#HeritageWeek2022 Lecture on Methodism

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One of Carlow County Museum’s key events in celebration of Heritage Week 2022, was a lecture on the history of Methodism in the county delivered by Rev. Susan Gallagher, on 15th August 2022.

Organised by Methodist Church Carlow Kilkenny Circuit, in collaboration with Carlow County Museum,  the lecture was appropriately titled ‘Methodism: a methodical walk through over 200 years of Methodism in County Carlow’.  

The Rev. Susan Gallagher delivering her lecture on Methodism in Co. Carlow
Dermot Mulligan, Museum Curator, Carlow County Museum, opening proceedings
Rev. Gallagher welcoming attendees to her lecture.

There have been Methodists in Carlow and surrounding areas since the mid-18th century with John Wesley, the English evangelist leader and founder of the Methodism movement, visiting Carlow on many occasions between 1765 and 1789. 

In 2023 the Methodist Church on the Athy Road in Carlow Town will be celebrating 125 years since it opened for worship in 1898. Over the past two years in partnership with Carlow County Museum the Methodist community are conserving two of their historically important objects which will be displayed later this year in the Museum. Avril Hogan, Carlow Methodist Church, and Dermot Mulligan, Museum Curator, gave an update on these projects. Both have received grants through the Heritage Council’s Heritage Stewardship Funding 2022 and the Regional Museum Exhibitions Scheme 2021 from the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media.

Among those in attendance was Malcolm Noonan T.D. (second from the left), Minister of State for Heritage and Electoral Reform. He is pictured here with ( l to r) Dr Eoin Sullivan, Heritage Officer for County Carlow, Deputy Jennifer Murnane O'Connor TD for Carlow–Kilkenny, and Cllr Tom Tom O’Neill.
Among those in attendance was Malcolm Noonan T.D. (second from the left), Minister of State for Heritage and Electoral Reform, were ( l to r) Dr Eoin Sullivan, Heritage Officer for County Carlow, John Shorthall, Carlow County Librarian, Avril Hogan, Cllr John Murphy, Dermot Mulligan, Curator, Carlow County Museum, The Rev Susan Gallagher, Ida Graham, Deputy Jennifer Murnane O'Connor TD for Carlow–Kilkenny, Cllr Tom O’Neill and Padraig Dooley, Chairman of the Board, Carlow County Museum

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