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Talk on Thursday 20th June 2024 at 8pm The Great Famine on the Powerscourt Estate, Benburb, Part 3: Emigration and Epilogue 1848-1850

The O Neill Country Historical Society’s next talk of the year is The Great Famine on the Powerscourt Estate, Benburb, Part 3: Emigration and Epilogue, 1848-50’s The final talk in Dr Donal McAnallen’s trilogy will investigate the reasons and workings … Read More



O Neill Country Historical Society Field Trip to The Battle of the Boyne Visitors Centre, Co Meath on Saturday 25th May 2024

The O Neill Country Historical Society’s next field trip, is to the Battle of the Boyne visitor centre in Co.Meath, where a guided tour has been arranged, more information can be found on the following site  https://www.battleoftheboyne.ie/visitor-info/ The guided tour has … Read More



Talk on Tuesday 16th April 2024 at 8.00 pm The Great Famine in the Powerscourt Estate Part II Speaker Dr Dónal McAnallen

The ONeill Country Historical Society’s next talk will be Dr Donal McAnallen’s second part of his research into the famine in the Powerscourt Estate in Benburb, last month’s lecture saw the lead-up to the Great Famine as far as 1846, this talk … Read More



The ONeill Country Historical Society is pleased to announce the following talks during the forthcoming months.

Wednesday 28th February at 8.00 pm – lecture room at Benburb Priory The Origins of the Irish People from the Earliest Times to the last of The Gaelic Chieftains. Part Two: From the First Irish Settlers to the Birth of … Read More



Talk on Wednesday 29th November at 8pm – O’Sullivan Beare, the last Irish Chieftain

The O Neill Country Historical Society’s final talk of the year will be given by Michael Harnett. Michael sits on our committee and, until very recently, was the society’s treasurer. Michael comes from the Waring family and still lives in … Read More



Talk on Wednesday 27th September @ 8pm The history of the purchase of Benburb Castle Estate in 1946

Our next talk of the year is on the history of the purchase of “Benburb castle estate” in 1946 by Moy-based priests on behalf of Clonfeacle parish and the subsequent sale of the property to an American-based religious order, the … Read More



Dr Darragh Curran will deliver our next talk on Wednesday 30th August 2023 @ 8pm at Benburb Priory

The O’Neill Country Historical Society’s next talk will be given by Dr Darragh Curran. Darragh will look at the political contests and sectarian clashes in this post-famine decade. This leads into the period 1860-1894 detailed in Michael Mc Loughlin’s book … Read More



The passing of our esteemed President, Professor John McGurk, 9th August 2023

It is with great regret and sadness we learn of the death of our esteemed President, Professor John McGurk. John passed away peacefully on Wednesday 9th August 2023 in Friars Lodge Nursing Home, Ballinrobe, Co Mayo. May his gentle soul … Read More



The Blackwater River – Talk on Wednesday 26th July 2023 at 8pm by James Kane

Our next talk of the year is, The Blackwater River, which flows through three counties, Co.Armagh, Co.Tyrone and Co.Monaghan, that has been used for thousands of years as the motorway of the day. Please join us at The Benburb Priory … Read More



THE ULSTER CANAL – An updated article on The Ulster Canal by James Kane, has been added to our History section