atest press release from the 8th Festival Of History committee, issued on Wednesday, September 6th 2023…
The 8th Festival of History-33rd La Touche Legacy Weekend is back with a bang this year!
In addition to the weekend event there was a launch lecture given on Monday 15th May in Greystones Golf Club – and John McGowan caught all the beautiful people here.
The Chairman of the La Touche Legacy George Jones said, “There are two very important items that I would highlight, firstly our delight that Greystones Archaeological and Historical Society will once more be our partners in the weekend, secondly that as the longest running seminar in the country, we have again put together a great line-up of speakers.
The theme of this year’s event is Social Discourse of the 20th Century in Ireland. Here’s the timetable..
The official opening is at 4pm on Friday 15th, with a welcome by George Jones, chairman of the La Touche Legacy committee, plus Cathaoirleach of Greystones Municipal District, Cllr Mark Barry.
Proceedings really get underway at 4.15pm, with Dr Brian Gurrin’s talk The Early Irish Census Records In The Public Record Office of Ireland, then, at 4.45pm, it’s Dr Emma Lyons and Irish Horse Racing And The La Touche Connection.
The day ends with Professor Emeritus Michael Laffan at 5.15pm, with his talk Was There An Irish Revolution?.
Saturday begins with a 10am welcome by Cllr Aoife Kennedy, Cathaoirleach of Wicklow County Council, followed by Felix Larkin’s 10.10am talk The Fourth Estate: Articles In The Bell About Newspapers And Periodicals 1944-’45.
There’s a coffee break at 10.45am, with Dr Ian d’Alton and chairperson Rosemary Raughter, Greystones Archaeological & Historical Society, and the talk, Parnell Country? A Picture Of Wicklow On The Eve Of The Revolutionary Period, 1912.
The Jim Brennan Memorial Lecture is at 11.45am, Dr. Emily Mark-Fitzgerald and GAHS chairperson Jim Smith on Ireland (And Wicklow) In 3D: Stereoscopic Travel Photography At The Turn Of The Century.
All taking place, as always, in The Greystones Golf Club, the weekend finishes with the traditional Seminar Dinner at 8pm, with guest speaker Stephen Collins.
Chairman of GAHS Jim Smith said he was delighted with great line-up of speakers and the very existing range of subjects that they will be covering. George Jones concluded, “Over the 32 years of the seminar, we have received great local support and hopes are, the 2023 event will be equally welcomed…”
For bookings, contact Kay Coughlan on 012876694 or here. Further information on email here, or call 0868217357. More details here.