A Message from the President

Dear Member,

I do hope that you and your families are keeping safe and well as we continue to endure the current Level 5 Covid restrictions.

Normally at this time of year the Society would be circulating the programme of events for the coming year.  This year things are a little different, however while we may not yet have the opportunity to meet in person, the Officers and Council Members realising the importance of staying connected with members are delighted to announce that a number of online talks have been arranged for the coming months. 

These talks will be facilitated online via ZOOM. 

If you would like to attend any of these talks please register your interest by emailing me at president@kildarearchsoc.ie and the ZOOM details will be circulated in advance of each talk.

CKAS Online Talk Series 
Date & Time Talk Title Speaker
Wednesday March 3rd 2021 @ 7:30pm Marble Arch Caves UNESCO Global Geopark(Cavan Burren) Martha O’Neill
Thursday April 29th 2021 @ 7:30pm “A Walk in the May Dew” Michael Fortune
Tuesday  May 25th 2021 @7:30pm The Archaeology of the Rath Internment Camp, the Curragh Noel Dunne, Eamon Sinnott & James Durney
Thursday June 10th 2021 @7:30pm History & Archaeology of Athy Frank Taaffe
Thursday July  8th  2021 @7:30pm Craftsmanship in the architecture of County Kildare Andrew Tierney

In addition, I would be delighted to hear at president@kildarearchsoc.ie  from any members who would like to contribute any additional talks to the series, as we welcome all contributions.

As mentioned previously the safety and wellbeing of our members is of utmost importance, so we, the Officers and Council Members will continue to review the 2021 programme in line with the  Government and HSE guidelines.  Therefore the initial 2021 CKAS programme will take a virtual form and as soon as it is safe and practical to resume an “in person” programme we will do so. 

The work of the Society continues as we look forward to later in the year when all going well our Journal will be launched. Normally the Journal would be formally launched at a dinner together with the awarding of the Lord Walter Medal, however, given the current circumstances no decision can yet be made as how both of these important events will be marked, but as arrangements are advanced I will update you all.

With regard to the Lord Walter Prize, the Adjudication Panel headed by Professor Marian Lyons reviewed and evaluated the nine submissions. Professor Lyons advised that the submissions were of a very high standard, which made the deliberation and discussion around the selection of an outright winner very challenging.  But a key part of the life blood of the Society is the Journal and it does bode well that essay entries continue to be of such a standard.

In order to help the Society with its ongoing work, which includes the production of the Journal, your continued support in the form of the annual membership subscription is needed and much appreciated. Given the current circumstances when in-person contact is minimal, having current contact details is vital to allow us to stay in touch and continue to deliver CKAS activities.  Therefore we kindly request members (including Life Members) to return a membership form with all details completed, especially an email address.   

In the meantime keep safe and well and remember that on these restricted days you can always browse through the CKAS journals online at www.kildarearchsoc.ie where you will find a wide range of wonderful articles to occupy your time. 

Looking forward to seeing you ‘virtually’ at our first online talk on the 3rd March.

With kindest regards,

Siobhán McNulty
President, CKAS



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