My name is Tony Harpur. I am a native of Midleton, a market town in County Cork (in the deep south of Ireland).
Having enjoyed living and working in Limerick for fourteen years, I recently returned to Midleton to pursue new opportunities. My interests include history (in all its genres – local, political, social, religious, family, economic, military) as well as archaeology, genealogy, and architectural history, rugby and hurling. The best birthday present I ever received was a membership card for my local library – and I’m still addicted to reading (we all have our weaknesses)! As a kid I cycled all over the area visiting historic sites and ruins – well, it kept me fit!
In Limerick, I served as a weekend Docent (volunteer guide/researcher) at the Hunt Museum. This led me to pursue an MA in the History of Art and Architecture at the University of Limerick (2012). In early 2015 I was awarded a Certificate in Continuing Professional Education (Genealogy) at the University of Limerick following a course conducted by the Irish Ancestry Research Centre..
My research interests include history (especially local history), genealogy and family history, architectural history and art history.
Lectures and talks I have given:
The O’Dea Mitre and Crozier of 1418, Cloyne Literary and Historical Society, September 2014.
Bishop Cornelius O’Dea’s Mitre and Crozier, The O’Dea Clan gathering, July 2014. Review here!
Research your family history using the internet and other resources, Lunchtime lecture in Midleton Library, National Heritage Week, August 2014.
“Historic Table settings”, as part of the Fine Dining Exhibition at the Hunt Museum, 2012.
The Restoration and Extension of Holy Trinity Abbey Church, Adare, in the nineteenth century, Adare Historical Society, March 2013.
The nineteenth century restoration of Holy Trinity Abbey Church in Adare, Thomond Historical and Archaeological Society, Limerick, May 2012.
The Secret History of the O’Dea Mitre and Crozier, at The Hunt Museum, National Heritage Week, August 2011.
In search of an artist: revealing Bernhard Strigel (1460-1528) as the artist of the ‘Three Saints’ panel in the Hunt Museum, public lecture, Hunt Museum, December, 2007.
Introducting the Medieval Religious Art in the Hunt Museum, a training workshop for Primary School Teachers, on behalf of the Limerick Diocesan Education office, Hunt Museum, 2011 and 2012.