Clan O Byrne Symposium

‘Past Times in the Byrne Country’

 Clan O’Byrne is pleased to confirm its programme of speakers for its Symposium ‘Past Times in the Byrne Country’ at Wicklow Gaol on Saturday 15 November 2014 between 9am and 1pm.

 Registration will begin at 9am, while the first lecture will commence at 9.45am.

 Dr. Darren McGettigan (UCD) will speak on ‘Myth & History: The escapes of Red Hugh O’Donnell to Wicklow 1591-92’.

Mr. John Nangle (Independent Scholar) will deliver a  very interesting presentation on the careers of James Byrne and his sons whose work dating from the 1700s can be seen in graveyards from north of Arklow to Rosslare.

Ms Yvonne Whitty (Archaeologist) and Mr. Jack Lynch will present their audio visual presentation on the story of Preban graveyard. This was shown earlier this year in Tinahely where it was very well received.

Finally, Dr Christiaan Corlett (OPW) will give a lecture on farm houses in the Byrne Country – drawing upon his research for his recent book on farm houses in Wicklow.

Coffee & tea will served upon arrival and later after 11am.

There will be charge of €10 to attend.

For those interested, the Clan O’Byrne booklet ‘Drives through the O’Byrne’s Country’ is available from Bridge Street Books, Wicklow Town and also from the Woodenbridge Hotel. It will also be available for sale at the symposium on 15 November. 

For information related to how to become a member of Clan O’Byrne or for information relating to the Clan O’Byrne Symposium 2014 please contact the Membership Secretary Maura Rowan at


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