20 February 2022

Dear KDHS members and friends

The last Tuesday of the month is almost upon us, falling in this non-leap-year February on its earliest possible date, for the first time since February 2011.

The Kilrush and District Historical Society February lecture, again delivered via Zoom, will take place at 8pm GMT on this Tuesday, 22 February 2022.

The lecture, entitled Surveillance of and violence against women during the War of Independence; case studies from Co Clare, will be delived by Dr. Mary McAuliffe.

Mary is a historian and Director of the Gender Studies Programme at University College Dublin and holds a Ph.D. from the School of History and Humanities, Trinity College Dublin. Her latest publications include, as co-editor with Miriam Haughton and Emilie Pine, Legacies of the Magdalen Laundries; Commemoration, Gender, and the Postcolonial Carceral State (Manchester University Press, 2021) and, as sole author, Margaret Skinnider; a biography (UCD Press, 2020).  She was also co-editor of Sexual Politics in Modern Ireland and is writing on Kilkenny and the Revolution for the Four Courts Press county series on The Irish Revolution, 1912–23.  She is co-editor of Saothar; the Journal of the Irish Labour History Society.  Currently, she is working on a major research project on gendered and sexual violence during the Irish revolutionary period, 1919-1923, to be published in 2023.

While Mary declares herself on Twitter to be a proud Kerrywoman, our research has revealed that one of her greatgreatgrandfathers, Patrick Boland, migrated across the Shannon Estuary from Ballynote to Ballylongford in the early 19th century, so we will claim her for Kilrush!

Just follow the Zoom link below at the time of the lecture (8pm GMT, Tuesday 22 February 2022) in order to participate.

Meeting ID: 830 4652 5302

Passcode: 552224

Please remember to remain muted during the presentation, particularly if you intend to take telephone calls or watch television or listen to the radio or use bad language to your barking dog at the same time (some people really do these things!).  You may also want to turn your video off in order to prevent pressure on bandwidth at either end.


Our March lecture on Tuesday 29 March is currently also scheduled for Zoom only, but we may reconsider this if the COVID-19 situation continues to improve.  Our March speaker will be Michele O'Dea of the Office of Public Works on the architecture and recent restoration works on Scattery Ireland.


For now, we are not charging those who view our Zoom events, but new and renewing members and donations are always welcome!  The annual membership fee (July-June) is EUR20.

There are links to the membership renewal form, to the ongoing fundraiser for the Kilrush WW1 memorial, and to our PayPal account from our website home page at
Mail orders for our recent publication (Kilrush: Memories of an Irish Market Town, 1879-1979) can also be submitted using the PayPal link, but please add a note when sending payments to make it clear what the payment is for.

Best wishes

Paddy Waldron

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