Historical Society’s busy programme

The South Kilkenny Historical Society is currently experiencing a very busy time, with its programme of events.

The South Kilkenny Historical Society is currently experiencing a very busy time, with its programme of events.

Ms Regina Fitzpatrick, a native of Galmoy gave a lecture recently entitled ‘The GAA Oral History Project’, which proved very popular, drawing a large attendance and attracting GAA followers and local history enthusiasts.

Regina’s presentation included extracts from interviews with former GAA presidents Pat Fanning (Waterford) and Paddy Buggy (Slieverue). The extract from Pat Fanning’s interview dealt with the removal of ‘the ban’, during his presidency and the way the matter was dealt with during that historic congress.

During his interview, Paddy Buggy praised the contribution of former broadcaster Micheal O Hehir and said that Micheal O Hehir had played an enormous role in the promotion of Gaelic Games. Part of the presentation included a number of photographs from the GAA archives, including a group from Aglish, Co Waterford in Dublin for an All-Ireland final and scenes from dressingrooms following hurling games.

The society also held its Annual General Meeting recently. The following officers were elected: chairman, Eddie Synnott; vice-chairman, Dick Walsh; secretary, Brigid Barron; joint treasurers, Joe Sullivan and Kathleen Laffan and PRO, Dick Claridge.

On Thursday (February 28), Mr Brendan Delany, ESB Archive and Heritage Manager, will deliver a lecture entitled ‘The Rural Electrification of Ireland’. The Rural Electrification of Ireland proved to be a revolutionary event in modern Irish history and was one of the driving forces in the countrys economic development.

Despite the supposed ‘conservatism’ of rural Ireland, the country responded enthusiastically to the opportunity and the advent of electric power transformed life in rural Ireland. By 1965 almost 300,000 rural houses (81% of the total) was connected and by the late 1970s it is estimated that 98% of all homes in the country had supply. This lecture will take place in Mullinavat Parish Hall (opposite church), commencing at 8pm. Admission is €5 and free to members.