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February 2018


Thursday 22 Feb. 2018 at 8 p.m. at Offaly History Centre, Bury Quay, Tullamore.
 
A lecture by Matthew Stout on Early Medieval Ireland and a Tullamore, Offaly launch of his new book. All welcome at 8 p.m. Refreshments post launch. A chance to get a signed copy and a discounted price. Please note this on Thursday and not the usual Monday.
 
Matthew Stout and his wife Geraldine Stout have been good friends to the Society over the years and we look forward to having your support for this lecture and book launch. Bring your friends too.
 
 
 

This book is the first narrative history of early medieval Ireland in a single volume. It takes the reader from the foundations of a Celtic culture on the island of Ireland to the arrival of Christianity prior to 431, and on to the uneven conquest of that culture by the Anglo-Normans in 1169. Designed to provide an entry-level narrative to this formative period in Irish history, it also contextualises the artistic, literary and architectural achievements of the age. The book is profusely illustrated with over 100 maps, photographs and diagrams, along with extensive extracts from primary source material. As such, it provides a ‘one-stop shop’ for the history of early medieval Ireland for students and the general reader.
 
Early medieval Ireland guides the reader through the unfamiliar landscape of Ireland’s ‘Golden Age’. Each chapter has a location map and a directory to the people and kingdoms that are featured, along with a guide to the pronunciation of Early and Middle Irish vocabulary. Extensive endnotes highlight the controversies that surround many aspects of early Irish history. These notes, and an exhaustive, up-to-date bibliography, provide signposts to further reading and research.
 
26 February, Monday, 8 p.m. Film Screening: The Minnits of Anabeg which is also based on a true story, featuring Patrick Bergin. In 1850s Ireland, a land owner has to disinherit his only son because he marries a local Catholic girl. The Minnitts of Anabeg tells the true story of the Minnitt family and the generations that lived in Anabeg house near Nenagh, from the arrival of Cromwell in Ireland to the early 1900s. Enjoy the benefits of our projector, sound and screen with this 95 minute film. Admission to this film is €8 for non-members and €5 for members.

Offaly History Lectures and Events Programme for 2018 (revised)


All lectures commence at 8 p.m. at Offaly History Centre, Bury Quay, Tullamore
(unless otherwise stated)
Adm: members €2, non-members €5
Includes tea and biscuits

29 January AGM of Offaly Historical and Archaeological Society (founded 1969), 7.30-8.30 p.m. Followed by lecture by Suzanne Behan, The 50 Francis St Photographer, 8.30 p.m., immediately after AGM.

22 February, Thursday, 8pm Matthew Stout on Early Medieval Ireland and a Tullamore, Offaly launch of his new book. Refreshments post launch. A chance to get a signed copy at a discounted price. This book is the first narrative history of early medieval Ireland in a single volume. It takes the reader from the foundations of a Celtic culture on the island of Ireland to the arrival of Christianity prior to 431, and on to the uneven conquest of that culture by the Anglo-Normans in 1169. Designed to provide an entry-level narrative to this formative period in Irish history, it also contextualises the artistic, literary and architectural achievements of the age. The book is profusely illustrated with over 100 maps, photographs and diagrams, along with extensive extracts from primary source material. As such, it provides a ‘one-stop shop’ for the history of early medieval Ireland for students and the general reader.

26 February, Monday, 8 p.m. Film Screening: The Minnits of Anabeg which is also based on a true story, featuring Patrick Bergin. In 1850s Ireland, a land owner has to disinherit his only son because he marries a local Catholic girl. The Minnitts of Anabeg tells the true story of the Minnitt family and the generations that lived in Anabeg house near Nenagh, from the arrival of Cromwell in Ireland to the early 1900s. Enjoy the benefits of our projector, sound and screen with this 95 minute film. Admission to this film is €8 for non-members and €5 for members.

6 March, Monday, 8 p.m.    George Cunningham  on Round Towers with particular reference to Offaly and the midlands followed by a presentation by the Society of  honorary life membership.

23 April, Monday, 8 p.m.    Bernie Moran on River Systems - Super-highways of Early Christian Ireland.

31 May, Thursday, Helen Bracken, The heritage of Durrow: progress to date and what is to come, an illustrated presentation in the days before the annual pattern of 9 June.

30 June, Saturday, from Tullamore Railway Station and then by shared taxis, Dublin outing: Marsh’s Library, National Print Museum, Little Museum of Dublin, optional walking tour

8 July, Sunday, to meet in grounds of Catholic church at 3 pm (ample parking) The historic sites of  Kilcormac and Ballyboy to include the Catholic church, the parochial grounds, the Mercy Convent, Bord na Mona housing and on to Ballyboy, the village, church, cemetery and old hall concluding with refreshments in Dan and Molly’s celebrated historic pub.

19 August, Sunday, Heritage Week tour of Sites of old industries of Tullamore from malting, distilling to silk and glass, Michael Byrne 2 p.m. from O’Connor Square.

25 August, Monday, Heritage Week, Tour of the Monastic Site at Durrow and the Catholic Church and cemetery, Helen Bracken, 2pm

26 August Heritage Week, Heritage Week tour – railway (Charlie Finlay), Salts (tbc), Kilcruttin Cemetery (MB). Meet at Town Park car park.

27 August, Monday 8 p.m. Lisa Shortall – Raw Materials of History, an illustrated lecture on Offaly archival collections with special reference to Offaly industries and services.

24 September, Monday, 8 p.m.  Film screening, Ladies of Science, Mary Rosse and Mary Ward

22 October, Monday, 8 p.m. Joachim Fischer on German visitors to Ireland the Irish Midlands from 1750. Dr Joachim Fischer is Senior Lecturer in German and Joint Director of the Centre for Irish-German Studies at the University of Limerick.

26 November, Monday, 8 p.m. Michael Byrne on The old industries of Tullamore, an illustrated lecture.

13 December, Thursday, 8 p.m.  Christmas Meeting with an illustrated talk by Ciarán Reilly on The history of Capard House in Slieve Bloom. Followed by Christmas refreshments.
New books of local interest
Michael O'Rourke's book A History of Walsh Island and Surrounding Townlands  is a new addition to our bookshop. Beautifully produced with an abundance of maps and images, it chronicles the history of Walsh Island from earliest to modern times.   €20 in the bookshop and online. 
 
Memories are made of this is the title of a book of memories by Tullamore  man, Jackie Finlay. The book runs to 224 pages with about 70 pictures and is €14.95. This is a highly readable memoir and will contribute greatly to the social history of Tullamore from the 1950s to the 1970s. 

Flights of Fancy, Follies, Families and Demesnes in Offaly by Rachel McKenna. The book is hard back, 350 pages and packed with photos, portraits, illustrations, paintings, maps and more! It is a must for anyone interested in heritage and county Offaly. Get it now before its gone. Its only €30.

The AGM of the Society was held on 29 January and the committee elected for 2018 is as follows:

2018 Committee: Helen Bracken (President), Michael Byrne, Dorothee Bibby, Pat Wynne, Charlie Finlay, Darrell Hooper, Noel Guerin, Henry Edgill, Peter Burke, Niall Sweeney, Angela Kelly, Rory Masterson, Shaun Wrafter, Oliver Dunne, Stephen Callaghan, Frank Brennan, Declan Monaghan and Pádraig Turley.

We welcome Declan Monaghan and Pádraig Turley and thank outgoing member Brian Pey for his work over the years.



Our bargain book on Offaly this month has been reduced by 50% to just €5 at our Offaly History Centre (beside Tullamore DEW). Call and collect from 9 to 4 Mon- Fri and Thursdays from 7.30. Only for Feb. and while stocks last. This covers the entire pre-Famine Offaly. Also online at our shop on www.offalyhistory.com.  Petrie fell in love with Clonmacnoise in 1820 and painted the jacket pic of this superb guide to the old county.


Library Nights


The popular Library night on Thursday is back from 7.30 pm until late. Lots to read. In preparation you can see our library catalogue online at librarything.com Shortcut via our website, offalyhistory.com. We are reviewing opening hours to provide a daily service. We need 10 volunteers who would be available for a morning or afternoon slot (10 to 1 or 2  to 4.30, Mon. to Fri.) Training will be provided.
Renew your membership for 2018
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