Family History and Genealogy Advice Service

Family treeMonthly in Donaghmede and Raheny Libraries.
Find out how to go about tracing your family tree, with an advice session presented by Margaret Bonar and Betty Craven.

Donaghmede Library host the advice session on the 3rd Monday of every month in the afternoons.

Raheny Library's Family History and Genealogy advice service.  Third Monday of the month. (Meeting February 25th from 10.15am - 12 noon.)
To book, ring 087 6491605, email impossibleancestors@gmail.com

All are welcome and admission is free.  Booking is essential with Margaret Bonar at T. 087 6491605.

Harcourt Street Railway Line

Pembroke Library, Wednesday 11 September, 1pm   

A talk on the Harcourt Street Railway Line by Brendan Langley. Presented in association with Ballsbridge, Donnybrook & Sandymount Historical Society. Brendan Langley is a local historian and will look backat the history of the rail line which linked Harcourt Street and Bray with the last tram running on 31 December 1958.  

First Dáil and First Shots & The Black and Tans to The Treaty

Pearse Street Library, Tuesday 20 & 27 August at 6.30pm  

Join Historian Bernard Kelly for this two part lecture series exploring the tumultuous years of the Irish War of Independence, featuring local stories and national events. 

Part 1: First Dáil & First Shots (1919-1920). Tuesday 20 August at 6.30pm.   

Part 2: The Black and Tans to The Treaty (1920-1921), Tuesday 27 August at 6.30pm.   

Dr. Shane Kenna Memorial Lecture

Dublin City Library & Archive, Pearse Street; Thursday 22 August at 6pm  

Historian Dr Shane Kenna was one of the foremost authorities on the Fenian Movement. Between 2013 and 2015 he published four books: War in the Shadows: The Irish-American Fenians Who Bombed Britain (November 2013), Thomas MacDonagh (October 2014), Conspirators: A Photographic History of Ireland’s Revolutionary Underground (May 2015) and Jeremiah O’Donovan Rossa: Unrepentant Fenian (August, 2015). 
However, his career was cut tragically short when he became ill in 2016, and passed away the following year at the age of just 33. His final book, The Invincibles: The Phoenix Park Assassinations and the Conspiracy that Shook an Empire was published posthumously in 2019.

Autumn talks with Michael Grant: Brahms, Silent Women and Forbidden Music

Brahms Music Library, Central Library Thursdays 12, 19 and 26 September 2019 at 1pm

Autumn talks with Michael Grant: “Brahms, Silent Women and Forbidden Music”.

Josephine Heffernan: A World War One Nurse

Raheny Library, Wednesday 5 June at 6.30pm

This talk presents the fascinating life story of nurse Josephine Heffernan. Presented by Brian White of Bray Cualann Historical Society and in association with Raheny Heritage Society. Josephine was born in the north inner city of Dublin. In 2002 a young boy in France found her bracelet that sparked a world-wide search to find her relatives that took 15 years to solve.

Dublin's Urban Trees

Raheny Library, Monday 20 May at 6pm

A talk on Dublin's Urban Trees to celebrate National Biodiversity Week.  Presented by Dr. Tine Ningal, School of Geography at Unibversity College Dublin.  The talk will focus on the geographical distribution, composition and structure of urban trees.

The Days of the Showbands

Showbands Photo Central Library, Ilac Centre, Tuesday May 7th at 1pm. This lunchtime presentation by Dr Joe Kearney and PJ Cunningham will take an affectionate look back at the golden age of the showbands and their impact on Irish music culture.

Walking the Camino Santiago

Drumcondra Library, Thursday 30 May at 6.30pm

In this talk Andrea Ryan will cover the history of the Camino, how to train, how to cover the mileage and will recommend tips and hints on how to get the most from your journey.

The Séamus Ennis Field Diary 1942 - 1946

Finglas Library, Wednesday 22 May at 6.30pm

A talk by author Ríonach Uí Ógáin, Director of the National Folklore Collection, UCD. A Séamus Ennis Centenary Celebration event in partnership with Séamus Ennis Arts Centre.