List of Seminars – Heritage Series

Lismullin Conference Centre

Autumn Heritage talks in Lismullin

Irish Women and the French (Eudist) Magdalen asylum movement, 1850s to 1950s Thursday, 31 October 2019 at 8pm In this talk Jacinta Prunty  will deal with the contribution of women, and in particular of women religious to the asylum movement in Ireland from the...

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Spring Heritage Series

Wednesday 27 February 2019 Irish Ancient Herbal Medicine Thursday 21 March 2019 The Irish Folklore of the Schools Portrayal of 'The Priest' Thursday 11 April 2019 Medieval Irish Manuscripts in St. Gall,...

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Autumn Heritage Series

Pilgrims to Santiago from medieval IrelandThursday 22 November 2018 at 8pm The current popularity of the pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela is built on medieval foundations. Dr Cunningham’s lecture will trace Irish involvement in one of the major pilgrimages of the...

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Oldcastle Internment Camp 1914

Oldcastle Internment Camp 1914 -18: An OverviewMonday 5th November, 8:00 pm Oldcastle Workhouse served as a civilian internment camp from December 1914 to May 1918, holding almost six hundred Irish-based civilian men of German and Austrian birth as “enemy aliens”. Tom...

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Diets from earliest times

What foods were most commonly eaten in Ireland from the earliest times? Wednesday 25th April 8:00 pm An overview will be presented in this lecture of the main food products typically consumed by the Irish population at large from prehistoric times and on through the...

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Archaeolgoical excavations of Bective Abbey

 Wednesday 11th April 8:00 pm In her talk on the Bective Abbey project Geraldine will be discussing the results of four seasons of archaeological excavation that took place between 2009 and 2012 at Bective Abbey, Co. Meath. Bective, founded in 1147, was the first...

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The Experience of the Second Vatican Council

Wednesday 21st March 8:00 pm Bishop Michael Smith was a student in Rome in the period 1962-65 when the Second Vatican Council took place. He attended all 168 sessions of the Council, where he worked as a note taker. He can now be said to be one of a dwindling band of...

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The Company of Trees

Tuesday, 21 November, 2017 at 8pm The master of Tullynally Castle, Castlepollard will base this lecture on his book “The Company of Trees. A Year in a Lifetime’s Quest” which was published in 2015. The book takes the form of a diary of one year, 2013. It concentrates...

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William Rowan Hamilton’s Schooldays in Trim

Wednesday 8 November at 8pm William Rowan Hamilton (1805-1865) is the most famous mathematician ever to have come out of Ireland. From 1827 on he was Royal Astronomer for Ireland, based in Dunsink Observatory in Castleknock near Dublin. This talk explores Hamilton’s...

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Tara in the early Christian period

Tuesday 21 March, 8pm Much important and exciting work has been conducted on Tara by archaeologists and students of mythology. Historians have also examined its importance in relation to kingship and the politics of early Ireland. Despite all of this it is difficult...

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The placenames of Meath and Westmeath

Monday, 28 November, 8pm "A lot done, more to do" This talk will offer an overview of research on the placenames of counties Meath and Westmeath over the past 100 years – from Fr Paul Walsh's pioneering work The Placenames of Westmeath (1915) to more recent...

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Navan and the Great War

Tuesday 4 October, 8pm The First World War had a significant impact on the town of Navan. On 16 January 1915 the Meath Chronicle reported that “It is stated that between reservists and recruits fully one fifth of the population of Navan is serving in the British...

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The “Wild Geese”

The “Wild Geese”, the Irish Colleges on the continent, and the Irish language in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries Thursday 29 October 2015, 8 pm It is well known that there were very many Irish émigrés on the European continental mainland in the seventeenth...

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Fr Paul Walsh: A Great Meath Scholar

Tuesday 13 October 2015, 8 pm Fr Paul Walsh (1885-1941), born near Mullingar and a priest of the diocese of Meath, was one of the most respected Irish scholars of the past century and a half. His prolific output over three decades of a life that was far too short...

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The Nugents of Delvin

Wednesday, 26 February 2014 at 8.00pm The Nugents settled in Ireland during the Norman conquest and, by the end of the sixteenth century, branches of the family held sixteen strategic strongholds in Westmeath. This lecture will offer a brief survey of the Nugent...

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Blessed Margaret Bermingham Ball

Wednesday, 20 November 2013 at 8.00pm Blessed Margaret Ball was a daughter of Nicholas Bermingham of Corballis in the barony of Skreen, Co. Meath. She was one of the seventeen Irish martyrs beatified by Pope John Paul in 1992. The seventeen were a representative group...

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The Maynooth Mission to China

Wednesday, 30 October 2013 at 8.00pm Ireland in the autumn of 1916, four months after the Rising, and in the middle of a world war, was an unlikely place and time for founding a new foreign missionary society. Yet the Irish bishops authorized Edward J. Galvin and John...

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Archaeological investigations at Lismullin

Wednesday, 16 October 2013 at 8.00pm Lismullin 1 was one of 167 archaeological sites discovered along the M3 Clonee to North of Kells motorway scheme. Located between Dunboyne and Navan, Co. Meath, within the broader landscape around the Hill of Tara, this was the...

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The ‘royal’ enclosure of Ráith Airthir

November 2012 Archaeological investigations at the ‘royal’ enclosure of Ráith Airthir, Teltown, Co. Meath The location of the most famous Lughnasa assembly in early Ireland, Teltown (Tailtiu) is one of the most significant ceremonial landscapes in the Meath region....

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The history of Clones Crochet Lace

Máire Treanor, Author of Clones Lace Clones Lace is an Irish Crochet lace, named after the town where it was marketed, developing its own character since 1847. Cassandra Hand, wife of the local Church of Irelnd minister, introduced this lace, inspired by Venetian...

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