Monday 5 December 2022

Irish genealogy, history and heritage events, 5 to 31 December 2022

As the year end approaches, this post will be the final listing for 2022. If necessary, I'll update this list as December rolls on.

Monday 5 December to Friday 9 December inclusive: Closures. Reading Room of the National Archive of Ireland, Dublin, closed for Media Preview. Reopening Monday 12 December. Similar at Public Record Office of Northern Ireland, Belfast, where it is Preservation Week: No original materials available. Search Room open for microfilm viewing etc.

Monday 5 December: Local History on Film, with NI Screen. A hybrid event hosted by the North of Ireland Family History Society's Foyle Branch. In-person venue: Lecture Room, Derry’s Central Library, 35 Foyle Street, Derry, BT48 6AL. 7pm–8:30pm GMT. For online access, email the branch secretary at All welcome.

Monday 5 December: The Irish face of British politics: Irish agrarian violence, ultra-Tories, and the end of the Whig government, 1845-1841, with Dr Jay Roszman. A hybrid event hosted by Queen's University Belfast, Institute of Irish Studies. In-person venue: QUB, 27 University Square, Belfast BT7 1NN. Online via MS Teams. 4:30pm. Free. All welcome. Need to book.

Tuesday 6 December: Rebel Statesman: The Life and Times of WT Cosgrave, with Liz Gillis and Cathy Scuffil. Part of the Decade of Centenaries programme from South Dublin County. Hosted online by Ballyroan Library. 7pm to 8pm. Free. All welcome. Need to register.

Tuesday 6 December: The Decade of Commemoration: Sources & Legacies, an online event featuring lightning talks from archivists and librarians on projects undertaken during the Decade of Centenaries. Hosted by the Irish Society for Archives. Free. 6pm to 7:30pm. Need to register.

Wednesday 7 December: The Enigma of Arthur Griffith, with Colum Kenny. An in-person event hosted by Rathmichael Historical Society. Venue: Rathmichael School Hall, Stonebridge Road, Shankill, Co. Dublin. Doors oopen 7:30pm. Members free. Non-members €5. Includes light refreshments. Details.

Thursday 8 December: The Centenary of An Garda Síochanaon, with Dr Liam McNiffe. An in-person event hosted by Meath County Library. Venue: Oldcastle Library, Millbrook Rd, Knockmacoony, Oldcastle, Co. Meath 7pm. Free. All welcome. Need to book: tel 046-8542084 or email

Friday 9 December: Reading Room at the RCB Library in Churchtown, Dublin, closed from 2pm.

Monday 12 December: The realities of rural childhoods in modern Ireland: birth, life and death in 19th and 20th century County Donegal, with Megan McAuley. A hybrid event hosted by Offaly History. In-person: Offaly History, Bury Quay, Tullamore. With mince pies and tea. €2 members/€5 non-members. Online: email for free zoom access code. 8pm. All welcome.

Tuesday 13 December: Christmas in Lisburn through the years, an in-person talk with Aaron McIntyre. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society, Lisburn Branch. Venue: Bridge Community Centre, 50 Railway Street, Lisburn, County Down BT28 1XP. 7:30pm–9pm. All welcome.

Wednesday 14 December: Book Launch: Iarmhi, Journal of the Westmeath Archaeological and Historical Society, vol 2. An in-person event. Host: WAHS. Venue: The Greville Arms Hotel, Mullingar, Co Westmeath. 7:30pm. All welcome. Free.

Thursday 15 December: Main and Microfilm Reading Rooms closed from 1pm. National Library of Ireland, Kildare Street, Dublin 2. The Main and Microfilm Reading Rooms will be closed for an event on the afternoon of Thursday, 15th December, from 1pm. Other services, including the Manuscript Reading Room, Family History Room and ticket office, will remain open as usual.

Monday 19 December Tracing Your Ancestors Through Land Records, with Chris Paton. 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, Co Antrim. 7:15pm–8:45pm GMT. For online access, email Details. All welcome.

Tuesday 20 December: Ikerrin and the O'Mahers, with Dr Paul MacCotter. 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.