Monday 27 February 2023

Irish genealogy, history and heritage events, 27 Feb to 12 March

Monday 27 February: Revolutionary Routes: The African Diaspora in Ireland, 1830s-1930s, with Dr Maurice J Casey. An online talk; part of the Heritage from Home Series 3 from Libraries NI. Free, and all welcome. Booking is required. Details (scroll down).

Tuesday 28 February: Emigration from the North of Ireland to the Canadian Maritimes, an online event with Dr Paddy Fitzgerald and hosted by the North of Ireland Family History Society's Belfast Branch 7pm – 8:30pm GMT. All welcome. Free. See details.

Tuesday 28 February: Adventures of a ‘Fighting Railway’: the Belfast Central Railway, 1864-1885, a talk and book launch by Robert Phipps. In-person at the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland, 2 Titanic Boulevard, Titanic Quarter, Belfast BT3 9HQ. 1pm to 2pm. Refreshments served from 12:30pm. Free. All welcome. Booking.

Tuesday 28 February: When the Post Boxes Turned Green, with Cathy Scuffil. A hybrid event from Dublin City Council's Historian in Residence. In-person at St James's Church, 53 James Street, Dublin 8. Online via livestream from 6:30pm sharp. Free. All welcome.

Tuesday 28 February: Always in the Human Consciousness' - Exploring the Memory of Clare's Revolutionary Period, a hybrid event hosted by the Kilrush and District Historical Society. Venue: Teach Cheoil, Kilrush, Co Clare. 8pm. KDHS lectures are free to members, EUR5 for non-members, payable on the night only. Also available online, free; see and check calendar.

Thursday 2 March: Eileen Gray, with Dr Jennifer Goff. An in-person event hosted by Mount Merrion Historical Society. Venue: Fitzwilliam Rooms, The Community Centre, North Avenue, Mount Merrion, Dublin. 8pm. Admission: Members Free / Non-Members €4 / Students €2.

Thursday 2 March: From Sailing Coffins to Coffin Ships: New Perspectives on Emigration During the Great Irish Famine, with Cian T McMahon Ph.D. A hybrid event and the 3rd Annual Eileen Patricia McMahon Zogby '67 Irish Lecture. In-person venue: Grewen Auditorium, Grewen Hall, Le Moyne College, Syracuse, NY, USA. Also online. 4pm EST. Register.

Thursday 2 March to Saturday 4 March: RootsTech, the world’s largest genealogical conference, gets underway in Salt Lake City and online. The event is organised by FamilySearch. Register for the free virtual conference here. Register to attend the in-person event (US$98pp) here. Full details.

Friday 3 March: National Library of Ireland's Main Reading Room and Microfilm Room closed all day.

Saturday 4 March: Starting your Family Tree, with Lorna Moloney. An in-person genealogy workshop hosted by Kerry Libraries. Venue: Killarney Library (Leabharlann Cill Airne), Rock Road, Killarney, Co Kerry. 10am to 2pm. Free. Advance registration necessary.

Monday 6 March: Operation Green – German WW2 plans for invading Ireland, with Ronnie Kilgore. A hybrid meeting hosted by the North of Ireland Family History Society, Foyle Branch. In-person at the Lecture Room at Derry’s Central Library, 35 Foyle Street, Derry, BT48 6AL. 7pm to 8:30pm. For online access, email All welcome. Free.

Monday 6 March: Scottish Surnames in Ulster, an in-person event with Brian Turner. Hosted by the North of Ireland Family History Society, Killyleagh Branch. In-person venue: Killyleagh Masonic Hall, 50 High Street,Killyleagh, BT30 9QF. 8pm - 9:45 pm GMT. Details.

Tuesday 7 March: Snooping on your ancestors' neighbours: how to juggle online census records, with John Grenham. An online event from NI Libraries' Heritage from Home Series 3. 12:30pm. Free. All welcome. Need to register.

Wednesday 8 March: Burning the Big House - In Conversation with Prof. Terence Dooley. An in-person event hosted by the Irish Georgian Society at 58 William Street South, Dublin 2. 6pm. Admission: €12. Need to book.

Wednesday 8 March: The Disbandment of the Southern Irish Regiments, 1922, an online lecture by Timothy Bowman. Hosts: The Antrim and Down branch of the Western Front Association (WFA) and the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland. 7pm to 8pm. Free. All welcome. Need to book.

Thursday 9 March: The Hermitage: A cottage orne in Abbeyside, Dungarvan, with Willie Fraher. An in-person event. Part of Julian Walton's Winter Lecture Series. Venue: Dunhill Multi-Education Centre, Dunhill Enterprise Park, Ballyphilip. Dunhill, Co Waterford. 7:30pm. Light refreshments served. All welcome. Free.

Thursday 9 March: Ireland, Scotland, and the Hundred Years War: A New Vista, with Dr Simon Egan. An in-person event hosted by the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland and the Ulster Society for Irish Historical Studies. Venue: Irish Studies room, QUB, 27 University Square, Belfast BT7. 6pm to 7pm. Free. All welcome.Need to book at Eventbrite.

Saturday 11 March: Lt Michael Higgins, Leinster Regiment &nash; a family reminiscence, with Denis Kirby. An in-person event hosted by Cork Public Museum, Fitzgerald Park, Mardyke, Cork. Part of the museum's 2023 lecture series. Starts at 1pm. Free but need to book by email (museum @ or phone 021-4270679).

Saturday 11 March: 'Family Matters' - Cork Genealogical Society Conference 2023. An in-person event hosted by the Society. Venue: Clayton Hotel, Silversprings, Cork City. 9:30am–5pm. £25, includes light lunch. Need to book at