Old Dublin Society unveils lecture schedule


Image by Dublin City Library & Archive – facade on Flickr.

The Old Dublin Society has released details for the Heritage Week Lecture and the Autumn 2016 Programme.

All of these lectures will be held in the Conference Room of Dublin City Library & Archive, 138 – 144 Pearse Street. They each run from 6pm to 8pm and admission is free of charge.

The Heritage Week Lecture is titled “From Meath to the pastures: The Smiths of Smithfield, Dublin, and a family who lived there.” It is an illustrated story written by Old Dublin Society member Mary O’Connell about the founding of the cattle market in Smithfield and her ancestors who settled there in 1893. It will take place on Tuesday August 23rd.

The Autumn 2016 Programme will see a number of lectures happening over the period from September to November. The schedule is as follows:

Wednesday September 14th: “Fifty Years in the Old Dublin Society” – Brian Siggins.

Wednesday September 28th: “The Dead of the Easter Rising” – Ray Bateson (guest speaker).

Wednesday October 12th: “Buried in the Archives, Funeral Undertakers in Dublin, 1750 – 2000” – Dr. Lisa Marie Griffith and Dr. Ciarán Wallace (guest speakers).

Wednesday October 26th: “The British Presence in Ireland” – Henry Fairbrother.

Wednesday November 9th: “Five Years of Failure: The Battle of the Somme and the Irish Soldier” – Lar Joye (guest speaker).

Wednesday November 23rd: “Valentine Jackson, member of the Irish Republican Brotherhood, the Irish Volunteers and the Old Dublin Society.” – Bryan MacMahon. This will take place of the evening of the Annual General Meeting and will be preceded by a short talk.

By Kevin Carney