Encouraging an awareness of the history and heritage of Clontarf and its environs...
The society was established in 1978 and is a member of the Federation of Local History Societies. The main objective of the society is the encouragement of an awareness of the history and heritage of Clontarf and its environs by researching and recording the history of the area and its people, and by promoting this through regular lectures, talks, discussions, and outings.
However, the societys interests are not confined exclusively to matters of local interest, so our monthly lectures cover a wide range of topics, both local and national. Consequently, our meetings are of interest to all who have either a wide interest in historical topics or to those whose interest is purely local.
The society is anxious to record all matters of historical interest to Clontarf, so if anyone has documents, photographs, or other records that have a bearing on the area they are encouraged to make contact with the society. If the owners wish to retain the originals, especially photographs, the society would welcome an opportunity of scanning the material, saving it, and returning the originals without any undue delay, even within a few hours.
Our contribution to the commemoration of the Battle of Clontarf finished on 13th May with the panel discussion on Brian Boru, the battle and on Viking Dublin. This was the culmination of a series of lectures and a seminar during the past six months by academic scholars of national and international renown. The enterprise proved to be an outstanding success, judging by the public interest in the lectures and by the number of people who attended. The numbers exceeded our expectations and without the generous help of the management of the Clasac Theatre, who made their wonderful facilities available to us as their contribution to the commemoration, we would have been in difficulty.
The seminar 9th November 2013 asked the question:
'Fact or Fiction? What really happened at the Battle of Clontarf'
It was answered as follows:
"Viking kings and kingship at the time of Clontarf 1014 "
by Dr Clare Downham, University of Liverpool
"Irish kings and kingship at the time of Clontarf 1014"
by Dr. Charles Doherty, University College Dublin
"Who fought who at the Battle of Clontarf"
by Professor Sean Duffy, Trinity College Dublin
The programme of monthly lectures during 2014 was as follows:
Monday 13 January 2014 at 8.15pm
'A Clontarf perspective on the Battle of Clontarf'
by Dennis McIntyre, local historian
Monday 10 February 2014 at 8.15 pm
'The Archaeology of Viking Dublin at Wood Quay'
by Dr Pat Wallace,
former Director, National Museum of Ireland
Monday 1o March 2014 at 8.15pm
'Brian Boru and his Dal Cais origins'
by Dr Cathy Swift
Mary Immaculate College, Limerick
Monday 14 April 2014 8.15 pm
'That field of glory: historical and antiquarian perspectives on the Battle of Clontarf'
by Professor Colm Lennon
Wednesday 23 April 2014 at 8.15
'Good Friday 1014: researching the facts a millennium later'
by Dr Darren McGettigan
author of the recently published 'The Battle of Clontarf, Good Friday, 1014'
Monday 12 May 2014 at 8.15 pm
'1014 - 2014, the Battle of Clontarf - what new insights?' - a panel discussion
chaired by Professor Sean Duffy
Trinity College Dublin
author of the recently published 'Brian Boru and the Battle of Clontarf'
Our regular monthly meetings will re-commence on Monday 8th September in our normal venue, the Parish Resource Centre, St. John the Baptist Church, Clontarf Road. The list of topics and speakers will be published as soon as they have been confirmed but it is unlikely that this will be before a date in August.