Professor John Ryan will give the first Cahir Social and Historical Society lecture of 2016 in the Galtee Suite of Cahir House Hotel at 8 p.m. on Thursday, 14th Janurary, 2016. His lecture will address "The War In Syria: Religious, Cultural, Economic, and Political Dimensions." A native of Ardfinnan and past pupil ofSt. Joseph's College, John worked in the ancient Syrian city of Aleppo as a soil scientist, an educator and an agronomist for 20 years. Admission will be €3 for Members and €5 for Non-Members.