There's a public holiday in Northern Ireland on Monday, 29 May, so all repositories, archives and libraries will be closed.

The Linen Hall Library in Belfast will be open on Saturday, but not Monday.

While Northern Ireland takes the day off, it's a normal working day in the Republic of Ireland, where the next bank holiday is a week later (5 June).

Donegal Heritage Office will be launching an Audit of Oral History Recordings for County Donegal this evening (see below).

The Audit is the result of work carried out over the last year by Dr Tomás Mac Conmara, an oral historian from County Clare. He has identified more than 4,000 oral history recordings from 57 collections relating to County Donegal. They range from the professional work undertaken by Seán Ó hEochaidh of the Irish Folklore Commission to a family's recording of their grandmother's memories.

A new book from Four Courts Press will be of interest to researchers with connections to County Monaghan. The Irish Revolution, 1912-1923 – Monaghan, by Terence Dooley, explores the Revolutionary Era from the perspective of this border county, which seemed likely to become a battlefield in a sectarian civil war until the First World War intervened with significant consequences for both Protestant and Catholic communities.

The SoG is based at 14 Charterhouse Buildings, Goswell Rd, London EC1M 7BA, close to Barbican and Farringdon tube stations.As announced some time back, the microfilms at the London FamilySearch Centre, currently at The National Archives in Kew, will be moving to the Society of Genealogists (SoG) in Clerkenwell.

The last day to view microfilms at The National Archives location will be Wednesday 31 May 2017.

Two of Ancestry's World Archives Projects (WAPs) of Irish collections have joined its main database. This means these newly indexed collections can now be searched by researchers, whether or not they have an active subscription. While you can search the index and view all the indexed records that match your query, you will need a subscription to view the images.

Ireland, School Masters and Mistresses, 1826

PRONI, Titanic Boulevard, Belfast.The Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI) has announced a new series of Thursday lunchtime talks. They don't start until August, but as PRONI events are so popular, I thought I'd pass on details now rather than wait for my usual fortnightly listing when they might be fully booked.

Each of the talks will be led by a member of PRONI's staff, will centre on archival collections in PRONI and will provide excellent insight on using these resources for family and local history.

The Royal Irish Academy has released the final planned editions in its Irish Historic Towns Atlas (IHTA) digital series. This time, it's the development of the 19th-century town that's under scrutiny.

Bray and Belfast (Part II, 1840 to 1900) are the towns explored in today's last-in-the-series digital release.This is the period that includes the Famine; mass-emigration from the countryside; the completion of Ireland's canal network; the growth of railways, trams and factories; the construction of barracks, gaols, workhouses and asylums; and a massive Roman Catholic church building programme as the Penal Laws ended.

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