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6.30pm Arrival Tea Coffee

7.00pm Welcome remarks

 

Lord Mayor of Dublin & President of MIE, Prof. Teresa O’Doherty

 

7.15pm Keynote 1 – Prof. Colm Lennon

 

North Bull and Clontarf Islands: Growth and decay in the north bay of Dublin.

 

Colm Lennon is Professor Emeritus, Maynooth University. He has published extensively on early modern Irish history. Among his local studies are That field of glory: the story of Clontarf (2014) and the Royal Irish Academy’s Atlas of Clontarf (2018), the first in the Dublin suburbs series.

 

North Bull and Clontarf Islands: Growth and decay in the north bay of Dublin.

Synopsis

The influence of the sea on Clontarf and the north bay coastline over the centuries has been huge. From medieval times Clontarf Pool in the lea of Clontarf Island allowed ships that were unable to enter Dublin port to anchor and shelter in safety. This added to the importance of the district’s commerce and fisheries. Major

changes in the geography of the bay in the nineteenth century caused Clontarf Island to be absorbed in the reclaimed shoreline, while the building of the North Bull wall promoted the birth of a new

island. This paper contrasts the history of the two islands in an attempt to explain the modern maritime history of Clontarf and the north bay.

 

8.15pm Concert Programme – Dublin Airport Singers

 

Chapel of the Sacred Heart, Marino Institute of Education.

Dublin Airport Singers are a long-established north Dublin choir who have been giving uplifting and moving performances. The choir has a diverse repertoire encompassing sacred, secular, ancient and modern music from many countries and cultures.

Musical Director: Morgan Crowley

 

Day 2

 

10.00am Keynote 2 – Dennis McIntyre

 

Bram Stoker and Dracula.

 

Dennis McIntyre is a former teacher but is now an author, tour guide, broadcaster, historian and a Stoker/Dracula scholar and connoisseur. Dennis presents a weekly show on NEAR 90.3fm Radio. He has published six books and a myriad of articles on a variety of topics. Dennis is CEO of Dublin North Bay Tourism.

Bram Stoker and Dracula.

The first part of this discourse gives an account of the life of Bram Stoker from his birth at number 15 The Crescent Marino, through his Trinity College days, his work as a civil servant in Dublin Castle, to his 27 years at the Lyceum Theatre in London with Victorian actor Henry Irving.

The second part deals with the Irish genesis of the Dracula story including his mother’s cholera stories from Sligo, the suicide graveyard in Ballybough, the mummified bodies in St Michan’s Church on Church Street, Dublin … and much, much more.

 

11 – 11.30am Tea Coffee Break

 

11.30am – 12.15pm

 

Group A 

Hugh Walsh

Museum of Things

 

Group B

Darren Donovan

History of the Dublin Fire Brigade

 

12.20pm – 1.10pm

 

Group A 

Hugh Walsh

Museum of Things

Group B

Darren Donovan

History of the Dublin Fire Brigade

 

 

1.20pm - 2.00pm Lunch Break

 

2.00pm – 2.45pm

 

Group A 

Ciarán Fogarty

James Caulfeild,

1 st Earl of Charlemont

 

Group B

Ann Louise Mulhall

History of Clontarf

Cemetery and who is there?

 

2.50pm – 3.40pm

 

Group A

Ciarán Fogarty

James Caulfeild,

1 st Earl of Charlemont

Group B

Ann Louise Mulhall

History of Clontarf Cemetery and who is there?

 

 

3.45 pm Concert Programme -

 

Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann, Craobh Seán Treacy.

 

Craobh Seán Treacy is one of the largest and most active of the of the Comhaltas Ceoltóiri Éireann (CCÉ) branches in Dublin, providing extensive music, singing and dancing classes for all ages in Irish Traditional music and its culture. The group loves to play music and entertain people and are constantly in demand to perform both in Ireland and sometimes overseas. Music and dancing is a very social activity so the group

likes to involve the audience in performances. Over the years they have been very successful in competitions and some members have toured the world playing music and dancing with professional touring groups.

 

Hugh Walsh – Museum of Things

Hugh Walsh is the curator of the Dublin North Museum of Memories. This is a vast archive of memorabilia relating to north Dublin. This is an exclusive opportunity to meet him and to see items from this private collection.

 

Darren Donovan – History of the Dublin Fire Brigade

Darren Donovan is the curator of the Dublin Fire Brigade Museum located in the local training centre in the O’Brien Institute on the Malahide Road. This will be an opportunity to hear about the development of firefighting and the service in north Dublin throughout the years.

 

Ann Louise Mulhall – The History of Clontarf Cemetery and Who is there?

A Clontarf Native who has a passion for local history, genealogy, art and lawn bowling. Ann Louise is presently researching the history of Clontarf Bowling Club and Lawn Bowling in Ireland. Ann Louise has looked at the history of Clontarf Cemetery on Castle Avenue from 1609-1866. Among the three thousand graves are thespians, politicians, fishermen, merchants, and ordinary folk. Ann Louise will share some of those findings and the wealth of history she discovered.

 

Ciarán Fogarty – James Caulfeild, 1 st Earl of Charlemont.

Ciarán Fogarty is the Director of Estates in MIE. He is an amateur historian

who has researched the life and times of James Caulfeild and has a particular

 

interest in the estate developed by Lord Charlemont here in north Dublin.

Ciarán has spoken publicly and online on this topic.

 

Day 3

 

10.00am - 12.30pm

 

Walking tour of Marino, Marino Crescent, and Marino Casino.

This tour will be led by Ciarán Fogarty, Gerry Edgely and Dennis McIntyre as the group take in the locality and points of interest. The route will begin at St Mary’s in MIE and will take in Griffith Avenue, Brian Road, Carleton Road, Haverty Road, Marino Mart, Howth Road, The Crescent, Malahide Road and conclude at

Marino Casino.

At the Casino those who wish can remain and take in a tour of the architectural gem itself (a modest additional fee applies).

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