The Carlow Historical & Archaeological Society has since its founding in 1946 (as The Old Carlow Society) presented a series of lectures over the winter months. In 2015 we commenced recording lectures to both preserve them and to make them available for people who were unable to attend at the time.

We have also made available some older lectures which have been kindly donated by members and some other talks which are related to the history of Carlow.

2019/20 Lecture Series

Dr Karen Dempsey, Sights, Sounds and Smells: Experiencing Daily Life at some Carlow Castles, 19 February 2020

Launch of Carloviana 2020

Turlough O’Brien, Launch of Carloviana 2020, 28 November 2019

Dr Shay Kinsella, Film of Carlow Home Rule Demonstration 1913, 28 November 2019

2018/19 Lecture Series

Leo McGough,  Carlow GAA in the Revolutionary Period, Nationalist, 30 April 2019

Dr Ida Milne, Stacking the coffins: the 1918-1919 influenza. 27 February 2019

John O’Donovan, The General Election of December 1918, 16 January 2019

Paul Maguire, Returning Veterans of WWI, 21 November 2018

John Kelly, Robert Hartpole, Tudor Constable of Carlow, 17 October 2018

Avril Hogan, Haddens 1848-1976, Five generations of Retailing in the South East’, 22 August 2018

Eugene Carbery, The Life of Michael Governey, 22 August 2018

2017/18 Lecture Series

John Kelly, The Lost Colony – Carlows Huguenot Heritage, 18 April 2018

Pat O’Neill and Dan Carbery, Old Street and Lanes of Carlow, 21st March 2018

Jim Shannon, The Great War through the eyes of the Poets, 21st February 2018

Dr. Diarmuid Wheeler, The Tudor Marshals of Leinster, 17th January, 2018

Dr. Catherine Cox, Carlow Lunatic Asylum, 18th October, 2017

Dr. Patrick O’Reilly, Cattle Plague in Ireland: An Early Medieval Game-Changer, 15th November, 2017

Dr. Patrick O’Reilly, Cattle Plague in Ireland: Presentation

2016/17 Lecture Series

Paul Maguire, The Battle of the Somme, 19th August 2016

Paul Maguire, The Battle of the Somme, Q&A, 19th August 2016

Msgr Brendan Byrne, St. Mary’s College, Knockbeg, 1913-1923, 15th March 2017

Jimmy Walsh, Carlow Fairs and Marts, 15th February 2017, Part 1  Part 2

Dr. Seamus Ó Murchú, The Archaeology of the Blackstairs, 19th April 2017

2015/16 Lecture Series

The life & times of Micheál Ó Hanrahán, Dr. Conor Kostick, 20th April 2016.

The Black Death in Carlow and Leinster,  Finbar Dwyer, 18th May 2016

Mini Lectures on the clothing, weapons and food of 1916, Roisin Bowling, Paul Maguire & Imelda Byrne, 4th August 2016

Other lectures and talks

Dargan 150

The Dargan 150 Seminar , commemorating the life of William Dargan, took place in the Dargan Building, Carlow IT on Saturday 18th November 2017. Here are some of the speakers on the day

Fergus Mulligan, Keynote Address

Dr. Kieran Feighan, William Dargan – Engineering Irelands transformation in the 19th Century

Pat O’Neill, William Dargan – Agricultural Improver & the Great Exhibition of 1853

Elaine Callinan: Launch of Carloviana 2017. Click here to access

John Kelly: Talk to Tudor Stuart Conference 2016 on  ‘The Collection of cess, pardons and fines by Robert Hartpole, Constable of Carlow, between 1569 and 1571’. Click here to access

Seamus Murphy Collection: A variety of lectures, talks, tours and interviews recorded in the 1970’s, 1980’s and 1990’s by Seamus Murphy; a long standing member of the Old Carlow Society/Carlow Historical and Archaeological Society. Click here to access