Monday 20 February 2023

Irish genealogy, history & heritage events, 20 February to 5 March

Monday, 20 February: From Library to Museum: the Story of Larne Museum & Arts Centre, with Marian Kelso. A hybrid event hosted by the North of Ireland Family History Society's Larne Branch. Booking necessary for in-person and online attendance. See details. Free. 7:15pm–8:45pm GMT.

Monday, 20 February: Inspired language: cursing and blessing in early modern Ireland, a hybrid talk with Dr Clodagh Tait. Hosted by Offaly History. In-person venue: Bury Quay, Tullamore, Co Offaly. All are welcome. For online zoom link, email info @ 8pm.

Tuesday, 21 February: With An Artist’s Eye: The Photography of Mary Alice Young of Galgorm Castle, Ballymena. An in-person exhibition launch at PRONI, Titanic Boulevard, Belfast. Refreshments served from 12:30pm. Launch 1pm–2pm. Free. Need to book.

Tuesday 21 February: William Despard Hemphill and his contribution to Irish photography, an in-person talk with Dr Karol Mullaney Dignam. Hosted by Tipperary Studies. Venue: The Source Library, Thurles, Co Tipperary. 7pm. Free. All welcome. Details.

Wednesday 22 February: The Ghost Limb – Alternative Protestants, 1798 and now, by Claire Mitchell. Book launch and discussion. In-person at James Connolly Visitor Centre, 374-376 Falls Rd, Belfast, BT12 6DG. 7pm. Register by email to info @

Thursday 23 February: The Night of the Big Wind, with Peter Carr. A hybrid event hosted by the North of Ireland Family History Society's Ballymena Branch. 7:15pm GMT. Venue: Michelin Arts Workshop, Braid Arts Centre, 1-29 Bridge Street, Ballymena. For online link, see Details.

Thursday 23 February: De Valera's childhood: the making of the man, with Eugene Broderick. 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.

Saturday 25 February: The Royal Munster Fusiliers 1914–1918, with Martin Staunton. 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 25 February: The 1798 UnitedIrishmen Walking Tour, with Sean Napier and Colm Dore. An in-person event. 11:30am–2pm. Meet at the Parish Church of St George, 105 High Street, Belfast BT1 2AG. £15pp. All welcome. Need to book.

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.

Wednesday 1 March: The Killing of Sean Doyle on Kilmashogue Mountain, 1920, with Fergus Whelan and Peadar Curran. An in-person event. Part of the Talks at the Mess series held at Richmond Barracks, Inchicore, Dublin 8. 7pm. Tickets €5 / Concessions &euros;3. All welcome.

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.