Listowel & District Historical Society presents a series of lectures during the month of October as follows:

Thursday October 5th – Great Famine in Listowel & North Kerry by Bryan MacMahon

Based on his recently published book, Bryan’s lecture will focus on human stories rather than statistics as he depicts the unprecedented events, upheavals and challenges of the famine years through the eyes of those who were there and reveals information which has lain hidden and untapped for 170 years.

Wednesday October 18th – Tim Enright: Forgotten Man of Listowel Letters

With Gabriel Fitzmaurice, Michael DeMordha, Vincent Carmody & Martin Moore

We remember Listowel born Tim Enright, socialist and translator of the Great Blasket Island writers including Tomás Ó Crohan & Michael O Guiheen. The story of the Drumboe Massacre in which four anti-treaty IRA volunteers, including Enright’s uncle Daniel were shot dead in 1923, will also be recounted.

Tuesday October 24th – Ireland’s Antarctic Explorers by Michael Smith

From the early 19th century discovery of Antarctica to the Heroic Age of the 20th century, Irishmen played a major role in almost every noteworthy episode of Antarctic exploration. These included the enigmatic Edward Bransfield from Cork who was the first person to sight the continent and pioneering Francis Crozier from Banbridge, who first mapped Antarctica. The 20th heroes like Crean and Shackleton are now well known, but lesser known Irishman like Keohane, Forde and the McCarthy brothers have incredible stories to tell. Michael Smith, the only writer to recount Ireland’s pivotal role in early Antarctic exploration, tells the fascinating and many unfamiliar stories about an overlooked chapter in Irish history.

All Lectures commence at 8 pm

Admission – €5.00