16th July


On behalf of all at Claíomh I would like to say many thanks for the warm hospitality afforded to Jack, Niamh and myself on the day of the event - it was an honour to be present and to have the opportunity to make a presentation on the topic of one of Galway's most important medieval battles……….

We look forward to co-operating with you again some time in the future.

Best wishes

Dave Swift

Claíomh - Irish Living History & Military Heritage

15th July


Joe, I share your sense of optimism about the event fully and have some ideas for the future……

Padraig Lenihan

15th July


Dear Marie,
Just a quick note of thanks to all involved in organization and running of the event last weekend. …….
I don't see all the planning and detail that happens behind the scenes - I just see the excellent final product so well done to all.

Best wishes,
Frank O'Deorain
(1691 period musketeer at the event)

15th July


Hi Marie,

….I just wanted to drop you a line to thank you for everything at the Aughrim Field School. I really enjoyed the day and I appreciate the effort you and the other organisers put into it- hopefully I can make it again in 2014!

Kind Regards,


Damian Shiels | Company Director


Rubicon Heritage Services Ltd | Unit 2 | Europa Enterprise Park | Midleton | Co. Cork 

15th July



Thank you and yours for your presence here.

Paddy Naughton

Aughrim Development Co.

15th July



I hope Sunday went as well as Saturday. I must congratulate you all on a really enjoyable day.

All the best,

John J Cronin


hi Joe,

We couldn’t have had a better weekend, the calibre of the speakers was phenomenal, that of course includes you! …...

……...We talked Irish history all the way home, our interest is truly fired, we couldn’t get over how interesting the talks were.

Thank you Joe,

Best Wishes Pat Ó Kelly.


 3rd Aug 2013


‘Aughrim Military History Summer School’

Address by Cllr. Mick Kelly, Mayor of Ballinasloe.

Aughrim, Interpretative Centre Aughrim, Ballinasloe @ 7.30pm on Friday 12th July 2013

Mayor of the County of Galway Cllr. Liam Carroll, Elected Members, members of The 

Aughrim Remembered Committee, the Kelly Clan and distinguished guests. I am delighted 

to be here tonight on the occasion of the launch of the first Aughrim Military History 

Summer School.


This is my second time coming to an Aughrim Remembered Event in my capacity as
Mayor of Ballinasloe; the last time was to a 3 day conference and now to this first ever
Summer School.
I think that you have a wonderful mix of leading military history experts giving lecturers at
the Summer School not only dealing with the Battle of Aughrim but our broader military
history in the county. I am sure that you will have a very rich and rewarding weekend
hearing about Colonel Charles O’Kelly, the battle of Aughrim, the battle of Knockdoe,
Count Lally, the Man who lost India, the Galway Poet’s Jacobite Epic and in broader terms
the impact of the 1690-1691 war on Connacht and the midlands.I am delighted to see that Sunday is dedicated to the genealogical side of the Battle with
lectures about some of the people involved in Aughrim. It is wonderful to see that Julie
Cruise, Manager of the Interpretative Centre will be speaking about an ancestor who parttook in the battle. The genealogical service on Sunday afternoon presents a great
opportunity for all to find out more about their past and the wonderful people who went
before them.
I would like to thank The Aughrim Remembered Committee, Aughrim Active Retirement
Group, St. Catherine’s Hall Committee who have worked so hard in developing this military
history summer school. I wish you a very successful weekend and hope that I will be back
again for the launch of another Summer School.


‘Aughrim Military History Summer School’ Launch
Aughrim, Interpretative Centre Aughrim, Ballinasloe @ 7.30pm on Friday 12th July 2013.
Address by Cllr. Liam Connor. Mayor of County Galway.

Mayor of Ballinasloe, Cllr.Mike Kelly, Elected Members, members of Aughrim
Remembered Committee, the Kelly Clan and distinguished guests. I am delighted to be
here tonight on the occasion of the launch of the first Aughrim Military History Summer
This battle- Cath Eachroma fought between the Jacobites and the forces of William 3rd
was the decisive battle of the Williamite War in Ireland. Both armies were about 20,000
men strong. It was one of the more bloody recorded fought on Irish soil with over 7,000
people were killed. It meant the effective end of Jacobitism in Ireland, although the city of
Limerick held out until the autumn of 1691.
The battle became known in the Irish language tradition as Eachdhroim an áir - "Aughrim
of the slaughter".

It is very fitting that this summer school is being launched tonight as today is the 322nd
anniversary of the Battle of Aughrim and that the Summer School is dedicated to Colonel
Charles O’Kelly. It is fitting that the Summer School should be called after a man who
wrote the book “Macarie Excidium” or The Destruction of Cyprus. It was a secret history of
the war of the revolution in Ireland. This is the only book written from an Irish point of view
on the battle and the situation in Ireland at the time. This little know soldier, although in his
70th year took to the field on that faithful day. His brother John was his Lt. Col. And his son
Denis was a Captain in Galmoy’s cavalry regiment.

I would like to pay tribute to Aughrim Remembered Committee in particular Captain Joe
Kelly, Dr. Padraig Lenihan, NUIG, Valerie Seale, John Burke, Jo Scanlan, Mary
McLoughlin, Paddy Naughton, Julie Cruise, Manager, Battle of Aughrim Interpretative
Centre, Helen Mannion, Aughrim Active Retirement Group, St. Catherine’s Hall
Committee, Marion Kelly and the catering committee who have given so much time and
work in hosting this summer school.

It is also great to see so many local people getting in involved in the programming and
delivery of this weekend event. I hope you have a very memorable and enjoyable 3 days
and I would hope that this important heritage and community Summer School would go
from strength to strength.