From a very young age, Betsy Roddy was told that her great-grandmother had a unique role in history. Sonora Smart Dodd was instrumental in making her idea of Father’s Day a reality. In the past, we’ve highlighted the incredible story of Sonora. Leading up to Father’s Day (June 18, in the U.S.), we talked with her great-granddaughter Betsy about the strong matriarch in her family, the stories passed down from generation to generation and preserving her great-grandmother’s legacy for the future.

Dublin City Council has put history and communities at the heart of an innovative new project which builds on last year’s commemoration of the 1916 Rising.

L-R: Back Row: Brian Hanley, Cormac Moore, Donal Fallon; Frontrow: Maeve Casserly, Cathy Scuffil, Darragh Gannon (click to enlarge)The centenary of the Rising saw unprecedented engagement with history in the city as hundreds of thousands of citizens, visitors and community groups remembered this pivotal moment in Ireland's history.

The following announcement was written by Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions (CED) and Canadian Heritage:

QUÉBEC CITY, June 15, 2017 –  – The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for Canada Economic Development, and the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage, attended the launch of the 2017 programming and took the opportunity to announce their financial support for the Corporation des fêtes historiques de Québec for the 21st edition of the Fêtes de la Nouvelle-France.

The following announcement was written by Unclaimed Persons:

Every life is worth remembering, and this month Unclaimed Persons (UP) celebrates its ninth anniversary helping to unite the remains of deceased individuals with their next of kin.

Alone in death and tucked away on dark shelves or cold gurneys in morgues across the country, thousands of deceased individuals whose names are known to coroners, medical examiners, and a handful of friends have no known family members to claim their remains.

Genealogist Maurice Gleeson, who organises the annual Genetic Genealogy Ireland conference, has announced the speakers for this year's event, which will, once again, be held as part of the Back To Our Pasr exhibition at the RDS in Dublin (20-22 October 2017).

As you'd expect from this increasingly high profile international event, the speakers are top-class and they'll be presenting a wide-ranging programme of lectures, with something for everyone from dna novices right the way through to experts.

Until mid-July, a three-part lecture series is being presented across the Dublin City Libraries' network to explore the aftermath of the 1916 Rising. The key questions to be discussed and answered in these lectures concern the changes to the political, economic and social landscape that ushered in independence in 1922.

The three lectures (Ireland in 1917 | What was the War of Independence? | What was the Civil War?) will be held at Central Library and Dublin City Library & Archive (the only locations where the series is presented at lunchtime – 1pm), and twelve branch library locations.

It is estimated that there are currently between 150-600 supercentenarians — people who have reached the age of 110 — alive in the world. The exact number is unknown because not all of them are known to researchers, and many have not had their age authenticated by an organization specializing in age validation. In April 2017, Italian supercentenarian Emma Morano died at the ripe age of 117 years and 137 days.

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