Mellon Centre for Migration Studies


 Library Contact


Branch Manager\Contact:
Christine Johnston
2 Mellon Road
BT78 5QU
t:028 8225 6315
f:028 8224 2241
Minicom:028 8224 2241
Library Facebook page  Library Twitter Feed

 Text Relay Service


​We welcome calls via the text relay service.





 Opening Hours 19 June - 31 Oct


Opening hours for Mellon Centre for Migration Studies temp
Monday:Closed on Monday
Tuesday:10:00am - 5:00pm
Wednesday:10:00am - 5:00pm
Thursday:10:00am - 5:00pm
Friday:10:00am - 5:00pm
Saturday:10:00am - 12:30pm   1:00pm - 5:00pm
Sunday:Closed on Sunday


 Opening Hours from November 2017


Opening hours for Mellon Centre for Migration Studies
Monday:Closed on Monday
Tuesday:10:00am - 12:30pm   1:00pm - 4:00pm
Wednesday:10:00am - 12:30pm   1:00pm - 4:00pm
Thursday:10:00am - 12:30pm   1:00pm - 4:00pm
Friday:10:00am - 12:30pm   1:00pm - 4:00pm
Saturday:11:00am - 12:30pm   1:00pm - 4:00pm
Sunday:Closed on Sunday



 Library Location



 Library Services

Books Audio books Internet
Class visits Public Computers Disabled access
Photocopier Printer Disabled Toilet
Public Toilet Café Special Collections
Irish Emigration Database Books (reference only) Newspapers
Journals Free Car Parking

 Library Events - please contact your library about events during school holidays as some events are term time only.

Event TitleDetailsStart DateEnd DateTime
Eighteenth Literature of Irish Exile Autumn School - Questions of Place Names, Family Names and Migration: From Bessy Bell (Slieve Trim) to Slieve Gallion
Stg£20 (Stg£15 concession for students, unwaged and senior citizens). Includes registration, morning tea/coffee, lunch and afternoon tea/coffee.
Booking Advisable

This year we look at the theme of migration as reflected in the names of places and families, especially (but not exclusively) in the area between the Foyle and Bann rivers, marked by Bessy Bell (Slieve Trim) in the west and Slieve Gallion in the east.

Our expert in the morning will be Dr Kay Muhr, one of Ireland’s leading place-name scholars, who has made a specialist study of townland names which contain family names. Dr Muhr will deliver a presentation entitled ‘Local place-names and family names’. She invites those planning to attend to send her any name-related queries in advance via the email contact below.

Kay Muhr read Celtic Studies at Edinburgh 1966-70 and gained a PhD on Gaelic literature from the same university. After postgraduate fellowships in Cambridge, Dublin and Queen’s University Belfast, she became Senior Researcher of the Northern Ireland Place-Name Project in Irish & Celtic Studies, from its foundation in 1987 until 2010. A former president of the Society for Name Studies in Britain and Ireland, and chairman of the Ulster Place-Name Society, Dr Muhr is now a private scholar.

In the early afternoon our focus will be on the Glenelly Valley, with Rose Mary Murphy talking about the unique ‘Glenelly Our Home Project’, which for several years now has been engaged in photographing and collecting the family history of every empty domestic building in the Plumbridge and Cranagh areas (about 50 townlands, from Tullagherin to Goles). As Secretary of the Glenelly Historical Society, Rose Mary played a vital role in initiating the project, which connects the homeland of Glenelly with its world-wide diaspora (

The afternoon concludes with a shift in focus to the migration story of East Mayo and a celebration of the recently published book by Jack Foley, Swinford Spalpeens: Aspects of Migration and Emigration from the East Mayo Area 1815-1970 (Galley Head Press, Cork, 2017). Jack is a graduate of the Masters programme in Irish Migration Studies (QUB) at the Mellon Centre.

Christine Johnston
t: 028 8225 6315
21/10/201721/10/201711:00am - 5:00pm (Registration with tea and coffee from 10:30am)