Date: Friday 10 November, 9.00 am
Westport Study Day 2017: celebrating 250 years of the Browne family and the town of Westport.
The Irish Georgian Society and Mayo County Council, in association with Westport Historical Society and Westport Tourism, are partnering to deliver a study day which will celebrate the history and heritage of Westport House and its planned Georgian town. 250 years ago Peter Browne of Westport House placed an advertisement in the Dublin Faulkner’s Journal, on St. Patrick’s Day 1767, advertising for tradesmen to construct the new town of Westport, and so began the genesis of one of Ireland’s greatest pieces of Georgian town planning.
Among the speakers will be Dr Martin Mansergh, who will talk on the Act of Union. Dr Gordon Kennedy, will discuss the Browne’s of Westport House 1780 -1830. Dr Eamon O Flaherty will speak on town planning in the Age of Enlightenment, and will also introduce the RIA’s Irish Historic Towns Atlas for Westport. Áine Doyle will discuss Westport’s Holy Trinity Church. Lunch will be included, and bookings are through the Irish Georgian Society website.
Full programme available here.