pm GMT.

Tuesday 8 November: Connemara Irish: Despair in the Heartland of Minnesota, an online talk by Jane Kennedy. Hosted by the Genealogical Society of Ireland (GSI). 8pm. All welcome. Non-members can obtain zoom links by emailing

Wednesday 8 November: Treasured Heritage - Researching your place of worship, an in-person talk and tour from the National Churches Trust. Host and venue: Public Record Office of Northern Ireland 2 Titanic Boulevard, Titanic Quarter, Belfast BT3 9HQ. 09:15–13:00 GMT. Details.

Wednesday 9 November: Victory through faith – the political activation of the Wehrmacht, an online lecture with Katherine Quinlan-Flatter. Hosts: Public Record Office of Northern Ireland and the Antrim and Down branch of the Western Front Association. 7pm to 8pm. All welcome. Free but need to register in advance. Details.

Wednsday 9 November: Using the Leeds Method – making sense of DNA matches, an online class with Anne Johnston. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society. 7pm. Tickets £10. Need to book. Details.

Thursday 10 November: 'We have found a better way, Boys': Reassessing Anna and Fanny Parnell, with Dr Diane Urquart. An in-person lecture at the Royal Irish Academy, 19 Dawson Street, Dublin 2. 1pm. Free. All welcome. Booking recommended. Phone 01 609 0602.

Saturday 12 November: Family History Research at the National Library of Ireland (NLI), an online talk with Steven Skeldon from the NLI's Family History Services. Host: Irish Genealogical Research Society (IGRS). 14:30–16:00 IST/GMT. All welcome. Free to members. €5 for non-members. Details and booking.

Sunday 13 November: The Irish Civil War in Colour: Michael B Barry and John O'Byrne in conversation with David McCullagh about their new book. An in-person event. 4pm to 5pm. Venue: RDS Library, Anglesea Road, Dublin 4. Free. Need to register. Details.

Sunday 13 November: Military Archives: A History, a discussion by Tommy Graham, editor of History Ireland, with Zoe Reid and Daniel Alyotis. Part of the Dublin Book Festival. An in-person event. 2pm to 3pm. Venue: RDS Library, Anglesea Road, Dublin 4. Free, but need to register.