Niall Oâ€™Brien, a native of Ballyduff on the border between Cork and Waterford, delivered a most interesting lecture on the Medieval Churches in the Carrick on Suir area at the Public Library as part of the Tipperary Librariesâ€™ History Lectures series.
Mr Oâ€™Brien said in medieval times life revolved around the monastic settlements and parish churches.
He said the Carrick on Suir area was rich in ecclesiastical history from the Friary in Carrick Beg, the old parish of Newtown Lenon, which housed a Sheela Ni Gig that is now in the National Museum, and the High Crosses at Kilkieran and Ahenny.
Niall discussed the life of the parish from Viking times right through the Anglo Norman invasion and its impact on the modern day life of the town.
He also spoke on the art sculpture present in the town, and the architecture of the churches including the modern day ruinous state of some of the churches.