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

Event: Our Wicklow Heritage: Community Archaeology Day: 27th May 2017

This event is organised by the Heritage Office of Wicklow County Council as a response to the growing interest in community based archaeological and heritage recording in county Wicklow. This is one of a programme of actions of the County Wicklow Heritage Plan supported jointly by Wicklow County Council and The Heritage Council. The encouragement of community engagement with and active participation in Wicklow’s heritage is a key objective of the Plan. It is hoped that the workshop element of this event will directly inform the content of the third county heritage plan which is currently being drafted by the Wicklow Heritage Forum. The aims are:

To support existing and encourage new, community based archaeological and heritage recording initiatives

To provide opportunities for various groups to showcase their work and to share information and experiences

To explore opportunities and mutual challenges for the development of community based archaeology in Wicklow

For more information and to view the day's programme, click here.

The event will be of benefit to those individuals and community based groups who are actively involved in researching and recording their local heritage, as well as those who are considering embarking upon such projects in the future. PURE Mile Groups, Tidy Towns Groups, members of historical societies, graveyard committees, academics, students, statutory bodies and local tourism and development agencies are also likely to have an interest in attending.

The event will take place in The Brockagh Centre, Laragh, County Wicklow on Saturday 27th May 2017, beginning at 10.00am. It is free of charge however booking is required as places are limited . To book a place click on , e mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. giving name and contact details or call Deirdre Burns T: 0404 20100. For more see

Cabinteely House: Free Tours

Cabinteely House is a stunning country house in County Dublin. Built for Robert Nugent (Lord Clare) in 1769, it was later owned by the O'Byrne family of Wicklow and in 1933 was purchased by Joseph McGrath,  the revolutionary and key figure in the Irish Sweepstakes. It finally passed into possession of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council in 1984. See:

Free Guided Tours of Cabinteely House are being offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11am - 3pm for a limited period: 25th April – 15th June 2017. Tours start on the hour, 4 tours per day, and last 60 minutes. There is limited wheelchair access: please phone in advance (01-2047011) if you require wheelchair access.  For school or group bookings email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Max capacity: 30 people.


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. Full programme available shortly. See also

The Old Dublin Society

The Old Dublin Society's Spring 2017 Programme of talks is now available. Click here for more information


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