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Newsletter 1 — June 2023 (1)2022 AGM Report(1)  FEDERATION NEWSLETTER  – 2  OCTOBER  2022


Newsletter 2

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A new publication is imminent on the subject of Big Houses in County Kerry. The book will include chapters written by twelve of Kerry’s foremost historians on eighteen Kerry Big Houses and their families,
This study will mark the first time the legacy of the landed gentry in Kerry will be examined in depth. The book will be a coffee-table type, lavishly illustrated with historical images and will run to over three hundred and fifty pages.
Contributors will include Dr John Knightly, Bryan MacMahon, Donald Cameron, Dr Patricia O’Hare, Tom Denny, Tom Dillon, Kay Caball, Jane O’Keefe, Victoria McCarthy, Karol O’Mahony, Dick Spring and Dr Declan Downey.
A must read for all historians so look out for it.

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(3)  Co Limerick  –  Friar’s Gate Theatre

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(4)  Co Galway  –  Exhibition – Thomas O’ Máille

New Exhibition in the Hardiman Building, University of Galway
Free and open to the public, it runs until mid December 2022.
Head for the Library, adjacent to Eircode H91 REW4.
Opening hours:
Mon-Fri 8.30am-10pm
Sat 8.30am-5.30pm
Sun 10am-5.30pm

Culture & Citizenship: Tomás Ó Máille
Tomás Ó Máille (1880-1938) was the inaugural Professor of Irish at University College Galway. Born in 1880 in the Maam Valley in Connemara into a prosperous, Irish-speaking family, Tomás trained in Dublin, Manchester, Liverpool, Baden, Berlin, and Freiburg where he was awarded his doctorate in 1909. He was associated with the West Connemara flying column, and his brother Pádraic (1876–1946) was a member of the first Dáil. Belonging to the coterie of radical intellectuals and political and cultural leaders of the War of Independence, Ó Máille’s achievements are rightly considered alongside those of his fellow revolutionaries, his friend Patrick Pearse and fellow academics Thomas McDonagh and Éamon de Valera. A folklore and song collector, newspaper editor, linguist, and teacher, Ó Máille was in a pioneer in many ways. His greatest foresight was his commitment to the newest technology of his day – audio recording. From 1928, he created hundreds of recordings of Irish speakers from Connacht and Clare, and assisted the recording work of other collectors and scholars. In celebrating Ó Máille’s outstanding legacy, this exhibition shares his message of cultural equity and active citizenship, principles that are hugely significant for minoritized languages all over the world.

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(5)  Co Cork – Duchas Clonakilty – The Festival of Samhain

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(6)  Co Tipperary  – People & Places Lecture Series

I am attaching a poster for the forthcoming lecture series which the Tipperary Studies department of  Tipperary County Council Library Service hosts here in The Source, Thurles monthly between October and March each year.  The first lecture is on Tuesday next 18th at 7.00pm.

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Newsletter issue No 1   June 2022


We hope this newsletter finds you all well and that this year marks our return to normality after a few traumatic years. During Covid, modern technology allowed us, through Zoom etc, to keep in touch and we are thankful for that. There is no substitute, however, for personal contact and the added social dimension it adds to how we communicate with each other.  It is great to be back meeting again and let’s hope it continues for the future.

We therefore look forward to our first real meeting in three years when we have our executive committee meeting in the Teacher’s Club, Parnell Square, in Dublin on 9th July 2022.


Report on UK VISIT  –  SOUTH EAST ENGLAND  MAY 2-5 2022

We were delighted to be back on the road again after a three year absence and what better than a  return to our UK visits. The location proved to be special and it was made even more memorable in that we were privileged to have with us our dear friend and blue badge guide, Ian Jelf. Staying in Bracknell, we visited the unique Leeds Castle, toured the impressive Canterbury Cathedral and walked the old part of the town. Next day we stopped in the beautiful town of Winchester where we had a guided walk and a conducted tour of its magnificent Cathedral. It was then off to the naval port of Portsmouth to see Nelson’s Flagship, HMS Victory and also the unbelievable salvaged Mary Rose, a magnificent maritime achievement. Our last day was spent in London starting with a visit to the magnificent Hampton Court Palace. After lunch we were treated to a most enlightening panoramic coach tour of London City led by our intrepid guide, Ian. The day finished with an interesting after dinner talk by local historian, Edward Radgick, on the history of Bracknell. It was now time to bid farewell to the South East of England on what was a truly memorable journey.



Federation AGM – Tralee, Co Kerry   Friday 30th Sept – Sunday 2nd Oct. 2022

Our first AGM in three years promises to be a great weekend, hosted by Kerry Archaeological  & Histoical Society. It is a wonderful venue and offers us the opportunity to meet again in person to share our common interest in local history. The venue is the Rose Hotel in Tralee and those wishing to attend can do so by contacting the hotel directly to book reservations.

Package is 2 nights B&B and 2 evening meals, Tel No. for booking is  066 7199 100 in the name of the Federation of Local History Societies.

Final details of the weekend itinerary will follow later.

UK Trip 2023 – April/ May  –  Scotland

We are planning to visit Scotland and some of you may remember the wonderful trip we made there in 2015. This time we plan to head further north into the highlands and staying in Oban. Plans are to visit Iona, Caledonian Canal, Glencoe, Loch Ness, the Trossachs, Bannockburn, Wallace Memorial, Sterling and Glasgow. Further details to follow.


North/South Exchange Visit  –  Late summer/Autumn  2022

Considering a possible event later in the year, further details to follow.

Rome Visit – Sept 2023

We are exploring the possibility of a visit to the Eternal City similar to a previous trip in 2008 which was on the theme of “The Flight of the Earls” and visiting some of the places where they frequented and are laid to rest. It would include the highlights of the city as well. Further details to follow.


Federation Journal 2022

I am seeking articles for this year’s journal and would welcome submissions on any aspect of local history in your area or of national interest. Guidelines are 1000-4000 words in MS Word Format and accompanied by pictures where possible in uncompressed jpeg format. We are also looking for items of Society News, preferably short articles with picture/s where appropriate. Material should be sent to Larry Breen   e-mail    Tel. 087 984 1551


Federation Journal 2021  –  “Special offer” still stands. 10 Journals, € 20 includes P&P delivered to your doorstep. Excellent publication and great value for money. Contact Larry Breen if interested,   Tel. 087 984 1551


Subscriptions 2022

Due to Covid and the lack of activity it is understandable that member subscriptions have been down over the past few years. It is however our major source of income and important to our financial wellbeing. Consequently we would ask that any outstanding subscriptions be paid at members convenience.

New Members

We would like to welcome the following new members, Killyconny Bog Project, Co Cavan and Individual Members, Anne O’Byrne, Co Kildare and Noel Dunne, Rathangan , Co Kildare. We look forward to working with you.


The Federation hope that you all have an enjoyable summer , stay safe and take care, Larry Breen PRO.