24 April 2022

The Kilrush and District Historical Society April lecture will take place at 8pm Irish Summer Time on Tuesday, 26 April 2022 in the Teach Ceoil.

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!

This is the rescheduled lecture which had to be abandoned in February.

As COVID-19 remains prevalent, those attending are encouraged to sanitise hands, wear masks and social distance.


KDHS lectures are free to members, EUR5 for non-members, payable on the night only. New members are welcome. The annual membership fee (July-June) is EUR20.
For new members joining now, their first year's membership will run to June 2023.

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.


If you are not able to attend any of our lectures, then you can watch via Zoom.

Just follow the Zoom link below at the time of the lecture (8pm Irish Summer Time, Tuesday 15 June 2021) in order to participate:

Meeting ID: 885 0498 1574

Passcode: 405908

Please note that we have had to increase Zoom security and are now using a waiting room for all Zoom events.

We will not admit you from the waiting room unless you identify yourself by your full name (first name and surname).

You will not be admitted if you use an alias such as "phone" or "tablet" or "computer" or "PC" (even if your real initials are PC) or "Kilrush" or "Clare" (even if your real name is Clare).

If you need to change your current alias to your real name:
* if you do not already have a username and password for Zoom, then sign up at
* go to
* sign in with your own Zoom username and password if necessary
* click the "Edit" link towards the top right of the window
* type your real name in the Display Name box
* click the blue Save button
Then just make sure that you are logged in to the same Zoom account before entering the waiting room.

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 keep your video off after being admitted to the Zoom call in order to prevent pressure on bandwidth at either end.

If you wish to participate in the discussion while muted, then you can select "Reactions" from the menu at the bottom of the Zoom window and select "Raise Hand" from the pop-up which appears.  The hosts can then turn on your audio and video and allow you to participate.


Saturday 9 April 2022 was the 100th anniversary of the death of the famous antiquarian Thomas Johnson Westropp (1860-1922), still arguably the greatest ever historian of County Clare.  To mark Westropp's centenary year, Liam Irwin, formerly of Mary Immaculate College, will give a lecture on Tuesday 31 May on Westropp's life and achievements.

Best wishes

Paddy Waldron

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