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
Speaker: Larry Breen
Contact: 045 897445
Topics: The Life and Times of puglist Dan Donnelly; Wolfe Tone – Family History; Canals and Canal Boats in Ireland.
Speaker: Brendan Cullen
Contact: 045 861159 e-mail
The book of Kells, High Crosses of Ireland, and the History of Clongowes Wood College/Castle
Speaker: Jim Rees
Topics: 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
Speaker: Tomas O Brogain
Topic/s: 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.
Speaker: Michael Seery
Topic/s: 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.
Speaker: Lucy O’Reilly
Topic/s: 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.
Speaker: John Flannery
Topic/s: Lord Norbury – The Hanging Judge (His life, times & reputation)
Speaker: Ida Milne
Topic/s: 1918-19 Influenza Pandemic; The Quiet Corner back- Rural Protestants in the G.A.A.
Speaker: Conor Reidy
Topic/s: Borstal System in Ireland. – Inebrite reformatories for criminal drunkards and the history of the Irish local and convict prison system.
Speaker: Kieran Groeger
Location: Youghal, Co. cork
Topic/s: 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.
Speaker: John Allen
Topic/s: The real origins of the original inhabitants of the British Isles & Ireland and their language”.
Speaker: Neal Doherty
Location: Dublin & Environs
Topic/s: The history of Dublin through her statues & sculptures.
Padraig O Concubhair
Speaker: Padraig O Concubhair
Topic/s: The Fenians. Albinia Broderick – an Aristocratic Republican. The O’ Rahilly. Kitchener of Kharthoum
Speaker: Edward Bourke
Location: Dublin & Environs
Phone: 086 380 5273
Topic/s: Irish Shipwrecks: History of Guinness Family; Brewing & Distilling in Ireland
Speaker: Patricia Byrne
Phone: 086 8129052
Topic/s: Achill – The Achill Mission Colony and The Valley House 1894 Atrocity
Speaker: Eugene Jordan
Contact: 089 9561744
Topics: Mother and Baby Homes – a scientific analysis. The life and times of Brian Boru; The true causes of World War I.
Speaker: Nora White
Topic/s: Ogham, the earliest writing in Ireland. Based in Dublin but willing to travel to give talks/workshops/guided visits on ogham (and the work of the Ogham in 3D project) anywhere in the country.
Speaker: Yanky Fachler
Phone: 086 8575162
Topic/s: The Irish Schindler: Marcus Witztum and the hat and ribbon factories in Galway, Castlebar and Longford; Three 20th century Irish Boycotts: Limerick, Mayo, Fethard-on-Sea; The Judaeo-Irish Home Rule Association: Jews who supported the Irish Republican cause; Anna Frank – the Irish Dimension; Irishman Lt Col John Henry Patterson and Russian Lt Jug O Whiskey; 1,000 years of Blood Libels; Why did George Eliot write the first Zionist novel, Daniel Deronda, 20 years before Zionism?