Greystones Festival of History Weekend 26-28 Sept

Greystones Archaeological and Historical Society, in association with the La Touche Legacy Committee, is hosting a Festival of History Weekend at Charlesland Golf and Country Club, Greystones, Friday 26 to Sunday 28 September.

The event will open on Friday afternoon at 4pm, with a celebration – through a discussion of shared literary links – of the longstanding connection between Greystones and Ards. Speakers will be Rosemary Raughter (GAHS) and Down local historian, Mark Thompson. The rest of the weekend will feature the Great War Roadshow, with Dr Myles Dungan, historians Turtle Bunbury, Dr Ciaran Wallace and John O’Keeffe, while a Wicklow perspective on the events of 1914-18 will be provided by Brendan Flynn. Lord Meath, Anne Ferris TD and WCC Cathaoirleach, Cllr Christopher Fox will offer personal reflections. In addition, on Saturday afternoon (27 September) there will be a guided walk of Greystones village, beginning at 2.30 from Ireton’s shop. Further details on the programme here

As well as providing a stimulating overview of this pivotal period, this weekend is envisaged as an opportunity for local history societies and local historians throughout Wicklow to make contact with other involved in the field and to showcase current activities and research. Space will be available for societies and individuals to publicise forthcoming events and to display and sell publications – to reserve, please contact Kay Coughlan, tel 01-2878448.

A number of ticket options are available:

  • Admission to all ten lectures                                       30 euro
  • All lectures and light lunch                                         40 euro
  • All lectures and Seminar dinner, Sat 27 September   50 euro
  • All lectures, light lunch and Seminar dinner               60 euro

Tickets available from Kay Coughlan, tel 01-2878448; from Leo Ireton’s shop, Killincarrig Road, Greystones; through GAHS website ; or from Rosemary Raughter at 087-2729874, email