A Lost James Pain Masterpiece Building:

In 1856, Liscrona House was designed by the renowned architect, James Pain for the MacDonnell landlords.  The fascinating building accounts, materials, and fitting out cost of Liscrona were recently rediscovered as part of a much larger archive, in the attic of a house on the North Circular Road in Limerick.  Paul’s lecture will reveal insights into the planning and design of Liscrona and profile its occupants over the years.

About the Speaker:

Paul O’Brien received his doctorate from the Department of History at Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick, where he lectures in the Academic Learning Centre.  In 2019, he published a monograph based on his PhD thesis: The Glynns of Kilrush, County Clare, 1811–1940: Family, business and politics (Four Courts Press).

He has just co-authored a new book entitled ‘Taprooms, Taverns and Alehouses: Limerick City Pubs, 1850-2024’. He is working on a new study about the suburban villas of Limerick City. In 2016, Paul was a research fellow at Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris. He is a member of the Council of Europa Nostra.

Paul is a recipient of the Military Heritage Trust of Ireland award for his research into recruitment practices during the First World War. He has appeared on BBC and RTE television.

Kilkee Civic Trust, (KCT), is a non-profit organisation working to enhance the quality of life in Kilkee, and its hinterland, by preserving and promoting its cultural heritage, and so making it a more attractive place to live, work and invest.

All of the speakers give of their time and energy on a pro-bono basis.

The appreciation of the audience & KCT is expressed by way of presenting each speaker with a Book Token, or similar, at the end of each KCT Talk.

Entry is FREE.  However, a Donations Box is provided at KCT Talks / events to assist KCT in defraying necessary expenses.

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