Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland
Report of the Council for 2019
At the Annual General Meeting of the Society, held in the Helen Roe Theatre, 63 Merrion Square, on Thursday 24thJanuary 2019, the following were elected to their respective offices, nominations having been received and being in accordance with the Statutes and Bye-Laws and not in excess of the several vacancies on Council:
PRESIDENT DR. CONOR LUCEY
JOINT HON GEN SECRETARY MS. LIZ ALLMAN
JOINT HON. GEN. SECRETARY MS. PHILIPPA BARRY
HON. TREASURER DR. BRIAN DORNAN
VICE-PRESIDENT, CONNACHT DR MIRIAM CLYNE
VICE-PRESIDENT, LEINSTER DR ANN LYNCH
VICE-PRESIDENT, MUNSTER DR TRACY COLLINS
VICE-PRESIDENT, ULSTER PROF JIM MCADAM
MEMBERS OF COUNCIL MR MICHAEL FEWER
DR PAUL SMITH
Nine meetings of the Council were held between February 2019 and January 2020 at which the attendance was as follows:
|Dr. Conor Lucey||6||Dr John Gillis||8|
|Ms. Liz Allman||9||Mr Conleth Manning||7|
|Ms. Philippa Barry||7||Ms Evie Monaghan||0 (maternity leave)|
|Dr. Brian Dornan||8||Dr Lynda Mulvin (co-opted October 2019)||3|
|Dr Miriam Clyne||4||Mr. Edmond O’Donovan||2|
|Dr Ann Lynch||6||Dr Dagmar O’Riain Raedel||1|
|Dr Tracy Collins||1||Mr Patrick Salmon||7|
|Prof Jim McAdam||3||Dr Paul Smith||9|
|Mr Michael Fewer (resigned January 2020)||6||Mr Seamus Taaffe (resigned December 2019)||2|
|Dr Kelly Fitzgerald||9||Dr. Andrew Tierney (resigned September 2019)||2|
|Dr Colleen Thomas||7|
During the year nine Meetings of the Society were held. A list of the papers and the lectures given will be found under the heading Proceedings. Three excursions were held, details of which appear under the heading Excursions.
During the year 20 Members, 7 Retired Members, 1Family Members and 11Student Memberswere elected.
Mr Michael Cronin, Ms Deirdre McAlister, Mr Brian Honan, Gilly Clarke, Colm O Niadh, Ms Mairead Carew,
Mr Joe O’Keeffe, Mr John R. Bowen, Mr Andrew Wallace, Mr Kevin Reid, Mr Joseph Cunningham, Mr Philip Quilty, Dr Shawn Ahearn, Mate Ambrus, Dr Rachel Finnegan, Dr Elva Johnston, Mr Robert Charles, Mr Micheál Mc Keown, Ms Mary E. Mysliwy, Mr Robert McGuire
As Retired Member:
Mr Brian O’Neill, Ms Joyce Enright, Mr Joseph Durkan, Dr Pádraig Ó Laighin, Mr Roland Gadd, Dr Teresa Jane Fanlon, Mr Robert Martin
As Family Member:
Ms Ellen MacCafferty
As Student Member:
Ms Fiona Baldwin, Mr Patrick Joseph Joyce, Ms Kate Driscoll, Mr Daryl Hendley Rooney, Mr Brendan Mc Evoy, Ms Eleanor Neil, Mr Andrew Pringle, Ms Maria Kane, Ms Susan Curley Meyer, Mr Curtis Ross,Alex Teplitz
The number of Fellows, Members, and Associateson the roll at 31 December 2019 was distributed as follows:
|Hon. Life Fellows|
The Annual General Meeting of the Society was held in the Helen Roe Theatre on Thursday 24 January 2019. The President Dr Conor Lucey was in the Chair and the attendance numbered approximatelyfifty.
The minutes of the Annual General Meeting of 25 January 2018 were read, approved and signed. Five Members, and one Family Member who had been recommended by Council, were approved.
The President announced that the following members of Council were retiring by rotation: Two Vice-Presidents: Prof Muiris O’Sullivan, Vice-President for Leinster, Ms Sarah McCutcheon, Vice-President for Munster, and three Ordinary Members of Council: Dr Myles Campbell, Dr Bernadette Cunningham and Ms Philippa Barry (acting JHGS since October 2018) were also retiring. The other Officers and Members of Council declared their willingness to continue in office.
The rules governing the election of Officers and Members of Council having been complied with, Officers and Members of Council were declared elected.
The Annual Report of the Council, which had been circulated to members, was accepted on the proposal of Dr Brian Dornan, Hon. Treasurerand seconded by Ms Liz Allman, Member.
On the proposal of the Treasurer it was agreed to appoint Fitzgerald and Associates as Auditors for the Society for y/e/ 31st December 2018.
A lecture entitled ‘Improving the Atlantic World: Transatlantic Tourists and Their Landscape Designs, Comparisons and Routes’was delivered by Prof. Finola O’Kane-Crimmins, UCD.
21 February 2019:A General Meeting of the Society was held in the Helen Roe Theatre at 7.30pm. The President, Dr Conor Lucey was in the Chair and the attendance numbered approximately 100. One Members,TwoRetired Members and oneStudent Member were elected.
An illustrated lecture entitled: ‘The Hidden Passage Tombs of Brú Na Bóinne: Recent Discoveries at Dowth Hall, Co. Meath’ was given by Dr Clíodhna Ní Lionáin, Devenish Nutrition and UCD.
21 March 2019: A General Meeting of the Society was held in the Helen Roe Theatre at 7.30pm. Mr Conleth Manning, past President was in the Chair and the attendance numbered approximately 80. Two Membersand oneFamily Memberwere elected.
An illustrated lecture entitled: ‘The European Dimension: Dublin in the 11thcentury’ was given by Dr Dagmar Ó Riain-Raedel, RSAI Fellow.
25 April 2019: A General Meeting of the Society was held in the Helen Roe Theatre at 7.30pm. Dr Conor Lucey, President was in the Chair and the attendance numbered approximately 50. Two Members, two Retired Membersand one Student Member were elected.
An illustrated lecture entitled: ‘Charlie McGuinness of Derry and the Robbery of the Bank in Ardara, Conty Donegal, 1921’ was given by Dr Breandán Mac Suibhne, Centenary University.
23 May 2019: A General Meeting of the Society was held in the Helen Roe Theatre at 7.30pm. Dr Conor Lucey, President was in the Chair and the attendance numbered approximately 100. Seven Membersand two Student Members were elected.
The Helen Roe memorial lecture entitled: Lignum de Vera Cruce: Relics of the True Cross in Medieval Ireland’ was given by Mr Raghnall Ó Floinn, Former Director of NMI.
26 September 2019:A General Meeting of the Society was held in the Helen Roe Theatre at 7.30pm. Dr Conor Lucey, President was in the Chair and the attendance numbered approximately 50. Six Members, three Retired Membersand three Student Memberswere elected.
An illustrated lecture entitled: ‘‘Irish Literature and the Historiography of 18thcentury Ireland’ was given by Dr. Vincent Morley, Historian.
24 October 2019: A General Meeting of the Society was held in the Helen Roe Theatre at 7.30pm. Dr Conor Lucey, President was in the Chair and the attendance numbered approximately 80. One Student Memberswas elected.
The Frank Mitchell Memorial lecture entitled: ‘The condition and protection of ancient monuments in the Irish farmed landscape’ was delivered by Prof. Jim McAdam, QUB, RSAI Vice-President for Ulster.
28 November 2019:A General Meeting of the Society was held in the Helen Roe Theatre at 7.30pm. Dr Conor Lucey, President was in the Chair and the attendance numbered approximately 50. One Member,one Retired Member and three Student Memberswere elected.
The November lecture entitled: ‘The afterlife of St Oliver Plunkett’ was delivered by Dr Paul Smith, RSAI Member.
12 December 2019: A General Meetingof the Society was held in the Helen Roe Theatre at 7.30pm. Dr Ann Lynch, Vice-President for Leinster was in the Chair and the attendance numbered approximately 40. Dr Lynch declared the vacancies on Council: Two Vice-Presidents: Prof Jim McAdam, Vice-President for Ulster, Dr Miriam Clyne, Vice-President for Connachtwere retiring by rotation. Three Ordinary members: One Ordinary Member of Council: Mr Ed O’Donovan was retiring by rotation; Dr Andrew Tierney and Mr Seamus Taaffe resigned from Council. One Members was elected.
An illustrated lecture entitled: ‘The Butlers of Ireland and the House of Ormond’ was delivered by Mr John Kirwin, Archivist and Historian.
Spring Excursion 23 March: The excursion was led by past President, Mr Con Manning. Firstly, we visited Townley Hall, where we received a warm welcome from our tour guide Brendan Kiernan and his team. After a great lunch in the Monasterboice Inn, we made our way to meet Dr Geraldine Stout at the breath-taking surroundings of Knowth. 55 members participated.
Explorer’s Excursion 5-7 July:Ms Philippa Barry, Joint Honorary Secretary led the Excursion to West Cork. The group stayed at the Eccles Hotel in Glengarriff. The itinerary was as follows:
5 July: Ormond Castle, Carrick-on-Suir, County Tipperary.
6 July: various sites and monuments on the Sheep’s Head Peninsula, including Kilcrohane, where we made use of a beautiful loop walk with its many archaeological sites. In the afternoon, thanks to the assistance of Madeline Hutchins and the local manager, Liz Cronin, we visited the Ardnagashel Estate. Our Vice President for Ulster, Professor Jim McAdam, explained the history of the estate, its woods, the neighbouring estate of Tragarriff and the history of the families connected to the area.
7 July: Our first stop was the remarkable stone circle at Kealkil, following which we moved on to Carrignass Castle. From Kealkil, we drove all the way out to Three Castle Head on the Mizen peninsula, one of the absolute highlights of the trip, with its magnificent views of the Irish coastline.40 members attended.
Autumn Excursion28 September:An excursion to sites in county Kilkenny was led by Mr Con Manning, Council member and past president.Firstly, we visited Woodstock Gardens, located just outside the picturesque village of Inistioge and overlooking the River Nore Valley.
Archivist and historian John Kirwan, native of Inistioge, joined us on the day and shared many fascinating stories about the estate and family histories associated with the place. After lunch in the newly restored tea rooms in the Victorian conservatory, we set out to explore the historic village of Inistioge. 38 members attended.
February: ‘Let’s party: the RSAI in 63 Merrion Square’,Ms Aideen Ireland, RSAI Life Member and Past President
March: ‘The Early Medieval Sculptural Heritage of Northern Ireland’, Ms Meghan Henvey, University of York
April: ‘Castles in Communities, the Ballintober Project: a dynamic and exciting approach to exploring cultural heritage within a research context in north Roscommon’, Dr Niall Brady, Archaeological Diving Company Ltd and Honorary Editor, JRSAI.
May:‘Garranes: an early medieval royal site in county Cork?’,Professor William O’Brien, University College Cork
September: ‘‘Undimmed by the shadow of Rome’? Ireland in a European world (100 BC – AD 500)’, Dr Alexandra Guglielmi, UCD
October: ‘‘For Greatness Resembling a Mountain’: recent archaeological research in Glendalough’, Prof Graeme Warren, UCD
November: ‘Surviving the 17thcentury?: The Kennedy’s of Mt Kennedy, Ms Therese Hicks, RSAI Member.
23 February: A visit to the Freemasons’ Hall, Dublin 2.
19 October: A visit to 19 Fitzwilliam Square, Dublin 2.