A unique conferral ceremony took place at the County Museum Dundalk last week when twelve students were awarded certificates in local history by Maynooth University.
Most of the students had no experience in researching and writing history. Under the guidance of the course leader, Dr. Donal Hall, and with the help of high quality guest speakers, an interesting and varied programme of studies and lectures was put in place, which covered amongst other things, Viking Annagassan, 1640’s Rebellion depositions, the Great Famine in Louth and Drogheda in particular and the decade 1912-1922 in Louth.
Practical matters also covered were sources of local history and genealogy and how to critically read, research and write history.
Certificates were presented by Professor Terence Dooley of Maynooth University Department of History on the wide range of subjects covered and pointed out that the high quality of the completed work.
Certificates were awarded to Aidan Halpin (Collon and the Louth Militia); Linda Hearty (Ladies Land League and ‘Suspects’ in Dundalk Gaol); Elizabeth Lennon (The Fair Green in Dundalk); Mal Martin (The Civil War in Drogheda); Brendan McAvinue (Policeman – a reluctant RIC man who became Ireland’s first Guard); Christina Mckee (The Spanish Flu in Louth); Deborah McKenna (Fr. Stokes Building Programme – The Magnet Cinema Contribution, Dundalk 1935-1950); Mal Martin (Civil War in Drogheda); MIcheál McKeown (A study of the Anglo-Norman Verdon family and their medieval castle at Roche, Co Louth); Patricia Morrissey (Medieval Street to Modern Success Tholsel Street Carlingford); Phil Quigley (Wanted: In search of a domestic servant). Mary Tansey (A steep Climb to School – The journey to establish Lismagirl No 2 school in Killinkere, Co. Cavan); Jean Young (Rokeby Hall Estate).