Foyle Branch


Foyle Branch usually meets on the first available Monday of the month at 7:00 p.m. from October to May.
The first meeting in this programme year is on
Monday 12 September.


Meetings are held in the Lecture Room of Derry City’s Central Library, 35 Foyle Street, Londonderry, BT48 6AL.

Foyle Branch usually meets on the first Monday of the month at 7:00 p.m. from September to May – in the City’s Central Library, 35 Foyle Street, BT48 6AL.

Annual Subscription

for the year 1st September 2016 to 31st August 2017

  • £25 for Single Membership
  • £35 for Joint Membership (2 people at the same address)

Officers 2017-2018

  • Chairperson: Gerard Harvey
  • Secretary: Nuala McGee – E-mail:
  • Treasurer: Jim Condren


Monday 12 September 2016 (2nd Monday)
Rare ’Oul Tales from Derry Quay” Stories from the history of the Port
Ken McCormack

Saturday 24 September 2016
Guided tour of Long Tower Church and Graveyard
Ivor Doherty

Monday 3 October 2016
“History of Ballyarnett Racecourse”
Thomas Deeney

Thursday 20 October 2016
Branch research visit to the Public Record Office (PRONI) in Belfast

Monday 7 November 2016
“Derry – The First Million Years” A geological and historical story
Sean McMahon

Thursday 17 November 2016
Branch research visit to the NIFHS library in Newtownabbey

Monday 5 December 2016
Members Evening and Talk:  “Agnes Jones – Pioneering Nurse”
Gerald McGill

Monday 16 January 2017 (3rd Monday)
“Understanding DNA Genealogy”
Martin McDowell

Monday 6 February 2017
“We own the Laurentic” – story of the sinking and exploration of the White Star liner Laurentic
Jack Scoltock

Thursday 23 February  2017
Branch visit to the LDS research library on Racecourse Road

Monday 6 March 2017
Members Evening and Talk “Trevisa Clarke – Derry’s Last Shipbuilder”
Jim Condren

Tuesday 14 March 2017
Branch research visit to the General Register Office (GRONI) in Belfast

Saturday 25 March 2017
Guided tour of St. Augustine’s Church and Graveyard
Hazel Philson

Monday 3 April 2017
AGM and Talk: “10,000 years of Lough Swilly History”
Deirdra Friel

Thursday 20 April 2017
Walking tour of Magee University historic buildings
John Thompson

Monday 8 May 2017 (2nd Monday)
“Tracing Your Ancestors through Shipping Records”
Brian Mitchell MAGI  (Late Change of Speaker and Subject)

Saturday 10 June 2017
Summer Outing – Guided historical tour of Ramelton in County Donegal by tour guide Deirdra Friel followed by a visit to the Donegal County Museum