Suir Valley history to star in final summer lecture

To draw Cashel’s summer lecture series in the library to a close, next Tuesday, September 11, James Eogan will present a lecture entitled ‘Cois tSuire – the Prehistory of the Lower Suir Valley’.

To draw Cashel’s summer lecture series in the library to a close, next Tuesday, September 11, James Eogan will present a lecture entitled ‘Cois tSuire – the Prehistory of the Lower Suir Valley’.

In this illustrated talk James will outline some of the amazing discoveries made during the archaeological works conducted in advance of construction on the N25 Waterford City Bypass and the iconic new suspension bridge across the river Suir. The archaeological sites span nine thousand years of human activity over an area of approximately 30 square kilometers. The sites range from the Mesolithic to modern sites - the better known examples include the earliest known vertical watermill in Ireland from Killoteran townland, and the Viking trading centre at Woodstown.

Cois tSiúire means beside (or alongside) the Suir. The title for James’s talk is derived from an Irish folk song Cailín ó Chois tSiúire mé (I am a girl from the Suir-side). This song may have been heard by William Shakespeare in Elizabethan London given that one of the characters in Henry V (act 4, scene 4) is believed to employ a version of the phrase in mocking a captured French soldier.

The lecture will begin at 7.15pm sharp, and as always we encourage people to arrive early to get a seat upstairs in the library. The lecture series is funded by South Tipperary County Council under the current Heritage Plan, and by the Heritage Council (funding administered by the County Tipperary Historical Society).

This talk is co-hosted by the Old Cashel Society, and the organisers gratefully acknowledge the support and help of Cashel library for use of venue and provision of refreshments following the lecture, Cashel Heritage and Development Trust for use of equipment.

We look forward to seeing you there on the night and thank you all for your support of the summer lecture series to date.