Monday 24 April 2023

Irish genealogy, history and heritage events, 24 April to 7 May

Until 24 July: Ulster-Scots and the Declaration of Independence, an in-person exhibition, launched on 21 April and hosted by the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland, Titanic Boulevard, Belfast. Free. All welcome. No need to book. Visit during PRONI's normal opening hours.

Monday 24 April: The Business of Death, with Natalie Greenwood and Claire Cock Starkey. An online event hosted by Grave Matters featuring three speakers on topics related to death. 6pm. Free. All welcome. Details.

Tuesday 25 April: The Genealogy of Rathlin Island, Ballycastle and the Glens, a hybrid event with Dr Nic Wright. Hosted by North of Ireland Family History Society, Causeway C&G Branch. Venue: Sandel Centre, Knocklynn Rd, Coleraine, NI. 8pm. For online access, email branch secretary at causeway @ for zoom link. Details.

Tuesday 25 April: Connecting cartography: 'The Looney Map' of Tipperary, with Dr Catherine Porter. An in-person event hosted by Tipperary County Council Library Service. Venue: Tipperary Studies, Gallery, The Source Library, Thurles. Admission free. For details, Tel (052) 6166123 or email studies @

Tuesday 25 April: WikiTree, a hybrid event with Anne Johnston. Hosted by the North of Ireland Family History Society, Belfast Branch. In-person venue to be confirmed. 7:30pm. For online link, email Belfast @ Free. All welcome.

Tuesday 25 April: 'The government wants a terrible lot of light': Clearing the 'slums' in 1930s Kilrush, an in-person presentation by Peter Connell. Host: Kilrush and District Historical Society. Venue: Teach Ceoil, Kilrush, Co Clare. 8pm. Free to members / €5 for non-members, payable on the night only.

Wednesday 26 April: The Powers of Co. Waterford, with Julian Walton FIGRS. An in-person event hosted by the Barony of Gaultier Historical Society. 8pm. Venue: The Gaultier Room, Woodlands Hotel, Dunmore Road, Waterford. All welcome.

Thursday 27 April: Emigration to Australia & New Zealand, with Mike McKeag. A hybrid event hosted by the North of Ireland Family History Society, Ballymena Branch. In-person venue: Michelin Arts Workshop, Braid Arts Centre, 1-29 Bridge Street, Ballymena. 7:15pm. For zoom link, email Ballymena @ All welcome. Free.

Saturday 29 April: National Library of Ireland's Reading Rooms and Readers Ticket Office open to in-person visitors from 9:30 to 1pm. Kildare Street, Dublin 2.

Monday 1 May: May Day Bank holiday across the island. All libraries and archives, businesses and educational institutions closed.

Wednesday 3 May: The ‘arms dump’ that ended the Civil War in May 1923, with Dr Mary Muldowney. An in-person event hosted by Dublin City Libraries at Dublin Central Library, Ilac Centre, Henry Street, Dublin 1. 1pm. Free. All welcome but booking is required by T 01-2228300 or E

Wednesday 3 May: Great Famine Voices Roadshow, with Caroilin Callery, an in-person lecture hosted by the National Famine Museum, Strokestown Park, Co Roscommon at the London Irish Centre, 50-52 Camden Square, London NW1 9XB, UK. Free. 7pm (doors 6:30pm) Free. Need to book/reserve your seat.

Thursday 4 May: History of the Abbey Theatre, with Mairead Delaney. 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.

Friday 5 May: Tips for Breaking through Brickwalls, an online class with Martin McDowell. Host: North of Ireland Family History Society. 7pm. All welcome. £10. Need to book.

Saturday 6 May: Stories beyond the stones – Commonwealth War Graves Commission Graves in County Cork, with Fiona Forde. 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).