During Heritage Week Maynooth University Library hosted five lunchtime lectures and guided tours of the historic Russell Library.
Fiona Ahern gave the first talk The Wild Wonderful Women of 1916. She chose five women for her talk and these were Rosie Hackett, Helena Molony, Countess Constance Markievicz and Margaret Skinnider
On Wednesday we had a double bill of James Durney, Historian-in-Residence with Kildare Library and Arts Service who gave a talk on Kildare and 1916 which was based on his book Foremost and ready : Kildare and 1916. Our second speaker was Dr. Tom Nelson whose talk was on Conflicted loyalties: Kildare County Council from 1916 to the Civil War which was based on his PhD thesis.
On Thursday Barbara McCormack gave the first talk on Maynooth College and 1916 and Dr. David Murphy gave the second talk on Remembering the Battle of the Somme.
The tours included a talk on the history of the Russell Library and its unique collections and people were invited to view the current Domhnall Ua Buachalla exhibition.
We had 117 people attending the talks and 55 people attended the guided tours of the Russell Library.