Lectures

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.

February 28;  Greville Arms Hotel at 8.30 pm. Lecture by Michelle Dunne, Westmeath minor Placenames.

Saturday March 24; Conference; speakers discuss the Irish 1918 election.

Wednesday April 25; Greville Arms Hotel at 8.30 pm. Lecture by Justin Moffatt re ring forts.