External events that may be of interest are mentioned below. Information on the Society's ongoing activities can be accessed here.

Greystones Festival of History, 29th - 30th September 2017

Once again, Greystones Archaeological & Historical Society is delighted to be associated with the La Touche Legacy Committee in the organisation of the 2017 Festival of History. As the Decade of Centenaries rolls on, so does the focus of our annual conference: having previously looked at World War I and 1916, we now move on to the creation and the early years of the new Irish state. Our speakers, who include some of our most eminent Irish historians and political commentators, are uniformly leading figures in their field. Topics range from political activity and government to the part of minorities in the new state, and specifically in the GAA, to the role of women and the writing of the Irish Revolution, while local history will be represented in Joan Kavanagh’s illustrated lecture on the emergence of Glendalough as a tourist centre.

Speakers lined up for the occasion will include Professor Michael Laffan (Emeritus Professor, UCD), Dr Conor Mulvagh (UCD), Professor Maurice Manning (UCD), Dr Ida Milne (NUI Maynooth), Dr Mel Farrell (NUI Maynooth) and Dr Leeann Lane (DCU). Dr Martin Mansergh will be the event’s Dinner Guest Speaker. And Joan Kavanagh will deliver the Annual Jim Brennan Memorial Lecture on the Saturday 30th September.

The sponsor for the two-day event will be Anne Daly SuperValu, Greystones.

The opportunity to host such expertise and to hear debate of this quality is hugely exciting. It will, we are confident, attract the usual impressive support, and we look forward to welcoming friends, both local and from further afield, to this year’s event.

The 2017 Greystones Festival of History will take place at Greystones Golf Club on 29th - 30th September 2017. To view the full programme, see


The Dublin Diocesan Archives have a new exhibition on the role of the Catholic priests and nuns in the 1916 Rising.

This exhibition takes you into the heart of the fighting during the Easter Rising, where Catholic priests risked their lives to minister the sacraments to the wounded and dying. It examines the crucial acts of the nuns and clergy, as they responded to the immediate needs of the hungry and displaced by providing them with much-needed food and shelter.

The exhibition, Ministry, Advocacy and Compassion: The Catholic Church and 1916, is being held at St. Kevin’s Chapel in Dublin’s Pro-Cathedral. It is now open to all visitors, 1.30-5.30pm daily, until the end of the year. Admission is free.

For further details see