Fáilte – Welcome

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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 67 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 http://premier-pharmacy.com/product-category/womans-health/ 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.

Lectures – Current Season

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Date  Season 2017 and 2018 Lectures Speaker
September 11th Archaeology of the Slieve Aughty Mountains Dr. Christy Cunniffe
October 9th The response of the Irish State to subversion, 1969-1981 Dr. Sean O Duibhir
November 13th …tanners, toners, tricksters and tinkers… Paul Duffy
December 11th  Exploring Mayo Bernard O’Hara
January 8th An academic guest of His Majesty
followed by the AGM
Patrick Larkin
February 12th A History of Child Protection Eugene Jordan
March 12th Sagart gan iomrádh“: an tAth. Domhnall Ó Morchadha (1858-1935) agus amhráin ar an sean-nós in Pennsylvania. Dr Deirdre Ní Chonghaile
April 9th Cherishing all the children of the nation equally?: The Galway branch of the NSPCC, 1916-1922. Dr. Jackie Uí Chionna

All lectures take place at the Harbour Hotel, Dock Road, Galway at 8pm
on the second Monday of the month during the season.

Lecture January 8th 2018

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A reluctant guest of His Majesty
Some student days of Prof. Pat Larkin at UCG – 1920.

Once “detained at his majesty’s pleasure”, Professor Pat Larkin B.A., was the second holder of the Chair of Education at University College Galway (1925-67) and College Bursar (1946-65). Much research will be needed in order to do justice to his very considerable and lengthy contribution to the development of that department. His appointment as Professor was particularly welcomed by the students in 1925. The U.C.G. Annual of 1925/6, a publication of the Literary and Debating Society, wrote of him in its chronicle: ‘Remembering the active part which, as a student, he took in College affairs, we cordially congratulate him, and wish him every success in his new sphere of activity’. Alone in what was even then a complex Department, he built well on the foundation laid by Prof. Ó Ceallaigh before him. His contribution was essential in the success of the new Degree courses for Read Full Text…

Lecture 12th March 2018

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“Sagart gan iomrádh”: Rev. Fr. Daniel J. Murphy (1858-1935) and sean-nós song in Pennsylvania

This lecture introduces Rev. Fr. Daniel J. Murphy (1858-1935) from the Ox Mountains – Sligo’s last Gaeltacht – a man who spent most of his life working as a music scholar and collector in Philadelphia and in the surrounding coal-mining towns of rural Pennsylvania. Rev. Murphy’s efforts to document sean-nós song, folklore, and folktales were preceded by those of his friend and fellow exile, J.J. Lyons of Glenamaddy, Co. Galway. Together, over 51 years from around 1884 to 1935, they created the largest extant independently-produced collection of Irish-language song. Numbering over 1,200 songs, i Read Full Text…

Léacht 12ú de mhí Márta 2018

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“Sagart gan iomrádh”: An tAthair Domhnall Ó Morchadha (1858-1935) agus amhráin ar an sean-nós in Pennsylvania

B’as Gaeltacht dheireanach Shligigh, íochtar Shliabh Gamh, don Athair Domhnall Ó Morchadha (1858-1935), fear a chaith an chuid is mó dá shaol in Philadelphia ag gníomhú mar bhailitheoir agus scoláire amhrán. Ag saothrú sa chathair úd agus i mbailte mianadóireachta in iargúl Phennsylvania, tháinig sé i gcomharbacht ar Ghaillimheach, Seán Ó Laighin. Idir 1884 agus 1935, chruthaigh siad an bailiúchán neamhspleách is toirtiúla d’amhráin Gaeilge – c.1,200 acu – dá maireann, bailiúchán atá suntasach mar gheall ar an gcomhthéacs neamhghnách inar cruthaíodh é: lár-ionad uirbeach iltíreach tionsclaithe ar Chósta Thoir Mheiriceá. Mar a ghníomhaigh na Néilligh i Chicago ar son an cheoil uirlise, rinne Ó Morchadha agus Ó Laighean amhlaidh d’amhráin Gaeilge Philadelphia.

Pléifear cúlra na mbailitheoirí, céard a spreag iad chun bailiú, an modh oibre a bhí acu, Read Full Text…