Yet another full capacity audience were treated to a fantastic lecture by Richard O’Brien on 17th July in the Library on ‘Rathnadrinna – the story so far’. Richard outlined in most interesting detail how the excavation has progressed since June 11th, and despite the awful inclement weather – it being the wettest June on record - the discoveries have been great.
Richard informed the audience of the finds of animal bones from the bottom layers of the fort ditches, bones with which he will be able to securely date the fort. Richard was fulsome in his praise of his excavation team who have been assembled from around the world; he also paid tribute to the funding authority the Royal Irish Academy and to the landowners Tom and Margaret Horan, without whose permission the excavation could not have proceeded.
And for the penultimate lecture of our series on 31st July - have you ever wondered is it possible to know details on the key architectural monuments in Tipperary? The answer is yes if you are Barry O’Reilly and you work for the National Monuments Service in the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht! Barry, who lives in Moyglass, is a specialist on our built heritage and has amassed a formidable resume which marks him out as one of our foremost experts in the field of vernacular architecture in Ireland. The breadth and range of his knowledge will allow both rural and urban architectural gems of the county to be highlighted and discussed. On 31st the organisers have given Barry the opportunity to tell us about his favourite architectural sites from his work throughout the county. Will your house, farm, pub or castle be on the list?
As always we encourage people to arrive early (lectures begin at 7.15pm) upstairs in the Library to get a good seat, and we look forward to the discussion over a cup of tea at the end of the talk! The Cashel Summer 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 the County Tipperary Historical Society and is facilitated by both the Old Cashel Society and Cashel Library. The organisers greatfully acknowledge the support of Cashel Heritage and Development Trust for the use of equipment.