Family History Events at National Heritage Week

National Heritage Week is almost upon us and there’s plenty for those interested in beginning their Irish family history research. The purpose of National Heritage Week is to promote awareness of our built, natural and cultural heritage in order to encourage its conservation and preservation. Each year, all across the country, local community organisations organise free events which highlight the richness of our heritage. Some of the events you can expect on Heritage Week include: medieval fairs, night-time bat walks, wildlife walks and lectures, classical music and poetry recitals, traditional music sessions, storytelling, historical re-enactments, and local history walks and talks and maritime and coastal events. In addition many heritage sites and stately homes will offer free admission or special concessions.

The increasing popularity of family history research in Ireland sees a large number of events taking place across the country, so if you're in any of the counties below or if your visiting Ireland why not drop in. You can see a full listing below:

Ancestry Search: One-to-One: 22/23/25/26 Aug: Cork County Library
What’s in a Name?: 24 Aug: Cork County Library

Using the graveyards of County Clare for Genealogical Purposes: 25 Aug: County Museum

Who? What? Where? The 1911 Census: 23-27 Aug: Bundoran Community Library

Glasnevin Museum Tour: 20-28 Aug: Glasnevin Cemetery
Tracing Your Ancestors: 25 Aug: Cabra Library
Tracing Your Ancestors: 20 & 23 Aug: Marino Library
Genealogy Workshop: 27 Aug: Clondalkin Library
Family History and Genealogy: 20-28 Aug: Genealogical Society of Ireland, Dun Laoghaire

Tracing your Galway Ancestors: 23 Aug: St.Joseph’s Community Centre

Who do you think you are? Genealogy Sources for Castleisland: 20-27 Aug: Castleisland Library
Tracing your Family: All day advice on Getting Started: 25 Aug: Kerry Library

Who do you think you are?: 23-27 Aug: Naas Community Library

Family Tree Masterclass: 22 Aug: Kilkenny County Library
Introduction to Genealogy and Starting your Family Tree: 23 Aug: Urlingford Library
Introduction to Genealogy and Starting your Family Tree: 24 Aug: Thomastown Library
Introduction to Genealogy and Starting your Family Tree: 25 Aug: Castlecomer Library

Genealogy Workshop for Beginners: 20 Aug: Portlaoise Library
Genealogy Workshop for Beginners: 23 Aug: Mountraith Library

President Obama Tour of Offaly: 24 Aug: Tullamore

The Premier Genealogy Marathon: 20-28 Aug: Various venues

Meet the Genealogist: 20/22/25 Aug: Various venues

For more information visit the Heritage Week website

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