12th Annual Leo Swan Memorial Lecture

The Irish Saints and their Feast Days: the Tallaght Contribution

by Professor Pádraig Ó Riain

Tuesday 10th December at 7:00 pm at The County Library, Tallaght

No booking required but places allocated on a first come basis – arrive early as this is sure to be a popular event!

St. Maelruain's Cross, Tallaght

St. Maelruain’s Cross, Tallaght

Leo Swan died in 2001 and is fondly remembered in the Tallaght area as an encouraging and inspiring teacher and former Principal of Our Lady of Loreto Primary School. He was also a founder member of Tallaght Historical Society. While teaching he was involved in archaeological investigations and in lecturing on archaeology. In the early 1990s he gave up teaching to concentrate fulltime on archaeology, setting up a company, Arch Tech, which specialised in archaeological assessments of threatened sites. He led the archaeological excavation at Templeogue House where he discovered early Irish glass. He was also a pioneer of archaeological investigation using aerial photography. From its beginning in 1995, Leo was a great friend of the County Library and we thought it was a fitting tribute to hold an annual lecture here in his memory.

Tallaght Historical Society and South Dublin Libraries are most grateful to Professor Pádraig Ó Riain for giving this year’s lecture. Pádraig Ó Riain is Professor Emeritus of Early and Medieval Irish at University College Cork, and the previous holder of Visiting Professorships at Bochum and Freiburg in Germany and at Aberystwyth in Wales. He is a former holder of the Parnell Fellowship at Magdalen College, Cambridge, and was the first Irish scholar to be awarded the Humboldt Prize. A former President of the Irish Texts Society and a former Member of Council of the Royal Irish Academy, Professor Ó Riain is the author of numerous publications on Irish hagiography, placenames, personal names, and textual transmission. Among his published works are A Dictionary of Irish Saints, and Feastdays of the Saints: A History of the Irish Martyrologies.


Leo Swan Memorial Lecture 2011

The tenth Annual Leo Swan Memorial Lecture

Pilgrimage in Medieval Ireland: Recent Archaeological Discoveries along St. Kevin’s Pilgrims’ Road to Glendalough


Aidan O’Sullivan, UCD School of Archaeology.

At The County Library, Library Square, Tallaght, Dublin 24

on Wednesday 9th November 2011 at 7:00 p.m.

All Welcome!

8th Annual Leo Swan Memorial Lecture

South Dublin Libraries Local Studies Section and Tallaght Historical Society are delighted to announce that the 7th Annual Leo Swan Memorial Lecture will take place in The County Library, Tallaght on Wednesday 22nd October 2008 at 8.00pm. In 2007 the Leo Swan Memorial Lecture did not take place due to renovations at the County Library.

Leo Swan, a noted archaeologist was a founder member of Tallaght Historical Society and is fondly remembered in the area as Principal of Our Lady of Loreto Primary School.

The lecture on The Poor of Tallaght between 1835 and 1850 will be given by Sean Bagnall, a native of Tallaght. Any aspect of the history of Tallaght would have been dear to the late Leo Swan.

The lecture will be preceded by the Tallaght launch of Sean Bagnall’s new book “Tallaght 1835-1850” which was recently published by Four Courts Press. Copies of the book will be on sale in the library on the night.

Tallaght Historical Society – Leo Swan Memorial Lecture Postponed

The annual Leo Swan Memorial Lecture which normally takes place in October has been postponed until early 2008 due to ongoing work with the extension and refit of the County Library. When the lecture takes place it will allow those attending to see the extended and remodelled library. Tallaght Historical Society lectures will resume as soon as accommodation is ready in the library.