Castletown Winter Lecture Series 2011-12

The Centre for the Study of Historic Irish Houses & Estates (CSHIHE), in association with the OPW, is pleased to announce details of the Castletown Winter Lecture Series, 2011-12:

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LECTURE 1                     Wednesday, 5 October 2011             8.00 pm

  • Emer Crooke (National University of Ireland, Maynooth)
  • ‘A subject for the crowbar’: The offer of Bishopscourt, Co. Kildare, to the State, 1966-71
  • ADMISSION FEE:  €5 payable at the door


LECTURE 2                     Wednesday, 2 November 2011         8.00 pm

  • Suzanne Pegley (National University of Ireland, Maynooth)
  • Lucan House, A Palladian Villa
  • ADMISSION FEE:  €5 payable at the door


LECTURE 3                     Wednesday, 7 December 2011         8.00 pm

  • Karol Mullaney-Dignam (National University of Ireland, Maynooth)
  • ‘The residence of true Irish hospitality’: social life at Castletown in the late eighteenth  century
  • This lecture will be followed by the launch of Karol Mullaney-Dignam’s Music and dancing at Castletown, Co. Kildare, 1759-1821. (Published by Four Courts Press as part of the Maynooth Studies in Local History Series edited by Raymond Gillespie.)


LECTURE 4                     Wednesday, 1 February 2012           8.00 pm

  • Patrick Walsh (University College London)
  • From Dongan to Conolly: Castletown and the making of the Irish Protestant Ascendancy
  • ADMISSION FEE:  €5 payable at the door


LECTURE 5                     Wednesday, 7 March 2012                 8.00 pm

  • Terence Dooley (National University of Ireland, Maynooth)
  • ‘In this black dog haunted place.’ The life of Hermione, 5th Duchess of Leinster, at Carton, Co. Kildare, 1884-1895
  • ADMISSION FEE:  €5 payable at the door


Lectures will be held in the newly restored Stable Wing at Castletown

  • No booking required but seats will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis on the night of each lecture.
  • Payment by cash or cheque only.
  • Patrons are requested to be seated by 7.50pm.
  • Join us for tea/coffee after each lecture.

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