Charleville Heritage Society – Festival of History

A Word of Welcome from Ian Doyle

On Behalf of Charleville Heritage Society, I am delighted to welcome you to the 2018 Festival of History.  This year the theme of our festival is the legacy of Roger Boyle the founder of Charleville in 1661.  Boyle had an immense influence on Charleville, which he named in honor of King Charles II of England.  As well as founding the town he introduced many industries to the area.  He had Charleville made a borough in 1671 and it had its own seal of incorporation.  Boyle, also known as Lord Broghill, was a soldier and politician and also a playwright and author.

Today the Boyle still has local connections.  The 15th Earl of Cork and Orrery is Jonathan Boyle, who presently sits in the House of Lords in London.  He still owns property both in Charleville and elsewhere in Munster, as he told members of Charleville Heritage Society when they met him in the House of Lords earlier this year.

We have laid on an attractive program with two fascinating talks on the Boyle family by prominent historians, and a great traditional Irish concert head lined by Sean O Se, and poetry and prose workshops in keeping with the literary tradition of Charleville.  We will have a walking tour of the historic Turrets area of the town.

If you are visiting Charleville for the first time we extend a warm welcome to you and I hope you enjoy our festival and I look forward to meeting you at one of the events.

Ian Doyle

Chairman, Charleville Heritage Society

Programme

Thursday 27th September:

Art Exhibition at Charleville Library

Featuring the works of local artists from the Maura Ryan School of Arts and other local artists.

6.30pm – 8.00pm             Exhibition of local photographs at the Provincial Heritage Centre featuring pictures of local people and places in Charleville through the years.

8.15  pm                                     Official Opening at Charleville Park Hotel by Connor Nelligan, Heritage Officer Cork County Council followed by a talk on: Model Planter and Colonial oppressor? New research on the Munster estates of Richard Boyle, 1st Earl of Cork, 1595 – 1643 Speakers David Edwards and Colin Rynne of the School of History, UCC

Friday 28th September:

6.00pm – 8.00pm             Exhibition of local photographs at the Provincial Heritage Centre:  Featuring pictures of local people and places in Charleville through the years.

8.15pm                                 Talk at Charleville Park Hotel: The Legacy of Roger Boyle, Founder of Charleville in 1661 Speaker: Liam Irwin of History Department University of Limerick

Saturday 29th September:

Art Exhibition at Charleville Library:  Featuring the works of local artists from the Maura Ryan School of Arts and other local artists.

10.30am – 12.30pm         Reading and Poetry Workshop at the Provincial Heritage Centre, Main Street, Charleville: in Association with the Sean Poetry Circle with one of Ireland’s leading poets, Gabriel Fitzmaurice

2.30pm:                                Writer’s Workshop at Charleville Library: with published author Michael Sheehan, Charleville who will speak on structuring a story

4.30 pm – 6.30pm            Exhibition of local photographs at the Provincial Heritage Centre featuring pictures of local people and places in Charleville through the years.

Sunday 30th September:

2.30pm                                 Walk the historic oldest area of Charleville, the Turrets: Hear about: the history of the Bianconi Stage halt and stables, the Weaver’s Cottages, the site of Zion Church, the site of the Charleville Free Mason Lodge Known as the Elm Lodge 914 and more.  The walking tour of the Turrets’ area of Charleville starts and finishes at the Provincial Heritage Centre and is conducted by Owen Binchy.

Roger Boyle

Founder of Charleville in 1661

Roger Boyle was born in Lismore Castle, Co. Waterford in 1621.  He was created Baron of Broghill in 1627.  He fought on both sides of the English Monarchy and when the Monarchists were defended he switched over to the Parliamentarians in 1649 led by olive Cromwell.  On the restoration of the Monarch in 1658 he reverted to the side of King Charles II who rewarded him by bestowing on him the title of First Earl of Orrery and Lord President of Munster in 1660.

Boyle founded the town of Charleville in 1661 to coincide with the laying of the foundation of his mansion, Charleville Manor located where Moatville House now stands at Limerick Road, Charleville on the 29th May 1661.  He named the town Charlesville in honor of King Charles II.  The‘s’ in the name was later dropped.

In addition to being a soldier and politician, Boyle was a noted author and wrote plays that were performed in Dublin and London, and also wrote a novel ‘Parthenissa’ Charleville was incorporated a borough in 1671 and granted Seal of Incorruption, and returned two Mp’s to Parliament.

Charleville Manor was burnt by the Duke of Berwick in 1690during the Williamite War.  Boyle lived out his life in Castlemartyr until he died in 1679 and is buried in the Collegiate Church in Youghal, Co. Cork.

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