The Galway Archaeological and Historical Society (GAHS) was founded on the 21st March 1900 at the Railway Hotel to promote the study of the archaeology and history of the west of Ireland. Since 1900 the Society has published 70 volumes of its Journal of the Galway Archaeological and Historical Society. See our “Journal” menu links for more details. The first 55 volumes were until recently available on CD-ROM but have now all sold out. However, most of our back catalogue of journals are now available through the online academic database JSTOR. 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, overseas members are also welcome. All members get a free copy of the GAHS Journal normally issued near the end of the calendar year.
The killings of Sean Mulvoy and Seamus Quirke and the night of terror which followed on the night of 8th/9th September 1920 denotes a significant centenary in the history of Galway. On that night, the majority of people in Galway city supported the British side during the War of Independence. However, that changed as a result of what historians now call ‘the Krumm Affair’. Edward Krumm was a Black and Tan driver who was stationed temporarily at Eglington St Barracks. The story goes got he got drunk and went with a civilian friend named Yorke to the railway station to meet the midnight train. It was common practice until relatively recently for Galweigians to visit the station late at night to buy the morning newspapers hot off the press in Dublin. It appears that Krumm for some reason produced his pistol and began firing in the direction of civilians or was at least threatening to fire his weapon. A person close buy jumped on Krumm’s back but he continued to fire, discharging all of the rounds with one striking and fatally wounding Sean Mulvoy. Mulvoy, an IRA volunteer is said to have gone to assist in retraining the drunken Black and Tan. In the melee, Krumm was shot dead by another IRA volunteer and when news of his shooting reached Eglington St Barracks, the forces of the state went on a shooting rampage, terrorising the people of the town. Seamus Quirke, a young man of 23 years of age and a well-known republican who was not present at the station, was dragged from his bed at his lodgings on the Docks and shot eleven times in the stomach. He died screaming in pain five hours later. Fr. Griffin was called and remained at his bedside until he died. The RIC… continue reading
Click here to visit GAHS on YouTube In this commemorative lecture, Dr. Séan Ó Duibhir, discusses a number of the practical, and symbolic, features of the Irish State’s ‘foundation moment’. The lecture was hosted by the Galway Archaeological and Historical Society at the Harbour Hotel, Galway, in 2019. Presented with audio and slides Subscribe to the GAHS YouTube Chanel here https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC9qEeN8kuF80wWuRd1BT3aw
GAHS member, Hal Hennigan examines the historical role of the Irish police force through the life of one police constable. In 1912 the average Irish Constable was a generally useful member of society, filling in numerous forms in his role of minor bureaucrat, and pursuing petty criminals. He had little to do with firearms. By 1922 he had become an outcast to many and a friend to few. Those who thought his treatment unjust were generally unwilling to take the risk of saying so. This is the story of how an average country policeman was caught up in the swirl of political movements which led to murderous violence. It looks at the social and political contexts of historical events. Caught between the hammer of IRA violence and the anvil of government obduracy, the regular constables became sacrifices to political expediency. Using the police career of John Hennigan as a framework, this book follows public events in chronological order, against a background of the details of everyday life in the last decade under the Crown. “There were well over 500 police deaths attributable to political violence. For too long the received narrative concerning the Irish police was a one-dimensional caricature. Things were much more complex than that. Hundreds of thousands of people today have connections with the Royal Irish Constabulary. For them, I hope to broaden their understanding of the police force in which their relatives served with pride.” Hal Hennigan is a former history teacher in Dublin, and publican in Sligo. He spent many years in Abu Dhabi as a English teacher, and then as teacher trainer over several continents. Hal now lives as a writer in Galway, Ireland. Available from Charlie Byrnes Bookshop at the Corn Store, Galway ISBN: 9781789015256 Price: £15.00
War and Revolution in the West of Ireland: Galway, 1913–1922 €16.99–€44.99 Conor McNamara March 2018 War and Revolution in the West of Ireland explores the history of the entire revolutionary period in Connaght, with particular focus on the ferment and violence in County Galway. It captures the bewildering strain of these years, the outbreaks of open violence, and the enduring legacies that are felt in the region today. Ebook available here (£9.99) Hardback and Paperback
This collection of studies on the history of Gaelic Ireland is the product of four years of an essay competition, sponsored jointly by the Standing Council of Irish Chiefs and Chieftains (Buanchomhairle Thaoisigh Éireann) and Clans of Ireland (Finte na hÉireann). The works represent the winning entries and superior quality essays from 2013 to 2016, and cover the period ranging from the twelfth to the seventeenth centuries. The study themes range from political and social history to kinship and culture, relating to a selection of Gaelic Irish, Anglo-Norman and Scottish population groups who shared the island. More information and buy online here ISBN: 978-1-9997909-2-9 Author(s): Joseph Mannion and Katharine Simms (eds) Availability: In Stock €25.00
Bushypark: Our People-Our Place- A Parish History was produced as part of the 175th celebrations of the building of St. James’ Church. This high-quality 490 page publication, a first by the author, and a winner of a Mayoral Award in 2017 by Galway City Council, is the result of over 4 years of painstaking research and documentation of the history of the people and places of the parish of Bushypark. The 22 chapters in this publication are presented in a very clear and concise format. The topics range from, a detailed history of each of the 21 townlands in its immediate catchment area, the encumbered estates, the schools, church, the workhouse, what it said in the papers, to people stories, emigration and parish personalities from the past.… continue reading
There is a collection of more than 2,000 volumes of official Vatican documentation from the late 1100’s to the late 1500’s in the Vatican Archives. It is made up of bulls, letters, appointments, and other instruments sent to ecclesiastical and other persons throughout the world. Patrick Larkin has examined these registers, and has extracted all those records relating to Clonfert Diocese. Added to these are the Petitions to the Popes, the Papal letters of Clement VII of Avignon, and the Patent Rolls of Kings Henry III to Edward III. Extensive references have been provided to explain the families and locations mentioned in these records. Indices to these references are provided listing the people, places and foundations mentioned. “This material will be of great interest to students of history, whether Irish history, cultural history, family history or local history”. –Bishop John Kirby, Loughrea, 2016. The book can be purchase from this website using the “buy now” link a the end of the page.
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.… continue reading
HUMBLE 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.… continue reading