Date(s) - 30/09/2020
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
A ‘Conn’ Trick: the O’Neill Chair of Castlereagh, with Keith Haines
Facebook and YouTube broadcast: Wednesday 30th September, 1.00pm
In the late 19th and early 20th centuries there were attempts by enthusiasts in Belfast to revive and promote an interest in Gaelic history. Much store was placed in a singular artefact – a stone chair, now on display in the Ulster Museum, which had been salvaged from the Castlereagh hills in the 1750s. It was (and still is) claimed to be the inauguration stone of the Upper Clandeboye O’Neill chieftains. Keith Haines will argue that there is not a shred of evidence to support this and, in modern parlance, it is ‘fake news’.