Federation Seminar 2015

County Kildare Federation of Local History Groups AGM & Seminar 24th October 2015

The guest speaker for this year’s seminar was Adhamhnán O Súilleabháin, who wrote the first biography of his grandfather Domhnall Ua Buachalla. A cultural nationalist, Gaelic Leaguer and friend of Pádraig Pearse, Domhnall Ua Buachalla became an Irish Volunteer leader in North Kildare organising and arming the Maynooth rebels before marching to the GPO on Easter Monday 1916.

Adhamhnán O Súilleabháin introduced all in attendance with the fascinating history of one man’s courage and the journey from rebel to the last Governor General Of Ireland, a role he took to wind down the office.

Adhamhnán not only gave a history of is grandfather’s involvement in the national struggle but also recalled some personal memories of the man.

A feature of the annual meeting is the ‘society speak’, where members of the various groups give an outline of their activities throughout the year.

Federation Chair, Ger McCarthy, Adhamhnán O Súilleabháin, and Federation PRO James Durney, pictured at Kilcullen Heritage Centre.

Details of the 2015 programme:

9.00 – 10.00 Registration & Tea – please let us know at Registration if you are staying for lunch
10.00 – 11.00 Society Speak (Reports from a members of each Society)
11.00 – 11.30 AGM Election of Officers (only members may vote)
11.30 – 11.45 Tea/Coffee
12 – 1 pm – Adhamhnán O Súilleabháin, will give a talk on his grandfather Domhnall Ua Buachalla.This talk is open to the public.

Break for tea at 11.30
Lunch – Fallons (optional)
Non-members are welcome to attend the opening sessions and the presentation but will not be able to participate in the official business of the AGM and elections from 11 – 11.30 a.m.

Opening of the 2015 AGM & Seminar at Kilcullen Heritage Centre