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Federation of Local History Societies
Attached is information which might be of interest to  members,

Please note that this mail includes information about eleven separate events



Topic: Federation Of Local History Societies zoom presentation By Larry Breen
Time: Mar 31, 2022    8: PM Dublin

Most if not all of us would be familiar with the name Theobald Wolfe Tone, who he was and the contribution he made to the course of Irish history. Described by Padraig Pearse as the greatest of all republicans he left an enduring legacy which still lives on.  We however tend to forget the man himself. He was a family man like many of us with grandparents, parents, siblings, a wife and children. In his talk Larry will explore the family life and interactions between members of the family during and after Tone’s short but turbulent life. It is a true saying that behind every great man there is an equally important woman and no more so than in the case Matilda Tone. Matilda was a truly remarkable woman and the rock that held the family together in trying and stressful times during a watershed period in Irish History.

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(2)   Co Cork  –  Co. Cork Holy Wells Lecture – Dúchas Clonakilty Heritage

(3)  Co Meath  –  Meath Archaeological & Historical Society  –  Meath & the Anglo Irish Treaty 1921

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(4)  Co Dublin  –  Old Dublin Society – Lecture

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(5)   Co Cork  – Heritage Update March

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(6)   Merrion Press – New Publication

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(7)  Co Galway  – Stories from the Waterside

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(8)  Co Roscommon  – Tulsk History Society – Newsletter No 4

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(9)   History Ireland & Medal Society of Ireland Fairs

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(1)   Co Galway  –  Heritage News

The Irish Country House in Revolution 1920-23 exhibition
The Irish Architectural Archive and Yale University Press will host a joint event, titled Burning the Big House: The Irish Country House in Revolution, 1920-23 exhibition and the launch of Terence Dooley’s Burning the Big House: The Story of the Irish Country House in a Time of War and Revolution book on Tuesday 29th March @6pm at the Irish Architectural Archive, 45 Merrion Square, Dublin 2.  This exhibition is supported by the Decade of Centenaries Programme Funding, Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media.

Recording Ireland’s Wildlife: A Beginner’s Guide
Do you want to become a biological recorder but don’t know where to start?  The National Biodiversity Data Centre have a beginner’s guide to recording and it’s a great place to find out how to go about it. By understanding what biodiversity we have and how it is distributed across Ireland we can build evidence to help conserve our biodiversity. Further details available at

Irish Walled Towns Network Project Management Services
The Heritage Council invites tenders from suitably qualified person(s) with four or more years of project management experience, at national level, to undertake responsibility or the coordination of the Irish Walled Towns Network.  Closing date for queries is 12 noon Monday 25th April 2022. Closing date for submission of tender documents is 12 noon Monday 2nd May 2022 through the e-tenders website.  Further details/position specification available at

(2)  Irish Labour History Society – Lecture

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Title: “I bought prough from her in the factory’: the case of Wilhelmina Bruce and her working-class illicit clothing networks in industrial Belfast, c. 1880-1920″, by Dr Eliza McKee, Queens University Belfast.

This talk is based on a commended paper, delivered at the Economic and Social History Society of Ireland last December. Poster attached, with description of the talk below also. Receive the Zoom code by emailing or via

Information On This Talk: 
‘This paper will investigate illicit clothing networks operated by women and used by working-class people in industrial Ulster to acquire stolen clothing cheaply. It will focus particularly on the networks run by one notorious Belfast clothing criminal, Wilhelmina Bruce who lived and worked off the Shankill Road in Belfast. Ulster’s industries provided particular opportunities for clothing theft and for the distribution and exchange of illicitly obtained apparel. Illicit clothing networks flourished in Belfast, particularly among women neighbours, friends, family, and co-workers owing to the large number of industrial workplaces, particularly textile mills and clothing factories, which were ideal locations for stolen clothing to be sold on to working-class people. The population of the city provided a large number of potential working-class customers for stolen clothes. Furthermore, community networks were very important in the illicit clothing trade, and Belfast’s distinct working-class communities and residential districts enabled illicit clothing networks of ‘prough’, to flourish.[1]
[1] Prough, pruck, or pruch (n.) (in Ulster) referred to anything gained for free, a perquisite, especially when goods were illicitly acquired.

(11)  Federation Trip to SE England –  May 2 – 6 2022

One single seat vacancy has arisen on our upcoming trip, anyone interested contact Larry Breen at e-mail
any applications need to be sent in very quickly as we are closing out on the trip very soon

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