2023 Lecture Programme

Wednesday, 4th January: AGM followed by Weaving in the Liberties by Catherine Scuffil.

Wednesday, 1st February: Crossing Points: River-Fords and the Study of Historic Landscapes by Paul Gosling.

Wednesday, 1st March: No Mere Irish: The Kennedys of Mount Kennedy by Therese Hicks.

Wednesday, 5th April: The Story of Stained Glass in Ireland: Beyond Harry Clarke by Finola Finlay.

Summer Lecture Series (Theme: Early Norman Ireland)

Monday, 21st August: The Division of Anglo-Norman Leinster- 1247 by John Marshall.

Tuesday, 22nd August: The Anglo-Norman Legacy by Adrian Empey.

Wednesday, 23rd August: Leo Swan Memorial Lecture: Castles in the Air: Anglo-Norman Castles in Ireland c.1170-c.1320 by Michael Potterton.

Thursday, 24th August: Church Building in Early Norman Ireland by Rachel Moss.

Friday, 25th August: The Status and Roles of Women in Late Medieval Ireland by Sparky Booker.

Wednesday, 4th October: Art and Architecture by Peter Pearson.

Wednesday, 1st November: Crampton Built; a History of Crampton Builders by Ruth McManus.

Wednesday, 6th December: Herbert Simms: Dublin City Architect by Lindie Naughton.

2022 Lecture Programme

Wednesday, 5th January: AGM followed by Hanna and Francis Sheehy Skeffington by Dr. Micheline Sheehy Skeffington.

Wednesday, 2nd February: Mapping Death: Burial in Late Iron Age and Early Medieval Ireland by Dr. Elizabeth O’Brien.

Wednesday, 2nd March: 1000 Years of Irish Currency by Dr. Edith Andrees.

Wednesday, 6th April: Dublin Castle Excavations by Dr. Conleth Manning.

Summer Lecture Series (Theme: The Monasteries of St.Colmcille)

Monday, 15th August: From Iona to Salzburg: Wide-reaching Connections by Dr.Dagmar Ó Riain-Raedel.

Tuesday, 16th August: Early Columban Monasticism: Reflections on Material Things by Dr.Cormac Bourke.

Wednesday, 17th August: Leo Swan Memorial Lecture. Colmcille-Columba: the Man and the Legacy by Dr.Brian Lacy.

Thursday, 18th August: Rediscovering Columba’s Monastery at Durrow, Co.Offaly by Dr.Elizabeth O’Brien.

Friday, 19th August: The Annalistic Legacy of Colmcille and Iona by Dr.Dan McCarthy.

Wednesday, 5th October: 50 Years of the Rathmichael Historical Society by Rob Goodbody.

Wednesday, 2nd November: The French are on the Sea by Pól Ó Duibhir.

Wednesday, 7th December: Arthur Griffith by Colum Kenny.

2021 Lecture Programme

Wednesday 6th January: AGM, followed by Mary Mulligan: Neighbour to Countess Markievicz by Peadar Curran

Wednesday 3rd February: By the Way 2: Public Art in Ireland by Anne Lane

Wednesday 3rd March: Kilbarron Castle Conservation Project – a Project in Progress by Fergus Cleary

Wednesday 7th April: Excavations at Newmarket and Mill Street by Claire Walsh.

Summer Lecture Series

Monday, 16th August: The Archaeology of Raised Bogs by Dr. Ellen O’Carroll.

Tuesday, 17th August: Interpreting the Physical Features of the Faddan More Psalter by Dr. John Gillis.

Wednesday, 18th August: Leo Swan Memorial Lecture: 50 Years on from Leo Swan’s Research Flights over the Céide Fields in 1971 by Prof. Séamus Caulfield.

Thursday, 19th August: Commercial Development of Irish Bogs in 19th and 20th Centuries by Donal Clarke.

Friday, 20th August: The Contribution of Archaeobotany to Archaeology by Dr. Gina Hannon and Dr.Richard Bradshaw.

Wednesday, 6th October: 1691: The Year that Sealed Ireland’s Fate by Joe Joyce.

Wednesday, 3rd November: The Shadow War: Michael Collins and the Politics of Violence by Dr. Joe Connell.

Wednesday, 1st December: A Book and a Bell: Glendalough on the Morning of 15th May 1106 by Mary Kelly.

2020 Lecture Programme

Wednesday 8th January: The Doubedat Scandal by Richard Dolan

Wednesday 5th February: The Life and Times of William Orpen by Dominic Lee

Wednesday 4th March: Wolfe Tone, Matilda and Family by Larry Breen.

Summer Lecture Series

Monday 17th August: Dronehenge: the Discovery of a Giant Late Neolithic Monument near Newgrange by Anthony Murphy.

Tuesday 18th August: Early Irish Sculpture and the Art of the High Crosses by Roger Stalley.

Wednesday 19th August: The Leo Swan Memorial Lecture: The Best Preserved Early Monastery in the World by Chris Corlett.

Thursday 20th August: Carriglea House: Witness to History by David Doyle.

Friday 21st August: ‘Uncovering the historic port: The Alexandra Basin Redevelopment project by Niall Brady.

Wednesday 7th October: Old Houses of Shankill by Peter Pearson

Wednesday 4th November: The Shadow War: Michael Collins and the Politics of Violence by Joe Connell

Wednesday 2nd December: 19th Century Suburbs of Monkstown and Glasthule by Laura Johnstone

2019 Lecture Programme

Wednesday 9th January: AGM followed by Richard Dolan : Rathmichael: Past, Present and Future

Wednesday 6th February: Fergus Mulligan : William Dargan – an Honourable Life

Wednesday 6th March: Patrick Salmon : The Lost Village of Milltown

Wednesday 3rd April: Conor Lucey : A New Perspective on James Malton’s Picturesque and Descriptive Views of the City of Dublin

Summer Lecture Series

Monday 19th August: Eamonn McEneaney: The Treasures of Medieval Waterford and their Remarkable Stories

Tuesday 20th August: Ben Murtagh: The Castle and Medieval Town and Later City of Kilkenny

Wednesday 21st August: The Leo Swan Memorial Lecture – Dagmar Ó Riain-Raedel: Murder and Mayhem in Medieval Cork

Thursday 22nd August: Liam Irwin: Limerick: City of Sieges and a Broken Treaty

Friday 23rd August: Paul Walsh: Renaissance Galway: Conversations with a Map

Wednesday 2nd October: Michael Purser : Jellett, O’Brien, Purser and Stokes: Four Grandparents’ Families over Seven Generations

Wednesday 6th November: Rob Goodbody: Howth Harbour

Wednesday 4th December: Ida Milne : The Great Flu Pandemic

2018 Lecture Programme

Wed, 3rd January: AGM followed by The History of Main Street, Dundrum by John Lennon

Wed, 7th February: Dublin since 1922 by Tim Carey

Wed, 7th March: Georgian Dublin: the Forces that Shaped the City by Diarmuid Ó Gráda

Wed, 4th April: Ballycorus by Rob Goodbody

Summer Lecture Series

Mon, 13th August: Abbey of St.Thomas by Claire Walsh

Tues, 14th August: A Most Cruel Devastation: The Viking Impact Reassessed by Matthew Stout

Wed, 15th August: Leo Swan Memorial Lecture: Carrying the Holy Relics, Reliquaries and Insignia in the Early Irish Church by Raghnall O Floinn

Thurs, 16th August: The Chapter House of St. Mary’s Abbey: Dublin’s Oldest Building? by Ana Dolan

Fri, 17th August: Sacred Places, Sacred Spaces: The Churchyard and Church in Early Medieval Ireland by Colmán O Clabaigh

Wed, 3rd October: Torpedoed! The Sinking of the RMS Leinster by Philip Lecane

Wed, 7th November: Did Brian Boru save Ireland from a Viking Conquest? by Howard Clarke

Wed, 5th December: Carrickfergus to Carcassone: Hugh de Lacy and the Cathar Crusade by Paul Duffy

2017 Lecture Programme

Wed, 4th January: AGM followed by The History of Airfield by John Lennon.

Wed, 1st February: The Kennedys of Mount Kennedy by Therese Hicks.

Wed, 1st March: Harry Clarke by Nikki Gordon-Bowe.

Wed, 5th April: Dublin Bay by Rob Goodbody.

Summer Lecture Series

Mon, 14th August: Everything but the Apothecary – Recent Excavations at Kevin Street, Dublin by Alan Hayden.

Tues, 15th August: Tullagh and the Burial Grounds at Mount Offaly and Cherrywood: Social Organisation on the Cusp of Christianity by Gillian Boazman.

Wed, 16th August: Leo Swan Memorial Lecture: Rath Melsig: The Anglo-Saxons in Ireland by Prof. Dáibhí Ó Cróinín.

Thurs, 17th August: The Murder of a Tomb: Recent Discoveries at the Hellfire Club by Neil Jackman.

Fri, 18th August: St.Mary’s Abbey and its Medieval Grange Farms in Co.Dublin by Geraldine Stout.

Wed, 4th October: The Black Death in the Dublin Region by Finbar Dwyer.

Wed, 1st November: Early Medieval Masons in Rathdown by Jason Bolton.

Wed, 6th December: Richard Bridges Beechey – Marine Artist and his Connections with Dun Laoghaire by Cormac Lowth.

2016 Lecture Programme

Wed, 6th January: AGM followed by Stained Glass Windows in Dundrum by John Lennon.

Wed, 3rd February: Rev.Thomas Goff of Carriglea by David Doyle.

Wed, 2nd March: The Broighter Hoard as Treasure Trove by Aideen Ireland.

Wed, 6th April: Kingship by Charles Doherty.

Summer Lecture Series

Mon, 15th August: Medieval Rathdown by Chris Corlett.

Tues, 16th August: Before de Ridelesford: Mapping the Proto Manor of Bre 1171-1173 by David McIlreavy.

Wed, 17th August: Leo Swan Memorial Lecture: National Museum of Ireland: Memories and Anecdotes by Pat Wallace.

Thurs, 18th August: Recent Archaeological Research at Glendalough by Graeme Warren.

Fri, 19th August: Some Exceptional Women in Early Medieval Ireland – Evidence from the Grave by Betty O’Brien.

Wed, 5th October: Gordon MacDonald Hills and his Watercolours of Round Towers by Con Manning.

Wed, 2nd November: Trawling under Sail in Dublin Bay in the 19th Century by Cormac Lowth.

Wed, 7th December: Stone Bridges of the Dublin Area by Rob Goodbody.

2015 Lecture Programme

Wed, 7th January: AGM followed by Homestead – History of a House by John Lennon.

Wed, 4th February: From Village to Suburb: the Building of Clontarf since 1760 by Claire Gogarty.

Wed, 4th March: Bronze Age Metal Mining and Metallurgy in Ireland, 2400-500BC by Dr. Ralph Horne.

Wed, 1st April: Ranelagh in Pictures – a Place in History by Susan Roundtree.

Summer Lecture Series

Mon, 17th August: History: has it become a “funereal parade of yawn-inducing facts”? by Prof. Ciaran Brady.

Tues, 18th August: Archaeology: is it Useful? by Franc Myles.

Wed, 19th August: Leo Swan Memorial Lecture: History, Archaeology and the Past: what Donegal has taught me by Brian Lacey.

Thurs, 20th August: Experimental Archaeology: Science, Art or Disneyland? by Prof. Aidan O’Sullivan.

Fri, 21st August: History Ireland/Archaeology Ireland Hedge School: History versus Archaeology: is it like Neanderthal versus Homo Sapiens? Discussion with Tommy Graham, Franc Myles, Tom Condit, Seán Duffy and Robert Chapple.

Wed, 7th October: The Archaeology and Politics of Ecclesiastical Patronage in Viking Age Rathdown by Gill Boazman.

Wed, 4th November: The Fassaroe Crosses and Other Wayside Monuments by Rachel Moss.

Wed, 2nd December: Ancient and Holy Wells of Dublin by Gary Branigan.

2014 Lecture Programme

Wed, 8th January: AGM followed by Frank Aiken’s Mill by Rob Goodbody.

Wed, 5th February: The Irish Viking Graves Project – Old Finds and New Findings by Stephen Harrison.

Wed, 5th March: The Battle of Clontarf by Colm Lennon.

Wed, 2nd April: Ranelagh by Susan Roundtree.

Summer Lecture Series

Mon, 18th August: Controlling the Carlow Corridor during the Middle Ages by Dr. Linda Doran.

Tues, 19th August: Excavations at Trim Castle, Co.Meath by Alan Hayden.

Wed, 20th August: Leo Swan Memorial Lecture: Leo Swan’s Aerial Photograph Collection by Katherine Daly.

Thurs, 21st August: Rathmichael Historical Society’s Excavations at Dundrum Castle, Co.Dublin by Dr. Betty O’Brien.

Fri, 22nd August: Excavations at the Black Friary by Finola O’Carroll.

Wed, 1st October: The Great Stone Tombs of the Boyne Valley, Late Stone Age (c.3500BC) by George Eogan.

Wed, 5th November: Dublin 1756-1847 – Historic Town Atlas by Rob Goodbody. Followed by official launch of the Atlas.

Wed, 3rd December: Seventh Century Leinster and the Wider World by Dr. Colin Ireland.

2013 Lecture Programme

Wed. 9th January: AGM followed by The Fitzgeralds of Ardilea House by John Lennon.

Wed, 6th February: Alexander Nimmo and the Western District by Kathleen Villiers-Tuthill

Wed, 6th March: John Roque’s map of Dublin – 1756 by John Montague.

Wed, 3rd April: Daniel O’Connell by Patrick Geoghegan.

Summer Lecture Series

Mon, 12th August: Contacts between Ireland and Britain in the Iron Age/Early Medieval Period, as Revealed by the Irish Burial Record by Dr. Betty O’Brien.

Tues, 13th August: The Late Iron Age and Roman Ireland Project: Preliminary Findings and Future Research by Dr. Jacqueline Wilson.

Wed, 14th August: Leo Swan Memorial Lecture: Corporeal Relics, Tents and Shrines in Early Medieval Ireland by Cormac Bourke.

Thurs, 15th August: Dalkey Island in the Early Medieval Period: Connections and Boundaries by Ian Doyle.

Fri, 16th August: Archaeology Ireland, 25 Years, 100 Issues by Nick Maxwell.

Wed, 2nd October: The Old Roads of Shankill and Rathmichael by Rob Goodbody.

Wed, 6th November: Dublin Castle Excavations by Con Manning.

Wed, 4th December: Axes from Islands: the Importance of Island Lithic Sources in the Neolithic Period by Gabriel Cooney.

2023 Summer Outings Programme

Sat. 27th May: Guided tour of the Liberties of Dublin.

Sat. 17th June: Guided Tour of Puck’s Castle.

Sat. 30th September: Guided visit to Altidore Castle, KIlpeddar, Co.Wicklow.

2022 Summer Outings Programme

Sat. 23rd April: 50th Anniversary commemorative walk to Rathmichael Church led by Rob Goodbody.

Sat. 14th May: Outing to Newgrange and Dowth led by Anthony Murphy.

Sat. 11th June: Georgian Dublin walking tour (North City).

Sat. 25th June: Guided visit to Maritime Museum, Dún Laoghaire.

2021 Summer Outings Programme

None due to COVID-19 pandemic.

2020 Summer Outings Programme

None due to COVID-19 pandemic.

2019 Summer Outings Programme

Sat, 11th May: Guided visit to Castledermot, Co.Kildare, led by Sharon Greene.

Sat, 15th June: Guided visit to Dalkey Island, led by Jason Bolton.

Sat, 27th July: Guided visit to Mountmellick and Emo, led by Rob Goodbody.

Sat, 10th August: Day trip to Kilkenny with guided visits to the Medieval Mile Museum, Rothe House Museum and Gardens, and St.Canice’s Cathedral.

2018 Summer Outings Programme

Sat, 26th May: Royal Canal walking tour, led by Peter Clarke.

Sun, 17th June: Visit to Dalkey Island, led by Jason Bolton.

Sat, 23rd June: Grangegorman walking tour, led by Arran Henderson.

Sun, 8th July: Following the tracks of St.Willibrord, patron saint of Luxembourg – day trip to Carlow, led by Dermot Mulligan.

Sat, 11th August: Guided tour of Tully Church and crosses, Lehaunstown House and Lehaunstown military camp, led by Rob Goodbody.

Sat, 8th September: Guided tour of Ballycorus lead mine and works, led by Rob Goodbody.

2017 Summer Outings Programme

Sun, 21st May: Guided tour of  Charleville House, Enniskerry, Co.Wicklow.

Sat, 17th June: Guided tour of Tullynally Castle, Co. Westmeath and the nearby medieval village of Fore with its Seven Wonders.

Sat, 24th June: Visit to Dalkey Island led by Jason Bolton.

2016 Summer Outings Programme

Sat, 18th June: Guided walking tour of Monto, led by Terry Fagan.

Sat, 2nd July: Visit to Stillorgan Obelisk and Grottoes, led by John Holohan.

Sun, 11th September: Visit to Ely House, Dublin.

2015 Summer Outings Programme

Sat, 14th June: Guided walking tour of Merrion Square, led by Rob Goodbody.

Sat, 20th June: Guided visit to the excavations at the Black Abbey, Trim, Co.Meath.

2014 Summer Outings Programme

Sat, 17th May: Walking tour of historic Burnaby area of Greystones, led by Peter Murtagh.

Sat, 14th June: Visit to medieval village of Fore, Co. Westmeath to see the Seven Wonders of Fore.

Sat, 12th July: Visit to Glebe House, Newcastle, Co.Dublin.

Sat, 6th September: Guided tour of the historic Dr. Steeven’s Hospital, including the Edward Worth Library.

2013 Summer Outings Programme

Sat, 8th June: Visit to Loughcrew megalithic tombs, Co.Meath.

Wed, 24th July: Guided visit to Lambay Island.

Fri, 26th July: Second guided visit to Lambay Island.

2012 Summer Outings Programme

Sat, 28th July: Visit to Quaker Farmstead, Ballymurrin, Co.Wicklow.

Sat, 8th September: Guided tour of the Hill of Tara, led by Dr. Edel Bhreathnach.

2023 – New Ross
2022 – None
2021 – None
2020 – None
2019 – Cork
2018 – Galway
2017 – Limerick
2016 – Kinsale
2015 – Carlow
2014 – Ennis
2013 – Roscommon
2012 – Waterford
2011 – Portumna
2010 – Kilmallock
2009 – Kilkenny
2008 – Birr
2007 – North Roscommon (Carrick on Shannon)
2006 – Armagh
2003 – Carlingford
2001 – Athenry
2000 – Hook
1999 – Sligo
1997 – South Galway/North Clare
1994 – Birr
1993 – Limerick
1992 – Kilkenny
1991 – Longford
1990 – Limerick & SE Tipperary
1989 – South & East Galway
1988 – Wexford
1987 – South Clare
1986 – Sligo
1985 – South Tipperary
1984 – Down
1983 – Meath
1982 – Cork

2023 – John Roden
2022 – John Roden
2021 – John Roden
2020 – Patrick salmon
2019 – Patrick Salmon
2018 – Patrick Salmon
2017 – John Lennon
2016 – John Lennon
2015 – John Lennon
2014 – John Lennon
2013 – Rob Goodbody
2012 – Rob Goodbody
2011 – Rob Goodbody
2010 – Rob Goodbody
2009 – Richard Ryan
2008 – Richard Ryan
2007 – Richard Ryan
2006 – John Lennon
2005 – John Lennon
2004 – John Lennon
2003 – Betty O’Brien
2002 – Betty O’Brien
2001 – Betty O’Brien
2000 – June Burry
1999 – June Burry
1998 – Rosemary Beckett