8th Festival of History & 33rd La Touche Legacy Weekend – 15th/16th September 2023

Social Discourse of the 20th Century in Ireland

Friday 15th September , 2023


Mr George Jones

Chairman La Touche Legacy Committee


Welcome by Councillor Mark Barry,

Cathaoirleach of Greystones Municipal District


Dr Brian Guerrin

Dr Brian Gurrin is Research Fellow in Census and Population Records at the Dept of History, TCD, and census specialist on the Virtual Record Treasury of Ireland project, which is engaged in the reconstruction, through digital technologies, of the Public Record Office of Ireland, destroyed in 1922. His publications include A century of struggle in Delgany and Kilcoole (2000); (with Kerby Miller and Liam Kennedy) The Irish religious censuses of the 1760s (2022) and (with Liam Kennedy, Donald MacRaild and Lewis Darwen) The Death Census of Black ’47: eyewitness accounts of Ireland’s Great Famine (2023).

The early Irish census records in the Public Record Office of Ireland


Chairperson: Mr John Ryan



Dr Emma Lyons

Dr Emma Lyons is an independent historian and researcher, whose research interests are focused on Catholic land ownership, inheritance, and education in seventeenth- and eighteenth-century Ireland. Her book, Morristown Lattin, County Kildare, 1630-1800: The estate and its tenants was published by Four Courts Press in 2020.

Irish Horse Racing and the La Touche Connection


Professor Emeritus Michael Laffan

Michael Laffan is Emeritus Professor of History, University College Dublin. His books include The Partition of Ireland (1983), The Resurrection of Ireland: the Sinn Féin Party, 1916-23 (1999), and Judging W. T. Cosgrave (2014). He has edited The Burden of German History 1919-1945 (1988)  

Was there an Irish Revolution?

Saturday 16th September


Welcome by Cllr Aoife Flynn Kennedy

Cathaoirleach Wicklow County Council


Felix Larkin


Felix Larkin is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and Chair of An Post Philatelic Advisory Committee. He is the author of Terror and dread: the Sheamus Cartoons in the Freeman’s Journal, 1920-1924 (2009), and Living with History: occasional writings (2021) and ed (with Mark O’Brien) of Periodicals and journalism in 20th century Ireland, vols 1 (2014) and 2 (2021).

‘The Fourth Estate: articles in The Bell about newspapers and periodicals, 1944-1945′


Coffee Break



Dr Ian d’Alton


Dr Ian d’Alton is an historian, primarily of Southern Irish Protestantism. His works include Protestant society and politics in Cork, 1812-1844 (1980). With Dr Ida Milne, he edited Protestant and Irish: the minority’s search for place in independent Ireland (2019) and he is currently researching the period 1912-1923 in Wicklow for the Four Courts Press County series on the Irish Revolution.

Chairperson: Ms. Rosemary Raughter, Greystones Archaeological & Historical Soc.

‘”The most planted part of Ireland outside Ulster”: Wicklow on the eve of the revolutionary period, 1912’



Dr Emily Mark Fitzgerald


Dr Emily Mark-FitzGerald is Associate Professor in the School of Art History and Cultural Policy at UCD. Her publications include Commemorating the Irish Famine: Memory and the Monument (2013; 2015); she was co-editor of The Great Irish Famine: Visual and Material Culture (2018) and of Dublin and the Famine (2022). 


Chairperson: Mr. Jim Smith,                  Greystones Archaeological & Historical Society

‘Ireland (and Wicklow) in 3D; Stereoscopic travel photography at the turn of the century.’



Guest Speaker: Mr Stephen Collins

Stephen Collins, a journalist, and author, is a Political Correspondent with The Irish Times. He was previously political editor at  The Irish Press, The Sunday Press, the Sunday Tribune, and most recently The Irish Times. He has published many political books including Ireland’s Call-Navigating Brexit 2022, Saving the State -Fine Gael from Collins to Varadkar 2020, The Cosgrave Legacy 1992, The Power Game -Ireland under Fianna Fail 2000, Breaking the Mould 2005, People, Politics and Power 2007, The Haughey File 1992, Spring, and the Labour story 1993.

Greystones Golf Club

Dinner Saturday 16th September, 2023 in Greystones Golf Club at 8.00pm
Bookings: Kay Coughlan Tel: 01 2876694 Email: Greystonesmd@wicklowcoco.ie
Further Info: George Jones Email: george.anthony.jones@gmail.com:086 821 7357
Lecture titles may alter prior to weekend.


7th Festival of History & 32nd La Touche Legacy Weekend 2022

Ireland through the 40’s ….. and Before…….

Friday 9th September 2022:


Official Opening and welcome

Mr. George Jones, Chairman of the La Touche Legacy


Welcome by Cathaoirleach

Greystones Municipal District  



Irish Women and World War Two’

Dr. Jennifer Redmond – Dr. Jennifer Redmond is Assistant Professor/ Lecturer in Twentieth Century Irish History in the Department of History at Maynooth University. Her research interests include migration, women’s history, Irish social history and digital humanities. Dr. Redmond completed her undergraduate degree at University College Dublin and an M.Phil and PhD at Trinity College Dublin, the latter on the discourses surrounding Irish female migration to Britain during the first decades of Irish independence. This was published by Liverpool University Press in 2018 as Moving Histories which was long-listed for the 2020 Michel Déon Prize.
Dr Redmond’s talk on Friday afternoon, 9 September, will deal with Irish women and World War 2, focusing on female emigration with examples taken from Wicklow histories. 



‘The Civil War’

Professor Emeritus Michael Laffan – Michael Laffan studied at Gonzaga College, University College Dublin, Trinity Hall Cambridge and the Institute for European History in Mainz. Having lectured briefly at the University of East Anglia he took up a post in UCD, where he taught for over three decades and served in various positions, including as head of the School of History and Archives, before retiring in 2010. He has lectured widely in Ireland and across the globe. From 2010 to 2012 he was president of the Irish Historical Society; he is now an emeritus professor in UCD. He has published widely on Modern Irish History. His writings include The Partition of Ireland 1911-1925 (1983) and The Resurrection of Ireland: the Sinn Fein Party, 1916-1923 (1999), and he has edited The Burden of German History; 1919-1945 (1988) Michael’s talk at this year’s seminar will be on the Civil War.



‘Nazi War Criminals in Ireland in the 1940’s’

Dr. Michael Kennedy – Dr Michael Kennedy has written and published widely on modern Irish history, in particular on military and diplomatic history and on foreign policy. He has been the executive editor of the Royal Irish Academy's Documents on Irish Foreign Policy series and head of the DIFP series since 1997. He is a former member of the Irish Manuscripts Commission, a Research Associate of the Centre for Contemporary Irish History, Trinity College, Dublin and was formerly an adjunct Professor of History at University College Dublin. Michael appears regularly on television and radio discussing aspects of Irish history ranging from lighthouses to embassies to the history of curry houses in Dublin. His paper to the La Touche Legacy Seminar will be on Nazi war criminals in 1940s Ireland.

Saturday 10th September 2022:


Welcome by Cathaoirleach of Wicklow County Council



‘Ireland in the 1940s: challenges and change’.

Mary E. Daly MRIA is Emeritus Professor of History at University College Dublin (UCD) and served for seven years as Principal of UCD College of Arts and Celtic Studies. She served as President of the Royal Irish Academy from 2014-17. A graduate of University College Dublin and Oxford, she has been awarded honorary doctorates by Queen’s University Belfast and the National University of Ireland. Many of her publications examine the history of twentieth century Ireland, including, Industrial Development
and Irish National Identity, 1922-39 (1991), Women and Work in Ireland (1997); 1916 in 1966.
Commemorating the Easter Rising (RIA, 2007), co-edited with Margaret O’Callaghan; Sixties Ireland. Reshaping the Economy, Society and the State, 1957-73, (2015); A Social History of Modern Ireland, 1740-2000, (2017), co-edited with Eugenio Biagini, and Brokering the Good Friday Agreement. The Untold Story, (RIA, 2019), which she edited. The Battle to Control Female Fertility in Modern Ireland will be published in 2023. Since 2012 she has been a member of the Irish Government’s Expert Advisory Group on the Decade of Centenaries






‘The Relationship Between de Valera and Collins’

Dr. David McCullagh – Dr David McCullagh is an journalist , author and presenter with RTÉ, where he has presented the Six One News from August 2020. He previously presented  Prime Time from 2013 to
2020, and was former Political Correspondent with RTÉ News and Current Affairs. He began his journalistic career working for the Evening Press. In 2001, He presents Behind Closed Doors on RTÉ One which details released State Documents. He has also presented The Week in Politics [  and election and referendum Programmes on RTÉ. In 1999, he won a prize under the category 'TV features and documentaries' in the ESB national media awards. He has also written the book A Makeshift Majority: The first inter-party government, 1948-51, and a biography of John A. Costello. The Reluctant Taoiseach: A Biography of John A Costello, was launched in 2010. He also written DeValera Rise & DeValera
Rule McCullagh attended Newpark Comprehensive School and studied politics in University College Dublin. He holds a PhD in the subject. David’s talk at the seminar this year will be on the Relationship between Michael Collins and Eamonn DeValera.



Jim Brennan Memorial Lecture

‘Through her Eyes: writing women into history’.

Ms. Clodagh Finn – Clodagh Finn is a journalist and author, whose work appears regularly in the Irish Examiner and   the Irish Independent. She is the author of a biography of Mary Elmes, A time to risk all (2017) and Through her eyes: a new history of Ireland in 21 women (2019). Most recently she has been commissioned by Dublin Lord Mayor Alison Gilliland to produce Her keys to the city, an account of Dublin-born and based women whose achievements deserve wider recognition.
As this year’s Jim Brennan Memorial Lecture speaker, Clodagh will discuss the recovery of Irish women’s stories, looking among others at Derry educationalist, historian and archaeologist Mabel Colhoun, and at Mary Elmes from Cork, who is credited with saving the lives of at least 200 Jewish children during World War 2.


Seminar Dinner in Greystones Golf Club


For more information and tickets: Kay Coughlan – Tel: 01-2876694  George Jones Tel: 01-2875678

Mail: george.anthony.jones@gmail.com

Lecture titles may alter prior to weekend.
Dinner + all Lectures €55 each, Lectures only €35


31st La Touche Legacy Seminar and 6th Festival of History 2019

13th & 14th September 2019 – Greystones Golf Club

Ireland through the turbulent 30’s’

Friday 13th September

Official Opening and welcome by Mr. George Jones,

Chairman of the La Touche Legacy

  Welcome by Cathaoirleach of Greystones Municipal District &      Cathaoirleach of Wicklow County Council
16.15 Mr. John Dorney, Historian ‘A war between Christ and Anti-Christ – Franco’s Irish Volunteers’
16.45 Dr Martin Mansergh & Former Government Minister ‘ The 30’s and DeValera’
17.15 Dr. Claire McGing, NUI Maynooth ‘The Silent Sisters? A reappraisal of the widows elected to Dáil  Eireann from the 1930’s’

Saturday 14th September 2019 – 

Welcome by Cllr Irene Winters, Cathaoirleach, WCC


Professor Fearghal McGarry, Queens University, Belfast

‘Communism, sex and all that Jazz: popular anxieties in 1930’s Ireland’

10.45 Coffee
11.00 Mr. David McCullagh, RTE – ‘De Valera Rule 1932-1975  

Jim Brennan Memorial Lecture 

Dr Margaret Ward – ‘Hanna Sheehy Skeffington – a woman for our times’


Seminar Dinner in Greystones Golf Club

Guest Speaker: H.E. Michael Collins, Recently retired Ambassador to Germany

Tickets: €30 for Lectures only and €50 including dinner

Tickets from Kay Coughlan: greystonesmd@wicklowcoco.ie / 01 2876694


30th La Touche Legacy Seminar and 5th Festival of History 2018

21st and 22nd September 2018 – Greystones Golf Club


Fri 16.15 September 21st


Irish ‘votes for women’ campaign

Rosemary Cullen Owens

Rosemary Cullen Owens is the author of Smashing times: a history of the women’s suffrage movement, 1889-1922. She will speak on the Irish ‘votes for women’ campaign, which culminated in the 1918 Representation of the People Act, the centenary of which is being widely celebrated this year.

Fri 16.45 September 21st


The Enemy Within- the Spanish Flu in County Wicklow 1918-19

Noel Campbell


Noel Campbell is an Assistant Keeper at the National Museum of Ireland – Country Life where he has worked since its opening in 2001. He is a graduate of NUI Galway and UCD and holds a particular interest in the history of local government and public services. Noel is the author of A History of Castlebar: Municipal Government 1613-2014 and is curator of the NMI travelling exhibition Preserving the Peace: Policing on the Island of Ireland 1814-2014. He will speak on the The Enemy Within- the Spanish Flu in County Wicklow 1918-19

Fri 17.15 September 21st


The Legacy of the Irish Parliamentary Party in the Irish Free State

Dr Martin O’Donoghue


Dr Martin O’Donoghue (NUIG), historian and Academic Director of the Parnell Summer School 2018, will speak on the legacy of the Irish Parliamentary Party in the Irish Free State.


Sat 10.00 September 22nd


The periodical Dublin Opinion – a safe valve for public opinion

Felix Larkin

Felix Larkin is a former public servant, historian and former Academic Director of the Parnell Summer School. In his contribution, he will consider the part played by the periodical Dublin Opinion in providing a safety valve for public opinion in the new Irish state.


Sat 11.00 September 22nd

The Life and Times of De Valera

Dr David McCullagh

David McCullagh PhD is a journalist and author. He is a presenter of the current affairs television programme Prime Time, and Political Correspondent with RTÉ News and Current Affairs.

In 1999, he won a prize under the category ‘TV features and documentaries’ in the ESB national media awards. He has also written the book A Makeshift Majority: The first inter-party government, 1948-51, and a biography of John A. Costello. The Reluctant Taoiseach: A Biography of John A Costello, was launched in 2010. In October 2017 he published DeValera Vol 1 1882-1932 , his Vol 2 is due later this year.

Sat 11.45 September 22nd


Jim Brennan Memorial Lecture

Liz Goldthorpe

Liz Goldthorpe is a retired lawyer and judge. She will be speaking on the life and career of Averil Deverell, Greystones resident and the first woman to practice at the Bar in Ireland, whose biography she is currently researching.



29th La Touche Legacy Seminar and 4th Festival of History 2017

Another memorable and excellent weekend

At the completion of the 29th La Touche Legacy / 4th Festival of History, George Jones commented “We were delighted with the large attendance, the great quality of the presentations and the overall shape of the weekend “
The opening presentation on Friday by the students of 6th Class St Brigid’s NS was a stirring insight into the lives of three women with very close connections to Greystones, Grace Gifford, Kitty Kiernan and Sinead de Valera. George expressed the appreciation of the Committee for all the work undertaken with production by the students and of course by their teachers Mary Beausang, Jane Ahern, Niamh Murray and in particular Martin Dodd.
On Friday three lectures were provided by Dr Conor Mulvagh (UCD), Dr Maurice Manning (UCD) and Dr Ida Milne (NUI Maynooth), the Committee thanked the three chairmen of these presentation Cllr Christopher Fox, Cllr John Ryan and Cllr John Snell.
Again, there was a large attendance on Saturday morning for talks by Dr Mel Farrell (NUI Maynooth), Dr Leeann Lane and our own local historian Joan Kavanagh provided the Jim Brennan Memorial Lecture.

The Seminar Dinner Guest Speaker was Dr Martin Mansergh Historian, Former Minister of State and former Advisor to successive Taoisigh, Chairperson of GAHS Ms Rosemary Raughter commented “everyone enjoyed Dr Mansergh’s elegant and exhilarating presentation on Saturday night and he made a very memorable contribution to what was an extremely successful weekend”.

The Minister of Heath Deputy Simon Harris also addressed the dinner audience.

In conclusion George Jones thanked the Committee, the Captain and Staff of Greystones Golf Club and it was certainly very nice to be in the home of golfer Paul Dunne on the weekend he had such success. George also thanked Anne Daly SuperValu, East Coast Radio and local media Greystones Guide, Wicklow Times and Bray People.


Another great successful La Touche Legacy Weekend 2016

The 28th La Touche Legacy Seminar and 3rd Festival of History took place over the last weekend in September in the very historic surroundings of Greystones Golf Club. The new style Festival of History which has been added to the Legacy Seminar title was once more running in association with the Greystones Archaeological and Historical Society.With this year’s theme focusing on the post 1916 period and dealing with the many new names emerging after rising, these leaders  becoming very much part of the country’s quest for a free Ireland
The weekend kicked off with the introduction of the 1916 project of the St Laurence’s students on Dr James Ryan and his wife Mairin Cregan. Chairperson of GAHS Rosemary Raughter said “they were delighted to welcome the Teachers and Students of St Laurence’s and very much honoured to have members of the Ryan family present for the exhibition and introduction”. Rosemary also confirmed that they hoped to have the exhibition on display in the Greystones Library shorty. The Leas-Cathaoirleach of Greystones Municipal District Cllr Gerry Walsh and Cllr Pat Fitzgerald Cathaoireach Wicklow County Council were on hand to welcome the large attendance. Ms Catherine Wright gave a wonderful introduction to Genealogy and was well received by all, Sean Boyne followed on by giving a major insight to the life of Emmet Dalton, who fought in the Somme, was an Irish soldier and of course founder of Ardmore Studios. Dr Mary Mary McAuliffe from UCD finished off the first afternoon with a major on the Women during the early part of the Irish Free State , reviewing their status and claims for equal citizenship.
The Saturday session repeated the success of the Friday lectures with a very enlightening presentation from local resident Dr Owen McGee on “Arthur Griffith” The audience increased considerable to hear the Political Editor of the Irish Times Mr Stephen Collins giving his views on “Decade of Commemoration” along with a review of the period between 1912-1923. The morning session ended on a high note with an excellent presentation by Ms Sinead McCoole on Lady Lavery.The Dinner Guest Speaker former President of the European Parliament gave an insight to ramifications of the Brexit vote in the UK and its effects on Ireland and Europe, the outstanding feature of his address was the explaining in “layman’s terms”  of this very complex subject.
The usual Jim Brennan Memorial Lecture by an old friend of the Seminar Mr Chris Corlett rounded off the weekend with his paper on “The 18th Century Headstones of County Wicklow
The Chairman of the La Touche Legacy George Jones said “another very successful weekend was had, but its success would be impossible without the support of a great audience and of course the GAHS, La Touche Legacy Committee , he also thanked the Wicklow County Council members who attended and Cllrs, Joe Behan , Irene Winters, Stephen Matthews , John Snell & John Ryan for chairing various sessions. George Jones  thanked the Captain Tom Byrne , Catering Staff, of Greystones Golf Club for their attention and service over the weekend.
Finally the Legacy committee were delighted to celebrate former Town Councillor Joe Lalor (who has attended 27 out 28 Seminars) 90th birthday.


La Touche Legacy Conference 2015

The 27th La Touche Legacy and 2nd Annual Festival of History took place over the  weekend of the 25-27th September, 2015.

With sunshine greeting all delegates arriving at the new venue of Greystones Golf Club, the audience received an action packed weekend of history focusing on the World War 1 and the Easter Rising 1916.  Talks provided over the three days  by a panel of national and international guest speakers ranged on Friday Dr Clara Cullen giving details of the Diaries of Elsie Henry  covering 1916 and WW1.One of the starts of the weekend was local Loreto student Eva O’Hara who gave details of local gardener James Lawless who was Greystones and lose his life at the Battle of the Somme. Eva who had earlier won a competition for her “Adopted Soldier” brought to life the sadness of War with young James dying so early. Friday also saw Turtle Bunbury deliver an excellent lecture on the Leaders of 1916 and launch the GAHS’s 8th Journal and then proceeded to sign his own newly published book on Easter 1916.Saturday morning provided 5 lectures again covering 1916 and WW1 ,
John O’Keeffe making a return visit to weekend analysed the Leaders of 1916, Professor Susan Schreibman gave details of the first crowd-sourced digital collection of letters written around the 1916 period. Philip Orr from Carrigfergus gave a highly detailed talk on the 36th Ulster Division at the Battle of Somme with local historian the Rev. Canon Bob Jennings giving details of local Newcastle man Captain Irwin Johnston who served in the same division. The Final lecture on Saturday was given on Propaganda during WW1. The Conference dinner heard a highly conversational “what if” address from former Fine Gael Leader and Taoiseach John Bruton.
The Sunday lecture was given by Michael McGinley on the “La Touche Soldiers.  Chairman of the La Touche Legacy George Jones thanked the Committee, the Chair Rosemary Raughter and her committee of GAHS for all the assistance and hard work over the weekend. In particular I would like to thank the members of the audience who bought tickets for event and the Councillors from Wicklow and DRC who supported the weekend. Cllr Jones said he was delighted that the Mayor of Holyhead and four of his colleagues were also present.  George Jones thanked the Captain of Greystones Golf Club Michael Joyce and all the staff for providing a wonderful venue for the weekend. It is quite clear there is a great appetite among our community  to learn more of the past and George Jones said he was delighted the La Touche Legacy  & GAHS were able to provide such a successful weekend.
Dr Clara Cullen is a research associate at the School of History and Archives in UCD, and the editor of The world upturning: Elsie Henry’s Irish wartime diaries, 1913-1919 (Irish Academic Press, 2013). The diaries offer a narrative account of one woman’s personal experience during this period: while engaged in war work at home in Dublin, and concerned about relatives and friends’ fighting in France, Elsie also had connections with leading Irish nationalists, such as her aunt, Alice Stopford Green, Eoin McNeill and Roger Casement, giving her a unique insight into the events which transformed Irish society during these uniquely turbulent years.Philip Orr is an historian, lecturer and the author of a number of books and dramas dealing with the Irish experience of World War 1. His works include Field of bones: an Irish division at Gallipoli (2006), The road to the Somme: men of the Ulster Division tell their story (updated 2nd edition 2008) and New perspectives: politics, religion and conflict in mid-Antrim, 1911-1914 (2011)
Ian Kinealley is a historian currently researching a PhD in Irish History at NUI, Galway. He holds a masters degree from UCC.  He is researching aspects of the history and influence of the newspaper press in Ireland.  His has written many books and has contributed to a number of edited collections such as ‘Irish Journalism before independence’, amongst many other.
John O’Keeffe:  A Cambridge-educated criminologist, broadcaster and journalist, John is an adjunct teaching fellow in the School of Psychology, Trinity College, Dublin, a regular contributor to TV and radio and a columnist for The Irish Daily Mail.
Turtle Bunbury:  Turtle is presenter of The Genealogy Roadshow on RTE TV and author of Easter Dawn – The 1916 Rising (2015) and The Glorious Madness – Tales of the Irish and the Great War (2014).
John Bruton was born in 1947 and graduated from University College Dublin with a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics and politics in 1968, before studying to become a barrister. He was called to the Bar of Ireland in 1972. He holds Honorary Degrees from Memorial University of Newfoundland and the National University of Ireland.  John Bruton is a former Taoiseach – 1994-1997.  He was  deeply involved in the Northern Irish Peace Process, leading to the 1998 Good Friday Agreement, under whose terms a conflict of allegiances dating back to the seventeenth century was resolved.

La Touche Legacy Conference 2014

LA TOUCHE LEGACY FESTIVAL OF HISTORY 26th, 27th and 28th September 2014

Friday evening started with a celebration of Greystones and Ards connection was well received by a large audience with follow on  lectures by Lord Meath , Deputy Anne Ferris and the Key note address from the  leader of the WW1 Road show Myles Dungun.Saturday included more personal reflections from Chris Fox and WW1 Roadshow members Brendan Flynn, John O’Keeffe and Dr Ciaran Wallace.
Over 40 people took part in a walking tour of historic Greystones lead by Rosemary Raughter and Joan Jones. The final event on Saturday was the Seminar Dinner which was addressed by Minister of State Deputy Simon Harris, the Bray Concert Band under the leadership of Gerry Stafford proved a musical  favour of World War 1 .The final Jim Brennan memorial Lecture was given by Turtle Bunbury on Sunday morning.
George Jones thanked the community for buying tickets for the event (normally it was a free event but with the changes to Local Government new funding arrangements were needed) and also praised the support of local councillors Tom Fortune , Grainne McLoughlin, Derek Mitchell, and Gerry Walsh, for the weekend along with support from Deputies Ferris, Harris, Timmins and Doyle.George Jones welcomed the great support from Northern Ireland Councillors and in particular was delighted that Baroness Nuala O’Loan was in attendance with her husband Councillor Declan O’Loan from Ballymena Borough Council , Councillors were also present from Ards, Omagh, Newry & Mourne, Castlereagh, George Jones also thanked Wicklow County Councillors Pat Casey, Shay Cullen, Pat Vance, John Ryan, Chris Fox, Vincent Blake and Edward Timmins for attending over the weekend.
George Jones concluded “ the very large attendance over the weekend really shows that there is a great interest in history and events and the Legacy in association with GAHS look forward to providing a further interesting 27th Seminar in 2015.

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La Touche Legacy Conference 2013 Friday 26th, Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th September 2013

Local Government – A New Dawn

The Annual Seminar which was  attended by local authority members from North and South took place on Friday 27th –Sunday 29th with a distinguished panel of speakers including :Jim Power Economist, Brendan Keenan Group Business Editor Independent Newspapers, Frank McDonald Irish Times, Anne O’Keeffe Former Director OLAM, Tom Dowling Former County Manager, Mike Nesbitt MLA Leader of the Ulster Unionist Party and Chris Corlett Archaeologist.


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