The evening will commence with the conferring of Honorary Life Membership on George Cunningham. George was unable to attend the December conferrings, but we benefit in that he accepted our invitation to speak to the society and his talk on the Round Towers of Ireland will follow. This is a very special evening as we honour a man who has given a life of service to local history and, indeed, to our nation’s heritage and that of our county. Refreshments will be served after the lecture.
The first part of the illustrated talk will feature an overview of the purpose, origins, theories, dating, access, and the number of Round Towers. Part two will feature a review of outstanding Irish Round Towers, highlighting these features. Of special interest will be the antiquarian images of these, many sourced and published in his book on Round Towers for the first time. Roscrea will be taken as a case study and special attention will be given to the midland towers and those in Co Offaly.
George has written or edited some sixteen books and hundreds of minor publications mainly on the Irish midlands and on the Burren. Signed copies of some of his publications in print will be available on the night at special prices. These will include his much-praised The Round Tower at Roscrea and its environs and the commemorative volume for the 60 conferences at Mt St Joseph Abbey, 60 at Roscrea.