Our Wicklow Heritage: Making Local History

A one day seminar for anyone with an interest in recording the history of Wicklow.

The aims of the event are:

  • To highlight the role of local historical societies in county Wicklow
  • To explore opportunities to support and strengthen this role, and
  • To provide a networking opportunity for interested groups and individuals.

We are delighted to confirm that Professor Raymond Gillespie, from Maynooth University Department of History will be our keynote speaker. There will also be presentations from Wicklow Library and Archives services on resources available locally, presentations from five local historical societies in County Wicklow and a group workshop session focussed on ideas for strengthening the role of historical societies in a modern day Wicklow.

Admission is free but limited, advance booking is required to secure a place. 


9.30                        Register


10.00                     Welcome & Introduction – Deirdre Burns, Heritage Officer, Wicklow County Council

10.15- 11.00        Keynote Address by Professor Raymond  Gillespie, Department of History, Maynooth University followed by  Q&A

11.00- 11.30        Tea/coffee break

11.30 – 12.00:     Wicklow Local Historical Resources – Catherine Wright, Archivist/ Genealogist Wicklow County Council


12.00- 12.20:        Early Medieval Enclosures At Roundwood: David Menzies,  Roundwood & District Historical & folklore Society

12.20-12.40:        Glenmalure The Wild Heart Of The Mountain: Carmel O Toole, Rathdrum Historical Society

12.40-13.00:        The Kynoch Explosion 1917 It’s Importance To Wicklow As A Whole. Jim Rees, Arklow Maritime History Committee.

13.00-14.00         Lunch

14.00-14.20         Know Your Neighbourhood (using maps, trade guides, census returns and other data). Brian White, Bray Cualann Historical Society

14.20 – 14.40      It’s The Home Rule Bill That Has Done That Wicklow Women & the Women’s Declaration Of 1912. Rosemary Raughter, Greystones Archaeological & Historical Society.


14.45-15.45         Group Workshop Discussion : Local Historical Societies in a Modern Age –challenges and opportunities.

3.45 – 16.00        Concluding Remarks

This event is being organised as an action of the county Wicklow Heritage Plan, supported by Wicklow County Council and the Heritage Council. It follows on from a successful Our Wicklow Heritage: Community Archaeology Day held on 27th May.

The event is free but spaces are limited so advance booking is necessary to ensure a place BOOK YOUR FREE TICKET HERE or e mail dburns@wicklowcoco.ie 


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