Welcome to our Autumn session of lectures. Please note that lectures will commence at 6.00pm (not 6.30 as formerly). Due to time tabling difficulties, we have not been able to hold meetings on a weekly basis, so please carefully consult your copy of the programme or see list below. (The list is also incorporated on page 96 of the Spring Volume of Dublin Historical Record).
Members' Night takes place on 28 October. This is an informal night on which there is no scheduled lecture. Instead members bring along an item which may have some historical interest or association e.g., a book, picture, old bill-head which is the subject of a short discussion. Many strange items have appeared on Members' Night, so have a rummage in your attics; even if you find nothing, come along all the same.
Award of the Society Medal
Each year the Society awards a silver medal to the member whose paper is judged best that season. For 2014/15 season, it was awarded to Bryan MacMahon and on Members' Night, the Society's Medal will be presented to him for his article Robert Tressell, Dubliner: Author of The Ragged Trousered Philanthropist
A new feature Lunchtime with the Old Dublin Society comprising 3 lectures will take place on Wednesdays at the ILAC Library, Henry Street from 1.00-2.00pm:
14 October The Sinking of the RMS Leinster October 1918 - James Scannell
21 October Mount Jerome - A Protestant Cemetery - Henry Fairbrother
18 November 365 Days of Dublin - Ken Finlay
AUTUMN PROGRAMME 2015
in Conference Room of Dublin City Library & Archive, 138–144 Pearse Street, Dublin 2 at 6pm
Wednesday September 23rd: ‘Dublin Schools prior to 1831’ – Rob Goodbody*
Wednesday September 30th: ‘Anthony Richard Blake (1786 – 1849) – the backstairs viceroy’ - Hugh O’Reilly
Wednesday October 7th: ‘Dorothy Stopford Price – rebel doctor’ – Dr. Anne MacLellan*
Wednesday October 28th: Members’ Night
Wednesday November 4th: ‘Forger, Freemason, Freeman: the story of Samuel Clayton, Dubliner’ - Margaret Smith
Wednesday November 11th: ‘Chasing the Smugglers: the customs service in Rush, 1774 – 1765’- Maighréad Ní Mhurchadha
Wednesday November 25th: Annual General Meeting. Preceded by a short film on Glasnevin Cemetery
* Guest Speaker
Members of the Society come from all walks of life and span a wide age range but all share a love and an interest in the history of their city and county. Most members are amateur historians, as is evident in the papers delivered and the articles published twice yearly in our Dublin Historical Record. We also support the conservation of important or historic buildings as well as monitoring building developments to ensure they are sympathetic to and respect the historic fabric of the city.
Public transport: Pearse Dart station is 3 minutes walk from The Dublin City Library & Archive. Most cross-city bus routes through College Green are within 8 minutes walk of the Library. Details of Dublin Bus Timetables from www.dublinbus.ie or call Dublin Bus at 01-8734222
Each summer the Society organizes visits to places of historical interest, many of them not accessible to the public. These generally take place from May-September. During 2015, we have organised visits to: Marlay House; Cabinteely House; Glasnevin Village; Drumcondra environs; Freemasons' Hall; and Arbour Hill (Burial Place of 1916 Leaders and church of the Defence Forces). NB: For insurance reasons, Summer Outings are restricted to members who have currently paid their annual subscription.
New Members Welcome
The Society was founded in 1934 to promote the study of the history of Dublin and of Dubliners. Society meetings are open to all and begin promptly at 6.00 pm on Wednesday evenings from February-March and September-November each year. Our meetings are informative and enjoyable and a great opportunity to meet kindred spirits who share an interest in the history of Dublin. Members and invited speakers deliver illustrated papers on various topics about the history of Dublin and Dubliners.
Membership of the Society is open to everyone interested in Dublin history. Why not come along to one of our evening meeting during Autumn or Spring? Persons who wish to join the Society must apply in writing and are elected by the Council. To join the Society complete the application form and send it, with the appropriate remittance to the Hon. Treasurer. Full details can be found on page three of this website.
Annual Membership Subscription: €35 Individual / €40 Family /€6.50 Full-time Student/€50 Library or Institution falls due on October 1st each year and should be renewed without delay. You are welcome to renew your Annual Subscription in person at one of our evening meetings. Or you can post cheque or postal order to Membership Secretary, Old Dublin Society, 5 Dollymount Avenue, Dublin 3. D03 Y304 Please do NOT send cash. Or lodge appropriate subscription amount directly to: Bank of Ireland, College Green, Dublin 2. Sort Code: 900017 Account No. 16309723 IBAN IE73 BOFI 9000 1716 309723
The Society is run by a Council elected by the members at our AGM in November each year.
The Council for 2014-15 is:
President: Bernardine Ruddy
Vice Presidents: Anthony P. Behan, Rev D. A Levistone Cooney, Gerry O'Flaherty
Hon. Secretaries: Brian Dyson, Barry Farrell (General), Bryan MacMahon (Programme)
Hon. Treasurer: Brian Dyson
Hon. Editor, Dublin Historical Record: Dr. Séamas Ó Maitiú
Hon. Librarian: Gerard Whelan-Horring
Hon. Public Relations Officer: James Scannell
Council Members: Henry Fairbrother, Ken Finlay, John Holohan, Brian Siggins, Laurence Yourell, Sheila Fleming