Foyle Branch

Coronavirus Emergency

During the Coronavirus Emergency the monthly Branch Meetings in physical venues cannot be held.

The use of digital meetings is being actively researched with the aim of giving members a forum for their interests and research during the restrictions.


Foyle Branch usually meets on the first available Monday of the month at 7:00 p.m. from October to May.


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

Annual Subscription

for the year 1st September 2019 to 31st August 2020

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

Officers 2019-20

  • Chairperson: Gerard Harvey
  • Secretary: Nuala McGee – Email:
  • Treasurer: Jim Condren

Programme 2019-20

The previous Branch Programme is included here to show the intended range of topics to be presented.  However the Coronavirus Emergency cut the Programme short.

Monday 16 September 2019 (3rd Monday)
“Great Derry Characters”
Ken McCormack, Writer, Historian and Broadcaster

Monday 7 October 2019 
“The Duffy’s Cut Mystery”
Ronnie Kilgore, Local Historian

Monday 4 November 2019
“St. Columb’s College – the Early Years”
Sean McMahon, Writer, Historian and Lecturer

Monday 2 December 2019
Members’ Evening & “Talk Subject”
“Genealogy from Newspapers, Books and eBay”
Mike McKeag, NIFHS Vice-President

Thursday 5 December 2019
Branch research visit to NIFHS Research Centre, Newtownabbey

Monday 13 January 2020 (2nd Monday)
“Hope and History”
Paul McFadden, Broadcaster and Journalist

Monday 3 February 2020
“The L’Derry & Lough Swilly Railway”
Richard Lyons, Railway Historian

Thursday 20 February 2020
Branch research visit to the General Register Office (GRONI), Belfast

Monday 2 March 2020
“Emigration from the Foyle by Sail and Steam”
Brian Mitchell, Historian and Author

Events on March – June cancelled
due to the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency

Thursday 19 March 2020
Branch research visit to the Public Record Office (PRONI), Belfast

Monday 6 April 2020
Members’ Evening Talk
“The Garrison Ferry”
Jim Condren, Member and History Lecturer

Monday 4 May 2020
(Annual General Meeting)
“Through the Eyes of Margaret Cousins”
Dr Keith Munro, Great Nephew of Margaret Cousins

Saturday 6 June 2020
Summer Outing