2023/24 Programme

Location and times of lectures vary - see table for more details.


Major T J Akinson

Major T.J. Atkinson ,
9th Battalion Royal Irish Fusiliers.
Killed in action near Hamel, France on 1st July 1916 while serving with the Ulster Division.
A generous bequest from the Atkinson family helps fund the society's programme.


Date Title Speaker Venue and start time
Tuesday
10 Oct 2023
Clock and Watch Makers of the local area and Northern Ireland David A. Bell Craigavon Civic Centre 7:30pm
Tuesday
14 Nov 2023
1916 Rising and World War 1: Family Connections Paul May Craigavon Civic Centre 7:30pm
Tuesday
12 Dec 2023
AGM (at 7:00pm) followed by talk Armagh Observatory and the History of Observatories in Ireland Matthew McMahon Craigavon Civic Centre 7:00pm
Tuesday
30 Jan 2024
The world administered by Irishmen: the life and times of Sir Robert Hart and contemporary irish in Asia Robin Masefield ZOOM online talk at 7:30pm
Tuesday
13 Feb 2024
The Gunfight at the OK Corrall – local connections Alister McReynolds Craigavon Civic Centre 7:30pm
Saturday
02 Mar 2024
Women’s Suffrage in Ireland Margaret Ward Armagh County Museum at 2:00pm
Wednesday
20 Mar 2024
Report on archaeological dig at the early medieval site of Kilmochomóg, Lurgan in 2023 Stuart Alexander and Katy McMonagle Gracehall, Cottage Road Dollingstown, B67 9ND at 7:30pm. Click for directions to Gracehall
Tuesday
09 Apr 2024
History and tour of Clare. Jennifer McClelland Meet: Clare Presbyterian Church @ 7:30pm
Tuesday
01 May 2024
‘Archaic Stone Heads: enigmatic sculpture from Ireland Bronagh Murray Meet: Jethro Centre, Lurgan @ 7:30pm
Wednesday
01 May 2024
‘Archaic Stone Heads: enigmatic sculpture from Ireland Bronagh Murray Meet: TBA @ 7:30pm
Saturday
18 May 2024
Historic tour of gardens at Waringstown House Michael Harnett Meet: Waringstown House @ 11:00am
Tuesday
11 June 2024
Pillboxes and shelters: the Bann Defence Line of World War II Dr Jim O'Neill Meet: TBA @ 7:30pm

Directions to Gracehall, Dollingstown

Travelling from Lurgan towards Moira, drive through Dollingstown and at the mini roundabout on the edge of Dollingstown (just after the Texaco petrol station) take the first exit i.e. left turn on to Cottage Road. The entrance to the avenue leading to Gracehall is 750 yards or almost half a mile along this road on your right, just past Trinity Park Nursery. Drive up the avenue for about a quarter of a mile and park where directed.