The next South Kilkenny Historical Society event takes place at the Mullinavat parish hall on Thursday (November 29) - a lecture entitled ‘75 Years of Weather Forecasting in Ireland’.
This lecture will be delivered by Mr Michael Walsh, former head of forecasting at MET Eireann. Mr Walsh has connections with South Kilkenny, with his father being a native of Kilmacow parish. The venue for the event is the parish hall, Mullinavat, with a starting time of 8pm. All are welcome. Admission is €5 (society members free).
The November lecture marks the end of the societies lecture programme for 2012 and follows an excellent October lecture, delivered by the much acclaimed archaeologist from Clifden, Mr Michael Gibbons. The topic of this lecture was the pilgrimages of Ireland, with particular reference to Skellig Michael and Croagh Patrick. Mr Gibbons outlined the results of archaeological digs carried out on numerous sites in Ireland, mostly by himself and compared them with results from sites around the world, including sites which he had worked on in the Middle East. The large attendance was impressed by the lecture, and the question and answer session which followed highlighted the quality of the speaker, with all questions being handled with ease and in-depth responses.
The committee of the society are organising a ‘special history night’ for December 7 at 8.30pm in Mullinavat Hall and have promised a ‘not to be missed’ night of nostalgia. The final event for 2012 is the annual visit to Knockroe on December 21 for the Winter Solstice. All participants should meet at Owning Church at 2pm.