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Georgian soiree should give history buffs a lift

By Brendan McDaid

A Georgian soiree featuring period music, dancing and food will be served up in Londonderry as the city revisits the late 1700s.

Actors recreated a Georgian scene in the city this week to launch the autumn history lecture on Derry in Revolutionary Times.

The lecture will be staged at St Columb’s Cathedral on Tuesday, October 23, at 7.30pm followed by a themed party at the Bishop’s Palace.

It will hone in on a period of major change for Derry and the wider world, at a time when the eccentric Bishop Hervey was in post in the city.

The Dean of Derry during the period from 1783 to 1808 was John Hume, and his daughter Maria Murray Hume was resident at the palace.

She married George Vaughan Ledwich Hart in 1791.

Hart was curate to her father, the Dean of Derry, and afterwards became Recter of Castlebar in Co Mayo.

A theatrical vignette involving the Earl Bishop's secretary and Dean Hume will preceed the lecture, which will be delivered by Professor Kevin Whelan, director of the University of Notre Dame in Dublin.

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