Register of Speakers and Tour Guides

The Federation thinks it would be good idea to compile a list of speakers who would be available to give talks on a wide variety of local study topics.

Event organisers can sometimes struggle to find speakers on a particular topic of interest to the group or at the last minute in an emergency. It is understandable that speakers may not be able to or could not travel the length and breadth of the country but there would be times when speakers would be available within certain localities.

Hopefully such a register would be of value to members in certain circumstances.

In addition to speakers, it has been suggested, that some societies/groups may know of individuals who would be prepared to act as Guides for local historical tours. This can not only  be a benefit to the visitors but can also help promote the local area as an interesting place to visit. It is out intention to attempt to set up a list with the help of the members. We would therefore ask societies/groups to let us know details of anyone who would be prepared to have their name on such a register.

We would need the Subject/Topic, the name of the speaker and the contact details.

Details to:  ">  or call 045 897445   Mob. 087 984 1551


Name Location Contact Information Topics
 Larry Breen  Naas  045 897445 e-mail  The Life and Times of puglist Dan Donnelly
 Brendan cullen  Clane  045 861159 e-mail  The book of Kells:  High Crosses of Ireland: History of Clongowes Wood College/Castle
 Jim Rees  Arklow  040239125
 Captain Robert Halpin (1836-1894): Famine Emigration from South Wicklow- Fitzwilliam Estate 1847-1856: The Kynoch Munitions Factory Arklow (1895-1918): Catholic Clergy and Evangelical Street Preachers in the 1880’s: Also Guided Tours of West Wicklow.
 Tomas O Brogain  Letterkenny  0749892073 / 085 2055587    Irish Military History 1600-1745, Donegal’s Battlefields. Can organise talks, public or academic lectures, Academic tours, heritage tours with demonstrations of weapons and historical interpretation.
 Michael Seery  Enniskerry  086 084 3757  Enniskerry Village History Tour : Powerscourt Gardens History Tour :     Enniskerry: A history of an estate village: Powerscourt: House. Gardens, Estate:  Wicklow Education: From Parish Schools to National Schools.
 Lucy O’Reilly  Kells                          Tel 087 706 4421  Walking tours of Kells. Access to C.O.I. which has a facsimile copy of the book of kells. Columcille’s House, Give broad history of Kells, its monastic past and its proximity to the Tailteann games.
 John Flannery  Tipperary  Tel. 086 2577103  Lord Norbury – The Hanging Judge  (His life, times & reputation)
 Ida Milne  Kildare    Tel 087 2207994  1918-19 Influenza Pandemic;  The Quiet Corner back- Rural Protestants in the G.A.A.
 Conor Reidy  Limerick     Tel 061 202280  Borstal System in Ireland. – Inebrite reformatories for criminal drunkards and the history of the Irish local and convict prison system.
 Kieran Groeger  Youghal, Co. cork  Tel
086 8291192
 “The Trial and Execution of James Cotter”
“The Curious Grave of Elizabeth Scroope”
“The Social Life of a Garrison Town”.
The Story of Eric Hodges, died, Battle of the Somme, 1916″
 John Allen   Tel  087 6630 354 ;
Tel – work before 1.00 pm 061 401777
“The real origins of the original inhabitants of the British Isles & Ireland and their language”.