A University of the Third Age Group
Future Events Programme

Mar

14

10:30

Warm Heart of Africa
Mary Donohoe
Date:Thursday, March 14, 2024
Time:10:30 to 12:30
Place:Delgany Golf Club(map)

Mary trained as a nurse in St. Vincent's University Hospital and later did an MSc in Constructivist Psychotherapy. In 2003, she founded a humanitarian organisation called "The Rose Project", focussing on the provision of healthcare to those living with HIV in East Africa, and especially in Malawi.

Over a period of time, The Rose Project has funded five new health care facilities, including the principal maternity hospital in Lilongwe, the capital, as well as providing healthcare to in excess of 1,000,000 people.

Mary is currently funding a child care programme in Lilongwe.

In 2010, she was awarded a honorary fellowship by the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland.



Mar

28

10:30

You can make Ropes to Hang.
Gay Conkey
Date:Thursday, March 28, 2024
Time:10:30 to 12:30
Place:Delgany Golf Club(map)

Genealogy, family history and social history of three 19th Century Dublin merchant families namely:

Thomas Hodgens, James Dillon Meldon, John Colclough and their descendants.



Apr

11

10:30

Air Crash over Douce Mountain.
James Scannell.
Date:Thursday, April 11, 2024
Time:10:30 to 12:30
Place:Delgany Golf Club(map)

We have had James speak to us on two occasions and he has proved to be very interesting and popular speaker.

The air crash occurred on August 12th 1946, high up in the Wicklow mountains. A group of French Girl Guides walked away from the plane wreck in what has become the stuff of local legend.

In the aftermath of WW11, the teenagers were flying to Dublin to meet their Irish counterparts for a holiday. Little could have prepared them for their disastrous journey, as their old military plane crashed into the side of Douce Mountain.



Apr

25

10:30

The Massy Family
Frank Tracey
Date:Thursday, April 25, 2024
Time:10:30 to 12:30
Place:Delgany Golf Club(map)

Frank has spoken to us before on the goings on of the Anglo Irish and here is another tale of a wealthy Anglo Irish family, the Massys, and their activities.

The Massys were a family of Cromwellian origin, arrviing here in 1649, who had inherited the estate at Kilakee in the 19th Century, by marrying into the White family, reputed to be the richest family in Ireland at the time in 1820. They lived in an isolated "Big House", at Kilakee, on the edge of a mountain, during a lawless time in Ireland.

John Thomas Massy , the 6th Baron of his line, who held the estate through most of the 19th Century, led an extravagant lifestyle and by 1915, when he died, leaving the estate to his grandsom Hugh, the family was heavily in debt.



May

09

10:30

Very Like Proselytism: Delgany Children's Home and the Fanny Christian Affair
Rosemary Raughter
Date:Thursday, May 9, 2024
Time:10:30 to 12:30
Place:Delgany Golf Club(map)

In 1891 the children's home recently established in Delgany attracted unwelcome attention as a result of an allegation of proselytism.

This talk will offer an account of the background to the case and its outcome. The story ranges from the leafy lanes of Delgany to the mean streets of Monto, and its principal actors include a public-spirited parson and a Parnellite priest, philanthropic ladies, a rising political star and a destitute widow and her little daughter, the unwitting focus of this local instance of confessional conflict.

Rosemary Raughter, Historian, lives in Greystones and is involved with the Greystones Archeological and Historical Society, as well as being involved with the La Touche Legacy Seminar. Her talks focus on local women from the early Burnaby Estate days.



May

26

10:30

Robert Emmet
Professor Patrick Geoghegan
Date:Sunday, May 26, 2024
Time:10:30 to 12:30
Place:Delgany Golf Club(map)

Professor Patrick Geoghegan is a lecturer in TCD and is an expert on the British-Irish relationship of the late 18th and 19th Centuries, as well as on the competing themes of constitutional nationalism and republicanism, so who better to speak of the rebellious and tragic Robert Emmet than he!

Prof Geoghegan has always been interested in the role of oratory in politcal debate and how oratory shaped political discourse. He has written an acclaimed two-volume study of Daniel O'Connell and his winning of Catholic Emancipation in 1829. He has also written on the Act of Union, and the attempts by Robert Emmet to overthrow that settlement.

A Vice President of the College Historical Society as well as a former gold medallist for oratory at the L&H, Professor Geoghegan has sered as a special advisor to the Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar, between 2017 and 2020.