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The Tan War? The RIC, the Black and tans and auxiliaries in Cork during the war of independence

There has been significant public resistance to the commemoration of the RIC which the last government was forced to acknowledge and ultimately backed down. This paper examines the British response to the IRA and the way in which the RIC was deployed during the Irish War of Independence in Co. Cork. 
This talk by Dr. Andrew Bielenberg will be on Friday, 27 March 2020 at 8.00pm in the Christian Fellowship Church, Bantry.
All welcome.


Get thee to a nunnery: excavations at Old Abbey, Co. Limerick

Monday 2nd March 2020 at 8.00pm in Christian Fellowship Church.
In Ireland, nunneries are perhaps the most under-studied of all medieval religious houses. Not only is there a relative dearth of source material on these female religious communities, but too often, nunneries have been compared to the more "mainstream" male medieval monasticism and have been considered lacking. This view has marginalised nunneries in archaelogical narratives. Dr. Collins is a professional archaeologist and founding director of Aegis Archaeology, a consultancy firm. She holds a PhD from University College Cork.  This talk will be about archaeological excavations that Dr Tracy Collins did at a later medieval nunnery near Shanagolden Co. Limerick. plus some background on medieval nunneries more generally