Newtownmountkennedy Heart of History Lecture Series.


Included in this series there will also be music, poetry, and theatre.
This is more suited to an adult audience.
Although older children such as teenagers+ are welcome.

Key speakers: Doctor Ruan O’Donnell, Rory Delany, and Therese Hicks
When: Saturday 27th May

Time: 1.30 pm – 5:00 pm
Venue: Main Hall, (Beside local Primary Schools)
Newtownmountkennedy Community Centre,

Capacity: 150 people

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Schedule 2 pm-5 pm.

Please be seated by 1.45 pm.
Introduction by Minister for Justice Simon Harris TD. 2 pm.

Huw O’Toole MC. 2.10 pm.
1798 in context. Milestone Events from 1603 to Grattan’s Parliament.

10 min

Speaker 1.  2.20 pm
Dominic Byrne, Land ownership and power in the NMK/ Newcastle District. 10 min

Music 2.30 /2.40.
*Harpist Aoife plays a selection of O’Carolan’s tunes. Comhaltas Bray.

Speaker 2.  2.40 pm
Rory Delany of St. Stephen’s Green Unitarian Church.
Title ‘Hidden Origins of The United Irishmen’ 30 min
Option if time permits: *Poetry from Poetry of the Dispossessed or extract from Richard
Murphy’s The Battle of Aughrim and the Gods who eat Corn.

Extracts read by Huw O’Toole. 10 mins

Speaker 3. Therese Hicks. 3.30 pm 30 Mins
This talk will look at the effects of trauma on brutalised Irish society, as well as the sense of
individuality that was developing in Western Europe at this time.

Music/ song
Blathin Hogan, Croppy Boy/Wind that shakes the barley singers choice.

Keynote Speaker.  4.15 pm
Dr. Ruan O’ Donnell
‘The Wicklow United Irishmen and the Battle of Newtownmountkennedy in context’.
Interruption/ theatre 3 mins
60 mins.

Q and A.
Tea Chat etc available.


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