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28 January 2015

Delayed opening of Reading Rooms on Thursday, 5th February 2015

The National Library of Ireland wishes to notify all users that the Reading Rooms will be closed on the morning of Thursday, 5th February 2015 to facilitate a staff meeting. The Reading Rooms will open to the public at 1.30pm that day. The café and exhibitions will be open as usual.


27 January 2015


On the 18th June 1815, over rolling countryside between two ridges 11 miles south of Brussels, the entire course of European history changed. On the Battlefield at Waterloo, the tactical skill and staying power of the Irish born Duke of Wellington opposed Napoleon Bonaparte’s military brilliance, in an effort to decide the providence of Europe.

If you have never been to Waterloo, or indeed to any battlefield, fear not as the Toy Soldier Factory will be displaying Phase 1 of the world’s largest battle scene “The Battle of Waterloo” in Ireland’s and Europe’s only Toy Soldier Factory.

The huge Diorama totalling 26 x 13 feet (8x4 Metres) in size, houses 15,000 hand cast and hand painted Prince August Model Soldiers by Andre Rudolph from Germany.  It took Andre 8 passionate years to complete his creation.

The mighty scene will arrive on Irish shores over the next few weeks and will be transported carefully to its new home in the tiny village of Kilnamartyra just outside Macroom town in West Cork.

Lars Edman MD of the Toy Soldier Factory is honoured and excited at Phase 1 of a 5 year plan to implement carefully the three day long struggle of The Battle of Waterloo.

“We are delighted with the way the new construction of the enormous room is going, where the large battle scene will reside for the next five years. This June will commemorate the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo.

“We have to showcase this battle correctly to emphasize to the public how important it was to Europe’s history so we are planning to incorporate a multimedia show with lights and sound effects  in future development into this epic installation as this was a defining moment in Europe’s history, ending 23 years of war” says Lars Edman.  Lars quoting the words of the renowned Dublin born Duke of Wellington "It was the most desperate business I ever was in: I never took so much trouble about any battle – and never was so nearly beat.”


The Unveiling of the Large Battle of Waterloo diorama will take place on Sunday April the 12th and “maybe even before that date. Keep a close eye on our Facebook” Lars says.

The demand for this event is extremely high and therefore you are urged to book as soon as possible by going to their web site on  Tel: 026 40342 or follow their event page on Toy Soldier Factory Visitor Centre Facebook page.


18 January 2015

WDUTYA? Live 2015 this year in Birmingham NEC 16-18 April. 

Sponsored by for tenth year.  Discounted Tickets can be booked through Ancestry. 1 ticket for £14 (quote ANC14)  2 Tickets for £24 (quote ANC 24) Door price £22.  Offer ends 3 April 2015.

Cabinteely Community School, Johnstown Road,  Dublin 18

Introduction to Family History.  Wed 7.30-9 45pm.  10 weeks with lecturer Maura Flood.

Term starts Monday 26 January. Research and create your family Tree. Get the most from Census Records, Birth, Marriage and Death records, Land records and Online Resources.  Social Media and visit to National Library.  See for more details.


Who Do You Think You Are? NEC Birmingham 16-18 April 2015



This year sees a change of venue and date for WDYTYA? The Society of Genealogists Workshop programme is available on the above website. The usual Ask the Expects sessions will also be available.


Ancestral Connections: Irish Genealogy Summer School, University College, Cork, June 28 - July 5 2015


Now in its third year this popular genealogy summer school offers a complete course in the latest Irish genealogy research, as one would expect from a summer school held in UCC, one of the world's leading universities. All aspects of the subject are covered by a series of presentations and "hands on" workshops given by a selection of Ireland's leading genealogical lecturers and experts. 

Speakers include: Eileen O’Dúill, Sean O’Dúill, Brian Donovan, Fiona Fitzsimons, Dr Paul MacCotter, Dr Dagmar O’Riain-Raedel, Mary Beglan, Dr. James Ryan, Dr. Jane Lyons, Aiden Feerick, Stuart Rosenblatt, Sean Murphy, Nicola Morris, Aiden Feerick, Maeve Mullin, Steven Smyrl, John Nangle, Hilary McDonagh, Kyle J Betit, Ann Marie Coghlan, Rosaleen Underwood and Dr David J Butler, many of whom are IFHS members.


Full details are available at  Online booking is also now open. Day rates are available if you want to dip in and out of your genealogy heritage. The Summer School Co-ordinator is Lorna Moloney who can be contacted by Email at:


8 January 2015

The 18th annual Gilbert Lecture to be held at Dublin City Library & Archive, 138-144 Pearse Street, on Thursday 22 January at 6.00pm.

The 18th annual Gilbert Lecture will be held at Dublin City Library & Archive, 138-144 Pearse Street, on Thursday 22 January at 6.00 pm. Professor Kevin Whelan, 'Dublin as a global city: through time and space'.

At the meeting they will also launch of the 17th Gilbert Lecture, Dr Séamas Ó Maitiú, Alleys, annals and anecdotes: a new look at Gilbert's History of Dublin.

For Brochure click here

For Book Launch Click here


7 January 2015

Winter News Sheet now available in Members'' Area.

Members were notified by email that the Winter News Sheet is now available in the Members's Area. Those without email will be posted next week, the News sheet is currently with the printer.


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