Lectures

Wednesday, 12th December 2018 at 7:30pm

Location: Greville Arms Hotel, Mullingar

BOOK LAUNCH

Professor Tadhg O’Keefe – “Tristernagh Abbey”

Michael Nolan – “The Parnell Split in Westmeath”


Wednesday, 14th November 2018 at 8:00pm

Location: Greville Arms Hotel, Mullingar, Co Westmeath.

Dr David McCullogh – Eamon DeValera 1916 – 1921

Dr David McCullagh is an RTE Broadcaster and has a PhD in Politics.

He is the author of A Makeshift Majority: A history of the first Inter-Party Government, The Reluctant Taoiseach: A biography of John A. Costello, and De Valera,

Volume I: Rise and De Valera, Volume 2: Rule (to be published this October).


Wednesday, 17th October 2018

John Bruton to address local Historical Society

The former Taoiseach Mr. John Bruton will address the fortieth anniversary of the founding of theWestmeath Archaeological and Historical Society at 8 pm in the Greville Arms Hotel. He will talk about one of Irelands most influential leaders Mr. John Redmond the last leader of the Home Rule party.

The Westmeath Archaeological and Historical Society was founded in Mullingar in 1978 with the aim of remembering, celebrating and supporting our heritage.

Throughout the intervening forty years the Society has been very active in a wide variety of involvements – lectures, outings, publications, annual conferences and supporting the Westmeath Barrows Project, pioneered by the late Professor Michael Herity.

This lecture is part of the Decade of Centenaries lectures which is supported by Westmeath County Council. On Wednesday November 14 th Dr David Mc Cullough the RTE broadcaster, will examine the role played by former Taoiseach and President Mr. Eamon De Valera in the years leading up to the Treaty in 1921.

All are welcome and celebratory light refreshments will be served immediately after the lecture


Wednesday 19 October 2016; Greville Arms Hotel at 8.30pm. Dr Michael Kennedy will deliver a lecture: The Torpedoing of the Arandora Star off County Donegal.  Dr Kennedy is Head of the RIA’s Documents on Irish Foreign Policy Series and has regularly broadcast on radio and television.

Wednesday 9 November 2016; Greville Arms Hotel at 8.30pm. Dr Kieran O’Conor will speak on the subject: Rindoon Castle, an Anglo-Norman fortress on Lough Ree.  Dr O’Conor is a senior lecturer on archaeology in NUI Galway and has published on subjects including castles, medieval rural settlements and Gaelic Ireland.

Friday 24 February 2017; Greville Arms Hotel at 8.30pm. Dr Patrick F Wallace will deliver a lecture: The National Museum – Past, Present and Future. Dr Wallace served as Director of the National Museum from 1988 to 2012 and supervised the excavation of Viking Dublin as well as developing new museums at Collins Barracks and Turlough Park in County Mayo. This lecture by Dr Wallace is in honour of his fellow archaeologist, the late Professor Michael Herity MRIA who gave lectures on many occasions to the society.

Friday 24 March 2017; Greville Arms Hotel at 7.30pm. Launch of Westmeath Archaeological & Historical Society’s first ever Journal by Professor Ray Gillespie. Iarmhi – Journal of the Westmeath Archaeological & Historical Society; twenty-five articles, 160 pages. Price 15 euro, 3 copies for 40 euro.

Saturday 8 April 2017; Greville Arms Hotel from 9.45am to 3.30pm. Second annual Historical Conference. Admission 20 euro includes teas, lunch and attendance at all talks. The list of speakers is as follows:

Professor Tadgh O Keeffe – Norman Westmeath

Dr Paul Gosling – The Tain Trail in Westmeath

Dr Louise Nugent – Medieval Pilgrimage from Mullingar

Dr Elizabeth Fitzpatrick – Gaelic Assembly places in Westmeath

Dr David McGuinness – John O Donovan and the Ordnance Survey in Westmeath

Justin Moffatt – Some Westmeath Artefacts in the National Museum.

 

Wednesday 3 May 2017; Greville Arms Hotel at 8.30pm Annual General Meeting.

 

Sunday 3 July 2017; Bus outing to the Cavan Burren in the Blacklion area of the county. Bus leaves the Fair Green, Mullingar at 9.30 am. Booking at 9340735.

Sunday 27 August 2017; Heritage week, outing to Dun na Si Heritage and Amenity Park, Moate, County Westmeath. Arriving at venue at 3pm sharp for guided tour. Admission, 8 euro for adults and 4 euro for children.

Wednesday 18 October 2017; Greville Arms Hotel at 8.30 pm. Lecture by Professor Tadgh O Keeffe entitled Kilbixy, history and heritage.

Wednesday 15 November 2017; Greville Arms Hotel at 8.30 pm. Lecture by Ruth Illingworth on Dr Thekla Beere.

Wednesday 31 January 2018; Greville Arms Hotel at 8.30 pm. Lecture by Darach Milner entitled  Anglo Norman Ballymore.

Thursday 8 March 2018;  Greville Arms Hotel at 8.30 pm. Lecture by Aenghus Finnegan, Westmeath minor Placenames.

Saturday 24 March 2018; Greville Arms Hotel; Third Annual Conference.

Ireland and Westmeath in 1918.

Conference Programme: 9.15 am Registration. 9.45 – 10.00 am Welcome and Introduction.                                                                                                                                          10.00 – 10.40 Brendan O Cathaoir ‘East Clare By- Election 1917. ‘                                                                                                                                                       10.40-11.30 James Durney ‘Captain Harry de Courcy Wheeler and the 1916 Surrender. 11.30-12.00 Tea /Coffee.

12.00-12.30 Leslie Whiteside ‘Church of Ireland Community in Westmeath    1918’                                                                                                                                                          12.30-1.00 pm Ruth Illingworth ‘Mullingar in 1918’                                                                                                                                                          1.00-2.00 Lunch

2.00-2.40 Micheline Sheehy Skeffington ‘Feminism, Republicanism, Pacifism: The Sheehy Skeffington story’

2.40- 3.30 Ronan McGreevy ‘Wherever the Firing line extends; Westmeath and the Western Front’

3.30 Concluding remarks.

Admission 20 euro, includes lunch, teas, coffees and brochure

Wednesday 25 April 2018; Greville Arms Hotel at 8.30 pm. Lecture by Justin Moffatt, The Ringforts of Royal Uisneach.

Wednesday 16 May 2018; Annual General Meeting in Greville Arms Hotel at 8.30 pm. The new executive is as follows; Chairman: Myles Cosgrove, Vice-Chairman: Liam Corcoran, Secretary: Paddy Murphy, Treasurer: Betty Maguire, PRO: Peter Wallace.

Sunday 22 July 2018; Bus outing, to Malahide Castle and Newbridge House, Donbate. Leaving Fair Green at 9 am, bookings with Batty Maguire at 9340735.

Saturday 18 August 2018; Heritage Week.  Visit to historic sites in Ballymore, County Westmeath,  led by Darach Milner. Assemble opposite Rooney’s Shop/Filling Station at 3 pm.