CHRISTMAS GUEST LECTURE & SOCIAL GATHERING
Friday 6 December 8pm at Offaly History, Bury Quay, Tullamore.
Proceedings will open with John Feehan speaking on Reflections on 50 years of natural history. Booking essential.
Tickets to include light supper and refreshments are €12. Booking is limited so collect your ticket at Offaly History Telephone: 057-9321421 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to book.
John Feehan had made a major contribution to national and local history in the widest sense over the past fifty years. His work started with a short series of articles in the Midland Tribune in 1963 when he was just seventeen years old . He has not stopped since. His most recent major contribution included books on the Geology in County Offaly, Croghan Hill, The Wild Flowers of Offaly, The Bogs of Ireland and many more including his famous Slieve Bloom study published in 1979. The Society intends to make a small presentation to him on the occasion of the supper and talk. Tickets are limited to seventy so please book early.
We ask members to please support the Christmas draw again this year. This has been very successful in the past. Proceeds go towards supporting lecture expenses throughout the year which run at about €250 per lecture. Please do your best in selling the tickets.
Books for Christmas at our Centre and at Local Book Shops
We have a number of new publications this year which you might like to give as a present to a friend. Why not call. These include the books listed below including Offaly Heritage 7, The Marble of Clonmacnois, The Lions Club Annual for Tullamore number 2 which will be available after 28 November and Amanda Pedlow’s new book on 100 quirky facts stories about Co. Offaly which will is available since early December. We also have a new DVD incorporating the Magan Photographs for Killoughey Parish. Congratulations on the Production of this to mid Offaly Housing and to all concerned in making the video. Congratulations also to the contributors and writers of this year’s crop of publications making Offaly one of the best researched counties in Ireland – in recent years.
The Jacobean plantations in seventeenth-century Offaly an archaeology of a changing world by James Lyttleton
Hardback €55, Softback €29.95. Discount to Offaly History members such that €40 and €22. Paid up members 2013-4 only.
Offaly Heritage 7 – the Historical Journal
The new issue of this Journal was launched on 12 November by John Flanagan. The launch was a very successful affair and our thanks to John Flanagan, former Chairman of the County Council, who undertook the task. Thanks also to Ciaran Reilly the editor and our many contributors. The Journal is selling well and you should get a copy. Over 350pp packed with articles for only €15 soft back and €25 hardback
Books received for the Library: Our thanks again for books received for the Library. Last month we thanked donors and again we have more people this month including a generous donations of books for resale from a member.
Historical Material Wanted
We have others to thank also including Frank Mahon for his donation of historical material. We are in the business of collecting photographs including recent pictures that have been digitized together with memorial cards, historical works, old newspapers - in fact any document which would contribute to the local history of Ireland and of Offaly and Laois in particular.
The Marble of Clonmacnoise, Limestone Quarrying at Clerhane, (Clorhane), Shannonbridge, Co. Offaly
by Declan Ryan, published by Offaly County Council was launched on 15 November. For those that could not make the launch it is now available at OHAS on Bury Quay, at €10.00.
The book describes Clerhane townland and the surrounding area and tells the story of the quarries, their owners and the craftsmen who worked there from early records, to their heyday, decline and eventual closure. The type of stone, the work of cutting and carving and the resultant output and the many fine buildings to which they contributed are also examined.
‘Of the many quarries that operated in Offaly during the centuries before stonecraft declined and almost ended with the arrival of modern concrete, few enjoyed greater prestige than Clerhane, whose crinoidal limestone is one of the most beautiful of Irish building stones. In his meticulous study of the stone industry at Clerhane Declan Ryan has painstakingly salvaged all that survives from oral record and tradition and the documentary record, and set this against the physical background of the quarries themselves and their geographical context. In highlighting the achievement of the quarrymen of Clerhane this lovely book will do much to draw appreciative attention to this aspect of the environmental heritage of one of the most remarkable places in Offaly, and stimulate comparable attention to other facets of that heritage.
John Feehan, Syngefield, Birr.
Events in January 2014
The committee is finalising the programme for 2014. If there is a lecture you would like or other activity please tell us. We are planning to have more Thursday Front Room talks of an informal nature and also our regular monthly lecture.
Thursday 16 January is an introduction by member Mary Jane Fox to an important subjectPresentations and Public Speaking: Handy Tips and Guidelines
There are many people who want to have more involvement with groups and clubs they belong to, or just want to be able to speak clearly at a toast at their daughter's wedding or comfortably say a few words of thanks to co-workers. However, the idea of speaking out loud to more than one or two persons can make many people uncomfortable, and they convince themselves that they cannot speak in public.
But speaking to a number of people is simply a skill to learn, like riding a bicycle. Just as there are a few handy tips for staying upright on that bicycle and moving forward, so there are similar skills to looking into a room full of faces and being able to comfortably speak to them. It's easier than you think. All the best for Christmas and 2014 from the Society committee