Foyle Branch


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.

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 2017 to 31st August 2018

  • £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

Programme 2018

Monday 15 January 2018 – 7 p.m.
Cancelled due to snow/icy weather forecast
“Newspapers, Books and eBay for Genealogy”
Michael McKeag

Wednesday 31 January 2018 – 7 p.m.
Branch research visit to the General Register Office (GRONI) in Belfast

Monday 5 February 2018 – 7 p.m.
“A Hinge of History” – Derry’s part in World War 2
Richard Doherty

Thursday 22 February 2018 
Branch research visit to the NIFHS library in Newtownabbey

Monday 5 March 2018 – 7 p.m.
“Development of the Linen Industry”. The story of the local linen industry
Bruce Clark

Thursday 15 March 2018 
Branch research visit to the Public Record Office (PRONI) in Belfast

Monday 9 April 2018 – 7 p.m.
AGM, Members’ Evening and Talk. “Gwyn’s Institute”. The origins of the Gwyn & Young orphanage in Brooke Park
Jim Condren

Monday 23 April 2018 
Walking tour of Magee University historic buildings. (To be confirmed)
John Thompson

Monday 14 May 2018 – 7 p.m.
“History of Watt’s Distillery”. History of the world’s largest whiskey distillery
Roy McCullough

Saturday 2 June 2018 
Summer Outing – visit to Donegal Famine Village and Dunree Fort & Museum

Programme 2017

Monday 4 September 2017 – 7 p.m.
Tour of Ebrington restored historic buildings & future distillery
Ciaran Mulgrew

Saturday 16 September 2017 – 11 a.m.
Family Finder Course
Martin McDowell

Monday 18 September 2016 – 7 p.m. (3rd Monday)
“The Mysterious Affair at Dunmore”  An Agatha Christie type mystery of three people found shot dead in Carrigans in 1937 which involves – Agatha Christie!
Ken McCormack

Monday 2 October 2017
“Growing Up in the 1930s” A personal view of life in Derry in the 1930s
Sean McMahon

Saturday 14 October – 10.30am
Guided tour of historic St. Columb’s Park House
Ken McCormack

Saturday 21 October 2017 – 11 a.m.
Family Finder Course
Martin McDowell

Monday 6 November 2017 – 7 p.m.
“Josef Locke – the People’s Tenor”. The amazing life of local hero Josef Locke
Dr Nuala McAllister-Hart

Monday 20 November 2017 – 7 p.m.
Guided Tour of St. Columb’s Cathedral
Ian Bartlett

Monday 4 December 2017 – 7 p.m.
Members Evening and Talk. “Wrecks on the Northern Coast” – a history and personal story of diving on these wrecks
Danny Keenan