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 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…

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 Angels and Angel Makers – 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.