Dear KDHS members and friends

The Kilrush and District Historical Society February lecture is entitled "Music, Temperance and Bands: Limerick and Kilrush, 1830-1890" and will be given by Dr Derek Mulcahy in the Teach Ceoil on Grace Street at 8 p.m. on Tuesday 25 February 2020.

The Temperance Movement had a major impact in Ireland from the mid-1830s with a branch in every parish. The local temperance societies helped in the development of civilian marching bands that have made a cultural and social contribution to their localities. This talk examines the evolution and activity of fife and drum bands in Limerick city in the 1800s and how the different society bands had a cultural and musical link to the societies in Kilrush.

The stages of the development of the bands are discussed from their foundation in the temperance movement of the 1840s, the period of O'Connell, to Parnell. The changes in instrumentation, uniforms, accommodation, and organisational ability is discussed, and how this has developed over the decades. Equally important is the growing political involvement of the bands, especially from the second half of the nineteenth century.

Dr Derek Mulcahy is employed in the Academic Learning Centre in Mary Immaculate College and is currently working on a book commission on Limerick's Marching Band tradition. Derek has also lectured on McNamara's Band, who performed all over Munster in the late 1800s. He has sourced nearly fifty 78 rpm recordings made in New York in the 1920s and is also nearing publication of a biographical book of McNamara's Band.


Our March lecture on Tuesday 31 March will be "The Time of the Tans" by Tomás Mac Conmara.


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.

Paddy Waldron
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