Dear KDHS members and friends,

On this Tuesday 30 March 2021 at 8pm, we will be continuing our online lecture series. The topic will be Reflections of Scattery Island and our speaker is Kilrush native and Office of Public Works (OPW) tour guide, Morgan Roughan.

The theme of the lecture will be how the history of the island reflects Irish history.  The main body will be about the early christian settlement and St. Senan, but Morgan will also talk about the Battery, Cahane's castle, the Spanish Armada, the lighthouse and finally the river pilots.

Morgan has worked as an OPW tour guide on Scattery as well as at Listowel Castle.  He has an MA in History of the Family from the University of Limerick.  In the past few years he completed courses on Reading Your Local Landscape and on Writing for the Web, both run by the Limerick & Clare Education and Training Board.  He is currently finishing a course on Regional TourGuiding and Irish Heritage, also run by LCETB.

His project concerning the pilots on the Shannon Estuary can be viewed on the following link

Just follow the Zoom link below at the time of the lecture in order to participate.

Topic: Reflections of Scattery Island - Morgan Roughan
Time: Mar 30, 2021 20:00 Dublin (Summer Time)

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 854 0366 3034
Passcode: 269952

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.


The continuing pandemic has made forward planning difficult, but our secretary has put together this provisional list of events for the coming months:

27 April – Jake Justice and Michael Fitzgerald – Recording lost West Clare placenames
25 May – Críostóir Mac Carthaigh – Kilstifeen and phantom island traditions of the west coast
29 June – Ed O'Shaugnessy – Photographing the Vandeleur Evictions
July – Outdoor event (covid restrictions permitting)
August – Heritage Week (covid restrictions permitting)
28 September – Damian Shiels - Recovering West Clare Voices from the American Civil War


Many thanks to all those who have renewed their annual subscriptions or joined the society for the first time.

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 ongoing fundraiser for the Kilrush WW1 memorial, and to our PayPal account from our website home page at

Best wishes

Paddy Waldron

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