Friday 30 June 2023

Irish Genealogy, History and Heritage events, 30 June - 16 July

Friday 30 June "Spies and Robbers beware!" The execution of civilians suspected of spying by the Anti-Treaty IRA, with Padraig Óg O'Ruairc. 1pm–3.30pm. In-person venue: People’s Museum, Pery Square, Limerick City. Free. Last of the Treaty Discussions Lunchtime Series which accompanies the National Archives touring exhibition on the signing of the Anglo Irish Treaty in 1922. Lecture followed by a Q&A with all previous speakers from this Treaty lecture series, and LCCC Archivist Jacqui Hayes. Tea, coffee and sandwiches will be provided. Need to book.

Friday 30 June: Changing Ireland: Stories from the Collection 1900-2020, with Orlaith Styles and Muiris Wade, curatorial researchers from the National Museum of Ireland's Art & Industry division. This exhibition explores Irish history from 1900 to 2020, and the speakers will offer a behind-the-scenes look at the work needed to launch an exhibition. Free. Need to book. Meet in reception area at NMI, Collins Barracks, Benburb St, Stoneybatter, Dublin 7 at 11:20am.

Saturday 1 July: Virtual Treasury 101 Research Showcase: Into the Past + Back to the Future marking the 101st Anniversary of the Four Courts Blaze. 1:30pm–5pm. Venue: Thomas Davis Lecture Theatre (Room 2043), TCD Arts Bldg, College Green, Dublin 2 (use Nassau Street Gate).
Optional pre-event demonstation: How to use the Virtual Treasury, with Dr Ciarán Wallace. In-person venue: Jonathan Swift Theatre (Room 2041a), Arts Bldg, Trinity College, Dublin 2. Free. Need to book.

Tuesday 4 July: The Irish and the American Civil War, with Darrell Rivers. An online event hosted by the London Irish Centre Lecture Series, marking the 160th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg. 7:30pm. The talk will be recorded and available to watch for two weeks. Tickets €7 / €5 concs. Details.

Tuesday 4 July: Declaration and Dissent: The American Revolutionary War, a celebratory online event marking PRONI's centenary and complementing the current public display at PRONI of the Declaration of Independence. Mark Thompson, curator of the latter, will explore stories behind the Declaration, and PRONI archivist, Brett Irwin, will look at some surprising archives relating to the conflict that can be found in PRONI’s collections. 4pm. Free, but booking required.

Tuesday 4 July: The Fife and Drum Band Tradition: Limerick and Clare, with Dr Derek Mulcahy. A hybrid event hosted by the Kilrush and District Historical Society at 8pm in the Teach Ceoil on Grace Street, Kilrush, Co Clare. KDHS lectures are free to members, EUR5 for non-members, payable on the night only. New members are welcome. The annual membership fee (July-June) is EUR20. Also available online. Details.

Wednesday 5 July: Making Sense of a United Ireland, with Professor Brendan O’Leary exploring and analysing key issues surrounding Irish unity. An in-person event aty IIEA, 8 North Great George's Street, Dublin 1. 1pm to 2pm. Free. Need to book. All welcome.

Saturday 8 July: 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.

Sunday 9 July A New Look at Old Road– a Traveller Pride Event @ National Museum of Ireland - Country Life, Castlebar, Co Mayo. In-person event featuring a preview of a series of recordings from Elders in the Travelling/Mincéirí community, exploring the archives, and a traditional lashul/ flower making workshop. Free. All welcome. 11am to 2pm. Refreshments included. No need to book. Details.

Tuesday 11 July: Dunnes of Brittas, with Kevin Akers. An online talk hosted by the Genealogical Society of Ireland. 8pm. Free. All welcome. For zoom link, email Membership @ Talks will be posted on YouTube asap after the event.

Wednesday 12 July Public holiday in Northern Ireland. All repositories and many businesses closed.

Thursday 13 July Public holiday in Northern Ireland. All repositories and many businesses closed.

Thursday 13 July: Director's Tour of the National Library of Ireland. Meet new Director Dr Audrey Whitty on this in-person tour of the Library, its magnificent Reading Room and more, and explore its links to some of Ireland's greatest writers and thinkers. Venue: NLI, 7/8 Kildare Street, Dublin 2. 6pm to 7pm. Meet in Front Hall. Entry free and no booking required. Details.