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Aims of the Society


"The object of the Society shall be to locate, preserve, examine, publish and illustrate the antiquities, records and traditions connected with the territory comprised within the ancient Kingdom of Meath, corresponding in the main with the modern Diocese of Meath."


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Carberry Lodge, The Stocks, Athboy, Co. Meath, Ireland. C15 KD82







Your subscription includes membership of the Society for the year and a copy of the current edition of Ríocht na Midhe, the annual journal of the society. Packed with interesting articles and book reviews it is a 'must' for anyone with an interest in this area.


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The Council members at a recent launch of Ríocht na Midhe in the Ardboyne Hotel.

 A Tribute to John Bruton.

By Frank Cogan, Vice President of MAHS

John Bruton was a member of the Meath Archaeological and Historical Society for many years and was a great supporter of it over several decades. He followed the activities of the Society with interest and he addressed a Society event in Longwood in January 2019 on the subject of The 1918 Election in Meath, Eamon Duggan and the First Dail (Eamon Duggan was, of course, the first holder of a Dail seat in South Meath, in what was to become John’s own constituency base for many years). As a convinced democrat, John passionately espoused the principle and practice of politics through the ballot box and saw himself as the political descendant of Charles Stewart Parnell, who of course had been elected as the parliamentary representative for Meath in Westminster in an earlier time. As a true Meathman, he had immense pride in his native county, its history and culture and the royal heritage of its landscape and people. As Taoiseach, he displayed a magnanimous spirit and brought that generosity of heart to bear on his untiring pursuit of peace and reconciliation on the island of Ireland so that representatives of different sides and traditions representing all points of view found him willing to engage in a common pursuit of constructive solutions leading to a better future for all. In so doing, he made an immense contribution to the cause of peace and to enable all the people of this island to enjoy the prospect of a brighter and better future.

Ar dheis De go rabh a anam dilis.    



Programme 2024.

Thursday, February 29th
Séamus MacGabhann Lecture
“Antiquarians on the Hill of Uisneach
and the Threshold of Irish History
Dr Angus Mitchell
(University of Limerick)
Navan Library - 7.30pm

All welcome.



In May 2023 Dr Mitchell received a bursary from the Royal Irish Academy's Decade of Centenaries Grant Scheme to research into the Hill of Uisneach and the Struggle for Irish Independence. This lecture will examine how the temporal and spatial significance of the Hill of Uisneach was defined and asserted through the organising of a series of gatherings by a network of antiquarians, historians and cultural revivalists in the decade before rebellion.

Dr Angus Mitchell was born in Africa and educated in England. From 1987 to 1992 he lived in Spain where he wrote extensively on Spanish culture, food and cinema, and from 1992-98 he lived in Brazil where he worked as a film and television correspondent.  Since 1998, he has lived in Ireland and for over two decades has studied the life and legacy of Roger Casement and a group of associated radicals, pacifists, feminists, cosmopolitan nationalists, internationalists and other critics of empire. To date, his published research has focussed largely on Roger Casement’s work in Africa and South America and has helped to retrieve Casement into the history of human rights and situated him within a progressive anti-colonial dialogue in pre-First World War Britain. Mitchell has also researched and published on other individuals involved in the cultural politics of the early twentieth century, including the historian Alice Stopford Green, the botanist, Augustine Henry, and the evangelical faith missionary and divine, Henry Grattan Guinness. He previously addressed the MAHS on Alice Stopford Green - in October 2017 and December 2019 (the latter in conjunction with the unveiling of the MAHS plaque to Stopford Green in Kells). 


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€500 Prizes for Postgraduate Research

The Meath Archaeological and Historical Society and Meath County Council Heritage Forum offer prizes of up to €500 for postgraduate research in any discipline, commencing after September 2011, devoted wholly or in significant part to any aspect of the heritage (archaeology, history, literature, etc.) of the Meath-Westmeath region.

Entries should be submitted in the form of one or more articles for publication in Ríocht na Midhe. Each entry must be vouched for by the writer's Supervisor of Research. Adjudication will be by a panel appointed by MAHS.


Séamus MacGabhann and Aidan Gilsenan
The most recent recipient, Aidan Gilsenan being congratulated by Séamus MacGabhann.

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