H/T to John Gibbons for bringing to my attention the following event:
Unveiling of plaque to William Dargan
You are also invited to special event at Portlaoise Railway Station on Fri. Aug 25th at 11.30 am for the unveiling of a plaque to commemorate the 150th anniversary of William Dargan. He was a native of Co Laois, was the greatest entrepreneur and philanthropist in the 19th century. Among many of his projects he built most* of the country’s railway network. There is also a memorial garden and information panels being unveiled on the same occasion.
*I would have said a significant proportion but not most.
Short notice, but the Tarbert Lighthouse will be open to the public on Sunday 23 July 2017 between 11:00 and 13:00 as part of the Tarbert Summer Festival.
H/T to Brian Goggin of irishwaterwayshistory.com for this information – the ESB are running tours of Ardnacrusha in July and August this year. More information can be found here.
Apparently this weekend (13/14 May 2017) is National Mills Weekend – which I have only just found out. In my defence, it is a UK initiative that has not spread to the Republic of Ireland (surely an opening for some cross border co-operation there!) but does cover Northern Ireland.
More details, including which mills are open can be found here.
The above talk will be given in Inchicore Library (34 Emmet Road, Dublin 8) on 19th April 2017 @ 18:30.
The event is free but registration in advance is required:
Tel: 01 4533793
The Irish Labour History Society are hosting the above talk on 15th March 2017 at 20:00 in the Cois Life Bar in Liberty Hall, Dublin 1. Following the talk, the Clé Club will be holding a “Working on the Railway” Night, with songs and tunes relating to this theme. There is a €5 charge for the latter event.
The Old Dublin Society have organised the above talk about the 1957 Dundrum railcar collision on 12th April 2017 @ 18:00 in the Dublin City Library on Pearse Street, Dublin 2.
John Hussey will be giving a talk with the above title at Public Record Office of Northern Ireland, 2 Titanic Boulevard, Belfast, BT3 9HQ on 10th March 2017 @ 13:00.
Kevin O’Hagan will be launching his book “Mountains of Iron: a history of the iron mining in mid-Antrim” in Cargan, Co. Antrim on 16th February 2017.
There will be a small exhibition of local ores and artifacts.