Foyle Branch

During the Coronavirus Emergency

Renew or Join as a Branch Member

Want to Renew?
The Renewal Forms for the new season are being sent out shortly. However, the Coronavirus Emergency restrictions and precautions mean that the monthly Branch Meetings where the forms and payments are usually handed in cannot take place. So how can membership be renewed?

  • Post the “form and cheque” to the Branch Treasurer.

Want to Join?

  • Post the “form and cheque” to the Branch Treasurer.

We look forward to you joining with us this year.

Annual Subscription

for the year 1st September 2020 to 31st August 2021

  • £12 for Single Membership
  • £18 for Joint Membership (2 people at the same address)


Officers 2020-21

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


Currently Suspended
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.

Programme 2019-20

Last year’s Branch Programme is included here to show the topics that were to be presented during the year.  However the Coronavirus Emergency cut the Programme short.

The Branch is actively investigating the possible use of video meetings to give members a forum for their interests and research during the restrictions.

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