Professor speaks on Human Rights
EGLISH Historical Society has planned a History Night at which Professor Kevin B. Nowlan will speak on “Daniel O’Connell and Human Rights”.
The talk will take place on Thursday, September 20th, at 8.00pm in the Parochial Hall, Eglish.
Eglish Historical Society has had a busy 12 months. The Society was formed in 2005 to record and publish the fascinating history of the area in the south-east corner of County Tyrone through which the Oona flows into the Blackwater river. In 2009 it was fortunate to be allocated a grant by the Heritage Lottery Fund which has enabled it to achieve many of its objectives.
The Book of Eglish – where the Oona Flows (over 500 pages and hard-backed) was published in December, 2011.
Speaking at the book’s launch in Eglish, Professor Kevin B. Nowlan hailed it as ‘an exemplar of a local history book’.
He stressed the importance of seeing an area in its full historical and pre-historical extent and stated that ‘if one doesn’t understand the interaction of local communities it is difficult to understand the development of the overall scene’. The Mayor of Dungannon, Councillor Kenneth Reid, also attended and commended Eglish Historical Society, stating ‘Publications and projects like this don’t just happen. They require foresight, planning, determination and a lot of hard work – together with the securing of funding’. He congratulated all those involved on the part each played in bringing the project to fruition and said ‘This publication will give a wonderful historical insight into this area, its history and its people’.
Professor Nowlan will return to Eglish on 20th September for a History Night and will give a talk on ‘Daniel O’Connell and Human Rights’. Eglish Historical Society’s programme of events in 2012 will be reviewed - in addition to the publication of The Book of Eglish - Where the Oona Flows, the Society has devised an historical trail covering the locality as far east as Benburb. Copies of the attractive Heritage Trail leaflet [see attached photo] have been distributed to schools in the area and are available at several locations between Dungannon and Armagh. In addition, plaques have been placed at many sites of historic interest.Professor Nowlan is Emeritus Professor of Modern History in University College Dublin, where the joined the staff in 1948 after studies in Cambridge and Germany. He is a member of the Royal Irish Academy, Honorary Member of the Royal Institute of Architects of Ireland, Vice-President of the Irish Georgian Society, President of the Dublin Civic Trust, Chairman of the Castletown Foundation and past President of An Taisce.
A cordial invitation is extended to Eglish Historical Society subscribers and members of the public to come to the History Night. It will be a fitting conclusion to the Society’s programme for 2012 and an opportunity to plan further activities. In particular the Society is anxious that additional historical research for the area should be stimulated and published and that people in the many old photographs on file should be identified and recorded. Those interested in this may make contact with the Chairman of Eglish Historical Society, Brendan McAnallen, in Benburb (Telephone 028 375 49697).
Admission to the evening is free and all are welcome.
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