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Irish Historic                                                                                                   THE PERCY FRENCH FESTIVAL 2024

                                          Houses Association
                                                                                                      JULY 18 TH        THURSDAY

                                           Ireland’s remaining historic houses are evidence

                                           of our cultural and historical relationship with
                                           the rest of Europe. With their estates, gardens,

                                           demesnes, and parks they have long had (and                       Dr Michael Hardiman
                                           continue to occupy) a central position in the          10.00 AM
                                           economic and social life of the communities                       The Postmodern Condition and the end of Intimacy
                                           in which they were built.
                                                                                                  10.45 AM   Dr Eve Watson
                                           The preservation of this part of Ireland’s cultural               Sexuality, Identity and its Discontents in Contemporary Ireland
                                           heritage is of national importance. This has been
                                           recognised by successive governments which have                   tea/coffee
                                                                                                  11.30 AM
                                           enacted legislation to help safeguard our historic
                                           houses for current and future generations and                     James Bradshaw
                                                                                                  12.00 PM
                                           in the public interest.
                                                                                                             The Human Person and Community
                                                  Heritage properties remaining in private hands             keynote addresss
                                                       have unique value, especially those owned   12.45 PM
                                                            by the same family over generations.             Former Taoisach Bertie Ahern
                                                                   With artefacts and archives, many         Towards a vision for a New Ireland in the current landscape
                                                                       encapsulate local history and
                                                                      preserve valuable long standing        lunch
                                                                  relationships with local communities       1.30 PM
                                                                 and if houses are sold and contents         afternoon recital
                                                               dispersed, as alas has frequently been        Don Baker
                                                the case, their cultural, historical, and social value    2.45 PM
                                             is irreversibly reduced.                                        Eileen Óg reworked

                                       The HHI aims to promote and foster the immediate            3.30 PM   gardens open
                                       and long-term future of Irish privately owned historic                questions & answers to follow each talk
                                       properties. For further information on our members
                                       and activities please see

                                                                                                                      Nine nights of top-class amateur drama
                                                                                                          Roscommon Annual Drama Festival 2025
                                                                                                            Roscommon Arts Centre Friday 7th–Saturday  15th March
                                                                                                                           for further information and online booking visit

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