The Renmore History Society will begin its latest series of public talks on Thursday September 3.
This is the ninth year of talks organised by the society, which has seen attendances grow over the years to 90 to 100 people per event. Talks are held in the lecture hall of Renmore Military Barracks and are followed by drinks and light refreshments in the mess. Talks are open to the public and new guests are always welcome. However places are limited and advance booking is required.
The first talk this season will fall on the 70th anniversary of the declaration that started World War II, and the war will be a recurring theme in this year’s discussions. The first lecture will look at the events that led from the optimistic pronouncement that World War I had been “the war to end all wars”, to the outbreak 30 years later of a conflict that was to prove even more destructive.
Other topics to be covered include a lecture on the impact of Darwin’s theory of evolution on Ireland, and the contribution made to the debate by Irish academics; a talk on the fascinating life of Admiral William Brown, the Mayo-born founder of the Argentinean navy; and an examination of our fascination with conspiracy theories, using the claims made in the bestselling The Da Vinci Code as a case study.
More information on the series is available from Brian MacGabhann at (085 ) 7298831, e-mail [email protected]