Lecture January 8th 2018

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

Professor Patrick Larkin
Professor Patrick Larkin

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 February 2018

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Angels and Angel Makers – A history of Child Protection.

AnglamakerskaRhonda Willis was the last ‘Angel Maker’ to be hung in Britain in 1907. 129 years earlier in 1778, the king of Sweden decreed that no woman convicted of infanticide was to be executed. Instead they were to be flogged in public, before being jailed. Then upon each anniversary of the crime, they were to be removed from prison stripped and publicly flogged.

It’s almost incomprehensible for us to believe that with our advanced technology and 21st century medicine that babies died at UK NHS hospitals at a higher rate than that of the now infamous St Mary’s Mother and Baby Home in Tuam. One NHS hospital had a mortality rate of 43%, massively higher than any other maternity hospital in the UK. Read Full Text…

Lecture 11th December 2017

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Exploring Mayo by Bernard O’Hara

Exploring Mayo by Bernard O'HaraThis lecture was based on Bernard O’Hara’s recent book entitled Exploring Mayo, which provides a wonderful appreciation of the county’s rich heritage and a guide to the attractions of its various regions.  This lecture, illustrated with stunning images, will include archaeological, historical, architectural and religious treasures from prehistoric times to the present.   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

Sean nós from PensylvaniaThis 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

Sean nós from PensylvaniaB’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…

Exploring Mayo by Bernard O’Hara

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Exploring Mayo by Bernard O'Hara Exploring Mayo by Bernard O’Hara, a lavishly illustrated book with an excellent Ordnance Survey map, provides a wonderful appreciation of County Mayo’s rich archaeological, historical, religious and architectural heritage as well as a guide to the attractions of its various regions.  After an introduction covering landscape, baronies, parishes and various leisure and cultural attractions, the book has a chapter on the archaeological and historical heritage of the county. This is followed by chapters dealing with eight tours of the county, with an outline history of each town, museum and heritage centre, and placing various attractions in their historical context.  In addition, many daughters and sons are profiled.  The book has been described by Maureen Murphy, secretary of Killasser/ Callow  Heritage  Society, as “wonderful”, “terrific” and “stunning”.  James Laffey, editor of the Western People has described it as: “an encyclopaedia of all things Mayo”. Peadar O’Dowd in the Galway City Tribune wrote: “modern maps, not to mention sat-navs, all pale into insignificance if you travel to Mayo with Bernard’s book beside you”. The book is designed by Sinéad Mallee, Knock, and printed by KPS Colour Print in Knock.  It is published in hardback only by Killasser/Callow Heritage Society. Read Full Text…

A History of the Piers of County Galway and North Clare

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Humble Works Humble People - a history of the piers of Co. Galway and North ClareHUMBLE WORKS FOR HUMBLE PEOPLE
A History of the Piers of County Galway and North Clare, 1800–1922 NOËL P. WILKINS

This fully illustrated book explores the history of the fishery piers and harbours of Galway and north Clare. A testament to these structures as feats of engineering, it is also a riveting account of the human aspect that shadowed their construction; a beautiful rendering of the maritime activities that gave life to the Wild Atlantic Way – kelp-making, fishing, turf distribution, and sea-borne trade. Read Full Text…

Lecture 13 November 2017

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…tanners, toners, tricksters and tinkers…
By Paul Duffy

numismatic sidelights Galway HistoryA wry look at the history of currency forgery – the lecture offered r numismatic sidelights on some neglected aspects of Irish History.illustrated with material from the National Museum of Ireland, The Ulster Museum, The British Museum and The Galway City Museum.

Harbour Hotel, Galway 8pm November 13th 2017

Lecture 9th October 2017

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Liam Cosgrave Iar TaoiseachThis talk was derived from a PhD theses which assessed the various political, legislative and security responses employed by successive Irish governments to counter subversion within the Republic between 1969 and 1981. Structurally, the thesis begins with an analysis of events surrounding the Arms Crisis and couches this in terms of the overall approach of this Fianna Fáil Government (1969-1973) to counter-subversion, before proceeding to examine the security responses of this administration in the post-Arms Crisis period.

The second part of  the talk dealt specifically with historic events concerning Iar Taoiseaech, Liam Cosgrave who had recently passed away.

Lecture 11 September 2017

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Recovering the lost Archaeology of the Slieve Aughty Uplands

A glance at the Record of Monuments and Places (RMP) would suggest that there is little by way of archaeology in the Slieve Aughty uplands. The majority of monuments recorded in the region are located in the lower slopes. However, fieldwork undertaken by the Community Archaeologist as part of his work to create greater archaeological awareness challenges that view. The Read Full Text…