SEGAHS Conference

Saturday, July 8th 2017

Conference with the support of the Heritage Council, and in partnership with the South East Galway Archaeological and Historical Society (SEGAHS), titled ‘The Place of the Big House and Estate in Irish History’.


At the beginning of the 19th century there were over 4,000 ‘Big House Country Estates’ in Ireland; today there are less than 100. These estates symbolised the economic strength and social standing of different landed families. However, estates were about far more than just the ‘Big House’. The story of estates is also the story of the tenant and the labourer, the story of society and of strife, and it is a story which reflects the economic history of Ireland. In essence, the story of the big house and estate is the story of Ireland in the 18th and 19th centuries.HC1

Places are limited so booking is essential. Phone Steve Dolan on 0909-759200.


Speakers include…

Dr David Fleming is course director of local history at the University of Limerick, secretary of the Group for the Study of Irish Historic Settlement, secretary of the Eighteenth-Century Ireland Society, and a board member of the Irish Georgian Foundation.

Dr Christy Cunniffe is a self-employed archaeologist and heritage consultant and works as Field Monument Advisor for Galway County Council. He leads the Galway Community Archaeology Project and is the organiser of today’s seminar.

Donal Burke is a local councillor, architect, and historian. His website ‘burkeseastgalway’ has become a staple for local historians and students alike. His lecture focuses on the estate records of Eyreville and Eyrecourt

John Joe Conwell is a local historian, author, and specialist on the ’big house’ and their occupiers in South-East Galway. He has recently completed work on his latest book Portumna by the Shannon which will be launched shortly.

David Broderick is the in-house historian at the Irish Workhouse Centre. He is Chairperson of the Lorrha-Dorrha Historical Society in Tipperary, contributor to various publications, and joint-editor of  ‘The Lamp’.

Damien O’Connor is a historian and member of the Irish Georgian Society. Among Damien’s publication06. Eyrecourt Castle 2s, he has completed a dissertation on the Eyrecourt staircase and has led efforts for its repatriation from the Detroit Institute of Arts.

Both SEGAHS and the Irish Workhouse Centre are delighted to once again welcome Dr Anne Walsh and her students from NUIG’s Centre for Adult Learning and Professional Development as our special guests.


The Irish Workhouse Centre, Portumna, Co. Galway, Ireland.

Tel: 00-353 (0) 90-9759200 |