The programme of events covering lectures, outings and tours, debates and quiz evenings organised by Kilkenny Archaeological Society for 2013 has just been launched. The eleven items, plus the AGM in February cover an eclectic range of topics and period from the near present to the distant past.
Full details are available in the free, colourful programme available in Rothe House and in the branches of the Kilkenny County Library.
The first event on the crowded programme takes place next Wednesday, January 23r] when Pat Nolan, who has built up something of a cult following for his many coach tours around county Kilkenny will discuss Aspects of the Kilkenny /Tipperary border in early history.
Its sharpen pencil time again in February when a table quiz is arranged for Bollards.
This event is being run to generate additional resources for the Rothe House Restoration project.
Sure to be one of the high lights of the year’s programme is the popular Annual Spring Debate- appropriately on Friday 15th of March when the motion “Saint Patrick Christianised Ireland” will be debated by teams drawn from two universities.
The venue Kilkenny Castle is kindly been made available by kind invitation of the Office of Public Works.
A three day conference as part of The Gathering is scheduled for April.
A carefully selected panel of speakers will discuss Emigration from Kilkenny over the generations – the reasons for it and its consequences.
Later in April Ian Hamilton will shed light on the Saint Francis Abbey Brewery in a lecture which is certainly topical and full of interest.
May marks the first of the summer outings this time to Windgap and Knockroe.
The Society is delighted to confirm that the leading authority on this significant structure, Professor Muiris O Sullivan will be on hand to help unravel the many mysteries of this enchanting location overlooking the Kilkenny / Tipperary border.
In a new departure – in every sense of the word – the society has organised a three day outing to the Burran and West Clare on the 18th to 20th of June for its members and friends.
All inclusive, the competitively priced tour is sure to attract. As numbers are necessarily limited early booking with Rothe House is advised.
Dungarvan in July
Dungarvan is the destination for July with a conducted tour of its newly opened King John’s Castle and a special viewing of the Waterford County Museum.
As in previous years Kilkenny Archaeological Society is participating fully in the National Heritage Week programme during August.
Popular Pat Foley, whose river side rambles two years ago proved so successful has been called upon again and this year the focus of his discourse will be Abbey Street and the nearby Breagagh River, which in history was the divide point between the City proper and Irishtown – then a separate authority.
September’s lecture is timed to mark the 60th anniversary of English born Irish revolutionary, feminist and actress Maud Gonne MacBride best remembered for her turbulent relationship with William Butler Yeats.
Education - then and now - from Bardic schools to the present day is the subject matter of the October weekend seminar. This event is being run to generate additional resources for the Rothe House Restoration project.
The year’s lecture programme concludes with “The Literary Figures of County Kilkenny“ a paper delivered by Dr Proinsias Ó Drisceoil.
All lectures are held in Rothe House; they begin at 8.00pm and are open to members of the public who are warmly invited to attend.
Membership of the society is open to all with an interest in history and related topics the February 27th AGM is the ideal opportunity to learn more about the activities and opportunities offered by Kilkenny Archaeological Society which has been in existence during three centuries.