SEGAHS Conference

Saturday, June 30th 2018

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 a well-known local historian. He is Chairperson of the Lorrha-Dorrha Historical Society in Co Tipperary, contributor to various publications, and joint-editor of  ‘The Lamp’.

Dolores O’Shea is an in-house historian at the Irish Workhouse Centre. A history graduate from UL, Dolores has contributed to various conferences & publications and has a special interest in nineteenth-century emigration.

Anne O’Toole is Chairperson of the South East Galway Archaeological and Historical Society, contributor to various publications, and author of ‘East Galway Agrarian Agitation and the Burning of Ballydugan House, 1922’.

Both SEGAHS and the Irish Workhouse Centre would like to thank Dr Anne Walsh and her students from NUIG’s Centre for Adult Learning and Professional Development for their support.


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

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