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Field Marshal Sir Henry Wilson – Soldier and Politician

Wednesday, 6 December, 8.15pm in the Officer’s Mess, Custume Barracks Talk by David Cook Summary Field Marshal Sir Henry Wilson, a native of Ballinalee, Co Longford, is  a major and controversial figure in Irish and British history. An Irish unionist, he gained a reputation … Continue reading

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The role of The Congested Districts Board in post-Famine Ireland

Tuesday 14th November 2017 at 8.15pm in Lough Ree Yacht Club Talk by James Morrissey Summary – The lecture will discuss the setting up of the Congested Districts Boards in Ireland in 1891 and the various initiatives it supported with the goal of … Continue reading

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Erasing our Past – The Plan to Demolish Athlone’s Castle

8.15 pm on Wednesday, 27 September, Officer’s Mess, Custume Barracks Talk by Dr Paul Murray Summary – The plan to demolish Athlone Castle was met with much opposition and little enthusiasm. Those proposing and opposing the plan put forward trenchant … Continue reading

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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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‘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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Liberating Ireland: Daniel O’Connell and the Civil Rights Campaigns of the Nineteenth Century

Lough Ree Yacht Club, on Wednesday, 26th October, 2016, at 8.00 pm – Talk by Prof. Patrick Geoghegan, TCD (with an introduction by Mr. Justice John Mac Menamin, Supreme Court) Summary – On 18 June 1843 Daniel O’Connell addressed a monster meeting in … Continue reading

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Field Trip to site of the Battle of the Boyne

9.30 am, Saturday, 17th September, 2016 Battle of the Boyne site and Monasterboice – with Dr. Harman Murtagh as guide On Saturday, 17 September, the Society will travel to the Battle of the Boyne site, Monasterboice, and, time permitting, Trim … Continue reading

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The Old Athlone Society: Lecture Series, 2016-2017

The Society’s programme of events for 2015-2016 has recently ended. The programme for 2016-2017 is as follows (please note that all lectures start at 8pm and venues will be decided at a later date): September 2016 Field trip to Battle of … Continue reading

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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 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 … Continue reading

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