Programme of Lectures, Past

    About our Programme of Lectures

    The Westport Civic Trust’s public lecture programme has been running from September to April for the past fifteen years. It aims to provide a series of interesting and informative talks by speakers from Mayo and elsewhere in Ireland.

    The lectures take place on Tuesdays at 8pm in the Westport Coast Hotel on the Quay and are free to members of the Trust. Non-members are welcome for a €5.00 cover charge. Membership of the Civic Trust costs only €12/year, so after only 3 lectures, members are in profit . . . .

    Recent lectures (2015-19):


    8 Sept:  Jessica Fahy (National Gallery), Caravaggio and his followers in the National Gallery’s Collection
    1 Oct:  Dr Anne O’Dowd (National Museum), Straw, hay and rushes in the Irish Folk tradition
    13 Oct:  Dr Rodney Teck (NUI Maynooth), Blacksod Post Office and Irish Neutrality and their connection to the 1944 Allied Invasion of Europe
    10 Nov:  Dr Yvonne McDermott (GMIT Castlebar), Friaries of Mayo in the late Mediaeval period
    8 Dec:  Fiona White (GMIT Castlebar), Louisa Moore of Moore Hall: a Life in Letters


    19 Jan:  2016 - Dr Una Quinn, Pádraig Ó Loingsigh: Champion and Scion of Edward Bunting
    16 Feb:  Dr John Morrissey (NUI Galway), A Critical History of Recent US intervention in the Middle East
    15 Mar:  Joan Johnson (Friends historian), The Quakers in Mayo
    19 Apr:  Dr Karl Brady (The Underwater Archaeology Unit), La Juliana; an investigation into an Armada wreck off Streedagh, Co Sligo
    13 Sept:  Alf Monaghan: “Monastic Ireland - A Gift Of The Nile: links between the Coptic church and pre-patrician Ireland”
    29 Sept:  Brian Leyden (Writer): A Reading: "That was the River, this is the Sea"
    11 Oct:  Kieran Cooke (Journalist): “Communicating climate change - trying to be optimistic.”
    15 Nov:  Professor Pete Coxon (TCD): “Clew Bay, Clare Island and Climate: the making of an ice age landscape”
    6 Dec:  Orla Murphy (Architect, School of Planning, UCD): ) “Mulranny Geodesign: a new approach for co-design of rural areas”


    17 Jan:  Sean Lysaght (Poet): “The history and heritage of sea eagles and golden eagles in Mayo”
    14 Feb:  Nicky Dowd (Artist): “Letters Home” – exhibition and film
    21 Mar:  Dr Geraldine Stout (OPW): “Newgrange and the Bend of the Boyne”
    18 Apr:  Professor Patrick Duffy (Maynooth University): “Painted places – visualizing Irish landscapes in the past”
    19 Sept: Micheal O hAodha (University of Limerick), ‘On the run’ – the story of Colm O Gaora in the War of Independence’
    27 Sept: Prof Eamonn O'Flaherty (UCD), '250 Years of Visitors to Westport'
    17 Oct:   Prof John Sweeney, (Maynooth University), ‘Climate Change in Mayo and the West of Ireland’
    14 Nov:  Dr Muireann O’Cinnéide (NUIG), ‘William Makepeace Thackeray and the West of Ireland’
    1 Dec:    Dr Marie Bourke, ‘F.W. Burton in the West of Ireland’
    12 Dec:  Sean Cadden (Mayo Agricultural service), ‘Agricultural Change in Mayo Since WW2’


    16 Jan:  Barbara Barclay (GMIT), ‘The Mayo Orphan Girls: Famine Emigration to Australia 1848-1850’
    20 Feb:  Dr Arnold Horner (UCD), ‘Mapping Mayo 200 Years Ago’
    20 Mar:  Prof Rob Kitchin (Maynooth University),'Why Does Planning Keep on Failing in Ireland?’
    17 Apr:   Linda and Chris Huxley (GMIT), ‘Nature on Lough Carra’
    18 Sept: Cleo de Vito (Environmentalist and Organic gardener) ‘Our Cool Planet – a positive look at issues around climate change’.
    23 Oct:   Moya Roddy (writer) gave a short talk about living and writing in Connemara and read from her recent collection of poems, Out of the Ordinary (Salmon Poetry, 2018).
    20 Nov:  Patricia Byrne (author) ‘Salvation or Starvation? The Disputed Legacy of the Achill Mission Colony’.
    11 Dec:   Pip Murphy (long-serving stalwart of the Civic Trust leadership) 'Guernsey: this corner of old Norman land'.


    22 Jan:    Shane Young (Adventurer) ‘In search of the Sistine chapel of the Amazon’.
    19 Feb:   Frank Dawson (Railway Historian) ‘Railways in Mayo – past, present and future’.
    19 Mar:  Enda O Flaherty ‘School Days Over: researching disused schoolhouses in rural Ireland, memory, and cognitive landscapes’.
    23 Apr:   Noeleen Haylett (Long-time volunteer in overseas charitable work in Africa) spoke about her life and work to help impoverished communities in Ghana from her base in Kilmeena.

    Westport Civic Trust Aims

    Promote and initiate the preservation and protection, renewal and improvement of the buildings and other features of the natural, historical, cultural, scientific and architectural interest of the area, for the benefit of the community.

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