The Next Public Event of Foxrock Local History Club
Is on Tuesday 18 April 2017 (As usual the 3rd Tuesday of the month.)
THE MAIN TALK
STONE BRIDGES OF SOUTH COUNTY DUBLIN
Rob Goodbody has produced a new edition a highly readable and exacting study, Irish Stone Bridges: History and Heritage which is unsurpassed in its scope, function and design, remaining the definitive history and field guide to these oft-hidden treasures that deeply enrich Ireland’s heritage and environment, which covers the history of road bridges in Ireland from AD 1000 to 1830. There are about 25,000 masonry arch bridges in Ireland with spans exceeding two metres. These were built over a period of nearly 900 years, though the majority would have been built in the period 1775 to 1900. A good knowledge of bridges is also essential for those involved in heritage and conservation, as well as local historians, while individual bridges can also be of great interest to those who live in the locality.
By Rob Goodbody
THE SHORT TALK
WILLIAM SEALY GOSSET OF HOLLYVILLE PARK – STATISTICIAN AND BREWER
In October 2012 a plaque was unveiled at St Patrick’s National School, off Foxrock Avenue, to commemorate William Sealy Gosset, who had lived nearby for 22 years. Sir Ronald Fisher, a giant among statisticians, called Gosset ‘the Faraday of statistic’, recognising his ability to grasp general principles and apply them to problems of practical significance. Gosset’s name may not be familiar, but his work is known to anyone who has taken an introductory course in statistics. Using the pseudonym Student, he published a paper in 1908 that has been of importance ever since. Liam Doyle, who is a civil engineer, will describe Gosset’s life and times.
By Liam Doyle
Our Venue is as usual
Foxrock Pastoral Centre – Beside Foxrock Church – (at Jct. Kill Lane and N11 Bray Rd.) Free parking available.
Bus stops at Foxrock Church 46A and 145.
Meeting Starts at 8.00 p.m.
DATES FOR YOUR DAIRIES
SATURDAY MAY 13th – SHORT OUTING TO ST. ENDA’S, PEARSE MUSEUM, RATHFARNHAM AT 11.00 a.m. MEET IN THE MAIN CAR PARK.
SATURDAY MAY 20th – SHORT OUTING TO DEANSGRANGE CEMETERY BY MICHAEL O’FLAHERTY – MEET AT THE MAIN ENTRANCE AT 11.00 a.m.
SUNDAY JUNE 18th – ALL DAY OUTING TO KILKENNY CITY – FINAL DETAILS TO BE ARRANGED SO KEEP AN EYE OUT FOR FURTHER UPDATES.