Listowel & District Historical Society in association with Seanchaí – Kerry Writers’ Museum presents the following History Lectures this Spring:

Sunday April 22nd @ 7 pm – Sinn Féin Food Committee vs. the Earl of Listowel by Kay Caball.

In 1917, with shortages and rising food prices due to the First World War, Listowel Urban Council requested the Earl of Listowel to ‘make two large fields, known as ‘the two lawns’ available for cultivation available to the poor people of the town. Following a series of unproductive letters between the Council and Lord Listowel to no avail, the Sinn Féin Food Committee was established with a view to acquiring the land for tillage. Getting tired of waiting for permission, the Food Committee, with the help of volunteers from Moyvane, Knockanure, Finuge, Rathea, Ballyconry and Ballylongford, ploughed up the ‘front and back lawns’ on 25th February 1918. The members of the Committee were jailed for a month on May 23rd. Kay will recount in detail these events in her lecture.

Friday May 4th @ 8 pm – Luftwaffe Eagles over Kerry: The Story of German air crashes in Kerry during World War Two by Justin Horgan. (Part of Listowel History Festival 2018)

Saturday May 5th @ 8 pm – ‘Women voted early and in large numbers’; Irish Women, the vote and the 1918 General Election by Dr. Mary McAuliffe (Part of Listowel History Festival 2018)

‘It is through Cumann na mBan that many Irish women sought a political platform, post 1916, and the organisation grew nationally, including, more locally, in Kerry. In 1918, with the limited female franchise now law, the nationalist Cumann na mBan women and the militant Irish Women’s Franchise League came together to campaign for the imprisoned 1916 rebel Countess Markievicz and other Sinn Féin candidates. In this lecture Mary will consider the importance of women’s political activism and the women’s vote to the Sinn Féin victory in the 1918 Election. Women canvassed, campaigned and voted for Sinn Féin in large numbers, and Mary will look especially at Kerryand what women did there in 1918’.

Thursday May 10th @ 8 pm – At Peaceful Rest: St. Michael’s Graveyard, Listowel by Martin Moore.

Admission to each lecture – €5.00              Society Membership – €25.00