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Lectures on Offaly History Topics for 2015 and available to towns and villages in Offaly

kings_baronies_1770.jpgOffaly History want to develop a list of lectures and walks that we can advertise on line as being available from our members and friends and dealing with County Offaly. The drawing up of this list arises from the fact that each year local societies/towns and villages are looking for speakers and topics and we want to make the story of our own County and subjects  available to the public for a nominal charge to cover expenses and to ensure that adequate preparation is done locally to facilitate the talk. The intention is to promote the subject in County Offaly and border counties. Please note the list is a draft only and your help in improving and extending it would be appreciated. No one has been excluded intentionally so please send your suggestions. The Society will make projection facilities, screen and stand available as may be required.




List of Lectures on Offaly History Topics

  1. Scully, James
    1. The Grand Canal in County Offaly/
    2. The building of Banagher bridge
  2. Reilly, Ciaran
    1.  Edenderry The 1798 rebellion in north Offaly
    2. The Great Famine in Offaly
    3. Researching the landed estate in Offaly
    4. The burning of country houses in Offaly 1920-1923
    5. The Big House in Offaly
  3. McNeill, Stephen
    1. Leamanaghan Parish
    2. What the newspapers say – studying the old newspapers of Ireland
  4. Sweeney, Niall
    1.  Mapping the maps of County Offaly
    2. The development of the roads of County Offaly
  5. Byrne, Michael
    1. The distilling industry in County Offaly
    2. The Development of Provincial Newspapers in County Offaly
    3. Sources for Offaly History
    4. The Growth of Tullamore from 1700 to recent times
    5. The Story of Charleville Demesne Tullamore
    6. Book Collecting for Irish and Offaly History
    7. Shopping in Tullamore since the 1960s
    8. Offaly and the First World War – county generally or Birr or Tullamore
  6. Guerin, Noel
    1. Internet sources for Irish family history
  7. Kearney, John
    1. The Story of Daingean Co Offaly
    2. The Development of Killeigh
  8. Delaney, Mary
    1. The Trench Estate at Geashill 1857 – 1871
  9.  McConway, Philip
    1.  Offaly and the 1916 Rising
    2. The Offaly IRA’s Attack on Clara RIC Barracks
    3. The Experiences of the RIC and Loyalists in King’s County, 1920-’23
    4. The Impact of the Anglo-Irish ‘Treaty’ on Offaly
    5. Offaly Republican Prisoners 1918-‘23
    6. A great harvest for rogues? Crime and Anarchy in Offaly 1922-’23
    7. Researching the Revolution in Offaly

10. Murphy, Ger

  1.  The Sources for Crime in County Offaly in the 1820s to 1840s
  2. Faction Fighting and Crime in West Offaly in the early nineteenth century

11. Hooper, Darrell

  1. Researching one’s family history – a case study.
  2. Monastic Way – A Monastic trail from Dublin to Galway.
  3. Pre Christian Offaly – Providing Emotions since 6,500 B.C.
  4. Illustrated Talk on Rahan Early Christian Monastic site.
  5. Illustrated Talk on Lynally Early Christian Monastic site.
  6. Francis Johnston – Irelands greatest native born Architect – Charleville Castle, Tullamore, many building in Armagh and Dublin, and around Ireland.

12. Pedlow, Amanda

  1. Offaly Heritage Officer –  aspects of Offaly Heritage Plans discussed relative to the area of the talk

13. O’Brien, Caimin– Archaeological topics 14. Cunningham, George

  1. Introducing the Heritage of the Killavilla area
  2. A Bookman in Ely O’Carroll
  3. The Round Towers of the Midlands: Offaly, Tipperary, Kildare, Kilkenny, Laois, East Clare
  4. From Kinnitty to Gloster, via Seir Kieran and Leap Castle.
  5. The Story of Mount St Joseph Abbey
  6.  Can and I Will….Pat Carroll, one of Offaly’s All Stars

15. Rory Masterson

  1. Early Christian Offaly
  2. Medieval Offaly

16. Hogan, Margaret

  1.  Gospel Book of Macregol of Birr
  2. The Faddenmore Psalter
  3. Birr workhouse
  4. The architecture of Birr
  5. Birr Georgian architecture
  6. Women’s suffrage in the Midlands
  7. The third Earl of Rosse and Birr

17. Pey, Brien

  1. The Barony of Eglish;
  2. Thee O’Molloys Jacobite history

Dr John Feehan18. John Feehan

  1. Aspects of the Geology and Landscape of Offaly

19. Tim O’Neill

  1. Offaly and the Famine

20. Margaret White/John Kearney

  1. Sources for Family History in County Offaly

21. Jim Houlihan

  1.  Cáin Adomnáin, the Law of the Innocents

22. Arthur Guest

  1. Folk medicine

23. Fergal McCabe

  1. Tullamore and town planning

24. Helen Bracken

  1. Durrow Monastic Site, Tullamore

25. Paula Lalor

  1. Queen Victoria’s visits to Ireland, 1849, 1853, 1861, a view from the County House.

General It is suggested that we have an arrangement that expenses be paid to lecturers in the sum of not less than €100 to provide for the preparation, travel and expenses involved. The Society may subvent this where necessary. Depending on local organisations finances, fees may be waived by individual lecturers. [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]