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About Kilrush & District Historical Society

Committee 2015-date

Except where otherwise noted, the following committee members were elected at the Annual General Meeting of the Society held on Tuesday 29 September 2015 and re-elected at subsequent AGMs:

  • Lisa Walsh: Chairperson
  • Paul O'Brien: Secretary
  • Paddy Waldron: Public Relations Officer
  • Charlie Glynn: Treasurer
  • Robert Brown (first elected 2018)
  • Kay Clancy
  • Brian Comerford
  • Paul Gleeson
  • Michael O'Connell



The society shall be called Kilrush and District Historical Society.


Kilrush and District Historical Society is a not-for-profit educational Society whose mission is to promote an understanding of the history of Kilrush and its surrounds by collecting, preserving, exhibiting and interpreting that history and its relationship to the region, and nation beyond, to audiences of all ages and interests.


In pursuit of this vision, Kilrush and District Historical Society will:

  • Identify, collect, and exhibit significant historical materials related to Kilrush

  • Provide leadership in the responsible preservation of, and public access to, these historical materials.

  • Encourage excellence in research, documentation, and interpretation of historical materials.

  • Present exhibitions that use historical materials that enrich the public's understanding of and appreciation for the history of the town.

  • Foster an appreciation of the importance of historical materials to enrich public understanding of the past and present.

  • Serve diverse audiences through a variety of learning formats.

  • Provide support to historic preservation initiatives in Kilrush.

  • Maintain mutually beneficial relationships and alliances with educational institutions, libraries and museums, the business community, government and other community organizations.

  • Hold a series of lectures, outings and other events relating to the history of Kilrush and its surrounds.


Membership is open to all who share the aims of the Society. The annual membership fee shall be 20 euro. Honorary Members (who shall be persons who have made an important contribution to the Society or its aims) shall be elected by the Committee.


A committee composed of a Chairperson, Secretary, Treasurer, Public Relations Officer and up to ten Ordinary members shall conduct the affairs of the Society, all of whom shall be elected annually at the Annual General Meeting.


The Chairperson shall normally preside over the meetings of the Society and chair Committee meetings. S/he will be responsible for reporting to the membership at the Society’s AGM. The Chairperson shall not seek immediate re-election after five consecutive years.


The Secretary shall keep the minutes of all the meetings of the Society and of the Committee, keep a list of members, give notice of meetings, conduct the general correspondence of the Society and any other such duties relevant to the position.


The Treasurer shall

  • Be responsible for the collection of subscriptions

  • Keep the accounts

  • Present at each Committee meeting and AGM an up to date statement of the accounts giving details of income and expenditure since the previous Committee meeting or AGM respectively

  • Lodge all monies to the Society’s account and all payments shall be made by cheque signed by two members nominated by the Committee.

  • Accounts shall be balanced up to the last day of December in each year and be audited by an auditor approved at the previous AGM.


The PRO shall publicise the activities and meetings of the Society and promote its aims through the media.


It shall be the duty of the Committee [of whom one third plus one (1/3 plus 1) shall be a quorum] to transact the business of the Society, to arrange the times and places for meetings and excursions, to authorise the payment of ordinary expenses of the Society, to report annually to the Annual General Meeting and generally to consider and recommend, from time to time, whatever they may judge as tending to promote the objects, usefulness, and welfare of the Society.

Minutes of the proceedings shall be kept.

The committee shall meet at least 4 times a year and at other such times as they may be called together by the Chairperson.

Voting where required shall be by simple majority. In the event of a tied vote the chairperson shall have an additional casting vote.

Meetings of the committee shall be chaired by the Chairperson or in his / her absence by any member chosen by those present.


The members at the AGM shall set the annual subscription. Subscriptions are due and payable on 1st July each year. Members whose subscriptions are in arrears for more than one year shall be removed from the Society’s Roll.


The Annual General Meeting of the Society shall be held for the following purposes;

  • To consider the Officers' reports and accounts for the year

  • To elect Officers and Committee for the coming year

  • To consider any other business that may arise.

Voting may be by simple majority.


The Rules of the Society may be changed only at the Annual General Meeting. Any proposals to alter the rules of the Society shall be transmitted to the Secretary not less than 21 days prior to the date of the Annual General Meeting. The terms of the proposed change must be clearly stated in the notice, with the names of the proposer and seconder.

Adopted AGM June 2012. Adapted from the Rules of the Thomond Archaeological and Historical Society.