May's Irish Genealogy events

Sunday 2 May: Taking the Biscuit, a specially commissioned drama set during Easter Week 1916 in Jacob’s Factory Garrison under the command of Commandant Thomas MacDonagh. Written and directed by Martin Maguire, the drama is based mainly on documents held in the Military Archives. Host: Cloughjordan Honours Thomas MacDonagh 2021, Cloughjordan Heritage Group. 8pm. Free. Online. Download programme or see MacdonaghHeritage.ie for booking.

Monday 3 May: Bank Holiday in both the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.

Monday 3 May: The Modreeny Ambush Centenary, with Ger Heffernan providing a detailed account of the involvement of the Irish Republican Army ‘Flying Column’, local Volunteers and the Royal Irish Constabulary in one of the final military acts of the Irish War of Independence. Host: Cloughjordan Honours Thomas MacDonagh 2021, Cloughjordan Heritage Group. 8pm. Free. Online. Download programme or book at MacdonaghHeritage.ie.

Wednesday 5 May: 'Admirals for a Day’: Reading and discussion, with Cormac O’Malley. Host: National Library of Ireland. Online. Need to book. Free. 7:30pm.

Thursday 6 May: WWI: Exploring the Irish Experience, a virtual exhibition tour. Host: National Library of Ireland. All welcome. Free, but need to book tickets. 11am.

Thursday 6 May: Blitz 80: Hands Across the Border: Assistance from southern fire brigades in the Belfast Blitz, by Las Fallon. Hosts: Public Record Office of Northern Ireland and the Northern Ireland War Memorial (NIWM). Online presentation. 2pm. Free. All welcome. Need to register.

Thursday 6 May: WWI: Life in an Irish Towerhouse, with Donal Burke. Host: Irish Workhouse Centre First Friday Series of talks. 8pm online. €5. Book here.

Thursday 6 May: The Dolphin's Barn Brickworks, with Cathy Scuffil. Host: Walkinstown Library/Dublin City Libraries. 11am. Online. Free. Need to register. Details.

Monday 10 May: Many libraries, archives and similar research centres begin to reopen in the Republic of Ireland, subject to safety restrictions.

Wednesday 12 May: Ireland 1900 - 1925: Crisis, War and Revolution, launch of a new resource exploring some of the most significant events in Ireland’s modern history, from the introduction of the Third Home Rule Bill to the First World War, Easter Rising, partition of Ireland and the creation of two new states. 2pm to 3:15pm. Host: Public Record Office of Northern Ireland. Speakers: Janet Hancock, Deputy Head of Public Services, PRONI; Dr Timothy Bowman, Reader in Military History, University of Kent; Jim McBride, secretary of HTANI. Zoom event, free. Need to book

Wednesday 12 May: Ireland in Flanders: Men from the island of Ireland during the First World, with Piet Chielens, director of the In Flanders Fields Museum in Ypres. Host: Public Record Office of Northern Ireland. All welcome. Free. 8pm. Need to register.

Thursday 13 May: From Turmoil to Truce: Photographs of the War of Independence, an online tour. Host: National Library of Ireland Photographic Archive. 11am. Free. All welcome. Need to book.

Saturday 15 May: Emigrants and Exiles, the East Galway Story, a day conference. A range of speakers composed of descendants and academics will gather virtually across the diaspora to share their stories and the stories of their communities. Host: Trasna na Tíre. On Zoom. 11am (Irish/GMT+1). Free. Download programme pdf. Register at EventBrite.