Eleventh Annual Historic Houses of Ireland Conference‏

The Eleventh Annual Historic Houses of Ireland Conference which will take place at Castletown House on the 9 - 10 May 2013.  The theme of the conference is 'Castletown, the Conollys and Country House Collections'.  As you will see from the programme the topics covered are wide and varied and the speakers are well-respected experts in their fields.  The date for the return of completed booking forms is 22nd April.      

Castletown and the Conollys: fresh perspectives


10.00-10.45 Registration; Tea/Coffee

11.15 Conference Opening: Terence Dooley, NUI Maynooth and  Mary Heffernan, Office of Public Works

Session 1

 Chair: Marian Lyons, Head of Department of History, NUI Maynooth

11.30  Marie-Louise Legg, Katherine Conolly at Castletown, 1729-47

12.00 Patrick Walsh, Between the Speaker and the Squire: the untold story of William Conolly junior

12.30 Lunch


Session 2

 Chair: Alison FitzGerald, Department of History, NUI Maynooth

13.30 Karol Mullaney-Dignam, Princes, poets and polo: Castletown in the Edwardian era

14.00 Emer Crooke, ‘The public … has only the vaguest notion of what it is desirable to preserve’: the OPW and the Irish country house, 1930-60

14.30 Jeanne Meldon, The story of a trust and its collection: the history of  the Castletown Foundation

15.00 Tea/Coffee

Session 3

 Chair: Kevin Baird, Irish Heritage Trust

15.30  Kerry Bristol, 'Our gallery was in great vogue': Lady Louisa Conolly's Pompeiian redecoration of the Long Gallery at Castletown

16.00 Christine Casey, Carton, Castletown and the Ticinese phenomenon

16.30 Address by Ms Clare McGrath, Chairman of the Office of Public Works

17.00  End of proceedings



Day 2    Country House Collections

Session 1

Chair: Mary Heffernan, OPW

09.30  Jo Mangan and Tom Swift, ‘Big House Festival’: reigniting a 300-year tradition of arts and entertainment at Castletown

10.00 Dawn Williams, Prelude Speaker: contemporary Castletown

10.30                      Tea/Coffee

Session 2

Chair: Edward McParland, TCD

11.00  Christopher Ridgway, Widening the canon: defining country house collections in the twenty-first century

11.30  Gareth Fitzpatrick, Four houses, three dukes, two countries, one collection

12.00  Helen Clifford, The East India Company at home 1757-1857: eastern goods in the British country house

12.30  Jane Fenlon, Magnificence on display – seventeenth-century tapestries in the Ormonde collections

13.00      Lunch


Session 3

Chair: Patrick Guinness, President IGS

14.00    Brian Crowley, ‘Such is O’Connell at Derrynane’: understanding O’Connell through his ancestral home

14.30    Ana Dolan, The Conolly Folly restoration by the National Monuments Service

15.00    Gretta Doyle and John Olley, Louisa’s riverside walks at Castletown: their creation and their restoration

15.30  Christopher Ridgway, closing remarks

16.00  Optional tour of house