Tipperary Studies holds an annual Tipperary People and Places Lecture series throughout the winter months, commencing in October and running through to the following March. Lectures take place on the third Tuesday of each month at 7.30pm, in the Gallery of the Source Library, Thurles. Each season the Series covers a myriad of different subjects that range from the ancient to the  modern, each with its own specific relevance to the historical events and characters that have forged the rich history of this county through the centuries. Over the last 10 years the Series has become known for its knowledgeable, entertaining speakers and very healthy attendances. Archaeology, politics, land ownership, sport, the arts, social issues and the Tipperary diaspora are amongst some of the many and varied topics that are addressed each season.


October 17th: Richard O'Brien, MA, MIAI

Rathnadrinna Fort: Excavation of a multi-period hilltop in Cashel, County Tipperary.
Rathnadrinna, a circular fort on a hilltop in Lalor’s Lot, south of the Rock of Cashel was the location for recent excavations and geophysical surveys. Survey results reveal the hidden history of the fort. Rathnadrinna was occupied from the Bronze Age through to the Iron Age and up to the 11th Century, a time when Cashel was home to much unrest between the Eóganacht and the Dál gCais. The many artefacts discovered give evidence to life within the fort, from metal working and animal husbandry to ceremonial activities.

Richard O’Brien was Site Director on the Rathnadrinna Research Project. Currently working as a Project Archaeologist with Transport Infrastructure Ireland, he was chairperson of the County Tipperary Historical Society from 2007-2017.


November 21st: Dr. Laurence Geary

Poverty and the Poor in Pre-Famine Tipperary
This presentation will explore aspects of the lives of the poor in Tipperary before and during the Great Famine, including population change, living conditions and standards, diet, and the poverty-related illnesses and diseases that afflicted them.

Dr. Laurence Geary is senior lecturer in history at University College Cork, and previously held teaching and research appointments at the Australian National University, Canberra, the University of Melbourne, the University of Edinburgh, and the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. He has published extensively on the social, political and medical history of nineteenth-century Ireland, and on the history of the Irish in Australia.


December 19th: Dr. Willie Nolan

‘Michael Doheny of Fethard, Tipperary’s first Fenian’

Dr. William Nolan is a native of Ballinastick, Thurles, Co. Tipperary and is Emeritus Professor of Geography, University College Dublin. Through his academic publishing company Geography Publications he has published over fifty titles including twelve relating to Co. Tipperary. He has been researching the 1848 Rising, its origins and its aftermath for a number of years.

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January 16th: Dr. Michael Ahern

The Quakers of County Tipperary 1655 – 1924
Although never exceeding five hundred members at any given time, Tipperary Friends produced many individuals who won an honoured place both in their own community and in the wider Quaker world. They contributed greatly to the economic life of the community. They aspired to live simply and plainly, be honest in their dealings and industrious in their ways. They opposed violence of any kind and were always to the forefront in promoting charitable causes.

Dr. Michael Ahern admits to having a long obsession with the Quakers. He holds an M.A and a PhD from the National University of Ireland . He is a retired vocational teacher and a regular contributor to various magazines and journals. His publications include The Quakers of Co. Tipperary 1655 – 1924, Figures in a Clonmel landscape and Clonmel County Gaol

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February 20th: Dr. Sarah Anne Buckley

Childhood and youth in Ireland from 1740
The history of children and childhood in Ireland has become a new and exciting area of research. This talk will trace the history of childhood and youth in Ireland by looking at family life, school, work, popular culture and the State. How childhood has changed and the importance of gender and class will be highlighted through examples and images from the archives and oral history.

Dr. Sarah-Anne Buckley is lecturer in history at the National University of Ireland Galway specialising in the history of childhood and youth; and women and gender in Ireland. Author of  The Cruelty Man: Child Welfare, the NSPCC and the State in Ireland, 1889-1956 she was recently a co-editor of a special edition of the Journal of Childhood and Youth and Soathar: the Journal of the Irish Labour History Society, of which she is an editor. She is President of the Women’s History Association of Ireland, Chair of the Irish History Student’s Association and co-director of the Irish Centre for the Histories of Labour and Class at NUI Galway

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March 20th: Dr. Pat Bracken

Horse racing in Co Tipperary, 1840-1880

Dr. Pat Bracken looks at the growth and spread of horse racing in Tipperary from the pre-Famine era up to 1880. It looks at how and where racecourses developed during this time and how, by 1880, the role of the Turf Club had become more central to racing in the county. Two race courses are looked at in detail, those at Cashel and Tipperary. The talk also looks at factors which led to a decline in racing in the 1870s, especially at Cashel.

Dr. Pat Bracken, a librarian in Thurles was awarded a Ph.D from DeMontfort University . He has a particular interest in Victorian sport, publishing Foreign and fantastic field sports: cricket in Co. Tipperary and contributing to the Tipperary Historical Journal.

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