November 2018 newsletter
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11 November at the Tullamore Central Library at 2.30 p.m. Launch of the society’s publication, Offaly and the Great War and readings from the essays by some of the contributors.  The chief executive of Offaly County Council, Anna Marie Delaney, will launch the publication. Be a part of history by coming along on this the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War. Our thanks to Martina Needham and Tullamore Central Library for all their help with this launch.


17 November Offaly Heritage Seminar. Organised by Amanda Pedlow, Offaly County Council Heritage Officer, this year's seminar has two field trips in the morning to choose from, one to see the conservation work at Drumcullen monastic site and to visit the two associated high crosses with archaeologist Caimin O’Brien and one to the village of Geashill to see their ongoing work in the public realm and providing for pollinators. Lunch is provided in Tullamore DEW and then a varied afternoon of subjects from the Book of Durrow, Thatch surveys, Poet Edward Egan to the Gloster Folly. It will be an interesting and engaging day and all are welcome but please book as the sessions  will be first come first booked onto the bus, places are limited.


26 November (Cancelled), Monday, 8 p.m. Michael Byrne on 'King’s County/Offaly in a time of war, 1914-18', an illustrated lecture. This lecture has been deferred in view of the book launch on 11 November to which all the members have been invited. The book will also be launched in Birr on 19 November and Edenderry on 30 November at meetings of the Birr and Edenderry Historical Societies.

13 December, Thursday, 8 p.m.  at Offaly History Centre,  Christmas Meeting with an illustrated talk by Ciarán Reilly on The history of Capard House in Slieve Bloom. Followed by Christmas refreshments.

Contents of Offaly and the Great War
Foreword        Danny Owens, Chairman of Offaly County Council
Preface                        Helen Bracken, President, Offaly Historical and Archaeological
A note on the Contributors
Honouring the Dead, Offaly Independent
Introduction    Michael Byrne
1.1       Remembered or Forgotten, Tullamore and Offaly men in the First World War,
            Vivienne Clarke
1.2       King’s County/ Offaly, 1914–1918: From innovation to stagnation and ennui,
            Michael Byrne
1.3       Women and the Great War in King’s County, 1914–1918, Fionnuala Walsh
1.4       Women’s right to vote, 1918: the campaign, Margaret Hogan
1.5       Early Aviation in Offaly, Guy Warner
1.6       That ‘Bloody Duke’ and Bernard Shaw: A visitor to Birr during the Great War, Michael Byrne
1.7       Dr Otto Boeddicker, Astronomer (1853–1937): A German family settled in Birr and ‘casualties’ of the First World War, Lisa Shortall
1.8       The Rise of   Sinn Féin – November 1916 to April 1918, Séan McEvoy
1.9       'Please God he will come home safely': Edenderry and the First World War, Ciarán Reilly
2.1       ‘A few random reflections’: The wartime experience of Major William     Edward Parsons, fifth earl of Rosse (1873–1918), Lisa Shortall
2.2       Francis Hitchcock’s war: Stand To, A Diary of the Trenches and its legacy
Ruth Barton
2.3       ‘Manage to exist and try and be cheerful’: C.K. Howard-Bury’s WWI diaries and memoir in the Library of Trinity College Dublin, Dr Jane Maxwell
2.4       The Egan Brothers and the Battle of Messines, 7 to 14 June 1917: a precursor
            to the 3rd Battle of Ypres, Maurice Egan
2.5       Denis Geraghty of Ballycumber, County Offaly, killed in action in WW1, 
            Paschal Sweeney
2.6       Offaly and the First Air War, Joe Gleeson
2.7       Lost Lives: Men from Ferbane and Belmont who died in the Great War, 1914–18, P.J. Dooley
2.8       Clara and the war, Michael Byrne
2.9       The first and the last Offaly-born soldiers killed in the Great War,
            Michael Byrne
2.10      Participants and casualties in the First World War: the Tullamore experience, Michael Byrne
2.11     Ballycumber men and women and the Great War, Eamonn Larkin
3.1          Great War Memorials in the Church of Ireland churches of County Offaly,
            Stephen Callaghan
3.2       Recalling the British Legion in Tullamore, Michael Byrne
3.3       The County Offaly First World War memorial, O’Connor Square, Tullamore Michael Byrne
3.4        Leinster Regiment Memorial unveiled at Crinkill Barracks, Birr in 2013,
             Derek Fanning
4.1       Recruiting and the first aerial photograph of Tullamore, Michael Byrne
4.2       Michael McCarthy on Clara, Co. Offaly in the pre-war years
4.3       A Clara Ranger’s story, Frank Hill and Paddy McKeon
4.4       Lois, Countess of Rosse and the Birr Castle Prisoner of War Relief Scheme,
            1915–16, Lisa Shortall
Susan L. Mitchell, Anti-Recruiting Song
‘The Dead Man’s Penny’ or ‘All equal in Death’
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