Federation Seminar 2012

Seminar 13 October 2012 – Kilcullen Heritage Centre

9.00 – Doors open

9.00 – 9.30 – Registration

9.30 – Start

9.45 – Launch by Bridget Loughlin, Heritage Officer

10.00 – 11.00 – Main Talk: ‘A subject for the crowbar: the offer of Bishopscourt, Co. Kildare, to the State, 1966-71,’ by Emer Crooke

11.00 – 11.15 – Display of new Federation website by Sean Sourke, Webmaster

11.15 – 11.30 – Break

11.30 – 12.30 – Society Speak

12.30 – 12.45 – Short talk: ‘Oral history workshop,’ by Bridget Loughlin

12.45 – 1.00 – Formal AGM

1.15 – Lunch

3.00 – Trip to Harristown House

Trip to Harristown House

Harristown demesne was purchased by the La Touche family in 1768 and a spacious Georgian mansion was erected by Whitmore Davis in a dominant position overlooking the River Liffey. The old house of three stories was destroyed in 1891 and a smaller two storey house sits well in its place. The diocesan architect, James Franklin Fuller, oversaw the restoration of the house at the same time as he rebuilt the small Church of Ireland church at the entrance to the estate. The omission of the third storey allows for an unusual amount of light into the house through a cleverly constructed lantern light. Thus the move from the airy and bright downstairs rooms is complemented by a rush of light from the upstairs hallway. Another interesting feature is the tunnel that runs underground for some 80 metres from the stable yard into the basement.