Monday 21 November 2022

Irish genealogy, history and heritage events, 21 Nov. to 4 Dec.

Monday 21 November: The Cobains of Kilwaughter, with Norah Crammond. A hybrid meeting hosted by the North of Ireland Family History Society, Larne Branch. In-person venue: Larne Museum and Arts Centre, 2 Victoria Road, Larne, BT40 1RN. Online: email branch secretary for zoom link. 7:15pm - 8:45pm GMT. All welcome. Details.

Tuesday 22 November Estate Records, with Brett Irwin of PRONI. A hybrid meeting of the North of Ireland Family History Society, Belfast Branch. In-person venue: Stranmillis University College, Belfast BT9 5DY. Online via zoom - see details. All welcome. 7pm.

Tuesday 22 November Internal Migration in Ireland, 1600-2000, with Dr Patrick Fitzgerald (Mellon Centre for Migration Studies). Online talk. Host: Libraries NI, Heritage from Home Series 3. 12:30pm. All welcome. Free but need to register, here.

Tuesday 22 November When the Music Stopped: Rethinking the ‘traumatic silence’ of the Irish Civil War. An online event hosted by the National Library of Ireland. 7pm–8pm. Free. All welcome. Need to register.

Wednesday 23 November Burning the Big House – Understanding Civil War Conflagrations, with Professor Terence Dooley. An in-person event hosted by Westmeath Archaeological & Historical Society in association with Westmeath County Council's Decade of Centenaries programme. Venue: Greville Arms Hotel, Mullingar, Co Westmeath. 8pm.

Wednesday 23 November Using Free Websites to Find your Family, with Aiden Feerick MAGI. An online event hosted by Dublin City Culture Club. 11am. All welcome. Free, but need to book.

Wednesday 23 November Exploring the Irish Experience of WW1, an online exhibition tour. Host: National Library of Ireland. 1pm to 1:45pm. Free. All welcome. Need to book.

Thursday 24 November: Twenty ways to find a townland, and other hints and tips, an online event with Georgina Scally MAGI. The final talk in the National Archives of Ireland's lecture series. 6pm. Free. All welcome. Need to book.

Thursday 24 November: "The Bulletin" and "Persons Unknown", an online premiere of two audio plays inspired by once-classified official records, taking us back to a time when military and civilian efforts to control propaganda shaped the relations between Britain and Ireland forever. The plays will be followed by a panel discussion with record specialists from the UK National Archives, writers and members of the production team. 7pm–9pm. Free. All welcome. Need to book.

Thursday 24 November Haunted Histories, with Dr David Hume talking about stories, superstitions and folklore in Ulster. Hosted by the North of Ireland Family History Society, Ballymena branch. 7:15pm–8:45pm GMT. A hybrid meeting. In-person at Michelin Arts Workshop, Braid Arts Centre 1-29 Bridge Street, Ballymena, Co Antrim. Online: email for zoom link. Details.

Thursday 24 November: History and the role it plays in our identity and contemporary politics, an address from Taoiseach Micheál Martin, T.D.. An online event in the Ireland 1922 series hosted by the Royal Irish Academy. Booking essential. Free. All welcome. 7pm to 8pm.

Friday 25 November: Killure-Kilgerrill: Its People and Places. An in-person launch of a new, 726-page local history published by Killure Heritage Group. 7.30pm. Venue: Gullane’s Hotel, Main Street, Ballinasloe, Co Galway. Details. Book on sale locally at Salmons and online via

Friday 25 November: Tipperary Cumann na mBan, with Dr Noreen Higgins. An in-person event hosted by Emly Historical Society at St.Ailbes Hall, Emly, Tipperary. 8pm. Refreshments will be served. All welcome.

Tuesday 29 November: GRONI Records, with Kathie Walker. A hybrid meeting hosted by the North of Ireland Family History Society, Causeway Coast and Glens Branch. Venue: Sandel Centre, Knocklynn Road, Coleraine, Co LondonDerry. 8pm. All welcome. Email secretary for online zoom link. Details.

Tuesday 29 November: The Lighthouses of the Shannon Estuary, with Gerald Butler, author of The Lightkeeper. An in-person event hosted by the Kilrush and District Historical Society at Teach Ceoil (Old Church of Ireland), Grace St, Kilrush, Co. Clare. 8pm to 9pm. All welcome.

Tuesday 29 November Gendering Loss in the Irish Civil War, with Professor Lindsey Earner-Byrne who explores the impact on the relatives of those injured or killed as a result of the conflict. Hosted by the National Library of Ireland and University College Cork. A hybrid event. Venue: The Shtepps Lecture Theatre, The Hub, UCC, College Road, Cork City. See details for online link.

Wednesday 30 November: Exploring Victorian Belfast, an in-person event with Dr Alice Johnson, Dr Paul Harron and Stephen Scarth. Venue: Public Record Office of Northern Ireland 2 Titanic Boulevard Titanic Quarter, Belfast BT3 9HQ. 2pm–3:45pm. All welcome. Free but need to register. Details.

Thursday 1 December: Always in the Human Consciousness - Exploring the Memory of Ireland's Revolutionary Period, with Tomás Mac Conmara. An in-person event hosted by the Oral History Network of Ireland. Venue: Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland, 63 Merrion Square, Dublin 2. 7pm to 9pm. Free but need to book your place. Details.

Thursday 1 December: Mixed marriages in medieval Ireland, with Dr Katherine Simms delivering the Irish Texts Society's Breandán Ó Buachalla Lecture 2022. An online event in partnership with the National Library of Ireland. Free. 6:30pm–7:45pm. All welcome. Need to book.

Thursday 1 December: The cult of St Edmund in Ireland, with Dr Francis Young. An online event. Host: the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland in conjunction with The Ulster Society of Irish Historical Studies. 7pm to 8pm. All welcome. Free. Book here.

Friday 2 December and Saturday 3 December Foundation of the Irish State, a two-day conference hosted by University College Dublin. An in-person event at University College Dublin, Belfield, Dublin. 9am–5pm both days. Full details.

Friday 2 December Members’ Experiences, a series of 10-minute talks about members' family history research, followed by Christmas festivities. An in-person event hosted by North of Ireland Family History Society's Belfast Branch. Venue: St. Donard’s Hall, Beersbridge Road / Bloomfield Road, Belfast BT5 5LT. 7:30pm–9pm.

Friday 2 December Dating Old Family Photographs, an online class with Alison Tait. Hosted by the North of Ireland Family History Society. £10. All welcome. 7pm–8:30pm GMT. Booking.

Friday 2 December British Army operations in Ireland in 1922-1924, an in-person event with Anthony Kinsella. Host: Military History Society of Ireland. Venue: Griffith College, South Circular Rod, Dublin 8. 8pm. Non-members welcome.