Various events from around the country


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Federation of Local History Societies


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Co Cork  –  Bantry Historical & Archaeological Society  – Journal Launch 
5th December 2022

I’m delighted to inform you that Bantry Historical & Archaeological Society is bringing out a new journal.
We are very proud of this new book which has 18 expertly-written articles on a diverse range of topics  Mostly relating to the heritage of Bantry and its environs, many topics would also be of national appeal.
This Journal Volume IV will be launched on Monday 5th December at 8.00pm in the Christian Fellowship Church in Tower Street Bantry by the Mayor of the County of Cork, Cllr. Danny Collins, M.C.C..  Conor Nelligan, Heritage & Biodiversity Officer will also attend.  Colum Cronin of C.A.H.C.S. who very kindly edited this journal will give a brief run-down on each article therein.
We are passionate about our heritage here and eager to share it with everyone.  So we are selling our lovely new book, beautifully designed, at the reduced price of €12 each on the launch night only.  Normal retail price is €15
Treat yourself to a lovely read or make it  a Christmas gift to someone special.
Looking forward to seeing you on Monday 5th Dec. at 8pm.
Angela O’Donovan
Ph. 027 51246

Angela O’Donovan
Bantry Historical & Archaeological Society

(2)  Co Kildare – Creative Rathangan Meitheal – Talk & Film
December 3rd 2022

‘Working to Prevent a Land War – The National Land Bank and the Bracknagh Cooperative Society.’  – The Story behind the 1921 Film 

Creative Rathangan Meitheal are hosting this free event which focuses on the background to the 1921 Pathe film on Saturday December 3rd. The film was commissioned by the Bracknagh Cooperative Society., and dealt with the Society’s  plans to raise funds by selling turf in America. The film referenced the exhumation of the ‘Ballynowlart Martyrs’ in 1917 and the ‘Cattle Drives’ on the ‘Ballynowlart Estate’ some four years earlier. The film was never completed and was stored in a number of seemingly disconnected sections in the Pathe archives. However, the biggest gap in Pathe’s records concerns the reason for the establishment of the Bracknagh Cooperative Society and the fact that it had recently purchased the Ballynowlart Estate with a loan provided by The National Land Bank. This fact probably explains the presence of Desmond Fitzgerald (the Dáil’s Director of Publicity) and Kevin O’Higgins in the film.The film was made at a time when the Dáil was aware of the fact that the system of land distribution switch operated under British legislation had effectively ground to a halt, and that land hunger could lead to violence and lawlessness, and not only undermine the legitimacy of the Dáil but undermine the struggle for independence. The Bracknagh Cooperative Society was a successful  example of the Dáil’s efforts to manage the transfer of land and build its legitimacy.

On Saturday morning,  December 3rd, starting at 10.00 a newly edited version of the film will be screened in Rathangan Community Centre. The screening will be preceded by a talk on the background to the film/ Declan Aungier will perform his newly composed soundtrack to the film. There will also be an exhibition of stills taken from the film.For further details see Creative Rathangan Meitheal Facebook Page.  To book a place email

Attached please find further background information on the Bracknagh Cooperative Society and the National Land Bank in a word doc – containing a still of Desmond Fotzgerald and Kevin O’Higgins. Plus a flyer for the event.

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(3)  Co Galway  – National Heritage Keepers Programme  – Applications
30th November 2022
National Heritage Keepers programme open for applications

Burrenbeo Trust have put out a call for community groups, youth groups and primary schools to take part in the national Heritage Keepers programme. Have fun, learn something new, make a difference – become a Heritage Keeper!

Heritage Keepers is a free programme for community groups, youth groups and primary schools that will enable them to work together to explore the built, natural, and cultural heritage of their local place and then plan an action or actions to enhance their place. In-person, online and blended learning options are available. Last year 20 schools and communities took part in the programme, with most going on to complete a funded local project or actions. These funded actions included pond building, local heritage trails, signage for biodiversity, oral history projects and local heritage booklets. The expanded Heritage Keepers programme is now looking for ‘Expressions of Interest’ from those who wish to take part in the five 2-hour workshops in Spring 2023.

“Heritage Keepers aims to empower people to explore and discover their own local heritage” says Burrenbeo Trust Co-ordinator Áine Bird. “This helps foster a sense of pride, ownership and ultimately responsibility towards both their community and environment. This is more important than ever given the challenges the world currently faces”.

For those interested in learning more, go to for more details or to fill out a short Expression of Interest form (the deadline for submissions is the 30th of November).

(1)   Co Clare  –  Ennis Book Club Festival

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(2)  Co Kildare  –  New Kildare Publication –  Book Launch
1st Dec 2022

Launch of Mullaney’s Men : the rise and fall of the anti-Treaty forces in North Kildare, Grangewilliam 1922 in Leixlip Library on Thursday 1st December 2022 @ 7PM

A new publication, authored by historian Seamus Cummins, is being launched in Leixlip Library on Thursday 1st December at 7PM to mark the centenary of the Battle of Pike’s Bridge that took place in early December 1922. This significant Civil War military engagement is the last major battle to have taken place in County Kildare.

All welcome to attend this launch! Cllr Vanessa Liston, Chair of Celbridge-Leixlip Municipal District will formally launch the publication, while author Seamus Cummins will also speak on his research. Complimentary copies of the publication will be available to those in attendance at the launch.

We would be very grateful if those planning to attend could pre-register in advance using this link: OR Book Now – ‘Mullaney’s Men. The rise and fall of the anti-Treaty forces in North Kildare, Grangewilliam 1922.’ Book Launch – Leixlip Community library, Thu 1 Dec 2022 19:00 – 20:00 (

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(3)  Carrickfergus Historical Society – Events
7th December 2022

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(4)  Co Dublin – Clondalkin Historical Society – Illustrated Talk
28th November 2002

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Peter Pearson is a historian, conservationist and noted artist with a lifelong commitment to the protection and enhancement of Ireland’s architectural heritage. As an artist, he has had solo exhibitions in Venice, Rome, London and Dublin. His love of older buildings led to his first book, Dun Laoghaire: Kingstown (1981),

His bestselling book Between the Mountains and the Sea, Dun Laoghaire–Rathdown County (1998) details the architectural heritage of the county; The Heart of Dublin (2000) charts the origins and planning of Dublin’s streetscapes from early times to the present day. Peter Pearson’s Decorative Dublin (2002) explores the craftsmanship of Dublin, while Of Sea and Stone (Gandon, 2014), records his work as a painter.

(1)   OHNI  – Calendar of Events 2023

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(2)  Irish Labour Historical Society  – Book Launches
9th December 2002

Launches are taking place in Waterford and Dublin to mark the publication of Rotten Prod : The Unlikely Story of Dongaree Baird  (UCD Press) written by labour historian Dr Emmet O’Connor.

Dongaree Baird played a pivotal role in the seminal 1919 Belfast Engineering Strike, while he led the farm labourers of Waterford in their attempts to resist wage cuts in the bitter 1923 strike in his role as organiser with the Irish Transport & General Workers Union.


(3)  Co Kildare – Creative Rathangan Meitheal
26th November 2022

Rathangan Community Library on Saturday November 26th.
Brigit or Brigid and The Language of the Goddess’  Associated with ideas of rebirth and renewal, sanctuary and refuge, and a wisdom which rejects violence, Brigid’s story stretches back to pre-Christian Ireland. During this free event the speakers/performers aim to recover the complexities of Brigid’s history, to place her in a wider European context, and to examine her place in Irish tradition and folklore. There will also be an opportunity to learn about the successful campaign to have a new public holiday on Brigid’s Day – February 1st, which is the first holiday to celebrate a woman.

Join artist Monica de Bath who will explore the work of archaeologist Marija Gimbutas, and Laura Murphy Communications Strategist and Poet in Residence at Herstory and creator of ‘Is Mise Bríd.’

For further details see Creative Rathangan Meitheal Facebook Page. This event runs from 10.00 – 1.00 pm But booking is essential as places are limited. To book Phone 045 528078 Email

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(4)  UK  – Ian Jelf Virtual Tours

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)  Co Kildare  –  Co Kildare Archive Service

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(2)   Merrion Press – Publications

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(3)  New Publication – St Manchan’s Shrine – Art and Decoration in 12th Century Ireland 

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(5)  Co Galway – Communities Caring for Water

You can now register for online attendance this year’s Communities Caring for Water Conference
A collaboration between The Local Authority Waters Programme and The Rivers Trust
Conference programme and registration via link

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(3)  Co Cork  –  UCD Conference – Foundation of the Irish State

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(5)  Co Tipperary – Emely Historical Society  – Talk


(6)  Irish Labour History Society  –  Irish Labour History Website 

Newly Digitised Material Added To New Irish Labour History Website
The newly re-designed Irish Labour History Society website,, includes a number of newly digitised items that will be of interest to local historians and local history groups across the island.

1. Annual Reports of the Irish Transport & General Workers Union
Firstly, the newly digitised Annual Reports of the Irish Transport and General Workers Union for the 1918-1930 period include a plethora of useful information on the labour movement and of Irish workers for the revolutionary decade period and throughout the 1920s. The collect is accompaned by background material on their contents and use for historical research by historian Francis Devine. See Irish Transport & General Workers Union – Irish Labour History Society

2. Irish Citizen Army Minute Book
The Irish Citizen Army Minute Book for the 1919-1920 period is now available online on the Irish Labour History Society website and also on the Digital Repository of Ireland website here: Minutes of meetings of the Council of the Irish Citizen Army at Liberty Hall, Dublin from 3rd February, 1919 to 15 September 1920. – Digital Repository of Ireland (

3. Irish Trade Union Congress & Labour Party Minute Book for 1917-21
This is now available online, covering a seminal period in the development of the labour movement in Ireland, on the Society website here: Irish Trade Union Congress & Labour Party – Irish Labour History Society

4. 1922 Postal Strike Material
Material relating to the 1922 Postal Strike has been added to the Society website also, including handbills.

Further content has been digitised and will be added over time.
The Society would like to acknowledge the assistance of the Heritage Council and Dublin City Libraries & Archive Service in making this material available online.

(8)  Carrickfergus Historical Society – Talk 

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(10)   Irish Academic Press  –  New Publication

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(2)  Military History Society of Ireland

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(3)  Co Waterford –  West Waterford Fair
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(4)  Co Galway  – Oughterard Culture & Heritage Group  – Exhibition

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(5)  Co Dublin – UCD

Foundation of the Irish State Conference, UCD

-Friday 2 December: UCD O’Reilly Hall
-Saturday 3 December: UCD FitzGerald Debating Chamber
-Format: Hybrid. In-person, and streaming online -All are welcome. Tickets are free but pre-booking is essential, register here:

On Friday 2 and Saturday 3 December 2022 UCD will host a national conference as part of the State’s Decade of Centenaries programme, marking 100 years since the foundation of the Irish State.

This major two-day conference seeks to explore the process of state formation amid an ongoing civil war, uncertainty over the future of the border with Northern Ireland, the evolution of the institutions of the state since 1922, and the challenges that state, society, and citizenry faced a century ago.

The aim of this conference is to inform and stimulate wider public discourse on this key event in the history of Irish independence and statehood.

A simultaneous English-Irish and Irish-English translation will be available for the duration of the conference, for both in-person and online attendees. All are welcome. The full programme is available here:


(1)  Co Down  – New Book

  “We Just Got On With It”

Author Doreen Mc Bride

Published by The History Press

A new book just published is a must read for any book lover who is interested in real life, real people, great stories and the essence of what makes us what we are. It tells the story of life before, during and after World War 11 in Northern Ireland, through the eyes of the people who experienced it and also through stories handed down from both parents and grandparents.
It was a time of great change in the World, in Europe and in Ireland and Doreen has managed to capture these changes through real contributions from many people from all walks of life throughout the province.
The book is available through all good book shops, Amazon and also as an e-book.
The author, Doreen McBride, can also be contacted through
You cannot afford to miss it

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(2)  Federation Notice – Members Update

                                 This notification is for the attention of Member Societies

We are looking at updating some membership details and would appreciate any help you can give.

Federation Journal:
The list of members in the Journal consists of the society name, a contact person and a postal address. These would have been supplied by the society and is important particularly when we are posting copies of the Journal out to societies. In some cases this information can change and we may not know about it. We are asking societies to check their details in the Journal and if any corrections are needed to let us know. We can then make these changes in the new upcoming Journal.

Federation Website
We have recently reintroduced the list of member societies on our website as this information can be very useful if societies want to contact each other. The list entails the society name, an e-mail address and a contact name.   We would again ask each society to check their details on our website and confirm or otherwise that these details are correct.
This way we can offer a better service to you, our fellow members and the wider local history fraternity who may wish to make contact.

Replies should be sent to Larry Breen, e-mail  Mob  097 98 1551 if you have any changes you would like to make.

(3)  Co Roscommon – Rathcroghan Visitor Centre – Samhain Newsletter 

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(3) Merrion Press – New Publication – Speechless

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(4)  Co Dublin – Ward Valley Heritage

You may find this link to a promotional video for of a trilogy of Walks in the Ward Valley Park Brackenstown, showing links to each walk

Kind Regards : Ward Valley Heritage P R Officer Jim Hawkins. (086-0262780)

(5)  Co Dublin – Pallas Projects Exhibition

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(1)  Merrion Press  – New Publications


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(7)  Co Limerick  – Family History Course

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Good morning

We, the Irish Ancestry Research Centre, recently contacted you to inform you of the Certificate in History of the Family & Genealogical Methods, which is available online and accredited by the University of Limerick.  (Details can be found at The certificate is a level 6 course and genealogy is taught in an interdisciplinary manner, where we incorporate various aspects of history, geography, folklore, architecture, politics, religion and regional studies.  Classes take place fortnightly with monthly field-trips that compliment these classes.

2)  Co Cork  –  Youghal Celebrates History – Conference


(3)  Co Cork  –  New Book – Men & Women of the Anglo-Irish Treaty Delegations 1921

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(4)  Co Cork – Cork Arch & Historical Society 

Winter Lecture Programme 2022-23

December 14th. Society Christmas Event, Dora Allman Room, Student Hub, UCC, 7pm.
This event is a social reception, with finger food and wine, followed by a short talk entitled ‘Yuletide at Her Majesty’s Pleasure?’ by Dr Ciarán Dawson, Ionad na Gaeilge Labhartha, UCC. Cost €15. Attendance needs to be booked by registering in advance on the Society’s website.
January 18th 2023, UCC West Wing Room 6, 8.00 pm.
Dr Edward Riordan, Ringforts and Cork’s 18th Century Estate Maps
February 8th 2023 UCC West Wing Room 6, 8pm
Maeve Sikora, Twenty Years Collecting: some interesting archaeological finds from county Cork in the National Museum of Ireland.
March 8th 2023, UCC West Wing Room 6, 8.00 pm.
Prof. Howard B. Clarke, The Cork Historic Towns Atlas fascicle: old and new findings.
April 5th 2023, 8.00 pm. MITCHELSTOWN
Gerard Shannon, Liam Lynch: Life of an Irish Revolutionary, 1892-1923 , St George’s Arts and Heritage Centre, George Street, Mitchelstown.
This event, co-hosted with the Mitchelstown Heritage Society, is the Cork Historical & Archaeological Society’s annual County Lecture. Mitchelstown has been selected for his year’s county lecture given its proximity to the location of the death of Liam Lynch in April 1923. The event will also mark the association of Canon Courtney Moore, a founding member of the Cork Historical & Archaeological Society, with the lecture’s venue, St George’s Arts and Heritage Centre.

(5)  Co Antrim – Carrickfergus Museum Events

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(1)  Co Tipperary  –  Tipperary Cultural Films

The re – enactment of the wedding of Dan Breen

Welcome to Tipperary Town

Tipperary Glove Factories Remembered

Tipperary Town at the heart of the revolution.

(2)  Draft Level 2 Junior Cycle History Course

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(4)  Co Waterford  –  Waterford Arch & Hist Society Programme – Sept – May 2023

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(5)  Co Cork  –  Diarmaid Fawsitt  – Personal Archive

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(7)  Co Louth  –  CLAHS  – Lectures

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(8)  Co Galway  –  A Tale of an Irish Barn Owl

Golden Wings – A Tale About an Irish Barn Owl with John Lusby from Bird Watch Ireland

Galway Public Libraries are distributing Golden Wings to all the primary schools in County Galway. Copies are also available in all of the 29 library branches from Clifden to Portumna. This beautiful book was produced by BirdWatch Ireland & Galway County Council with support of Creative Ireland & The Heritage Council, Author: Susan O’Donohoe (Facebook – Susans Wild World), Illustrator: Robert Vaughan ( and Graphic Designer: Sara Sirtoli ( The printing of this book was supported by the Heritage Council under the Heritage Stewardship Fund 2022 and Galway County Council.


(9)  Four Courts Press  –  Maynooth Studies in Local History Series

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(10)  Co Cork  – Aubane Historical Society –  Kilmichael Ambush  – Zoom 

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