The History, Architecture and Art of the Blackwater Valley and beyond. 3 July 2015

Dromana Seminar 3 July
The History, Architecture and Art of the Blackwater Valley and beyond.
An exciting programme of lectures presented by leading authorities in their field, covering turbulent times in Irish history. Commemorating the 800th anniversary of the granting of the custody of Waterford and Desmond to Thomas FitzAnthony by King John in 1215.
Chair Dr. Dagmar Ó Riain Raedel
10.00 – 10.45 Registration
11.00 – 11.30 Ken Nicholls — ” The Geraldines of the Decies”
11.30 – 12.00 Dr. Diarmuid Scully — “The civilised and the savage Gerald of Wales on the Geraldines and the Irish”.
12.00 – 12.30 Julian Walton — ” Woodhouse and the MacThomas Geraldines in Co. Waterford.”
13.00 – 13.30 Buffet lunch
14.30 – 15.00 Dr. Anthony Malcomson “The formidable women of the family”15.00 – 15.30 Robert O’Byrne — “Context and Contents – Dromana”
15.30 – 16.00 Peter Murray — “Dromana in Art 1600 – 1800″
16.30 Official opening:

Opening Ceremony at Dromana 4:30pm July 3rd
The days proceedings at Dromana will culminate with a presentation by heraldic expert Gerard Crotty, of his newly produced FitzGerald family tree.
This will be followed by a symbolic planting of an actual cherry tree, linking the family back to the famous Countess Katherine of Desmond, who lost her long life when she fell from one at Dromana in 1604. This will be followed by a short celebratory reception and a group photo.
Price includes buffet lunch, places are limited and book at


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