Wednesday 19 October; 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; 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; 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; 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; 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; Greville Arms Hotel at 8.30pm Annual General Meeting.
Sunday July 2nd; 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; 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; Greville Arms Hotel at 8.30 pm. Lecture by Professor Tadgh O Keeffe entitled Kilbixy, history and heritage.
Wednesday 15 November; Greville Arms Hotel at 8.30 pm. Lecture by Ruth Illingworth on Dr Thekla Beere.
Wednesday 31 January; Greville Arms Hotel at 8.30 pm. Lecture by Darach Milner entitled Anglo Norman Ballymore.
Thursday 8 March; Greville Arms Hotel at 8.30 pm. Lecture by Aenghus Finnegan, Westmeath minor Placenames.
Saturday March 24; 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 April 25; Greville Arms Hotel at 8.30 pm. Lecture by Justin Moffatt, The Ringforts of Royal Uisneach.
Wednesday 16 May; 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 July 22; Bus outing, to Malahide Castle and Newbridge House, Donbate. Leaving Fair Green at 9 am, bookings with Batty Maguire at 9340735.
Saturday 18 August; Heritage Week. Visit to historic sites in Ballymore, County Westmeath, led by Darach Milner. Assemble opposite Rooney’s Shop/Filling Station at 3 pm.