Offaly Historical & Archaeological Society Newsletter - February 2009
OFFALY HISTORICAL & ARCHAEOLOGICAL SOCIETY
Bury Quay, Tullamore, Co. Offaly
Web site: www.offalyhistory.com Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Telephone: 057-9321421
NEWSLETTER FEBRUARY 2009
CASTLES IN OFFALY
Our speaker for this important subject will be Camin O’Brien who with the Heritage Officer Amanda Pedlow is working on a new book on the Castles of County Offaly. The lecture will be fully illustrated and will provide an important overview of castle building in the county and research done to date. A full publication on this subject is expected in 2010. Please note that the lecture will commence at and tea/coffee will be served after the meeting and not before.
Tracing your Roots programme starts in March for four Thursday night evening sessions. Details are as below.
5th/12th and 19th & 26th March Family History Course
The family History course will commence on Thursday 5th March at
The first evening will be given to an overview of Doing family history with the speakers including John Kearney Margaret White and Anne Horan all of whom are involved in a daily basis in family history at our centre. Subjects to be covered will include how to go about accessing your family history.
The second evening on 12th March will be on the internet and its use in exploring family history and the speakers will be Noel Guerin and Michael Byrne
The third night 19th March the subject will be the censuses of 1821 -2006 and what they offer for family history and the speaker will be Stephen McNeill.
The final night on 26th March will be a case study of a family project and the speaker is Darrell Hooper. This case study will offer an opportunity for revision as to the sources available and mythology involved. All lectures will be illustrated and there will be a short break in the middle lecture for tea/coffee and to the give the participants an opportunity to meet each other and explore research avenues. The overall fee payable for the course payable on the first evening will be â‚¬20. All talks will be illustrated.
James P. Cullen
Congratulations to our member Jim Cullen who as a
retired army officer in the American Army participated in what ultimately was a
successful effort to overturn the procedures adopted with alleged terrorists
prisoners in the
Our sympathy to the family of Sylvia Courtney on
the loss of Sylvia recently. Sylvia Courtney was a strong member of the Society
when she lived in Tullamore and contributed to the archives and research by
completing an index of the
Last year Fr. Laheen published his first book on Tullabeg in which he told
the history of the College as far as the year 1860. In this second book, Tullabeg: a Century of Service (1814-1914), he traces the growth of
the College until it became a most distinguished establishment both in academic
and sporting successes. He also recounts the sad history of how these successes
were brought to an abrupt end. Tullabeg eventually
became a novitiate for which purpose it had been originally erected by Fr.
Peter Kenney seventy years previously.
While the Irish Jesuits continued the apostolate of education in other
places, Tullabeg became a house of spiritual formation not only for the novices
but also for tertian fathers until the First World War brought its own changes
not only to Tullabeg but to the whole of
The book will be launched by Mr.
Please fill in the following details for trip to
Trip will cost â‚¬ 750.00 p/p - full payment is
Your contact address:
Your name as it appears on passport:
Deposit of Euro 300.00 paid
Deposit cannot be refunded as I will use it to book flights and to pay deposit on bus, hotel and guided tours.
My contact details:
I would like to renew my membership become a member of the Offaly Historical & Archaeological Society for 2009. Annual Subscription is â‚¬25. This is due from January 1st.
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Please call or post the completed form, together with your subscription to the OHAS Centre.
For further details on membership please contact the Offaly Historical & Archaeological Society, Research Centre, Bury Quay, Tullamore, Co. Offaly. Tel: 057 93 21421
Please make cheques payable to Offaly Heritage Centre Ltd.
OHAS TOUR TO GERMANY 2009
FINAL CALL FOR THOSE INTERESTED WITH ONLY A FEW SEATS LEFT OUT OF THE 25 PLACES
We will travel to the
hanseatic cities in the north of
You should contact Dorothée Hermann-Bibby at 087-6255507
Hanse Haus Office
· Bus transfer from Tullamore (leaving Historical Society at )
We stay in Hotel Garni, Am
Hopfenmarkt – www.am-hopfenmarkt.de
half board meals in restaurant Hopfenkeller
May – after arriving in the Hanseatic City of Rostock we will go to our hotel
- the evening we will spent in the Spa town of
Monday 4th May – we will get a guided tour of the city of Rostock including the visit of the Marienkirche in Rostock
in the afternoon we will make our way to the Bad Doberaner Münster
from here we will take the steam train Molly www.molli-bahn.de to the
sea side spa Bad Kühlungsborn www.kuehlungsborn.de
Evening meal in our hotel.
Tuesday 5th May –
trip to the lake lands of
After lunch we will drive through the beautiful country side and
Evening meal in our hotel
Wednesday 6th May – a daytrip to the largest German island: Rügen
Famous for the chalk cliffs
Evening meal in our hotel.
Thursday 7th May – flying back to
we will visit the Hanseatic City of Lübeck
Lübeck is famous for its Marzipan ... www.luebeck-tourism.de
The trip will cost incl. flights, hotel half board and
bus trips : â‚¬ 750.00 p/p
Deposit of â‚¬ 300 to be paid by booking. Full payment by the 31st of March ’09.
Please give your name as appears in passport and your full contact details when you book.
For booking contact me (Dorothée Hermann-Bibby) under: 087-6255507