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CHAS Lecture: The Lost Colony – Carlows Huguenot Heritage

              The second half of the seventeenth century saw the arrival in Ireland of between 5,000 and 10,000 French Calvinist refugees, known as Huguenots. A number of these arrived in Carlow and established a small community which existed between the years 1690

The Great War through the eyes of the Poets

The Great War through the eyes of the Poets

An evening presentation by Jim Shannon titled “The Great War through the eyes of the Poets” was the fourth in the 2017/2018 winter lecture series. “The First World War was a cataclysmic upheaval, changing fundamentally the lives of many millions. There were at the time a great

The Tudor Marshals of Leinster 1530-1580

The Tudor Marshals of Leinster 1530-1580

  The third lecture in the 2017-18 Carlow Historical & Archaeological Society winter  series was a lecture by Diarmuid Wheeler titled “Tudor Marshals of Leinster.” Diarmuid is a Laois historian who’s PhD examined Tudor local government in Leix and Offaly during the plantations of the sixteenth century and

Cattle Plague in Ireland: An Early Medieval Game-Changer

Cattle Plague in Ireland: An Early Medieval Game-Changer

In Cattle in Ancient Ireland, A.T. Lucas (1989) wrote ‘In early times wealth is not spoken of in terms of money, which was not in circulation, nor of ownership of land, but primarily in terms of livestock and chiefly of cows’. Throughout history, cattle have served as

Carlow Lunatic Asylum, 1832–1922

Carlow Lunatic Asylum, 1832–1922

On Wednesday 18th of October the first CHAS lecture of the 2017/2018 series took place in the Seven Oaks Hotel, Carlow. Dr. Catherine Cox of the U.C.D. School of History gave a well received a talk on the Carlow Lunatic Asylum. The talk drew on research carried

Heritage Week Mini Lectures

Heritage Week Mini Lectures

On the 23rd of August 2017 as part of Heritage Week 2017 Carlow Historical & Archaeological Society presented 2 extremely well attended mini lectures in Carlow College. Firstly Carlovian Art Historian Mary Stratton Ryan gave an excellent talk entitled ‘Homage to Carlow’s Greatest Artist’, Frank O’Meara 1853-1888.

The Archaeology of the Blackstairs.

The Archaeology of the Blackstairs.

Our final lecture in the Winter Lecture Series 2016/17, by Dr. Seamus Ó Murchú, took place on Wednesday 19th April at 8pm in Borris Vocational School and was extremely well attended. Dr. Ó Murchú introduced the archaeology of this landscape and how it was used from the

St. Mary’s College, Knockbeg, 1913-23

St. Mary’s College, Knockbeg, 1913-23

On Wednesday, March 15th. in the Seven Oaks Hotel Msgr. Brendan Byrne, a former Rector of the College, gave a very well attended talk on the college in the revolutionary period 1913-1923.   During the War of Independence, the college became known as “The Rebels’ Paradise”, because under the

Carlow Fairs and Marts

Carlow Fairs and Marts

On Wednesday 15th February in Seven Oaks Hotel, Jimmy Walsh, Manager of Leinster Co-operative Marts Carlow, gave a lecture on the historical significance of the livestock fairs, their commercial importance nationally and locally and their eventual replacement by today’s modern cattle marts. The lecture also dealt with the

The Cemetery Project, Eoin Lyng, Carlow Co. Council

The Cemetery Project, Eoin Lyng, Carlow Co. Council

    On Wednesday 18th of January in Tullow Community School 2014 Eoin Lyng of Carlow County Council, spoke about an innovative project with a startup called Plotbox to map cemeteries in Carlow. After 2 years of work involving Carlow County Council staff and members, Local Community Groups and Plotbox

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