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July 2019

Kilkee Civic Trust Summer Talks

July 10 @ 8:00 pm

Speaker: Christopher Power Talk Title: Michael Hogan: The Bard of Thomond Michael Hogan the Bard of Thomond created wonderful material about his native city of Limerick and much of County Clare. An early master in the genre of Gothic stories, he produced highly descriptive and very original material. Perhaps his best-known piece of literature was Drunken Thady and the Bishops Lady the ultimate Christmas story. Many other creations exist in his works such as the ghostly bride Mary who haunted…

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Kilkee Civic Trust Summer Talks

July 17 @ 8:00 pm

Topic: The Land War in East Clare with particular reference to the Bodyke Evictions of 1887 Speaker: John S Kelly Topic Decription : During the latter half of the 19th century; Ireland experienced a Land War. Our speaker, John S. Kelly, explores the three distinct phases. The first, lasting until 1882, witnessed a violent struggle between landlords and tenants, orchestrated by the tenants’ rights organisation, the Land League. During the second phase, 1882-1891, a more intensive struggle called the Plan…

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Kilkee Civic Trust Summer Talks

July 24 @ 8:00 pm

Topic: Here Come the Yanks! Speaker: Brian O' Connell & Cian O' Carroll Talk Description:  Cian O’Carroll will deliver a summary of O’Regan’s life, illustrated by photographs showing his involvement in a wide range of activities. Brian O’Connell’s talk will deal with O’ Regan’s unique contribution to the development of an international tourist trade in Ireland; beyond visitors from Britain. It will cover O’ Regan’s unique role in conceiving and creating an industry that today employs hundreds of thousands of…

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The Nelson Eddy & Jeanette MacDonald Profile

July 26 @ 8:00 pm
€10

In the third of a trilogy of Profiles on America’s Singing Sweethearts, Martin Bourke examines the relationship between Nelson Eddy and Jeanette MacDonald, both on screen and off. This audiovisual presentation covers the films they were in and above all the beautiful music they made, featuring their timeless hits like Ah Sweet Mystery of Life, Wanting You, Indian Love Call, Will You Remember, I’ll See You Again, together with some unusual renditions of songs not immediately associated with them such…

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Kilkee Civic Trust Summer Talk

July 31 @ 8:00 pm

Topic: Solo Hiking in Remote Regions Speaker: Dermot Cosgrove Topic Decription: In July of 2017 Dermot solo hiked along one of the remotest hiking trails in the world, the Arctic Circle Trail. This trail is located 40 kilometres north of the Arctic Circle crossing over the coastal mountains in the tundra of Western Greenland as far as the Ice Sheet. In 2018 Dermot continued his trekking activities by tackling the first stage of the GR10 trail in the French Pyrenees;…

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August 2019

Steaming & Puffing through West Clare – Kilkee Civic Trust Talk

August 7 @ 8:00 pm

Topic: Steaming and Puffing through West Clare Speaker: Joe Coleman Topic Description: This illustrated talk, will focus on the last commercial narrow-gauge railway line to operate in the country, the sometimes infamous "West Clare Railway" which served the communities of West and South Clare from 1888 until 1961. It will feature many rare photographs, diagrams and drawings. It will look at some of the people who worked on the line; those who traveled on it and also lamented its passing.…

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Pictorial Record of Kilkee – Kilkee Civic Trust Talk

August 14 @ 8:00 pm

Topic: Pictorial Record of Kilkee Speaker: JJ Hickie Topic Description: A Treasure Trove of old photographs across not only decades, but two centuries; representing a lifetimes passion for all things Kilkee; has been assembled by well-known and greatly admired Kilkee man J.J. Hickie. So large is his collection; the great dilemma for J.J. will not be what photographs to put in, but what ones to leave out! Each photograph will be accompanied by J.J.’s insightful commentary, revealing many interesting historical…

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Catherine Hayes, World Famous Limerick Born Operatic Soprano 1818 -1861

August 16 @ 8:00 pm
€10

The presentation will include a narrative account of Catherine Hayes' musical life, career and worldwide travel. It will be illustrated with historic images, as well as musical extracts from her repertoire of Opera and Ballads. Cian, a Dublin man, living in Limerick for more than 50 years has a lifelong interest in the Arts. When Cian retired as CEO of Shannon Heritage, he undertook many Heritage Tourism assignments in the Middle East. He is a former Director of the Belltable…

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Life in the Darkness – Kilkee Civic Trust Talk

August 21 @ 8:00 pm

Topic Title: Life in the Darkness Speaker: Jim Warny Topic Description: Jim Warny, will provide a personal account of the Tham Luang Cave Rescue mission. In June and July 2018, a widely publicised Cave Rescue successfully extricated members of a junior football team trapped in Tham Luang cave in Chiang Rai Province, Thailand. Twelve members of the team, aged eleven to seventeen, and their 25-year-old assistant coach entered the cave on 23 June after football practice. Shortly afterwards, heavy rains…

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Emigration from Clare and Limerick in the 19th Century

August 28 @ 8:00 pm

Topic: Emigration from Clare and Limerick Speaker: Jane Halloran Ryan Talk Description: It’s all in the Talk Title! Jane Halloran Ryan will recount the experience of emigration, the personal pain, the tears, searing loneliness, forever farewells, the Irish Wake, the experience upon arrival in the New World, Ellis Island, new ways of living; ultimately a new life for those fortunate enough to survive the journey; and place it all in the context of the world before modern transport by sea…

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