Monday, 4 February 2013

Talks at PRONI this week

Two talks this week at PRONI in Belfast (www.proni.gov.uk):

'The Other Irish: The Scots-Irish Rascals who Made America'
By Karen McCarthy

Wednesday 6th February 1-2pm

What do Davy Crockett, Mark Twain, and Neil Armstrong have in common? They are descendants of feisty Scots-Irish immigrants who travelled the ocean to the new world in the early 1700s.

Rebellious, independent, and fervently religious . . . thousands of immigrants with grand dreams sailed from Ireland's northern harbours to the new world at the end of the 1700s and tamed the American South. In 'The Other Irish: The Scots-Irish Rascals who Made America', Karen McCarthy looks at the impact they have made since they arrived, including settling the wild frontier, running moonshine into auto racing history, and launching a new world order. On Wednesday 6th February she will appear at PRONI to give a reading and introductory talk on her book, The Other Irish: The Scots-Irish Rascals who Made America'.

Originally from Ireland, Karen McCarthy is an accomplished author, journalist and documentary maker, now based in both Dublin and New York. She has written about U.S. politics in the Irish Examiner and was an embedded reporter in Iraq, travelling to Baghdad and the surrounding provinces and contributing news features and analysis about the war to the Irish Times, Sunday Tribune, and News Tribune .

Her four-part documentary series Made in America about the “new Irish”—the ’90s generation of 30-something Irish immigrants turned millionaires—was broadcast on Ireland’s leading network RTE and was nominated for an Irish Film and Television Award for Best Documentary Series. She worked at Al Jazeera English in Washington, D.C., where she wrote and produced a daily international news and talkback segment for the Riz Khan show.

You can find her online at www.karenmccarthy.eu


World War 1 Talk
By Ian Montgomery

Thursday 7th February 7pm

Ian Montgomery of PRONI will be giving a talk entitled “Life As Was Lived in Days of War: accounts of the First World War held at PRONI”.

The talk is open to everybody and uses evidence from the PRONI archives to explore the chilling reality of life for the soldiers of the Great War.

Both events are free to attend and open to all, however we ask that you contact us to book your place so that we can prepare for numbers.

(With thanks to Gavin McMahon)


UPDATE: From PRONI on Tues 5th, another announcement concerning the Karen McCarthy talk:

DUE TO UNFORSEEN CIRCUMSTANCES, THIS EVENT IS POSTPONED. WE WILL ANNOUNCE THE DETAILS OF THE NEW DATE WHEN THEY BECOME AVAILABLE. PLEASE CONTINUE TO LOOK ON THE PRONI WEBSITE FOR MORE DETAILS.

We apologise for any inconvenience.


Chris

Pre-order my new book, Tracing Your Irish Family History on the Internet, through Pen and Sword (30 April 2013), or purchase early at Who Do You Think You Are Live 2013 in London. For my other genealogy books, please visit  http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html; whilst for my online Scottish based genealogy courses please visit the Pharos Teaching and Tutoring Ltd site.

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