Monday 14 November 2022

Irish genealogy, history and heritage events, 14 - 27 November

Monday 14 November My Ruiger Family Heritage, with Joe Lavery. An online event hosted by North of Ireland Family History Society, Newtownabbey Branch. All welcome. 7pm–8:30pm GMT. Those wishing to attend should e-mail and they will be sent the link.

Tuesday 15 November: Garda na Pobal – The foundation of An Garda Siochana, 1922, with Dr John Reynolds. An in-person event and part of the Tipperary People and Places Lecture series no.16. Host: Tipperary Studies, the local history dept. of Tipperary County Librairies. 7pm. Free. Venue: Gallery of the Source Library, Thurles. Tea and coffeee served. All welcome. Details.

Tuesday 15 November: The Civil War Legacy: Ireland in the 1920s and 30s, an online lecture by Professor Fearghal McGarry, QUB. Host: National Library of Ireland. All welcome. 7pm GMT. Free, but need to book.

Tuesday 15 November: Dr. Ella Webb (1877-1946): "Children need help and I am going to help them," an in-person event with Dr Declan Warde. Host: Foxrock Local History Society. Venue: Foxrock Pastoral Centre, Kill Lane, Foxrock, Co Dublin. 8pm. All welcome. Members free. Non-members €5 on the door.

Wednesday 16 November: A long hard road: a story of Famine Migration, an online talk with John Grenham. Host: Libraries NI, Heritage from Home Series 3. 12:30pm. All welcome. Free but need to register here.

Thursday 17 November: Book Launch: Irish Women in Religious Orders, 1530-1700 Suppression, Migration and Reintegration, by Dr Bronagh Ann McShane. Host: Moore Institute, University of Galway. In-person venue: The Bridge Room First Floor, Hardiman Research Building. Galway. 5pm. Free. Followed by reception. Need to book.

Thursday 17 November: Genealogy advisory evening at Wicklow Local Studies, Salthouse Lane, Wicklow Town. An in-person, drop-in event. Free. All welcome. First come, first served. 6:30pm to 8:30pm.

Saturday 19 November: Wading through blood: de Valera and the Civil War, an online lecture with David McCullagh. Host: Decade of Centenaries programme of South Dublin County Libraries. 1pm. Free but need to book. Booking and details.

Saturday 19 / Sunday 20 November: Irish Genealogy Education Day, an in-person and online event. Presentations from Dublin genealogist Claire Bradley and Geraldene O’Reilly. Host: New Zealand Genealogical Society, Irish Interest Group - Lower North Island. Venue: Collective Community Hub, 1/33 Johnsonville Road. Johnsonville. Wellington. NZ. All welcome. Starts Saturday 10pm GMT / Sunday 10am NZDT. Booking and details.

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 GMT. Free. All welcome. Need to register.

Wednesday 23 November Burning the Big House – Understanding Civil War Conflagrations, with Prof. 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 booke.

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.