Welcome to our Spring session of lectures. Please note that lectures will commence at 6.00pm (not 6.30 as formerly). Also please note change in frequency of meetings. From 10 February 2016, meetings will take place fortnightly on 2nd and 4th Wednesday of February, March, April and September, October, November. Please carefully consult your copy of the programme or see list below. (The list is also incorporated in the Autumn 2015 Volume of Dublin Historical Record).
Members' Night takes place on Wednesday, March 9th, 2016. 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.
SPRING PROGRAMME 2016 (Open to the public. Attendance is free)
in Conference Room of Dublin City Library & Archive, 138–144 Pearse Street, Dublin 2 at 6pm
Wednesday February 10th: ‘South Circular Road on the eve of World War I' - Catherine Scuffil *
Wednesday February 24th: ‘Rathborne Tallow Chandlers' - Bernard Neary *
Wednesday March 9th: Members’ Night - 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
Wednesday March 23rd: ‘Mary (Molly) Adrien, Cumann na mBan Volunteer 1916' -Frank Whearity
Saturday Morning April 2nd: ‘Morning Seminar, 10.00am-1.00pm: 'Remembering 1916' A morning of short talks by members on their links to the Easter Rising
Jimmy Wren (author of The GPO Garrison Easter Week 1916: A Biographical Dictionary): The GPO 1916 and the O’Tooles connection
Raymond Keogh: Volunteer Gerald Keogh
Rev. Dudley Levistone Cooney: Momentous Days
11.00 to 11.15 Tea/Coffee
James Scannell: From Redmondite to National Cause Supporter
Séamas Ó Maitiú: Jacob’s Garrison, the burnt biscuit and the Old Dublin Society
Larry Yourell: Thomas Yourell, a 1916 story.
Tony Behan: Uncle Thomas Malone and Bolands Mill
12.15pm to 1.00pm Open forum
Wednesday April 13th, 6pm: '1916: Inside the GPO' - Ken Finlay
Wednesday April 27th, 6pm: 'Lives, Letters, Liberty: Dublin's General Post Office' - Stephen Ferguson
* Guest Speaker
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
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-April 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 Membership Secretary. 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 Please use your surname as an unique identifier when making bank transfer. 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 2015-16 is:
President: Bernardine Ruddy
Vice Presidents: Dudley Levistone Cooney, Gerry O'Flaherty
Hon. Secretaries: Barry Farrell (General), Bryan MacMahon (Programme)
Hon. Treasurer: Sheila Fleming
Hon. Editor, Dublin Historical Record: Dr. Séamas Ó Maitiú
Hon. Librarian: Gerard Whelan-Horring
Hon. Public Relations Officer: James Scannell
Council Members: Tony Behan, Henry Fairbrother, Ken Finlay, John Holohan, Brian Siggins, Laurence Yourell
Cumann Le Seandacht Atha Cliath (The Old Dublin Society) Directors: Bernardine Ruddy, Anthony P. Behan, Rev. D. A. Levistone-Cooney Secretary: Barry Farrell Company No.15059 CHY No. 5327 Registered in Ireland Registered Address: 1-2 Marino Mart, Fairview, Dublin 3