Victoria’s visits to 1849-1861: views from the Irish country
had any impact on the built heritage of our land. Many interesting facts and
stories came to light during the research into these royal trips. The subject
chosen was inspired by the 2011 visit to Ireland of Queen Elizabeth II, the
great-great-grand-daughter of Queen Victoria, and the first queen regnant to
visit this country in over 100 years. Victoria
The speaker, Paula Lalor, recently conferred with an MA (Hons) in Historic House Studies from the History Department at NUI Maynooth. She is married to Ger who farms at Ballybryan, near Rhode. With grown-up children Rosemarie, Helen and David no longer taking up all her time, Paula is now indulging her life-long interest in history, with particular emphasis on
’s built heritage. She hopes
to work in this area in the future.
On Friday 23rd August 2013 in the Parish Centre (old Convent) at 8pm, Edenderry Historical Society will host a lecture on Queen Victoria in Ireland, 1849-1861.
Queen Victoria visited Ireland three times in the early part of her reign: firstly in 1849 during the Great Famine; again in 1853 when she attended the Exhibition of Art and Art Industry at Leinster Lawn, Dublin, and the third time in 1861 when the royal family stayed at Killarney. This talk examines the frenzied preparations preceding these visits, both in municipal and private venues. Close attention is paid to the few specially chosen private country houses on the royal party’s itinerary. It considers if these visits of Queen