Dates for upcoming Local History & Heritage Lectures Autumn & Spring 2020/21

Including Lecture Titles at Ballinrobe, Co. Mayo

By John Joe Conwell & Averil Staunton

Ballinrobe Local History & Heritage Course – 2020-2021

Course content

Oct 5   Introduction, definitions and approaches to local history by John Joe Conwell

Oct 12  Field monuments and the landscape by Averil Staunton

Oct 19  Primary and secondary sources for Irish Local Studies by Marie Boran

Oct 29  Visit to Special Collections in the James Hardiman Library, NIUG with Marie Boran

Nov 2  Irish placenames; their significance for local historians by Dr Liam Ó’hAisibéil.

Nov 9   Governance, agitation and secret societies by John Joe Conwell

Nov 16  Medieval religious houses in County Mayo by Dr Yvonne McDermott

Nov 23  Church Stained Glass by Averil Staunton

Nov 30  A study of some ‘Big Houses’ and landlord estates and their significance in local history by John Joe Conwell

Dec 7   Sources for the study of Landed Estates by Brigid Clesham.

Dec 14  The architecture of the 'Big House’ in the nineteenth century by Dr Marion McGarry

Jan 11   The Poor Law system and the Great Famine in Ireland by John Joe Conwell

Jan 18   The architecture of 'the post-famine vernacular cottage' by Dr Marion McGarry

Jan 25   Medicine and disease in 19th and 20th century Ireland by Maureen Walsh

Feb 1    Oral history and folklore by John Joe Conwell.

Feb 8    Genealogical Sources using Mayo as example, Gerard Delaney South Mayo Family Centre

Feb 15     Assorted letters: Banagher and Ballinrobe, Bronte and Trollope by James Scully

Feb 22   An overview of the history of education in Ireland by Dr John Mulloy

March 1   Michael Davitt: the Land War in Ireland and its aftermath by Bernard O’Hara

March 8   ‘Victoria’s Secret’ – a snapshot of Ballinrobe men in British forces in the 19th century. What is said in the papers – 18th century County Mayo newspaper items by Stephen Dolan

March 15 The rise of cultural nationalism and Irish Independence by John Joe Conwell

March 22  Mayo's Fauna and Flora by Chris and Lynda Huxley 

March 29 Field trip with Averil Staunton


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