With no end in sight to the anti-COVID-19 restrictions which (along with bad weather at this time last year) have limited us to just one event in over twelve months, we have decided to follow the example of many similar organisations and to experiment with presenting lectures via Zoom. Our online attendance is limited to 100 people (or, more precisely, 100 devices, should you be somewhere where it is deemed safe for more than one person to watch the same device, or should you wish to watch on multiple devices). We are not implementing an advance booking system and admission will be on a first-come first-served basis on the night, but we do not anticipate that our audience will reach the allotted capacity. Please remember to remain muted during the presentation, particularly if you intend to take telephone calls or watch television or listen to the radio 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 first online lecture is entitled "Irish Planned villages: forms and ideologies" and will be given by Miriam Delaney of Technological University Dublin.
The village is the smallest, most common urban unit in Ireland, so ubiquitous as to be easily overlooked, yet crucial to the social and urban geography of rural Ireland. When traveling through Ireland, one is struck by the diversity of urban forms evident in its villages - from medieval to ecclesiastical settlements, to formally planned villages. The range of typologies reveals much about the history of industrialization, religious groups, and the waves of colonisation and plantation. In this lecture, Miriam Delaney will explore examples of significant planned villages of Ireland under three themes:
- villages established with a religious or utopian ideology;
- those based around industry; and
- those planned by landlords on their estates.
Building on research conducted with TUDublin Architecture students, published in 2017 in book form as "Mapped", the lecture will provide an overview of the chronology and forms of Ireland's planned villages through a series of case-studies.
Miriam Delaney is an architect and lecturer at the Dublin School of Architecture, TUDublin. A graduate of University College Dublin and The Bartlett, UCL, Miriam worked in architectural practices in Dublin and Zurich before teaching design and architectural history at University College Dublin, Queens University Belfast and TUDublin. She was one of a "Free Market" team who commissioned and curated the Irish Pavilion at the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale; the exhibition featured Kilrush as one of ten case-study market towns. You can read more about this project at
[Please note that this website was not time-proofed and was designed to be read before July 2019!]
Miriam has lectured and written widely on the issues facing Irish towns and has most recently been involved in political advocacy and community engagements in the field of rural town regeneration.
Her KDHS lecture will take place this coming WEDNESDAY, 17 February 2021 at 08:00 PM Irish time (GMT). To join the Zoom Meeting, just follow this link at the lecture start time:
Alternatively, use these details:
Meeting ID: 895 0640 0035
Many thanks to all those who have renewed their annual subscriptions or joined the society for the first time, those who bought our annual calendar and those who donated to our appeal for the Kilrush WW1 memorial. The memorial is complete and we still intend to hold the postponed unveiling event when advised that it is safe to do so. Restoration of the Turret Lodge is also more or less complete, but even the committee have not yet been able to meet there.
We are not charging those who view our Zoom events, but new members and donations are always welcome! The annual membership fee (July-June) is EUR20.
There are links to the membership renewal form, to the fundraiser, and to our PayPal account from our website home page at