Women, Digs and Standing Stones at Museum Lectures

Clare People, Tuesday, 23rd September 2008

Tom McCullough

The role played by women in 19th century Clare, the ground-breaking archaeological excavations at Caherconnell Fort and the standing stones of County Clare will be among the subjects explored during a six-month series of lectures at Clare Museum. According to the Museum Curator John Rattigan, the aim of the Clare Archaeological and Historical Society’s Autumn/Winter lecture series is to promote the study of matters of archaeological and historical interest within the county.

The series of lectures commences on October 13th when Graham Hull, Director of TVAS and Dr. Michelle Comber of NUI Galway will present a talk on the recent ground-breaking archaeological excavations at Caherconnell Cashel in north Clare.

On November 10th, Terri Shoosmith explores how the 19th century ideal of women as the “Angel of the House” holds up when compared to reality using contemporary documents. The final lecture of 2008 will be delivered on December 8th when Tom Moloney presents a study of the Bronze Age monolith tradition and its landscape setting in Clare.

Dr. Pat Nugent will discuss Ireland's best example of a traditional clan – The O’Hehir’s of Ui Cormic/Drumcliffe on January 12th. Clare County Council Field Monuments Advisor, Michael Lynch, will examine archaeological excavations on Horse Island on February 9th while the final lecture takes place on March 9th, when Fr. John Jones will examine how stamp collecting can enhance the study of history.

The Archaeological and Historical Society is inviting members of the public to join the organisation. Society secretary, Edel Greene, says the membership drive is aimed not only at encouraging new members to join the society but also to encourage former members to return. Lectures are held monthly from October to March and day trips to historical sites in Clare and beyond are conducted from April to September. Membership forms are available from Clare Museum, Arthur’s Row, Ennis.

John Rattigan, Clare Museum Curator with two of the lecture speakers, Graham Hull and Terri Shoosmith, and Secretary of the Clare Archaeological and Historical Society, Edel Greene
John Rattigan, Clare Museum Curator with two of the lecture speakers,
Graham Hull and Terri Shoosmith, and Secretary of the
Clare Archaeological and Historical Society, Edel Greene

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