LEIXLIP HISTORY CLUB – PROGRAMME OF EVENTS FOR 2012

by jdurney on February 10, 2012

LEIXLIP HISTORY CLUB – PROGRAMME OF EVENTS FOR 2012

Thursday, 16th  February, 7.15pm:  James Durney, local author, will present an illustrated talk entitled The Titanic and its Kildare connections. 
Note of the two Kildare fatalities arising from the sinking, one was a Leixlip person.

Thursday, 22nd March, 7.15pm:   Patrick Given, a brewing and distilling expert, will give an illustrated talk entitled From calico to whiskey-distilling in Leixlip.
Note that at one time Leixlip had two distilleries in operation at the same time, the only place in the county with such.

Thursday, 19th April, 7.30pm:  Mary Cullen, a distinguished retired Maynooth history lecturer with a special interest in women in history, will talk on Suffrage and the Irish Women’s Movement 1860-1922.
Note that a hundred years ago this year the British Parliament rejected a proposal to give women a vote in general elections. In Ireland, in 1910, a Catholic bishop opposed giving the vote to women.
 
Thursday, 17th May, 7pm: Brendan Twomey, banker by day, historian by night, will give a talk on Dublin in 1707: a year in the life of the City, with some Leixlip connections, the subject of his latest book.
Leixlip and Celbridge were the places where the Dublin glitterati of the time had their country seats.
Thursday 21st May, 7.30pm: Thomas Clancy, OLN Parish Council, will give an illustrated talk on The Eucharistic Congress of 1932 and the tragic Leixlip connection.
An enormous crowd gathered in the Phoenix Park for the Congress; as some returned to their homes in Co Offaly the only fatalities of the event took place in the early hours in Leixlip..

Thursday 19th July, 7.15pm:  Seamus Cullen, well-known North Kildare local historian, will give an illustrated talk entitled  Queen Elizabeth’s Kildare Connections.

Heritage Week, 18th to 26th August: John Colgan, local historian, and another, will conduct a guided Tour of Confey Cemetery and Medieval Church.  Date to be arranged – early evening or weekend.

Thursday, 20th September: To be determined.

Thursday 18th October, 7.15pm:  Patricia Donohoe, local historian, will give a talk entitled  The Social Life of Lucan in the 19th Century.
While life in Lucan and Leixlip were quite similar during the period 1820 to 1920, more records remain of Lucan’s life, giving flesh to the story Patricia will tell.

Thursday 15th November, 7.15pm:  AGM Leixlip History Club and Patrick Guinness will talk on The Testimony of Leixlip and other North Salt folk after the Rebellion of 1641.

Tuesday, 4th December, 7.15pm:  Memorabilia Night:  Members and local residents are invited to bring along some bits and pieces of historic interest or of family sentimental value and explain their significance if known to those attending.

All indoor events are held in Leixlip Library for which the Club is most appreciative.

Leixlip History Club’s programmme of events for 2012

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