The aim of the 24 hours is to provide an update on some of the projects that have happened during the year and to give a chance to those interested in heritage to meet up. There is a choice of field trips in the morning and a range of speakers for the afternoon in Bury Quay. Friday 15 November sees the start of the seminar with the Ferbane launch of ‘Sketches with the Microsope’ written by Mary Ward of Ballylin (1857) and republished by Offaly History (2019). Michael Byrne, will outline Mary’s life in Ballylin and her work.
Field trips on the morning of Saturday 16 November include a Vernacular Architecture Tour to a number of thatched properties led by architect Rachel McKenna, Offaly County Council ; A visit to Geashill for a talk on the Battle of Geashill by author Clemens von Ow followed by a presentation by sculptor Holger Lönze on the creation of the Battle of Geashill sculpture; or a tour of Offaly Archives, an exciting new county facility developed by Offaly History.
After a light lunch in Tullamore DEW – there are a series of speakers in Offaly History Centre at Bury Quay Tullamore. Offaly Heritage Plan 2017 – 2021 & Creative Offaly Projects – Update on 2019 projects by Amanda Pedlow, Heritage Officer; Saving Offaly’s Unique Memorial Cross to Captain Studholme by Stephen Callaghan; Pollagh Brick, its story, the research and forthcoming publication byCaitriona Devery on behalf of the Pollagh Heritage Group; Why an Offaly Archive? by Michael Byrne, Offaly History and concluding with the Conservation of the Folly at Ballycumber by Rachel McKenna architect, Offaly County Council with Constance Hanniffy, owner of Ballycumber House.
In order to plan buses, refreshments and seating please do book in for each session and let us know if you are having lunch. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org which sessions you would like to come to. There is no charge. Download the 2019 Offaly Annual Heritage Seminar Programme.