Probus Dún Laoghaire Marine
Past Events Programme

Oct

23

11:00

The Irish Senior Citizens' Parliament

Matt Coleman, Probus Member

  • 📅Monday, October 23, 2017
  • 🕥11:00 - 12:00
  • 🏟Royal St. George Yacht Club (map)



Oct

30

11:00

PUBLIC HOLIDAY - No meeting

  • 📅Monday, October 30, 2017
  • 🕥11:00 - 12:00



Nov

06

11:00

The Decline of the Protestant population in Dún Laoghaire

Julie Parsons, Author 'The Therapy House'

  • 📅Monday, November 6, 2017
  • 🕥11:00 - 12:00
  • 🏟Royal St. George Yacht Club (map)

The Irish Independent 'Crime Novel of the Year, 2017'



Nov

13

11:00

Jupiter Probe to Jupiter

William J. Murphy, Dalkey Island Probus

  • 📅Monday, November 13, 2017
  • 🕥11:00 - 12:00
  • 🏟Royal St. George Yacht Club (map)



Nov

20

11:00

Developing a Family Tree

Tony O'Hara, Vice Chair, Genealogical Society of Ireland

  • 📅Monday, November 20, 2017
  • 🕥11:00 - 12:00
  • 🏟Royal St. George Yacht Club (map)



Nov

27

10:45

Visit Dalkey Castle & Heritage Centre

  • 📅Monday, November 27, 2017
  • 🕥10:45 - 12:00
  • 🏟Dalkey Castle & Heritage Centre (map)

Cost per person €12



Dec

04

11:00

Probus, the Roman Emperor, 276 to 282 AD

Michael Kenny, Probus Member

  • 📅Monday, December 4, 2017
  • 🕥11:00 - 12:00
  • 🏟Royal St. George Yacht Club (map)



Dec

07

12:30

Members' Christmas Lunch

  • 📅Thursday, December 7, 2017
  • 🕥12:30 - 15:30
  • 🏟Royal St. George Yacht Club (map)

Cost per person €40



Dec

11

11:00

The Career of a Bank Auditor

Michael Cotter, Probus Member

  • 📅Monday, December 11, 2017
  • 🕥11:00 - 12:00
  • 🏟Royal St. George Yacht Club (map)



Jan

22

11:00

Annual General Meeting

  • 📅Monday, January 22, 2018
  • 🕥11:00 - 12:00
  • 🏟Royal St. George Yacht Club (map)

Membership Subscription €30 for 2018



Jan

29

11:00

Charities - Accountability & Transparency

Patrick Hopkins, Chairman, Charities Regulatory Authority

  • 📅Monday, January 29, 2018
  • 🕥11:00 - 12:00
  • 🏟Royal St. George Yacht Club (map)



Feb

05

11:00

Black Friday 1989 in Alaska - A Personal View

Captain Kevin O'Malley, Probus Member; Master Mariner - Any Gross Tonnage / Oceans

  • 📅Monday, February 5, 2018
  • 🕥11:00 - 12:00
  • 🏟Royal St. George Yacht Club (map)

The Exxon Valdez oil spill disaster on 24 March 1989



Feb

12

11:00

Recollections and Observations from the Law, Parish of St Patrick's and Neighbourhood of Dalkey

John Ryan, Probus Member and Barrister

  • 📅Monday, February 12, 2018
  • 🕥11:00 - 12:00
  • 🏟Royal St. George Yacht Club (map)



Feb

19

11:00

Evolving Times & You and Me

Jim Carroll, Probus Member and Ambassador

  • 📅Monday, February 19, 2018
  • 🕥11:00 - 12:00
  • 🏟Royal St. George Yacht Club (map)

Reflections on a career in diplomacy



Feb

26

11:00

Dynamics of Ireland's Bid to Host Rugby World Cup 2023

Hugo MacNeill, Chairman of Bid Working Party, former Ireland international

  • 📅Monday, February 26, 2018
  • 🕥11:00 - 12:00
  • 🏟Royal St. George Yacht Club (map)



Mar

05

11:00

  • 📅Monday, March 5, 2018
  • 🕥11:00 - 12:00

Meeting cancelled due to adverse weather conditions following Storm Emma



Mar

12

11:00

Peace-broking in Columbia

Eamon Gilmore, EU Special Envoy for the Peace Process in Columbia (Tánaiste 2011-2014; Leader, The Labour Party 2007-2014)

  • 📅Monday, March 12, 2018
  • 🕥11:00 - 12:00
  • 🏟Royal St. George Yacht Club (map)



Mar

14

20:00

Oliver! (Lionel Bart)

Performed by: Dun Laoghaire Musical & Dramatic Society

  • 📅Wednesday, March 14, 2018
  • 🕥20:00 - 22:00
  • 🏟Pavilion Theatre, Dún Laoghaire (map)

Group of 10, or more €18 per person



Mar

19

11:00

  • 📅Monday, March 19, 2018
  • 🕥11:00 - 12:00

Meeting cancelled due to weekend snow blizzard



Mar

26

11:00

Some Interesting Encounters in the Course of My Career

Vincent Browne, television and radio personality, newspaper columnist, political commentator and magazine publisher

  • 📅Monday, March 26, 2018
  • 🕥11:00 - 12:00
  • 🏟Royal St. George Yacht Club (map)



Apr

02

00:00

Easter Monday - no meeting

  • 📅Monday, April 2, 2018
  • 🕥00:00 - 00:00



Apr

09

11:00

The Glories of Choral Music

Tim Thurston

Presenter of 'Gloria' from 8.00-10.00 AM each Sunday for 18 years on

RTÉ Lyric fm



Apr

16

11:00

Anecdotes & Observations on Miscellaneous Provisions of the Law

Mr Justice Esmond Smyth, President of the Circuit Court (1998 - 2005)

  • 📅Monday, April 16, 2018
  • 🕥11:00 - 12:00
  • 🏟Royal St. George Yacht Club (map)



Apr

23

11:00

The Role of the Ceann Comhairle of Dáil Éireann

Seán Barrett TD, Ceann Comhairle of 31st Dáil (2011-2016)

  • 📅Monday, April 23, 2018
  • 🕥11:00 - 12:00
  • 🏟Royal St. George Yacht Club (map)



Apr

24

09:00

Stormont Parliament Buildings + Lunch

Host: The Probus Club of Antrim

  • 📅Tuesday, April 24, 2018
  • 🕥09:00 - 18:00
  • 🏟Stormont Parliament Buildings (map)

Originally known as Storm Mount when owned by Rev John McClelland, the 224 acre estate was purchased for £20,000. Construction of the Parliament Buildings cost £1.7 million. The new facility was opened on 16 November 1932 by the Prince of Wales, later King Edward VIII (1894-1972) and known after his abdication in 1936 as the Duke of Windsor. This building, designed in the Greek Classical tradition, is 365' wide - a foot for each day of the year and the six columns represent each of the six counties.

Attendees depart Dublin Connolly at 9.30

Attendees depart Belfast Central at 14.05



Apr

30

11:00

Behind the Scenes of the Eurovision Song Contest

Julian Vignoles, Author: 'Inside the Eurovision Song Contest - Music, Glamour & Myth'

  • 📅Monday, April 30, 2018
  • 🕥11:00 - 12:00
  • 🏟Royal St. George Yacht Club (map)

The 63rd Eurovision Song Contest takes place in Lisbon between 8 - 10 May



May

07

00:00

May Public Holiday - no meeting

  • 📅Monday, May 7, 2018
  • 🕥00:00 - 00:00



May

14

11:00

How do newspapers contribute to society?

Dan Flinter, Chairman of the Board, The Irish Times

  • 📅Monday, May 14, 2018
  • 🕥11:00 - 12:00
  • 🏟Royal St. George Yacht Club (map)



May

21

11:00

Dr Conor Cruise O'Brien (1917-2008), diplomat, writer, historian, academic and politician

John Biggar, Probus Member and Ambassador

  • 📅Monday, May 21, 2018
  • 🕥11:00 - 12:00
  • 🏟Royal St. George Yacht Club (map)

The speaker, John Biggar, is nephew of Máire Mhac an tSaoi, widow of Dr Cruise O’Brien and daughter of Seán MacEntee (1889-1984) TD and Tánaiste ((1959-65); Minister for Finance (1932-39), Minister for Industry & Commerce (1939-41); Minister for Local Government & Public Health (1941-48); Minister for Health (1957-65). When he died in 1984 Mr MacEntee was the last surviving member of the First Dáil.



May

22

10:00

Visit: Dublin Airport Control Tower Complex

Host: Helen Sheridan, Irish Aviation Authority

  • 📅Tuesday, May 22, 2018
  • 🕥10:00 - 12:30
  • 🏟IAA Dublin Airport Control Tower (map)
  • 🔗http://www.iaa.ie

Maximum 35 participants - already enlisted

Special Bus departing RSGYC to Dublin Airport at 10:00



May

28

11:00

MacGill Summer School Glenties: Four Decades of Contemporary Irish History

Dr Joe Mulholland, Founder & Director MacGill Summer School

Founded in 1981, the MacGill Summer School takes place in Glenties Co Donegal each July. The School honours the memory of Patrick MacGill (1889-1963), poet, novelist and journalist who was born in Glenties and died in Florida. He was the eldest of 11 children. When he went to a hiring fair in Strabane at the age of 12 he was hired by a Tyrone farmer. At the age of 14 he went to Ayrshire where, like many from Co Donegal in the early years of the 20th century, he worked as a 'tattie-howker' (one of a gang of twenty juvenile potato-gatherers').

When the potato season was over MacGill was employed as an itinerant navvy (a labourer on road, railway and tunnel construction). He recorded, in his writings, the harshness of life in his native county and became known as 'The Navvy Poet'. He became self-educated through reading the works of French novelist, poet and dramatist Victor Hugo (1802-1885), Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936) the English writer, poet and novelist and others.



Jun

04

00:00

June Public Holiday - no meeting

  • 📅Monday, June 4, 2018
  • 🕥00:00 - 00:00



Jun

11

11:00

Celebrating Bloomsday in Music and Verse!

Artistes: Mick Sheridan, Kieran Griffin and associates

16 June 1904: named after Leopold Bloom, the central character in Ulysses. Bloomsday has been celebrated annually in Dublin since 1954.



Jun

14

12:00

Visit: Freemasons Hall and Presentation on Masonry + Lunch at RIAC Dawson St

Host: MW Douglas T Grey, Grand Master, The Grand Lodge of Ireland

  • 📅Thursday, June 14, 2018
  • 🕥12:00 - 13:30
  • 🏟Freemasons Hall, 17 Molesworth Street, Dublin (map)
  • 🔗freemasons.ie

The second most senior Grand Lodge in the world and the oldest in continuous existence. It has a membership of 22,000 - dedicated to 'making good men better'



Jun

18

11:00

The Life & Times of Charles J Haughey

Dr Martin Mansergh

  • 📅Monday, June 18, 2018
  • 🕥11:00 - 12:00
  • 🏟Royal St. George Yacht Club (map)



Jun

25

11:00

A Life in Politics

Mary Harney, Chancellor University of Limerick, Tánaiste (1997-2006) Minister for Health (2004-2011) Minister for Enterprise Trade & Employment (1997-2004) Leader, The Progressive Democrats (1993-2008

  • 📅Monday, June 25, 2018
  • 🕥11:00 - 12:00
  • 🏟Royal St. George Yacht Club (map)



Jul

02

11:00

Veni, Vidi, Vici (well almost)

Paul Gallagher, Probus Member and Engineer

  • 📅Monday, July 2, 2018
  • 🕥11:00 - 12:00
  • 🏟Royal St. George Yacht Club (map)

My career in oil pipeline engineering in distant lands



Jul

05

11:00

Members' Summer Luncheon

Guest of Honour: Seamus Mallon

  • 📅Thursday, July 5, 2018
  • 🕥11:00 - 12:00
  • 🏟Royal St. George Yacht Club (map)

For members, spouses and guests



Jul

09

11:00

The Peace Process Dividend; Urban Regeneration of Titanic Quarter Belfast

Conal Harvey, Executive Vice Chairman, Titanic Quarter Belfast

  • 📅Monday, July 9, 2018
  • 🕥11:00 - 12:00
  • 🏟Royal St. George Yacht Club (map)

75-hectare site previously occupied by Harland & Wolf is one of Europe’s largest waterfront regeneration developments and the single largest regeneration scheme in the history of Northern Ireland.



Jul

10

12:30

Lunch-time Voyage from East Pier Dun Laoghaire to Howth

Dublin Bay Cruises

Aboard St BrIdget - a 26 metre steel hull vessel

Depart at 12.30PM

Lunch at Howth; Dart home from Howth

Price (one-way) - €18.



Jul

16

11:00

Leadership Characteristics of Taoiseach John A Costello and Taoiseach and President Éamon deValera

Dr David McCullagh, Biographer: 'The Reluctant Taoiseach, John A Costello' (1891-1976) TD SC and 'deValera’s Rise (1894-1932)' Vol 1; Author: 'A Makeshift Majority' – Inter-Party government 1948-51

  • 📅Monday, July 16, 2018
  • 🕥11:00 - 12:00
  • 🏟Royal St. George Yacht Club (map)

The concluding volume of Rule 1932-1975 is anticipated to be published later in 2018



Jul

23

11:00

Kindred Spirits & Enduring Friendship

Dr Jim Ryan, Probus Member and Biologist

  • 📅Monday, July 23, 2018
  • 🕥11:00 - 12:00
  • 🏟Royal St. George Yacht Club (map)

The speaker's grandfather Dr James Ryan TD (1891-1970), Kindlestown Co Wicklow – one of 11 siblings Taghmon Co Wexford. He was Minister for Agriculture (1932-47), Minister for Social Welfare (1947-48), Minister for Health (1951-54), Minister for Finance (1957-65); founder of Irish Volunteers and founder of Fianna Fáil.

The 2nd President of Ireland, Sean T O'Kelly (1882-1966), also a founder of Fianna Fáil, married Mary Kate (Kit) Ryan (1895-1934) in 1918 , - a sister of Dr Ryan. She died in 1934 and the late President then married his late wife's younger sister, Phyllis Ryan (1895-1983). Another sister, Mary Josephine Ryan (1894-1977) married General Richard Mulcahy (1886-1971), Leader of Fine Gael from 1944 to 1959. A fourth sister, Agnes, married Denis McCullough (1883-1968) a Cummann na nGaedheal TD in the 4th Dail who subsequently established McCullough Piggott in Suffolk Street Dublin.

Robert Barton TD (1881-1975), Annamoe Co Wicklow; officer in Royal Dublin Fusiliers during Easter Rising; later a barrister and judge; Chairman of Agricultural Credit Corporation (1934-54) last and longest surviving signatory of the Anglo-Irish Treaty in 1921. Grandson of Hugh Barton, who in 1821 acquired Château Langoa Barton one of fourteen Bordeaux wineries’ awarded the prestigious 3rd Growth classification in 1855 and whose ownership continues in the Barton family. Robert Barton’s death on 10 August 1975 preceded the death of Éamon deValera by 19 days.



Jul

30

11:00

Roman Influences in Our Area

Michael O'Flaherty, Local Historian

  • 📅Monday, July 30, 2018
  • 🕥11:00 - 12:00
  • 🏟Royal St. George Yacht Club (map)



Aug

06

00:00

August Public Holiday - no meeting

  • 📅Monday, August 6, 2018
  • 🕥00:00 - 00:00



Aug

13

11:00

Who do you think I am?

Raymond Burke, Probus Member + Engineer

  • 📅Monday, August 13, 2018
  • 🕥11:00 - 12:00
  • 🏟Royal St. George Yacht Club (map)



Aug

20

11:00

Tales of Mayo

Monty Tinsley, Probus Member, Club President 2014, 2015 and 2016

  • 📅Monday, August 20, 2018
  • 🕥11:00 - 12:00
  • 🏟Royal St. George Yacht Club (map)



Aug

27

11:00

Exploring the Presidency of Ireland

Professor Eoin O'Malley, Author: 'The Presidential Election 2011 : Explaining the Outcome Contributor to The Irish Presidency, Power, Ceremony and Politics'; Director M Sc in Public Policy at DCU

  • 📅Monday, August 27, 2018
  • 🕥11:00 - 12:00
  • 🏟Royal St. George Yacht Club (map)

Dr O’Malley is also the author of :

'Contemporary Ireland - One Party Dominance – Fianna Fáil and Irish Politics 1926-2016'.

He is son of Des O’Malley, Founder of Progressive Democrats and grand-nephew of Donagh O’Malley TD (1921-1968) Minister for Health (1965-66) and Minister for Education (1966-68). The late Donagh O’Malley was the only cabinet minister to have been honored with a State funeral.



Sep

03

11:00

A Brief Odyssey to South America

Paul Humphreys, Probus Member + Air Traffic Controller

  • 📅Monday, September 3, 2018
  • 🕥11:00 - 11:45
  • 🏟Royal St. George Yacht Club (map)



Sep

03

11:45

Special Meeting to consider a proposal by the Committee to amend a clause in the Constitution

The Committee

  • 📅Monday, September 3, 2018
  • 🕥11:45 - 12:00

If necessary, the meeting may continue beyond Noon to facilitate discussion.



Sep

05

10:00

Visit to Air Corp, Casement Aerodrome, Baldonnel + Russborough House

John O'Neill, Probus Member



Sep

10

11:00

Introduction to Plato

Michael Ryan, Probus Member, Philosopher and Entrepreneur

  • 📅Monday, September 10, 2018
  • 🕥11:00 - 12:00
  • 🏟Royal St. George Yacht Club (map)



Sep

17

11:00

The 1918 Origin and Impact of the Influenza Pandemic

Pádraig Laffan, Vice Chair Foxrock Local History Club

  • 📅Monday, September 17, 2018
  • 🕥11:00 - 12:00
  • 🏟Royal St. George Yacht Club (map)

Spread globally from Fort Riley Kansas. Lasted from January 1918 to December 1920 and infected 500 million people around the world and led to the deaths of 50 million+.



Sep

19

11:00

Visit to Dublin Airport and presentation by DAA

Host: Maura Cassidy, Dublin Airport Authority

  • 📅Wednesday, September 19, 2018
  • 🕥11:00 - 12:00
  • 🏟Dublin Airport (map)
  • 🔗daa.ie



Sep

24

11:00

Do You Remember?

Don Mooney, Probus Member and Club Founder

  • 📅Monday, September 24, 2018
  • 🕥11:00 - 12:00
  • 🏟Royal St. George Yacht Club (map)

Founders Day: Commemorating the 25th anniversary of the inaugural meeting to establish The Probus Club of Dun Laoghaire in 1993



Oct

01

10:30

Jazz Concert @ Killiney Golf Club

Dalkey Island Probus Club

  • 📅Monday, October 1, 2018
  • 🕥10:30 - 12:00
  • 🏟Killiney Golf Club (map)



Oct

08

11:00

The Sinking of RMS Leinster on 10 October 1918

Cormac Louth, Maritime Historian

  • 📅Monday, October 8, 2018
  • 🕥11:00 - 12:15
  • 🏟Royal St. George Yacht Club (map)
  • 🔗museum.ie

RMS Leinster Open Day at National Maritime Museum on 8 October. Details on Museum web site.



Oct

15

11:00

Hayes, Conyngham Robinson - reminisces about a 4th generation family firm

Michael Shiell, Probus Member and Managing Director (pharmacy chain)

  • 📅Monday, October 15, 2018
  • 🕥11:00 - 12:00
  • 🏟Royal St. George Yacht Club (map)



Oct

22

11:00

The Cup that Cheers!

Gordon Henderson, President 2002 + 2003

  • 📅Monday, October 22, 2018
  • 🕥11:00 - 12:00



Oct

29

00:00

Halloween Public Holiday - no meeting

  • 📅Monday, October 29, 2018
  • 🕥00:00 - 00:00



Nov

05

11:00

Thirty-eight years in the Force

Bill Herlihy, Club Founder, Club President 1994, 1995 + 2013, former Garda Chief Superintendent

  • 📅Monday, November 5, 2018
  • 🕥11:00 - 12:00
  • 🏟Royal St. George Yacht Club (map)



Nov

12

11:00

Life is a Funny Business, a very personal story

Alan Shatter, former Minister for Justice & Defence

  • 📅Monday, November 12, 2018
  • 🕥11:00 - 12:00
  • 🏟Royal St. George Yacht Club (map)



Nov

17

19:30

Rathmines & Rathgar Musical Society - Carousel

  • 📅Saturday, November 17, 2018
  • 🕥19:30 - 23:00
  • 🏟National Concert Hall (map)

Composed in 1945 by Richard Rodgers (1902-1979) and Oscar Hammerstein (1895-1960) and set on the coast of Maine, the story revolves around carousel barker Billy Bigelow, whose romance with millworker Julie Jordan comes at the price of both their jobs.

He participates in a robbery to provide for Julie and their unborn child; after it goes tragically wrong, he is given a chance to make things right. A secondary plot line deals with millworker Carrie Pipperidge and her romance with ambitious fisherman Enoch Snow. The show includes the well-known songs "If I Loved You", "June Is Bustin' Out All Over" and "You'll Never Walk Alone".



Nov

19

11:00

The impact of deregulation and low-cost air travel on Irish Society

Dr Seán Barrett, Economist; Fellow Emeritus Economics - Pro-Chancellor Trinity College

  • 📅Monday, November 19, 2018
  • 🕥11:00 - 12:00
  • 🏟Royal St. George Yacht Club (map)



Nov

26

11:00

The Irish Senior Citizens Parliament - update

Matt Coleman, Club President 1999, 2000 and 2001

  • 📅Monday, November 26, 2018
  • 🕥11:00 - 12:00
  • 🏟Royal St. George Yacht Club (map)



Dec

03

11:00

The Man from Arran

Robin Hamilton, Probus Member and Insurance Loss Adjustor

  • 📅Monday, December 3, 2018
  • 🕥11:00 - 12:00
  • 🏟Royal St. George Yacht Club (map)



Dec

06

12:30

Members Christmas Luncheon

Guest-of-Honour: Enda Kenny TD, former Taoiseach

  • 📅Thursday, December 6, 2018
  • 🕥12:30 - 16:00
  • 🏟Royal St. George Yacht Club (map)

For members, spouses and guests



Dec

10

11:00

Margaret Thatcher & Ireland

Frank Sheridan, Probus Vice President and Former Ambassador

  • 📅Monday, December 10, 2018
  • 🕥11:00 - 12:00
  • 🏟Royal St. George Yacht Club (map)



Jan

07

11:00

'Show & Tell'

15 Members

  • 📅Monday, January 7, 2019
  • 🕥11:00 - 12:00

A presentation of memorabilia, mementos and souvenirs that tell a story



Jan

14

11:00

2019 Annual General Meeting

  • 📅Monday, January 14, 2019
  • 🕥11:00 - 12:00
  • 🏟Royal St. George Yacht Club (map)



Jan

21

11:00

The Inaugural Meeting of Dáil Éireann - Mansion House, Tuesday 21 January 1919

Dr Donal McCartney, Emeritus Professor of Modern Irish History, UCD

  • 📅Monday, January 21, 2019
  • 🕥11:00 - 12:00
  • 🏟Royal St. George Yacht Club (map)



Jan

28

11:00

The History of the GAA

Mark Duncan, Author 'The GAA - A Peoples History'

  • 📅Monday, January 28, 2019
  • 🕥11:00 - 12:00
  • 🏟Royal St. George Yacht Club (map)



Feb

04

11:00

The 1970 Arms Trial

Dr Michael Heney, former RTE investigative journalist

  • 📅Monday, February 4, 2019
  • 🕥11:00 - 12:00
  • 🏟Royal St. George Yacht Club (map)

On 28 May 1970, Charles J Haughey and Neil T Blaney, former government ministers, went on trial in Dublin, together with an Irish Army intelligence officer, Captain James Kelly, a Belfast republican leader named John Kelly and Belgian businessman and accused Nazi Albert Luykx, who had allegedly agreed to use his contacts to acquire the weapons.

All charges against Blaney were dropped in the District Court on 2 July 1970 and as a result he was not tried, before the main trial got underway under Justice Aindrias Ó Caoimh. The trial collapsed a week later after allegations of bias. Following a second trial the other four defendants were cleared on 23 October.

Dr Heney's research concerns new information relating the trial and the circumstances connected to it.



Feb

11

11:00

Dublin Opinion 1922-1968

Felix M. Larkin

  • 📅Monday, February 11, 2019
  • 🕥11:00 - 12:00
  • 🏟Royal St. George Yacht Club (map)

A satirical magazine with the motto that 'humour is is the safety valve of the Nation.

Mr Larkin is an historian and former senior civil servant in the Department of Finance and the National Treasury Management Agency. He is former chairman of the Newspaper and Periodical History Forum of Ireland 2010-13 and Academic Director of Parnell Summer School 2013-15. Author of 'Terror and Discord: the Shemus cartoons in the Freeman’s Journal, 1920-1924' (2009) and of numerous scholarly articles on the history of the press in Ireland.



Feb

18

11:00

An Overview of European Politics

John Bolton, Vice President Probus

  • 📅Monday, February 18, 2019
  • 🕥11:00 - 12:00
  • 🏟Royal St. George Yacht Club (map)



Feb

25

11:00

Commemorating the Centenary of Major Historical Events

Dr Maurice Manning, Chairman, Expert Group, Decade of Centenaries; Author; Chancellor National University of Ireland; Fine Gael TD 1982-1987; Senator 1981-1982 and 1987 - 2002

  • 📅Monday, February 25, 2019
  • 🕥11:00 - 12:00
  • 🏟Royal St. George Yacht Club (map)

The Expert Advisory Group on Commemorations was established by the Taoiseach in 2011 and meets regularly in the Department of the Taoiseach. Its role is to advise the Government on historical matters relating to the Decade of Centenaries, and to consult widely with academic, community and voluntary groups and members of the public to ensure that significant events are commemorated accurately, proportionately and appropriately in tone. The group is non-partisan and composed of independent members from around the country.



Mar

04

11:00

The Media in a Troubled Land

Michael Brophy, former Managing Director The Sunday World; former Chief Executive Independent News & Media (NI)

  • 📅Monday, March 4, 2019
  • 🕥11:00 - 12:00
  • 🏟Royal St. George Yacht Club (map)



Mar

14

20:00

Musical - Jekyll & Hyde

Dun Laoghaire Musical & Dramatic Society

  • 📅Thursday, March 14, 2019
  • 🕥20:00 - 22:30
  • 🏟Pavilion Theatre, Dún Laoghaire (map)

Based on Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic thriller, Jekyll & Hyde is the gripping tale of a brilliant mind gone horrifically awry, set to a powerful pop-rock score by Frank Wildhorn with book and lyrics by Leslie Bricusse.



Mar

18

00:00

St Patrick's Day - No Meeting

  • 📅Monday, March 18, 2019
  • 🕥00:00 - 00:00



Mar

25

11:00

The Escalating Cost of the National Children's Hospital: are white elephants stampeding again?

Dr Sean Barrett, Economist and Pro-Chancellor Trinity College

  • 📅Monday, March 25, 2019
  • 🕥11:00 - 12:00
  • 🏟Royal St. George Yacht Club (map)

Following completion of the second phase of the two-stage tender procurement process, the final cost of the design, build and equipment programme for which the National Paediatric Hospital Development Board is responsible is now €1,433 million, €450 million more than advised to Government in April 2017. €319 million of the additional cost relates to construction costs associated with staff, consultants, planning, design team fees, risk/contingency and management equipment service.



Apr

01

11:00

‘Food and Diet: Personal and Global Challenges’

Tom Arnold, Agricultural Economist. Chairman, Task Force Rural Africa; Chairman, Constitutional Convention; former Chief Executive, Concern Worldwide; former Chairman, The Irish Times Trust

  • 📅Monday, April 1, 2019
  • 🕥11:00 - 12:00
  • 🏟Royal St. George Yacht Club (map)

Task Force Rural Africa is an expert group created by the European Commission to provide expertise, advice and possible recommendations on enhancing the role of the EU agri-food and agro-industrial sector in the sustainable economic development of Africa.

Founded in 1968, Concern has responded to major emergencies and implemented long-term development programmes in more than 50 countries. Today, with a staff of 3,900 of 50 nationalities, Concern operates in 25 of the world’s poorest countries, helping people to achieve major and long-lasting improvements in their lives.



Apr

08

11:00

What Have Muslims Ever Done for Us?

Brian Snow, Probus Member - who has resided and worked in several Middle East jurisdictions

  • 📅Monday, April 8, 2019
  • 🕥11:00 - 12:00
  • 🏟Royal St. George Yacht Club (map)



Apr

15

11:00

Commemorating the life and career of Douglas Gageby (1918-2004)

Patrick Gageby SC (son)

  • 📅Monday, April 15, 2019
  • 🕥11:00 - 12:00
  • 🏟Royal St. George Yacht Club (map)

Douglas Gageby was born in Dublin, at 54 Upper Beechwood Avenue, Ranelagh, to Thomas Gageby, a Belfast-born civil servant. His mother, Ethel Elizabeth née Smith, was a schoolteacher from county of Cavan. The Gageby family moved to Belfast when Douglas was about three as his father went to work for the Northern Ireland Civil Service following partition. His paternal grandfather Robert Gageby had stood as a Labour parliamentary candidate in Belfast North in 1910 and was a Belfast City Councillor for 20 years, first elected in 1898 as a trade union candidate supported by the Independent Labour Party.

He was educated at Belfast Royal Academy and Trinity College, Dublin, where he was elected a scholar in Modern Languages (French and German) in 1940. He was also actively involved with the student newspaper Trinity News. He enlisted in the Irish Army as a private soldier at the outbreak of World War II.[citation needed] He was commissioned later, and he served as an intelligence officer. He reported from post-war Germany for the Irish Press and went on to work under Conor Cruise O'Brien in the Irish News Agency. In 1954 he was the first editor of the Evening Press. In 1963 he became editor of The Irish Times, a post he held until 1986, having been brought back from a short retirement in 1974 He is credited with moving the Irish Times from a Unionist organ into a successful Irish journal of record.



Apr

22

00:00

Easter Monday - No Meeting

  • 📅Monday, April 22, 2019
  • 🕥00:00 - 00:00



Apr

29

11:00

'A Brief History of Our Planet - where do we fit in?'

Dr Christopher J Stillman, Associate Professor Emeritus - Geology, Trinity College 1965-2002

  • 📅Monday, April 29, 2019
  • 🕥11:00 - 12:00
  • 🏟Royal St. George Yacht Club (map)

Professor Stillman is a graduate of Leeds University. His doctoral research was on volcanic rocks in what was then Rhodesia, following which he worked with the Geological Survey of Northern Rhodesia, now Zambia, for six years. After this, he began his long and distinguished association with Trinity College Dublin, beginning with a lectureship in the Geology Department and for some years he was Head of TCD's Environmental Science Laboratory. Since retirement, Professor Stillman has been closely following the effects of climate change, a process which has occurred time and again in the World’s history.



May

06

00:00

May Bank Holiday - No Meeting

  • 📅Monday, May 6, 2019
  • 🕥00:00 - 00:00



May

13

11:00

Europe, Foreign Direct Investment & Tax

John O'Brien, Probus Member; former Secretary of IDA Ireland

  • 📅Monday, May 13, 2019
  • 🕥11:00 - 12:00
  • 🏟Royal St. George Yacht Club (map)



May

20

11:00

Travelogue on Iran

Paul Gallagher, Oil Engineer and Probus Member

  • 📅Monday, May 20, 2019
  • 🕥11:00 - 12:00
  • 🏟Royal St. George Yacht Club (map)



May

27

11:00

Chicago Connections

Peter Gunning Probus Member and former Ambassador

  • 📅Monday, May 27, 2019
  • 🕥11:00 - 12:00
  • 🏟Royal St. George Yacht Club (map)



Jun

03

00:00

June Bank Holiday - No Meeting

  • 📅Monday, June 3, 2019
  • 🕥00:00 - 00:00



Jun

10

11:00

'A Lifetime in Journalism'

Deaglán de Bréadún, Member of the Press Council

  • 📅Monday, June 10, 2019
  • 🕥11:00 - 12:00
  • 🏟Royal St. George Yacht Club (map)

Deaglán de Bréadún was nominated to the Press Council by the National Union of Journalists. He was formerly Father of the NUJ Chapel at the Irish Times. Positions held during many years at the paper included Northern Editor, Political Correspondent, Foreign Affairs Correspondent, Temporary Moscow Correspondent, Irish Language Editor and Feature Writer/Sub-Editor.

He took voluntary redundancy at the end of 2012 and later became Local Radio Correspondent with the Houses of the Oireachtas where he spent a year broadcasting accounts of proceedings at Leinster House to radio stations around the country. He then worked as Political Editor of the Irish Sun, until February 2015. He is the author of a comprehensive account of the peace process, entitled "The Far Side of Revenge: Making Peace in Northern Ireland" (Collins Press, 2001 and 2008) and a collection of short stories in Irish entitled "Sceallóga (Chips)", published by Comhar Teo. His coverage of the 1998 Good Friday Agreement won the IPR/BT Northern Ireland press and broadcast award for daily news journalism.A native of Enniscorthy, Co Wexford, his family moved to Dublin, where he attended CBS Synge Street and UCD, graduating with a master's degree in Anglo-Irish literature



Jun

17

11:00

The Life & Times of Bram Stoker (1847-1912), author of Dracula

Paul Murray, Probus Member, Diplomat and Biographer

  • 📅Monday, June 17, 2019
  • 🕥11:00 - 12:00
  • 🏟Royal St. George Yacht Club (map)



Jun

24

11:00

'The School of Athens'

Michael Ryan, Probus Member

  • 📅Monday, June 24, 2019
  • 🕥11:00 - 12:00
  • 🏟Royal St. George Yacht Club (map)

A fresco captured on canvas and representing philosophy by the Renaissance artist Raphael between 1509 and 1511.



Jun

26

10:00

Fraternal Visit to Dublin by the Probus Club of Antrim

  • 📅Wednesday, June 26, 2019
  • 🕥10:00 - 16:30

Itinerary included Leinster House; National Gallery and lunch at Buswells Hotel



Jul

01

11:00

Touring the USSR in 1973

Paul O'Kane, Probus Member

  • 📅Monday, July 1, 2019
  • 🕥11:00 - 12:00
  • 🏟Royal St. George Yacht Club (map)



Jul

04

12:30

Summer Luncheon

Senator Ian Marshall

  • 📅Thursday, July 4, 2019
  • 🕥12:30 - 15:30
  • 🏟Royal St. George Yacht Club (map)

For members, spouses and guests. Guests-of-honour: Josephine Cotter, widow of Micheal Cotter; Senator Marshall and Peter Bowring, Commodore Royal St George Yacht Club



Jul

08

11:00

Now, We Are Called Upon to Grow Again

Frank Ryan, Chairman IDA Ireland; previously Chief Executive Enterprise Ireland (2003-2013)

  • 📅Monday, July 8, 2019
  • 🕥11:00 - 12:00
  • 🏟Royal St. George Yacht Club (map)



Jul

15

11:00

'John Hume in America'

Maurice Fitzpatrick, film maker, writer, lecturer

  • 📅Monday, July 15, 2019
  • 🕥11:00 - 12:00
  • 🏟Royal St. George Yacht Club (map)

Maurice Fitzpatrick is an Irish and Japanese-educated film-maker, writer and lecturer. He wrote and produced the BBC documentary film The Boys of St Columb’s, which is about how educational reform in Northern Ireland helped break the vicious cycle of sectarian violence by raising a new generation of leaders who would go on to reshape the social and political future of Northern Ireland – the film tells the story through prominent Irish leaders including Nobel Prize winning writer Seamus Heaney and John Hume, who won the Nobel Prize for his role in the Northern Ireland peace process.

Maurice has just finished another documentary film as writer and director for the BBC about Brian Friel’s play ‘Translations’ which focuses on the role of (mis)communication and language in a clash between two different cultures. He has published articles on Kurosawa’s cinematic interpretation of Shakespeare, on modern novels, on travel, and a book ‘The Boys of St Columb’s’. He is currently a lecturer at the University of Cologne. Before that, he lived in Tokyo from 2004-2011 where he lectured at Keio University, Japan’s oldest university. He has also been a guest lecturer at various universities in North America and Europe.

He has also made a documentary feature film, In the Name of Peace: John Hume in America which will be shown at the Kennedy Summer School. The film chronicles the support of John Hume’s approach to politics in Northern Ireland in co-ordination with senior political figures in US and Irish Foreign Affairs.



Jul

22

11:00

The Papacy

Rev Michael Collins, priest Archdiocese of Dublin and author: 'The Vatican'

  • 📅Monday, July 22, 2019
  • 🕥11:00 - 12:00
  • 🏟Royal St. George Yacht Club (map)

Fr Collins is a native of Glenageary. After secondary education at St. Conleth’s College Ballsbridge he studied Theology at the diocesan seminary of Holy Cross and History, Greek and Roman Civilisation and Philosophy at University College Dublin.

After ordination he served in two parishes before following postgraduate studies in Rome at the Pontifical Institute of Christian Archeology. He later taught in a number of universities, including the American University of Rome, John Cabot University and Duquesne University, Rome Campus. He returned to Dublin in 2005.

'The Vatican', published in 2008, offers an insight into the unique 2,000 year history, traditional ceremonies, priceless treasures and spectacular architecture of the Vatican. It includes accounts of the day-to-day running of this State, illustrated by the stories of those who live or work in this extraordinary city within a city.

Over the past few years Fr Collins has also written columns for The Catholic Times and the Irish Times as well as for periodicals and magazines such as Primo, Vatican Past and Present and Catholic Life, as well as contributing to radio and TV documentaries.



Jul

29

11:00

The Secretary-General of a Government department - Evolving Leadership Styles

Seán F Aylward, previously Private Secretary to two Taoisigh - Jack Lynch and Charles J. Haughey; first Director-General, Irish Prison Service; Secretary-General, Department of Justice & Equality.

  • 📅Monday, July 29, 2019
  • 🕥11:00 - 12:00
  • 🏟Royal St. George Yacht Club (map)

Following retirement from the Civil Service in 2011, Mr Aylward became Ireland’s representative on the Council of Europe’s Committee for the Prevention of Torture, which is responsible for monitoring conditions in prisons, police stations and other institutions in the council’s member states. He was appointed Under-Treasurer of The Honorable Society of Kings Inns in 2013 and continued in this role until 2018.



Aug

12

11:00

Roots

Lorcan McEneaney, Probus Member; previously Assistant Chief Inspector of Schools, Dept of Education & Science

  • 📅Monday, August 12, 2019
  • 🕥11:00 - 12:00
  • 🏟Royal St. George Yacht Club (map)



Aug

19

11:00

'Japan: The Land of the Rising Scrum'

Mark Egan, Head of Competitions & Performance, World Rugby

  • 📅Monday, August 19, 2019
  • 🕥11:00 - 12:00
  • 🏟Royal St. George Yacht Club (map)

Hosted once every four years, the Rugby World Cup is rugby's centrepiece event. It is the big stage that rugby players from all over the world dream of reaching. Held over the course of seven weeks, it is the 3rd largest sports event in the world after the summer olympics and the Football World Cup. The 2019 World Cup commences in Japan on 20 September and concludes on 2 November.



Aug

22

12:30

Annual Voyage from Dun Laoghaire to Howth + visit to Hurdy-Gurdy radio museum

Coordinators: John Ryan / Kevin O'Malley

  • 📅Thursday, August 22, 2019
  • 🕥12:30 - 17:00
  • 🏟Howth Harbour (map)

Depart Dublin Bay Cruises departure point on East Pier @ 12.30

Voyage Fare €19

Admission to Hurdy-Gurdy radio museum €5

Lunch - self-financed



Aug

26

11:00

Reaching for the Stars - deValera in America June 1919 to December 1920

Dr David McCullagh, Biographer and Presenter 'Prime Time' on RTE 1

  • 📅Monday, August 26, 2019
  • 🕥11:00 - 12:00
  • 🏟Royal St. George Yacht Club (map)

'We are reaching for the stars in the hope of obtaining the mountain top', Éamon deValera, 1919

deValera arrived in New York on 11 June 1919 aboard SS Lapland at the end of a 10-day voyage from Liverpool. The ship has been launched at the Harland & Wolff yard in Belfast in June 1908 and was operated by White Star Line. The purpose of the visit was to achieve recognition for the nascent State and to reconcile various Irish factions.

He remained in the United States until 11 December 1920, returing home on SS Celtic, another ship owned by White State Line. She struck the Cow & Calf Rocks near Roches Point while on a voyage to Cobh in December 1928; became usable and declared a total loss before being sold for scrap in 1933.



Sep

02

11:00

'Food for Climate Thought'

Tony Allwright, Probus President 2017

  • 📅Monday, September 2, 2019
  • 🕥11:00 - 12:00
  • 🏟Royal St. George Yacht Club (map)

An alternative viewpoint to some of the climate-change conundrums'



Sep

09

11:00

'A Forgotten Order - the lost Orange Heritage in Leinster, Munster and Connaught'

Quincy Dougan, Historian, Commentator and 'Unashamed Ulster Loyalist'!

This Protestant fraternity has 34,000 members (90,000 in the 1960's) throughout the world. Autonomous Grand Lodges are established in Scotland, England, the United States of America, West Africa, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.

The name comes from William III, Prince of Orange, and commemorates his victory over despotic power laid the foundation for the evolution of Constitutional Democracy in the British Isles.

Support for William of Orange in the British Isles led to the formation of Orange Societies to commemorate his victory at the Battle of the Boyne in July 1690, but the largest and longest lasting groups were the Boyne Societies in Ireland.

In 1795, following the culmination of attacks on Protestants in County Armagh at the Battle of the Diamond, in which Protestants routed those who had attacked them and attempted to burn properties, it was decided to form an organisation which would protect Protestants. This body, drawing on existing Orange Clubs in the neighbourhood, was named the Loyal Orange Institution.

Today defending Protestantism is not so literal as it was in 1795, but members' take a stand for 'truth' in an age of secularism and in order to defend their culture and traditions.



Sep

16

11:00

California Verbal Memory Learning Test

Rachel Bates, UCD

  • 📅Monday, September 16, 2019
  • 🕥11:00 - 12:00
  • 🏟Royal St. George Yacht Club (map)



Sep

23

11:00

Ageing Well

Deborah Gallagher, St Michael's Hospital

  • 📅Monday, September 23, 2019
  • 🕥11:00 - 12:00
  • 🏟Royal St. George Yacht Club (map)



Sep

30

11:00

From South Antrim to South Africa - milestones along the way

Rodney Rice, previously RTE producer and presenter; Chairman Action Aid

  • 📅Monday, September 30, 2019
  • 🕥11:00 - 12:00
  • 🏟Royal St. George Yacht Club (map)

Rodney Rice, a native of Whiteabbey Co Antrim, concluded his 40-year career with RTE in July 2009. He presented the current affairs programme, 'Saturday View' for a quarter century and 'Worlds Apart, a programme with a focus on development for 23 years. Following retirement - he was a director of ActionAid Ireland until December 2018.



Oct

07

11:00

Protestant and Irish - the minority's search for place in independent Ireland

Dr Ian d'Alton, Visiting Research Fellow, Centre for Contemporary Irish History, Trinity College; author

  • 📅Monday, October 7, 2019
  • 🕥11:00 - 12:00
  • 🏟Royal St. George Yacht Club (map)

Dr Ian d’Alton is a historian, primarily of southern Irish Protestantism, latterly through the medium of the literary, and the author of a monograph -

Protestant society and politics in Cork, 1812-1844 (Cork University Press, 1980).

His other writings and speeches are detailed below. With Dr Ida Milne, he has co-edited a volume of essays Protestant and Irish: the minority’s search for place in independent Ireland (Cork UP, 2019). He is currently researching books about the Royal Historical Society’s Alexander Prize, and its place in British historiography, 1897-2005 (he was a recipient of the Prize in 1972); the fascicle for Naas, Co. Kildare in the Royal Irish Academy’s Irish Historic Town Atlas series; and [with Dr Ida Milne] The Irish Revolution 1912-23: Wicklow in the county series edited by Dr Daithi O Corrain and Professor Marian Lyons.

Ian was a senior Irish public servant, initially working in the Department of Finance and then in a State owned company, Housing Finance Agency plc, as Head of Treasury, and of which he became Chief Executive Officer and a Ministerially-appointed Board member in 2007



Oct

14

11:00

'The state of Anglo-Irish relations'

Dáithí O’Ceallaigh, previously Director-General Institute for International & European Affairs; Chairman Press Council; Ambassador to the Court of St James's

  • 📅Monday, October 14, 2019
  • 🕥11:00 - 12:00
  • 🏟Royal St. George Yacht Club (map)



Oct

17

09:30

Visit Railway Museum, Whitehead Co Antrim + Lunch at Whitehead Golf Club

Whitehead Railway Museum, which was officially opened in 2017, combines the past with the present. Visitors can get close to some of the magnificent steam locomotives in the Railway Preservation Society of Ireland collection – a chance to step aboard the footplate of an 1879-built steam engine.

Whitehead Golf Club was established 1904. It is located on Muldersleigh Hill the site of an early settlements dating as far back as the early Stone Age, the site offers unrivalled views over vast areas of land and sea.

The panorama extends all the way across Belfast Lough to the Mourne Mountains, over the Irish Sea to Scotland and across Islandmagee all the way up to the famous Glens of Antrim and close to the newly restored famous Gobbins cliff-face path.



Oct

21

11:00

TK Whitaker - Irishman of the 20th Century

Anne Chambers, Biographer

  • 📅Monday, October 21, 2019
  • 🕥11:00 - 12:00
  • 🏟Royal St. George Yacht Club (map)

Thomas Kenneth Whitaker (8 December 1916 – 9 January 2017), a native of Rostrevor Co Down; son of a Protestant father and Catholic mother, was an Irish economist, politician, diplomat, Secretary of the Department of Finance - who served as the Governor of the Central Bank of Ireland from 1969 to 1976 and a Senator from 1977 to 1982, upon being nominated by An Taoiseach, Jack Lynch. Dr Whitaker was Chancellor of National University of Ireland from 1976 to 1996.

He is credited with a pivotal role in the economic development of Ireland.






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