The gauntlet was officially thrown down by UCC scholar Patrick Gleeson in the second of the summer lecture series last Tuesday night in Cashel library! In his own words, Paddy was something of a historical heretic on the City of the Kings, throwing out new and very exciting theories regarding the foundation of Cashel as the Royal Centre of Munster, and on the physical evidence for the same - still visible in our present landscape. The breadth and scope of his presentation gave us a tantalising foretaste of what will be to come once his doctorate work is completed in the next year. His presentation was greatly appreciated by the full-capacity and receptive audience, and I think that all would agree that on the evening we met a true historical force to be reckoned with!
At the time of writing we are waiting in anticipation for Laureen Buckley’s forthcoming lecture on leprosy and leper hospitals in medieval Tipperary, a short review of that lecture will follow in the next issue!
Week 4 of the summer lecture series features UCC archaeology lecturer and prolific author Rose Cleary, whose chosen topic for presentation is her archaeological excavations of Burncourt Castle near Cahir. This lecture will present the findings from that excavation, and Rose will draw from her unparalled knowledge and practical experience to illustrate the significance of that centre in the story of south Tipperary’s political and economic development.
Rose lives in South Tipperary, and her latest publication is the important book on Tullahedy in North Tipperary, where excavations revealed evidence for a substantial and internationally significant Neolithic (stone age) settlement. Her professional archaeological experience with Bord Gais and UCC (amongst others) ensures that the audience in Cashel Library on 26th June at 7.15pm will be treated to a first class presentation; and as always there will be room for discussion and tea at the end!
The lecture series is kindly funded by South Tipperary County Council under the current Heritage Plan, and by The Heritage Council. It is also supported by County Tipperary Historical Society, and is facilitated by the Old Cashel Society and Cashel library.