Roscrea Heritage Society invites you to celebrate the heritage town’s 800th anniversary, from Thursday 4th April – Sunday 7th April.
800 years of Roscrea Castle 1213 – 2013, along with a commemoration of the first recorded instance of Parliament in Ireland, as happened at Roscrea in 1213.
The line up of events is as follows: Thursday, April 4th, in Damer Annex at 8.15pm in Damer Annex at 8.15pm. George Cunningham, 800 years of Roscrea Castle, from 1213 to 2013, an illustrated presentation. (Free entry).
The Roscrea Spring Conference at Mt St Joseph Cistercian Abbey, Roscrea. 52nd Consecutive Conference, Friday 5th - Sunday 7th April.
Theme: Roscrea and the Irish midlands in the late twelfth and early thirteenth-centuries; celebrating the first formal record of Parliament in Ireland and the building of the castle: Roscrea 1213.
Friday 5th April at 7.45pm. The Council of Roscrea, 1213: crown, context and consequences. Dr Adrian Empey.
Saturday 6th April. 10.15am The Gaelic background and reaction to the Anglo-Norman incursion in the SW midlands, and Roscrea in particular, in the late twelfth and early thirteenth-centuries. Dr Edel Bhreathnach, Deputy Director, Mícheál Ó Cléirigh Institute, UCD 11.30am. An Earthen Castle at Roscrea and a Stone Castle in Nenagh c1213. Con Manning, Senior Archaeologist, Dept Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht
12.15pm Roscrea 800: Commemorating 800 years of a castle at Roscrea. Its story illustrated over the centuries to the present day.
By George Cunningham
Sunday 7th April
12.00pm The poets and chroniclers of the midlands in the twelfth and thirteenth-centuries. Edel Bhreathnach. 12.30pm The crosslands of medieval Tipperary. Adrian Empey. Part attendance at the conference is possible or attendance at just one lecture is possible for a nominal fee.
Saturday April 6th.
In Damer Annex at 11am.
Chess in Action. Directed by Paul O’Reilly. (Free Entry).
Guided inside tours of the Castle, by Con Manning. Senior Archaeologist, Dept of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltactht. (Free Entry). 4pm - 4.25pm at Damer Annex.
Talk by Ger Dooley MA
Ernie O’Malley’s interview with Ned Quinlan, Leader of the Roscrea IRA Brigade. (Free Entry).