The Society holds lectures, during the Winter, and outings, during the Summer months. There are also once-off events such as conferences, the Annual Weekend away and the Christmas Lunch.

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Conference: Cork Connections 2013 @ Geography Lecture Theatre, Main Campus
Jul 6 all-day

This one day conference is organised by Cork Historical and Archaeological Society in association with Adult and Continuing Education, University College Cork.

Date: Saturday, July 6, 2013
Location: Geography Lecture Theatre, Main Campus, University College Cork

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9.30-9.40: Conference opening
9.40-10.20: Professor William O’Brien, ‘The meeting of cultures: 8,000 years of prehistoric Cork connections with the outside world’
10.20-10.25: Margaret Lantry, ‘Introducing the Digital JCHAS project’
10.25-11.10: Dr Clare McCutcheon, ‘A rich and rare stew: the potted history of Cork’
11.10-11.45: COFFEE
11.45-12.30: Dr Dagmar Ó Riain-Raedel, ‘Cork and Europe: the medieval connection’
12.30-2.00: LUNCH
2.00-3.00: KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Professor James S. Donnelly Jr, ‘The exodus of protestants from County Cork during and after the War of Independence’
3.00-3.45: Dr Nollaig Ó Muraíle, ‘Irish genealogical collections as a mirror of Irish / Munster / Cork population through the ages’
3.45-4.30: Dr Hilary Lennon, ‘Exile and the Irish writer: Frank O’Connor’s Cork’

This one-day conference terminates the Ancestral Connections Irish genealogy summer school hosted by Adult and Continuing Education at UCC.
Information for visitors to UCC including maps. The Geography Lecture Theatre is adjacent to the Bus Éireann 205 bus route on Donovan’s Road.
The Gathering 2013

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Conference: Robert Day: Cork’s Premier Antiquarian Collector @ Crawford Art Gallery
Jul 5 all-day
Conference: Robert Day: Cork's Premier Antiquarian Collector @ Crawford Art Gallery | Cork | Cork | Ireland

A one-day conference marking the centenary of the death of Robert Day (1836-1914) was hosted by the Society on Saturday, July 5 2014. Day was a prominent businessman and antiquarian in his time and had a very large collection of antiquities. He was also President of the Society from 1894 until his death and contributed many papers to the Journal. This year’s Journal and the conference papers will highlight various aspects of his life and times with speakers from a wide range of fields. The conference will be followed by the launch of the Journal and a reception.


This one day conference is organised by Cork Historical and Archaeological Society.

Date: Saturday, July 5, 2013
Location: Crawford Art Gallery, Emmet Place, Cork
Entry: €5.00

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10.15: Registration €5.00
10.30: Opening – Prof. William O’Brien, President CHAS
10.35: ‘Robert Day: Businessman and antiquarian’ – Margaret Lantry
11.00: ‘The JCHAS Digitization Project’ – Margaret Lantry
11.15: ‘Day and the formation of his collection’ – Joan Rockley
11.45: ‘Treasure trove and Robert Day’ – Aideen Ireland
12.15: ‘Prehistoric gold and silver in the Day collection’ – Mary Cahill
12.45-2.00: Lunch break (lunch not provided)
2.00: ‘The book plates of Robert Day’ – Julian Walton
2.30: ‘Viking-Age silver in the Day collection’ – John Sheehan
3.00: ‘The Cabragh Bell and the Cloyne Staff’ – Cormac Bourke
3.30: Launch of the Day centenary volume, JCHAS vol. 119, by John R. Bowen
Copies of the Journal will be available for collection by members, as well as for purchase.

The Crawford Art Gallery is located in Cork city centre, close to the Paul St or Carroll’s Quay multi-storey car parks and about 10 mins walk from the Bus Station or 15-20 mins from Kent Railway Station. There is a restaurant, the Crawford Café, at the Gallery and many other places to eat in the immediate vicinity.
Everyone is welcome to attend this event (entry fee €5.00).

‘Ireland’s ancient treasure and the man who found it’ in Cork News, June 27 2014
‘100 years after his death, collector Robert Day is celebrated’ by Anne Lucey, in Irish Examiner, July 3 2014.

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Annual Christmas Lunch, with lecture: Joe Creedon ‘An Inchigeela Christmas’
Dec 13 @ 12:45 pm

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Cork in 1916: a revolutionary society? @ One Day Conference
Jul 2 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

CHAS 2016 Conference, Saturday 2 July 2016

This one-day conference will include speakers Dr John Borgonovo (UCC), Dr Ian d’Alton, Dr Patrick Maume, Dr Sandra McEvoy (UCC), Alan McCarthy and Dr Traolach Ó Riordáin (U Montana).
Venue: St Peter’s (former Vision Centre), North Main Street, Cork.


10.00 Registration (€10)
10.30 John Borgonovo: ‘Cork City, Politics, Society, and Culture before the Rising’
11.10 Alan McCarthy: ‘The Middlemen: the Popular Press in Cork before and after the 1916 Rising’
11.50 Sandra McAvoy: ‘Women, Poor Law and Politics in Cork’
12.30-14.00 Lunch break
14.00 Traolach Ó Riordáin: ‘Cork’s Lee Branch: Cradle of the Gaelic League’
14.40 Patrick Maume: ‘Converging Nationalist Countercultures: Terence MacSwiney and Daniel Corkery’
15.20 Ian d’Alton: ‘A Year at War: Cork Protestants in 1916’
16.00 Conference Close

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Lecture: Shane Lehane ‘Lighting up the Dark: An Evocation of Irish Christmas Custom’ @ Maryborough House Hotel
Dec 4 @ 12:45 pm

CHAS Christmas Lunch

Celebrating 125 years.

Book for your places for lunch (€40 per person) with the Hon. Treasurer, using booking form sent to members.

Bookings must arrive not later than 25 November 2016. Refunds may be possible in the event of cancellation, but only if notification of cancellation is received by 30 November.

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Christmas Event: Dr Pat Wallace ‘Personal memories of Irish archaeology over 45 years in the National Museum of Ireland’
Dec 10 all-day

Members’ event. Speaker: Dr Pat Wallace, former director of the National Museum of Ireland, will talk about his personal memories of Irish archaeology over 45 years in the National Museum of Ireland.

Cost €32, including glass of wine or soft drink. Places are limited and cheque / money order for tickets must reach the
Hon. Treasurer by 4 December, accompanied by completed form posted to members.

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Lecture: Dr. Dagmar Ó Riain Raedel – ‘Cork, Cologne and the Three Wise Men: a Christmas Story’ @ Crawford Art Gallery
Dec 5 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Marking the anniversary of the twinning of Cork and Cologne, and with HE Deike Potzel, German Ambassador to Ireland. Members only. Book with Hon. Organiser by November 23rd.  Places limited.

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Lecture: Finola Finlay – ‘The Nativity in stained glass in Ireland’ @ Crawford Art Gallery
Dec 4 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Lecture followed by reception afterwards in the Sculpture Gallery.
Members only. Book with Hon. Organiser by November 22nd.  Places limited.

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