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Athlone and the Easter Rising

The Sheraton Hotel, Athlone, Saturday, 2 April, 2016 First speaker on-stage at 10.15 am: admission price, €5 On Saturday 2 April 2016, The Old Athlone Society will host ‘Paths to Freedom’, a day of talks that will explore the history of … Continue reading

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Travels on the Shannon with Jane W. Shackleton

Lough Ree Yacht Club on Wednesday, 30th March at 8.00 pm – Talk by Jonathan Shackleton, FRGS Summary  – Jane W.  Shackleton (1842-1909) was one of the pioneers of photography in Ireland and during her lifetime amassed an enormous and important collection of … Continue reading

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Fianna Fáil, Irish Republicanism and the Northern Ireland Question 1926-1973

The Sheraton Hotel, Tuesday 15 March, 2016 – Talk by Dr. Donnacha Ó Beacháin Summary – This presentation focuses on the ideological evolution of the Fianna Fáil party from its origins in the 1920s until the 1970s, when the conflagration in Northern Ireland … Continue reading

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Secrets of the Bog Bodies

Lough Ree Yacht Club on Wednesday, 17th February, at 8.00 pm – Talk by Dr. Eamonn P. Kelly Summary – Bog bodies are rare survivals of human remains from earlier times. The properties of bogs are such that, occasionally, bodies are preserved … Continue reading

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Some Upcoming Events

The Old Athlone Society  February to April 2016 events Wednesday 17thFebruary Venue – Lough Ree Yacht Club ‘Secrets of the Bog Bodies’ by Dr Eamonn Kelly ———– Tuesday 15th March Venue – The Sheraton Hotel The Institutionalisation of a political ideal: Fianna Fail, Irish … Continue reading

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The Legacy of Columbanus and the Early Irish Monks

The Athlone Little Theatre on Wednesday, 20th January, at 8pm – Talk by Fred Carney Summary – “Island of saints and scholars” – fact or fancy? Who were these Irish monks? Why are they often better known outside of Ireland? How did … Continue reading

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Queen Victoria’s visits to Irish Country Houses 1849-61

Tuesday, 8 December, at 8.00 pm in Prince of Wales Hotel (with special dinner in honour of Dr Patrick Murray, at 6pm – see below) – Talk by Paula Lalor Summary – Queen Victoria visited Ireland three times in the early part … Continue reading

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The Lusitania Tragedy 1915 – Marking the Centenary

Wednesday, 11 November, at 8.00 pm in Lough Ree Yacht Club – Talk by Eamonn Leonard Summary – It is a story of grandeur, efficiency, and intrigue which later turned into a sad and unprecedented disaster, with speculation about cover-ups and questions … Continue reading

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Launch of Athlone Conference by David Davin Power

Tuesday, 27th October 2015, at 6pm in The Luan Gallery, Athlone – Launch by David Davin Power, Political Editor, RTE The Council of The Old Athlone Society cordially invites you to a reception and press launch of a conference to celebrate 50 … Continue reading

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Athlone Conference – November 2015 – Click for Details

TICKETS SALES HAVE NOW CLOSED – previous conferences have sold-out in advance, so pre-booking is advised. On Saturday 28 November 2015, Custume Barracks will host a major conference on Athlone, its history and archaeology. For more details, click here.

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