Agricultural History Society of Ireland
Cumann Stair Thalmhaíocht na hÉireann
In association with The National Museum of Ireland-Country Life
Venue: The National Museum of Ireland-Country Life, Castlebar, Co. Mayo
Theme: Folk and Farm
Dates: Friday 17th June to Sunday 19th 2005
Friday 17th June
7.30 - 8.15 p.m. Jonathan Bell, Ulster Folk and Transport Museum
Making Rural Histories: Interpreting rural history in the museum
8.15-9.00 p.m. Séamas Mac Philib, National Museum of Ireland-Country Life
Background to the National Museum of Ireland- Country Life followed by conducted tour of gallery
Saturday 18th June
9.30-10.00 a.m. Patrick Cunningham, Dept. of Genetics, T.C.D
The Birth of Dairy Farming: Genetics and archaeology converge
10.00 -10.30 a.m. M. Downes, Maynooth College
Cereals in Antiquity
10.30-11.00 a.m. Eoin Sullivan, Archaeology Department, U.C.D.
The archaeology of a farm: Never count your chickens
11.30-12.00 p.m. Rosa Meehan, National Museum of Ireland -Country Life
Mayo, God Help Us, Michael Davitt and the Land League
12.00-12.30 p.m. Anne O'Dowd, National Museum of Ireland- Country Life
Spailpiní and work migration: The research 25 years later
2.00 p.m- 6.pm. Field trip to Achill
Leaders Theresa Mc Donald and Tomás Mac Seáin
8.00 p.m. Conference Dinner: Hotel Westport, Westport
Sunday 19th June 2005
Research Forum: Short papers (10 minutes)
Liam Downey: Butter: How was it stored in earlier times
Eileen Murphy: Native grasses and their make-up in Ireland
John Byrne: A 35 acre Farm in Early Christian Ireland
Ned Culleton: Land evaluation in Eight century Ireland
Mervyn Watson: The old Irish long beamed plough
12.00am Niall Brady: The Discovery Programme
Agricultural History Studies in Medieval Ireland: Where to now?
2. 30 a.m.
Shearing, Spinning and Knitting demonstrations
Alan Wood: Demonstration of sheep shearing
Patricia Kirwan-Doyle: Carding and spinning
Marcella Mc Donnell and Mary Gallagher: Knitting
AGRICULTURAL HISTORY SOCIETY OF IRELAND / CUMANN STAIR THALMHAÍOCHT NA hÉIREANN CONFERENCE
17 June to 19 June 2005
at the National Museum of Ireland, Country Life,
Castlebar, Co. Mayo.
Cost: €40 (£28) to include reception, coffees, Saturday dinner and field trip.
Cheques should be made out to: Agricultural History Society of Ireland.
Return form and payment to:
Séamas Mac Philib
National Museum of Ireland - Country Life
The Museum is situated at Turlough, about eight kilometres outside Castlebar on the main N5 towards Dublin and Sligo.
Castlebar and Westport are served by trains from Dublin (and Tullamore, Athlone, Roscommon etc).
Knock Airport is convenient to the Museum.
The Conference dinner will be in the Hotel Westport, Newport Road, Westport at 8.00 p.m. on Saturday 18 June.
Early booking is advised as places are limited.