Category Archives: Lectures

Our Next Event: ‘Casement’s Irish Brigade’ and ‘U-boats around Ireland’

Wednesday, 13 November, at 8.00pm in the Officers’ Mess, Custume Barracks Talks by Dr Pat McCarthy and Guy Warner Summary In October 1914, after the outbreak of the First World War, Roger Casement travelled to Germany with two objectives: to obtain an agreement that, in the … Continue reading

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From the epic poems of Ossian to Athlone’s new statue: over 250 years of cultural misappropriation

Wednesday, 2 October, at 8.15pm in the Sheraton Hotel, Athlone Talk by Prof Ralph Kenna Summary Cultural misappropriation is a major issue in Athlone right now, as an 11ft neo-classical statue has been selected by the council to represent the town – a decision that has … Continue reading

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The Billy English Memorial Lecture, 2019 – ‘Unlocking the Myths of the 1970 Arms Crisis’

Tuesday, 30 April, at 8.30pm in the Wineport Lodge, Athlone Talk by Dr Michael Heney Summary The lecture will explain how new research on the 1970 Arms Crisis challenges the conventional view of events in 1969-70. In a revisionist approach, … Continue reading

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The Deserted Anglo-Norman Town and Castle of Rindoon

Wednesday, 27 March, at 8.15pm in the Sheraton Hotel, Athlone Talk by Dr Kieran O’Conor Summary The elements that make up the archaeological complex at Rindoon, Co. Roscommon, consist of a hospital, town wall, house platforms, church, castle, quays, windmill, fishponds and a possible deer-park, all mostly … Continue reading

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Uisneach – from cult centre to royal centre

Wednesday, 6 March, at 8.15pm in Lough Ree Yacht Club Talk by Dr Roseanne Schot Summary The Hill of Uisneach, Co. Westmeath, is celebrated as the sacred ‘centre’ of Ireland and meeting place of the ancient provinces and is often ranked in early Irish … Continue reading

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Irish Revolutionary Women and the Wider World

Tuesday, 12 February, at 8.15pm in the Officers’ Mess, Custume Barracks Talk by Dr Kate O’Malley Summary In the aftermath of the Easter Rising and the Irish Revolution, the Irish struggle for independence was watched closely by nationalists in other parts of the British Empire, most notably … Continue reading

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A Genomic Compendium of an Island

Tuesday, 22 January, at 8.15pm in the Sheraton Hotel, Athlone Talk by Dr Lara Cassidy Summary Over the past six years the emerging field of ancient genomics has revolutionized our understanding of human prehistory. Novel DNA sequencing technologies have rendered the genomes of ancient humans as accessible … Continue reading

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