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Annual Outing – Glasnevin Cemetery and the Battle of the Boyne Centre

ANNUAL OUTING 2016 – GLASNEVIN AND THE BOYNE
Our monthly meeting took a different form in September with an outing on Friday 16th.
The outing was to Glasnevin Cemetery in Dublin in the morning and to the Boyne Visitor Centre in the afternoon followed by an evening meal in the Lisdoo Arms, Dundalk

History Group and friends
History Group and friends

Photos from the trip, click on an icon to see the full picture

September Meeting

ANNUAL OUTING 2016 – GLASNEVIN AND THE BOYNE
Our monthly meeting took a different form in September with an outing on Friday 16th.
The outing was to Glasnevin Cemetery in Dublin in the morning and to the Boyne Visitor Centre in the afternoon followed by an evening meal in the Lisdoo Arms, Dundalk

History Group and friends
History Group and friends

Photos from the trip, click on an icon to see the full picture

Dr Timothy Bowman – The Battle of the Somme

June Meeting

Our next meeting will be held on 8th June in the Irish and Local Studies Library at 7:30 p.m. as usual.

SignAs this is the last meeting before the summer break it will take the form of a light-hearted Quiz, to find out what you know about Armagh.  For example, do you know where this speed limit sign is located in the city centre? This and many other questions will be answered at the meeting.

May Meeting

Our speaker for May is Sr. Nora Smyth – and the title of her talk is “Call and response: a glimpse at the life and times of Janet Erskine Stuart”.

JEStuartThe following short biography is taken from website of the Network of Sacred Heart schools:

“Janet Erskine Stuart was born November 11, 1857 in the Anglican Rectory of Cottesmore, Rutland, England. As a child of thirteen, she set out on a solitary search for Truth, having been urged to this venture by a casual remark of one of her brothers that every rational creature must have a last end. The search for this last end took, she said, seven years and brought her to the Catholic Church at the age of twenty-one. In 1882, she entered the Society of the Sacred Heart at Roehampton, outside of London, where she was to spend 30 years of her religious life. Named Mistress of Novices soon after her profession, she became Superior in 1894, and 17 years later was elected the sixth Superior General of the Society of the Sacred Heart.”

http://sofie.org/resources/founding-mothers/janet-erskine-stuart

April Meeting

***** PLEASE NOTE THE DATE *****

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Our speaker for the April meeting will be Gerard MacAtasney and his topic “Unionist reaction to the Easter Rising”. Gerard has spoken to the group on a number of occasions on the famine and on Sean MacDiarmada and his published a number of books on these topics.  His most recent bookTom Clarke: Life, Liberty, Revolution” is based around the correspondence of Clarke and tells the story of another one of the signatories of the Proclamation to be executed after the Rising.

Please note the talk will be on Wednesday, 6th April at 7:30 p.m.  This is a week earlier than we normally hold our meetings to facilitate the launch of Ted Fleming’s new book “On the Hill of Armagh: In and around the Cathedral” on the 13th April. For further details click here.

March Meeting

The March meeting will be held on Wednesday, 9th March in the Irish and Local Studies Library at the usual time of 7:30 p.m.

Bateson The speaker will be Ray Bateson, author of a number of books on gravestones and memorials. His most recent book “Memorials of the Easter Rising” is topical and describes the range of memorials both private and public throughout Ireland and further afield.

It includes the “Cricket Bat that died for Ireland” and if you can’t wait to find out more about that, check out The Cricket Bat that died for Ireland

AGM + February Meeting

he Annual General Meeting will be held on Wednesday, 10 February at the earlier time of 7:00 p.m. prior to our monthly talk.

The talk this month is by Dr Paddy FitzgPFerald from the Centre for Migration Studies, Omagh and is entitled, ‘Irish Internal Migration: a neglected aspect’.  It will commence at the usual time of 7.30 p.m. The talk covers migration mainly from 1600 to date and contains some material of local interest.

January Meeting

The January meeting will be held on Wednesday, 13th January in the Irish and Local Studies Library at the usual time of 7:30 p.m.

vikingFour members of the History Group will give short talks on topics that have caught their interest.

Gerry Oates will talk on the origin of the family name Mc Kitterick in the Armagh area entitled

‘Vikings in our midst’.

Stephen Day will give a talk on the experiences of a young South Armagh airman in the Second World War.

Mary McVeigh will give a talk entitled ‘Two Roses’ .

Richard Burns will talk about one rather eccentric member of his family tree George Charles Trimble.