Tipperary Town & District Historical Society was formed in 1990. Its aim is to bring together all those in the Tipperary area who are interested in history, and especially in preserving the local history of this unique market town. Members meet during the Winter months on the second Tuesday of the month at The Community Centre, Saint Michael Street, Tipperary Town for a lecture on a particular historical subject, usually followed by further discussion and socialising at a local hostlery. These lectures are given by visiting speakers or by members. During the Summer months, weekend visits to local sites of historical interest are arranged, usually on a "car-sharing" basis, incorporating a picnic and/or refreshment stop. In some cases, these visits are to places not generally open to the public. Some events are arranged exclusively for T.T. & D.H.S. by the local historical societies in the places visited. DETAILS OF COMING T.T.D.H.S. EVENTS ARE PUBLISHED IN "THE NATIONALIST" NEWSPAPER, PRINTED IN CLONMEL, COUNR TIPPERARY AND ON SALE THROUGHOUT MUNSTER.
ASSOCIATED ACTIVITIES: Several members of the Society research their own history projects, and have an interest in various differing aspects and eras of local history; such as Tipperary as an English garrison town, the Railway and Tipperary (the town is at one of Ireland's major rail junctions), the family genealogy and heraldry of local Clans and Septs, Ireland in pre-historic times, the ancient native pre-Christian Druid religion of Ireland, the commercial and industrial history of County Tipperary, Tipperary during the War of Independence, and so on. (A lecture on the Seasonal Festivals of the ancient Celtic Druids can be arranged by contacting The Plug-in Office, Cloonmanagh, Cullen, County Tipperary or e-mail to email@example.com). An example of a project affiliated to and created by members of the Tipperary Town and District Historical Society is the website entitled "THE IRISH IN UNIFORM", at http://homepage.eircom.net/~tipperaryfame researched and created to honour men and women from and connected with County Tipperary who have served in uniform during conflicts worldwide and particularly those who gave their lives during such service.
T.T.D.H.S. ACTIVITIES IN 2001
SUMMER OUTING SUNDAY 15 JULY 2001
ON SUNDAY 15TH. JULY 2001, T.T.D.H.S. MEMBERS ENJOYED A DAY OF VISITS BY COACH TO PLACES OF INTEREST IN COUNTY LIMERICK, PLUS AN EVENING GROUP DINNER. THE WEATHER WAS SUPERB. FIRSTONTHEPROGRAMME WAS A VISIT TO GLIN CASTLE, GLIN, COUNTY LIMERICK; WITH A TOUR OF THE CASTLE AND GROUNDS BY THE OWNER, THE KNIGHT OF GLIN AND A MOST INTERESTING COMMENTARY OF FAMILY HISTORY. tHEN, THE PART WENT TO TARBERT, ONTHE SHORES OF THE SHANNON ESTUARY, FOR A 'BREATHER' AND SHORT WALK IN THE FRESH AIR, WATCHING THE FERRIES ARRIVING AND DEPARTING. fOLLOWING THAT, CAME A VISIT TO THE FOYNES FLYING BOAT MUSEUM, CHRONICLING THE HISTORY OF TRANSATLANTIC PASSENGER FLYING FROM THE 1920's TO THE 1950's WITH ARTIFACTS AND AN AUDIO-VISUAL PRESENTATION. AT THIS BIRTHPLACE OF 'IRISH COFFEE' THERE WAS A CHANCE TO SAMPLE THIS FAMOUS BEVERAGE OR TAKE A CUP OF TEA.
THE LAST VISIT OF THE TRIP WAS TO THE WOODLANDS HOTEL, ADARE, COUONTY LIMERICK, WHERE MEMBERS ENJOYED AN EXCELLENT THREE-COURSE MEAL, FOLLOWED BY E AN EXTREMELY ENTERTAINING CABARET OF IRISH TRADITIONAL MUSIC AND STORY-TELLING, BEFORE RETURNING HOME BY COACH TO TIPPERARY. AS USUAL T.T.D.H.S. MEMBERS, FAMILIES, FRIENDS AND VISITORS HAD A SPLENDID AND VERY ENJOYABLE DAY OUT, THANKS TO Mary-Alice O'Connor WHO TOOK CHARGE OF THE ORGANISATION FOR THE TRIP.
AS A FURTHER EXAMPLE OF PAST ACTIVITIES AND OUTINGS, DETAILS OF THE T.T.&D.H.S. Summer 1999 PROGRAMME OF TALKS IN TIPPERARY TOWN & WEEKEND OUTINGS ARE SHOWN FURTHER DOWN THIS PAGE.
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In the Summer season, indoor lectures are replaced by weekend visits to single venues furter afield, and are usually held on a Sunday. Members with a particular interest sometimes arrange small group visits of their own - for instance, one group made a private visit to Huntingdon Castle in County Carlow. All lectures and visits on the published programme of events are open to members of T.T. & D.H.S., their families and friends, members of other historical societies, members of the public and visiting tourists. Come join us and get a unique insight into County Tipperary ! Details of upcoming events are publicised each month in The Nationalist Newspaper, published from Clonmel, County Tipperary, which is on sale weekly throughout the region. You can also obtain details of T.T. & D.H.S. talks and outings from The Tourist Information Office, James Street, Tipperary Town.
The highlight of the T.T.&.D.H.S. year is the Summer Outing, when a coach is arranged to visit several (usually three) different historic attractions in an area further away from Tipperary. For example, the group on past Summer Outings have visited the restored Cork City Gaol, Queenstown Heritage Centre, Cobh, and The Jamieson Whisky Distillery which are all in the area of Cork City. Society members and friends have also visited Ballingarry and the replica Famine Ship "Dun Brody" being constructed in New Ross. Other visits included a private guided group tour of Glenstall Abbey, Adare Heritage Centre and the superb Hunt Museum in the restored Limerick City Customs House. The Society can recommend all the above historical venues to tourists and others interested in Irish history.
At the Open Annual general
Meeting, held in January each year, suggestions are taken for the
coming year's outside visits and the Summer Outing. Other
historical societies and proprietors of historic tourist
attractions are invited to send details of suitable venues in
their area. At present, groups of venues which are close to each
other are chosen for the Summer Outing, within reasonable
travelling distance of Tipperary; but we're always willing to
consider travelling further afield!
For more details of The Tipperary Town and District Historical Society, you may contact:
CHAIRPERSON: Mary O'Connor, on telephone number 062-72368 (home)
VICE-CHAIRMAN Dennis Hartnett, on telephone number 062-52551 (home)
SUMMER 1999 PROGRAMME EXAMPLES:
|Indoor Evening Lecture||"The Williamite Wars in Tipperary" A Talk by Kevin Haddick-Flynn in The Royal Hotel, Bridge Street, Tipperary Town, starting at 8 P.M. Kevin, of Cappawhite, County Tipperary, is returning briefly from the U.K. to Ireland to launch his new book "The Making of a Tradition".|
|Short Local Outing||An evening outing using 'car-share' to Ballyneety, Sarsfield's Rock, and adjacent local sites in County Limerick and County Tipperary relevant to The Williamite Wars, Sarsfield's Ride & The Seige of Limerick.|
|Whole-day Summer Outing, with refreshment stops and an evening meal taken "ensemble" at a hotel.||The T.T.& D.H.S. Summer Outing of 1999 - the last of the Millenium! - took place on Sunday, August when Members, family and friends enjoyed a day-long coach trip to County Cork. The first venue was The Gunpowder Factory Visitor Centre at Ballincollig, a with a fascinating tour of a site related to Ireland's Industrial History. The coach-party then proceeded to the Old Fort at Kinsale, where a local historian gave a talk on the history of the port. A conducted tour of the Fort then followed, and all enjoyed the spectacular views of Kinsale's notable harbour from the headland site of this unique piece of Ireland's military history. Before returning home to Tipperary, all enjoyed a meal together at The Trident, Kinsale; and either joined in 'cheol agus craic' in the bar, or sat on the quayside watching the fishing fleet depart from this picturesque port in the spectacular sunset. During the journey home, there were the customary songs and recitations from group members, either volunteers or those gently coerced by Mary O'Connor to entertain us. (We wonder when Mary herself will eventually regale us with a song - perhaps somEtime during the New Millenium?)|
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