The Galway Archaeological and Historical Society (GAHS) was founded in 1900 to promote the study of the archaeology and history of the west of Ireland. Since 1900 the Society has published 64 volumes of its Journal of the Galway Archaeological and Historical Society. See our “Journal” tab for details. The first 55 volumes of this journal are also available for purchase on CD-ROM at a cost of €50.00 inc post and packing. (Current special offer price €30)
The Society also runs a lecture series in Galway City, as well as outings to various sites of interest during the summer. It is also involved in liaison with national and local authorities in relation to heritage matters relating to the City and County of Galway.
We invite you to become a member. All members get a free copy of the GAHS Journal normally issued near the end of the calendar year.
||Spring 2017 Lectures
|January 9th 2017
||Family Memories of the Irish Revolution in Galway Town.
(Followed by our A.G.M.)
|February 13th 2017
||Monastic Ireland – A gift of the Nile?
|March 13th 2017
||The Drowned landscape of the Galway Coast
|April 10th 2017
||East Galway Norman Settlement
All lectures take place at the Harbour Hotel, Dock Road, Galway at 8pm on the second Monday of the month during the season.
The Drowned landscape of the Galway Coast by Michael Gibbons
Harbour Hotel Dock Road, Galway @ 8pm
March 13th 2017
Monastic Ireland – A gift of the Nile?
Alf Monaghan’s illustrated talk looks at the history of early Irish Christianity from a different perspective – a Mediterranean perspective. It provides a tantalizing glimpse under the veil of history. It asks many questions and confounds some of the accepted theories about the history of early Christianity in Ireland. It traces links with ancient Egypt, connects Irish monasticism with the Desert Fathers and the early Irish Church with the Egyptian Coptic Church. Recent Irish discoveries such as the Fadden More Psalter – Egyptian papyrus found in an ancient book of psalms from a Tipperary bog – are clues pointing to a more substantial Eastern Mediterranean influence in early Irish Christianity, than has been acknowledged to date.
ALF MONAGHAN is from Carrick-on-Shannon has spent most of his life working abroad.
For 20 years he has worked with the world’s leading consultancy firms, as an advisor to governments and development agencies in; Central America, the Mediterranean, the Middle East, South & West Africa. Recently based in the Middle East he has spent more than 10 years living and working between Syria, Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan & Egypt. Always interested in history, his time in Syria and Egypt in particular, sparked off a deeper interest in early Christianity and the influence of the Eastern Mediterranean and North Africa, on Irish Christianity – much of which is now ‘lost’ or ‘forgotten’.
Harbour Hotel, Galway on Monday, February 13th, at 8.00pm
Lectures are normally held on the second Monday of the month during the season (Sept-Apr)
The Galway Archaeological & Historical Society AGM
1916 and the Fight for Independence – Impact on a Galway Family
takes place in the Harbour Hotel on Monday, 9th January, 2017, and will be preceded by a Lecture, commencing at 8.00 p.m. to be given by Peadar O’Dowd entitled, “1916 and the Fight for Independence – Impact on a Galway Family”. The family involved is the former Crowe family of Bohermore, in which Martin, Julia and William were active during the Fight for Independence, while their father, John, escaped death from English naval shelling during the 1916 Galway rebellion. Martin was subsequently interred in Ballykinlar Internment Camp in County Down during 1921, and his story is contained in Vol. 48 (1996) of the society’s journal.
Peadar O’Dowd, a retired GMIT lecturer, is a historian and columnist, and is the author of several publications on Galway, city and county.
Making a Manor – the Norman Settlement of Aughrim – Patrick Larkin
“The Barons of Ireland went to England, and little to Erin’s benefit did they accomplish there” – Annals of Connacht, 1236.
Throughout the 13th century, the English Kings, the Irish Barons and the Gaelic Chieftains in Connacht performed an un-choreographed dance around the river Shannon, each seeking to dominate the turbulent kingdom of Connacht. One hundred years after the Norman invasion of Ireland, following a generation of military prodding and political machinations, Connacht was finally invaded, opening the door for new Norman settlements. The first stop was Aughrim, and a methodical plan was enacted to install the newcomers. Who they were and what they achieved are the subject of this illustrated lecture. The numerous names, and the standing of those people, speaks of the central importance of Aughrim in all that followed, during these attempts to produce a model settlement suitable for the Anglicization of the old kingdom.
Patrick Larkin is currently President of the Galway Archaeological and Historical Society.
‘The Galway/Gaillimh atlas: perspectives on the historic town’ by Jacinta Prunty and Paul Walsh
The lecture took place on Tuesday 1 November 2016, at 6.30 p.m. at St Nicholas’s Church, Galway.
Jacinta Prunty and Paul Walsh are the authors of the new Irish Historic Towns Atlas, Galway/Gaillimh, which is published by the Royal Irish Academy. In this lecture the authors highlighted aspects of their research for the atlas. This event was hosted by the Galway Archaeological and Historical Society and marked the launch the atlas. Galway/Gaillimh by Jacinta Prunty and Paul Walsh is no. 28 in the Irish Historic Towns Atlas (IHTA) series, which traces the topographical development of Irish towns and cities through its publications. Galway/Gaillimh contains over thirty maps, views, reconstructions and photographs of the historic city with an accompanying text and gazetteer of urban sites. www.ihta.ie Series editors: H.B. Clarke, Anngret Simms, Raymond Gillespie, Jacinta Prunty.
Galway/Gaillimh is on sale in local bookshops or directly from the Royal Irish Academy (www.ria.ie) for €35.
EVEN THE STONES CRY OUT, by Prof. Noël P. Wilkins.
County Galway and Galway Bay have more fishery piers and quays than every other Irish county. Why is this? The reason may not be as obvious as one might expect.
This talk told the story of some of them – of the laws that governed them, the stones that make them up, the kindness of strangers who financed them and the human stories of those who built them. All of these aspects are intertwined in the overall story which is based on historical documentary evidence and personal examination of the sites mentioned. (more…)
The Annaghdown Doorway and King Ruaidhri Ua Conchobair: Loyalty and Patronage in Twelfth-Century Connacht.
Stacked in an alcove of the Augustinian Abbey at Annaghdown, County Galway, lie a group of beautiful sculpted heads from a lost mid-12th century doorway. These stones have been a puzzle, pre-dating the Abbey by as much as 40 years. Yet the doorway belongs to a group of exquisite Gaelic-Romanesque portals, including at Killeshin and Glendalough, often built by royal patronage. Though now out of context, it can be shown that the Annaghdown doorway came originally from the west end of a pre-Augustinian Gaelic church, whose west and south walls were later incorporated into the Annaghdown Abbey. (more…)
The Archaeology of Queen Maeve – Professor John Waddell
The great Queen Maeve is the most famous figure associated with the royal site of Rathcroghan, Co. Roscommon (ancient Crúachain). According to early Irish tradition this was the location of her splendid palatial dwelling. But archaeology suggests a very different picture … (more…)