Chairman of the La Touche Legacy George Jones announced details of the 29th La Touche Legacy and 4th Festival of history which will take place with a Launch & Lecture on 29th May 2017 at 7 pm in Greystones Golf Club with the main seminar and dinner taking place on Friday & Saturday 29th and 30th September 2017 again in Greystones Golf Club. The main theme this year is ‘The Foundation of a New State’.
Once more the Greystones Archaeological and Historical Society is collaborating with the La Touche Legacy Committee in bringing this annual seminar to the local community and of course also from further afield.  Rosemary Raughter Chairperson, Greystones Archaeological & Historical Society said "Greystones Archaeological and Historical Society is delighted to be associated with the La Touche Legacy Committee once more in the organisation of the 2017 Festival of History. As the Decade of Centenaries rolls on, so does the focus of our annual conference: having previously looked at World War I and 1916, we now move on to the creation and the early years of the new Irish state" "Our speakers, who include some of our most eminent Irish historians and political commentators, are uniformly leading figures in their field. Topics range from political activity and government to the part of minorities in the new state, and specifically in the GAA, to the role of women and the writing of the Irish Revolution, while local history will be represented in Joan Kavanagh’s illustrated lecture on the emergence of Glendalough as a tourist centre.
The opportunity to host such expertise and to hear debate of this quality is hugely exciting. It will, we are confident, attract the usual impressive support, and we look forward to welcoming friends, both local and from further afield, to this year’s event". George added that the Seminar   are delighted to welcome Anne Daly Supervalu, Greystones as sponsor.  At the end of July and throughout August September, Greystones library and Supervalu will host a weekly competition for La Touche seminar tickets.  The competition will be based around the permanent La Touche exhibition that is on display in Greystones library. Further information will follow.
In the line-up of Speakers George said “they were delighted to secure such an eminent panel for the launch date and Seminar weekend” They include Professor Michael Laffan Emeritus Professor, (UCD) Dr Conor Mulvagh, (UCD) Professor Maurice Manning, (UCD) Dr Ida Milne,(NUI Maynooth) Dr Mel Farrell (NUI Maynooth) Dr Leeann Lane (DCU), Rosemary confirmed that Ms Joan Kavanagh will deliver the Annual Jim Brennan Memorial Lecture on the Saturday of the Seminar September 30thGeorge added that they were delighted to have Dr Martin Mansergh as Dinner Guest Speaker. Arrangements and further details will be available prior to the Launch on May 29th  
     

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