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Lecture: Wednesday 26th April, 2023, Navan Library, 7.30pm, following AGM at 7.00

“Funerals and politics: the legacy of Young Ireland 1854 – 1907”. (William Nolan)

The lecture will focus on the funerals of the leading Young Irelanders as political set –pieces which highlight the differences between the physical-force advocates and the constitutionalists among them. Among the leading personalities considered will be Terence Bellew MacManus, William Smith O’Brien, John Blake Dillon, Thomas Francis Meagher, Charles J. Kickham, John O’Mahony, John Mitchel, James Stephens, Charles Gavan Duffy and John O’Leary.

Biography: William Nolan is a native of Co.Tipperary, educated at Thurles CBS and UCD. Lecturer in Geography NUIG,Carysfort College and UCD. Founder with his wife Teresa of Geography Publications, a small academic publishing house, in 1985. It publishes the Irish County History and Society Series of which he is general editor. Meath: history and society was published in 2015 and 29 counties have been published. Among his publications are Tracing the past: sources for local studies in the Republic of Ireland (1982) and The Gaelic Athletic Association in Dublin, 3 volumes (2005). He was a founding member of Tipperary Historical Society and its former chairperson. His Remember ’48, a two-volume study of Young Ireland and Young Irelanders, will be published in July 2023.

Note: this lecture is a change from the lecture listed in our programme – “the Irish in Argentina”- which is being rescheduled.



Visiting Carlingford (town and castle),Proleek Dolmen, Faughart Hill, and Grange Church, Co.Louth

Organiser: Fiona Ahern(087 9738763; ahernfiona@yahoo.ie)


Coach collection points and times [to be finalised nearer the date]

Dunshaughlin (Gaelscoil): 8.40-45 am

Ross Cross (bus stop): 8.50

Garlow Cross (optional): 8.55

Navan (Ardboyne Hotel): 9.00-9.10

Kilberry (pub) 9.30


Programme (approximate times):

10.30: Ballymascanlon Hotel: tea/coffee and scones

11.15: Proleek Dolmen and Wedge Tomb

12.00: Carlingford – guided tour of historic village

1.15: Lunch – tea/coffee and sandwiches in Carlingford Arms

2.15: Guided tour of St John’s Castle, Carlingford

3.30: Coach trip around Greenore (not alighting from bus)

4.00: Grange Church – Harry Clarke windows and history of church

4.45: Hill of Faughart – history and significance of site; visit to grave of Edward Bruce

6.00-7.30: Dinner (Valley Inn, Mullary)

Price: 70.00 euro per person.

Includes coach, guided tours, morning coffee/tea/scones, lunch and evening meal.

Full details and the booking form may be downloaded here.

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