Irish Interests

Bringing together Irish themes from across the society

Meetings, Pandemics and Irish Interests

Most society meetings are held online via Zoom at present but we hope to return to meetings at Manchester Central Library and venues at Oldham and Bolton. Please check the details for each meeting before making your arrangements.

Irish Interests are always an important part of the Society's work and, although the Irish Ancestry Group is still resting, as a Society we are moving forward to bring together in this section details of any meetings, events, or other items of Irish Interest. It's been quite a year, with Covid, Zoom and a new website, and this is another important milestone in our work to help members and visitors with their research.

Our planned Irish Interests meetings for 2021


25-26 September 2021

Medieval Manchester Festival

 

MLFHS will be in attendance at Chetham's Medieval Manchester Event this autumn, an event which is sure to be very popular as it is held in the grounds of Chetham's School and Library, with entertainment and historical interest for everyone - and also, they say, an excellent choice of food stalls!.

Call at our stand and say Hello! Our volunteers look forward to seeing you and, if you are not members of the Society, we will be happy to answer all your questions and show you (internet connection allowing on the day!) what the Society has to offer. Click on the link below to go direct to the Medieval Event page.

  • Date: 25th-26th September 2021
  • Saturday 10.00am-5pm, Sunday 10.00am-3.00pm
  • Venue: Chetham's, Manchester
  • Chetham's Medieval Manchester for tickets and details
25-26 September 2021

Heritage and History

MLFHS will be in attendance at Victoria Bath's Community and Heritagel Event this autumn, an event which is sure to be very popular as it is held at the well known and partially renovated Victoria Baths, Hathersage Road, Manchester. There will be items of interest for all visitors of all ages, including tours of the building.

Call at our stand and say Hello! Our volunteers look forward to seeing you and, if you are not members of the Society, we will be happy to answer all your questions and show you (internet connection allowing on the day!) what the Society has to offer. Click on the link below to go direct to the Victoria Baths page.

  • Date: 25th-26th September 2021
  • Saturday and Sunday 10.00am-4.00pm
  • Venue: Victoria Badths, Hathersage Road, Manchester
  • Victoria Baths Heritage Event for details
27 Oct 2021 - ONLINE

The Two Irish Wives of Friedrich Engels: Dr. Aidan Beatty

.For much of his adult life, the socialist activst Frederick Engels maintained close relationships with two women of Irish heritage, born in the Deansgate area of Manchester, which in the 1820s was one of the most Irish cities in Britain. Mary Burns ( 1821- 1863) became Engels' common law wife, and after Mary's death, her sister Lydia " Lizzie" Burns ( 1827-1878) formally married Engels.

Drawing on Marx's and Engels' sprawling correspondence, as well as contemporary records, this talk seeks to uncover how much we can really know about these two women. How much of a role did they actually play in Engels' political and literary work? Also, how much have their real liives been covered up with a Marxist romantizizing of two proliterian, factory workers?

This virtual presentation will be given by Dr.Aidan Beatty who has a PhD from the University of Chicago and teaches at the Honors College of the University of Pittsburgh.

This meeting will be held online via Zoom.

  • Date: 27th October 2021
  • Wednesday, 7.30pm
  • Venue: Online via Zoom
  • Speaker: Dr. Aidan Beatty
  • Booking: (will be via Eventbrite)
  • Cost : Members - Free of charge 
  • Cost: Non-Members - £3.00

Our Calendar of Events at Manchester Central Library

"Booking on Eventbrite will be essential for these meetings"

Booking on Eventbrite will be essential for these meetings (please see the calendar page) so please follow us on this page, on our social media accounts and on Eventbrite to check when booking opens. Meetings are online at present but will return to Manchester Central Library and will of course be in line with any government guidelines that might be in force at the time. 

All meetings are free of charge to members and, in a normal year, it’s quite possible for a member of the MLFHS to attend 62 meetings a year (admittedly you would have to attend beginners’ courses three times – but why not?) for an annual subscription of £15. Meanwhile, web editors will be busy updating the site and adding new content to enhance your subscription further; project managers and volunteers will continue to save, transcribe and make available important records and the office volunteers will keep the membership and the post running smoothly.

Meetings and Venues

Ond day we will be back at the Manchester Central Library! This is something to look forward to and meeting in person will be so good. Please enjoy our Zoom meetings until then, and let us know at the meetings if your joining us from afar - we are enjoying meeting members from all over the world and we want to keep in touch, online, in the future. These are busy times!

Our Meeting Rooms

Our meetings are held in the Performance Space on the ground floor of Manchester Central Library. The rooms are airy and light, with plenty of space for social distancing if that will be required when our meetings are resumed.

Our Venue

Manchester Central Library, convenient for all forms of public transport, is a modernised, comfortable building, designed to offer visitors ease of access, refreshments, a local history library and meeting rooms, all on the ground floor.

Important Things to Know

Our Meetings

The MLFHS usually holds meetings once a quarter; on the 2nd or 3rd Wednesday of the month (but other local events and the availability of speakers sometimes make a change of date more reasonable). We try to find the best speakers to help us discover more about our Manchester heritage.

Covid-19

The Covid-19 pandemic changed everything. In the interests of everyone’s safety and wellbeing, and slightly ahead of the Government’s restrictions, all of the society’s public-facing activity ceased in March. We look forward to a time when mass gatherings will be possible again.

Looking Forward

Today we are showing, below, a picture from our 2019 Peterloo event, a taste of the meetings and activities that can take place in the library's Performance Space. We will update this with details of new meetings and events as soon as dates, fixed or provisional. can be arranged.

Peterloo event at MCL: Hilary Hartigan

The wonderful Oakenhoof Performers at the Peterloo Celebrations at Manchester Central Library, August 2019, entertaining visitors at lunch time. The Performance Space (PS) meeting rooms are to left of the musicians, and the Helpdesk is at the top right of the picture. We can’t always guarantee such exciting entertainment on our meeting days, but this is the venue! Arrive early, get a coffee, wander around the displays, say ‘hello’ at the Helpdesk and then take your seats in room PS1 and settle in comfortably for an interesting and entertaining talk.

*Non-members pay £3 per meeting. Some meetings, in particular the summer visit to another venue, may incur additional costs, any such additional costs are paid by all attendees.

The Small Print

The MLFHS usually holds meetings once a quarter; on the 2nd or 3rd Wednesday of the month (but other local events and the availability of speakers sometimes make a change of date more reasonable) and we try to find the best speakers to help us discover more about our Manchester heritage. The Covid-19 pandemic changed everything. In the interests of everyone’s safety and wellbeing, and slightly ahead of the Government’s restrictions, all of the society’s public-facing activity ceased in March. As this beautiful new website was being created other volunteers were making arrangements to cancel meetings, rearrange schedules and planning ahead for the time when mass gatherings will be possible again.

Meetings Archive

From our first online Zoom meetings

All of the Society meetings since November 2020, when meetings recommenced online. Where available, speakers notes are kept by each section. The list includes upcoming meetings and therefore provides a good overview of our meetings programme.

Manchester Meetings Archive

For the Record

Manchester Ancestors delivers a programme of quarterly meetings and beginners sessions throughout the year, occasionally including additional monthly meetings or special meetings for special occasions. This is our archive of past meetings.

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