The Billy English Memorial Lecture, 2016: The Houses and Landed Families of Westmeath

Wineport Lodge, Wednesday, 20 April at 8.00 pm

– Talk by Donal O’Brien

Waterstown House, Westmeath

Wedding of Dita Harris Temple and Ingoldsby Philip Massy, November 1920 (Note the number of military uniforms) – Photo courtesy of Martin Coghill and taken from Donal O’Brien’s book: ‘The Houses and Landed Families of Westmeath’.

Speaker – Donal’s recent book ‘The Houses and Landed Families of Westmeath’ is a valuable contribution to the heritage of County Westmeath and contains over 700 photographs with 250 in colour. It is an indispensable work of reference and a most useful guide for anyone studying the social and architectural history of the county. The lecture, while covering the whole county, will have its emphasis on the Athlone area.

Summary – Donal O’Brien is a native of Athlone and attended school in the town before going to live in South Africa, returning after twenty years. He has a passion for Georgian Architecture and is a member of the Irish Georgian Society. Donal is a past president of The Old Athlone Society. He previously published ‘A Visitors Guide to Athlone ‘(2003). He is a Tour Guide and an advisor with Failte Ireland.

A pre-lecture supper starting at 6.00 pm will be available in Wineport €20 for one course and €25 for two courses, to include tea or coffee.
Booking by e-mail to – Richard Collins, Secretary TOAS –

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