Tuesday, 5th December 2017 – 1pm
Dylan Thomas: A Poet of Wales
Speaker: Robert Williams
Dylan Marlais Thomas (27 October 1914 – 9 November 1953) was a Welsh poet and writer whose works include the poems “Do not go gentle into that good night” and “And death shall have no dominion”; the ‘play for voices’ Under Milk Wood; and stories and radio broadcasts such as A Child’s Christmas in Wales and Portrait of the Artist as a Young Dog. He became widely popular in his lifetime and remained so after his premature death at the age of 39 in New York City .
Tuesday, 27th February – 1pm
Lord Charlemont and his ‘Darlin’ girl from Clare
Speaker: Seamus Ruane
There was a time in Ireland when a dowry was an important part of any marriage. Without one a girl’s prospects of marriage was much reduced. One such girl was Mary Hickman, daughter of Thomas Hickman of Brickhue House, County Clare. Fortunately her luck changed when arguably Ireland’s most eligible bachelor at the time came along. He was 40, had a rifle and much more besides. Hear their story in this illustrated talk.