Press Release - Top Lecturer to Talk on Schomberg
29 July 2009
Leading academic Ruairi O'Baoill, Queens University, Belfast will deliver a lecture in Carrickfergus on the impact of the Siege of Carrickfergus in 1689 along with many other historical happenings in the Borough.
The lecture entitled "From Chichester to Schomberg: The story of Carrickfergus in the 17th Century" will be held in the Town Hall at 7.00 pm on the 20th August. The lecture, which is free, is part of a special project running this summer celebrating the events of 1689 when the town was besieged by Frederick, Duke of Schomberg.
Ruairi is currently the Excavation Director of the Centre for Archaeological Fieldwork at Queens. He is a founder member and former Chair of the Irish Post-Medieval Archaeology Group (IPMAG).
Ruairi is a recognised specialist in the history of Carrickfergus. He is currently project managing to publication the final report on his major programme of 12 excavations at Carrickfergus which he directed on behalf of the Environment and Heritage Service: Built Heritage from 1991 to 1995 and which will be the largest urban excavation report ever to be produced iin Northern Ireland.
"The Siege of Carrickfergus: Schomberg and the Siege of 1689" is a project funded jointly by the Heritage Lottery Fund and Carrickfergus Borough Council.
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For further information please contact:
Ian Eagleson, Support Services Department, Museum and Civic Centre
Telephone: 028 9335 8000