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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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 : Cities
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
1982 – Cork
1983 – Meath
1984 – Down
1985 – South Tipperary
1986 – Sligo
1987 – South Clare
1988 – Wexford
1989 – South & East Galway
1990 – Limerick & SE Tipperary
1991 – Longford
1992 – Kilkenny
1993 – Limerick
1994 – Birr
1997 – South Galway/North Clare
1999 – Sligo
2000 – Hook
2001 – Athenry
2003 – Carlingford
2006 – Armagh
2007 – North Roscommon (Carrick on Shannon)
2008 – Birr
2009 – Kilkenny
2010 – Kilmallock
2011 – Portumna
2012 – Waterford
2013 – Roscommon
2014 – Ennis
2015 – Carlow
2016 – Kinsale
2017 – Limerick
2018 – Galway
2019 – Cork
Past Presidents of Rathmichael Historical Society
1998 – Rosemary Beckett
1999 – June Burry
2000 – June Burry
2001 – Betty O’Brien
2002 – Betty O’Brien
2003 – Betty O’Brien
2004 – John Lennon
2005 – John Lennon
2006 – John Lennon
2007 – Richard Ryan
2008 – Richard Ryan
2009 – Richard Ryan
2010 – Rob Goodbody
2011 – Rob Goodbody
2012 – Rob Goodbody
2013 – Rob Goodbody
2014 – John Lennon
2015 – John Lennon
2016 – John Lennon
2017 – John Lennon
2018 – Patrick Salmon
2019 – Patrick Salmon
2020 – Patrick salmon