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The Agricultural History Society of Ireland is always open to new members and would like to hear from anyone with an interest in agricultural or food history.  Our main activity is organising conferences on a range of agriculture-related topics.  See About for further details.

June saw the 2018 AHSI Summer Conference, which this year was on the theme of the History of Agricultural and Rural Advisory Services. This took place at Johnstown Castle (Teagasc) Co. Wexford on 23-24 June 2018.

Members of the Agricultural History Society of Ireland (AHSI) with Dr Austin O’Sullivan during a guided visit to the Irish Agricultural History Museum in Johnstown Castle, Co. Wexford. Dr O’Sullivan, a grassland ecologist, was responsible for setting up the Museum and was its first Director. Photo: Michael O’Connell.

Donegal 1960s. Image (c) F. McAdam

In 2017 the AHSI organised two very successful events. In June the Summer Conference/Fieldtrip took place on Clare Island, Co. Mayo on the subject of 6000 years of farming history and its impact on an island environment.Thematically following on from this, the Autumn Symposium and AGM in November was on the topic of Farming and Island Life.

We plan to publish the proceedings of the AHSI 2016 meetings. The overall theme is: Rural Ireland During Times of Conflict and Rebellion in the Late Nineteenth/early Twentieth Century. For further information contact Dr Jean Walker at ahsipublication@gmail.com.

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