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Our Next Event: 2017 William (Billy) English Memorial Lecture: ‘The Future of the Past: Revival Ireland 1891-1922’

Wineport Lodge – 8.30pm, Wednesday 26th April Talk by Professor Declan Kiberd Summary – The talk will explore the sources of the Irish Revival in ideas of ‘self-help‘, many rooted in the Protestant tradition. It will consider the ways in which key thinkers … Continue reading

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The Pope’s Irish Battalion

Officer’s Mess, Custume Barracks – 8.15pm, Wednesday, 29 March 2017 Talk by Robert Doyle Summary – For a nation that cherishes its history, it is remarkable how little is known in Ireland about Irish involvement in the Papal War of … Continue reading

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Irish as a vernacular language in Athlone and its hinterland, 1600-c.1970

Sheraton Hotel, Athlone – 8.15pm, Wednesday, 8 March, 2017 Talk by Dr Aengus Finnegan Summary – The Irish language survived as a natively spoken language in the Athlone area as recently as the 1960s – something which will no doubt surprise … Continue reading

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‘Showmen and the RFC: Early Aviation in Ireland 1909-14’

Lough Ree Yacht Club, Athlone – 8.15pm, Wednesday, 22 February, 2017 Talk by Guy Warner Summary – “Few people nowadays are able to visualise the difficulties and dangers of learning to fly in 1910…flying was in the experimental stage, it was impossible … Continue reading

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‘Reflections on the Centenaries’

Sheraton Hotel, Athlone – 8pm, Wednesday, 25 January, 2017 Talk by Dr Brian Hanley Summary – There is a sense of almost universal relief that the 2016 Centenary was an outstanding success. But what politics underpinned the commemorations and will we see more … Continue reading

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The Hill of Gathering – Assembly Places and Practices in Gaelic Ireland

Lough Ree Yacht Club, on Wednesday, 7th December, 2016, at 8.00 pm – Talk by Prof. Elizabeth Fitzpatrick, NUI Galway Summary – Professor Fitzpatrick’s lecture for the Old Athlone Society on ‘The Hill of Gathering’ is about the places chosen to hold seasonal assemblies, … Continue reading

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‘Eoin O’Duffy – Founding Father or Floundering Fascist?’

Officers’ Mess, Custume Barracks, on Tuesday, 22 November 2016, at 8pm – Talk by Maurice Manning, D.Litt MRIA, Chancellor of the National University of Ireland Summary – The key force in shaping the Garda Siochana, a founder member and first leader of Fine … Continue reading

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