Cumann Seandálaiochta agus Staire na Gaillimhe

Cumann Seandálaiochta agus Staire na Gaillimhe

Galway Archaeological and Historical Society – Founded 1900

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. Most of our back catalogue of journals are now available through the online academic database JSTOR. The Society 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 concerning 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 towards the end of the calendar year.… Read the rest
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Born in Galway, raised in Conamara, and educated at Rockwell and Blackrock colleges, Pádraic Ó Conaire (1882-1928) – or Paddy Conroy as he was also then known as – emerged as the most exciting and widely-read Irish-language writer of his generation while working as a civil servant in London. He returned to Ireland in late 1915, to begin a new chapter in his life. In this online lecture (20:00 Meán Fómhair 20 September) Brendan McGowan of Galway City Museum will provide an overview of Ó Conaire’s life and literary career prior to his return from London, before focussing on his activities from the time of the 1916 Rising to the signing of the Anglo-Irish Treaty in 1921. Mr Brendan McGowan holds an MA in Heritage Studies from the Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology and an MA in Museum Practice and Management from the University of Ulster. Mr McGowen has previously held roles with Glenveagh National Park in Donegal and The National Museum of Ireland – Country Life in Mayo, prior to taking up his current role as Education Officer at Músaem Cathrach Na Gaillimhe. Mr McGowen’s primary, but by no means exclusive, research interests concern the Gaelic Revival and Revolutionary period… Read the rest
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Ní mar a shíltear a bhítear. Is iomaí mí-thuiscint atá ag daoine ar cén saghas éadaí a bhí á gcaitheamh ag daoine anseo fadó. Tá liosta mór fada d’fháthanna leis sin agus ina measc is féidir linn an locht a chur ar Hollywood, na Sasanaigh, faisean, polaitíocht agus ár n-aeráid, dár ndóigh. Fiú leis na dúshláin sin, tá foinsí ar fáil chun tiacht ar eolas atá caillte le cuimhne na seacht sinsear. I léacht léargasach agus shuairc, beidh Tonaí Ó Roduibh ag dul i bhfad níos faide siar ná plé ar chultacha leipreachán, féillí beaga agus báiníní le cabhair ó shean-cháipéisí scríofa ag Gaeil agus ag Gaill agus ón seandálaíocht. ‘Item, that no man, nor man child, do wear no mantles in the streets, but cloaks or gowns… doublets and hose, shaped after the English fashion, of the country cloth or any other cloth [it] shall please them to buy. Item, that no man, woman, or child, do wear in their shirts or smocks, or any other garments, no saffron, nor have any more cloth in their shirts or smocks, but 5 standard ells of that country cloth.‘ Litir ón rí Sasanach Anraí VIII go Gaillimh. Nasc chuig an léacht… Read the rest
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The Society’s lecture on Monday 22 Feabhra 2021 was given by our own Dr John Cunningham, who spoke on aspects relating to Galway’s Claddagh community in the late 1800s. Central to the lecture was the amazing story of the crew of the St Patrick, a hooker from An Cladach, which set sail on the 13th November 1876 before encountering a tremendous storm on the way to Ceann Léime in western Conamara. Their families and neighbours had already given them all up for dead by the time news of their safe arrival in America reached home. This talk was presented in conjunction with the Moore Institute at Ollscoil Na hÉireann Gaillimh. Members who joined the live event on Zoom and Facebook were able to ask questions and make observations in real time using the chat and comment feature on those platforms. If you missed the talk, or want to enjoy it again, it has been uploaded to YouTube by the Moore Institute (open post to view). A lecturer in History at NUI Galway, John Cunningham is a committee member of the Society, a member of the editorial board of its journal, and a past editor of Saothar: Journal of Irish Labour… Read the rest
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Boland & Tom Barry 1973 Crossbarry memorial
Aontacht Éireann (1971-1976): The ‘Real’ Fianna Fáil? In May 1970, Taoiseach Jack Lynch dismissed the Minister for Finance, Charles Haughey, and the Minister for Agriculture, Neil Blaney, from Government. This action precipitated the public unveiling of what is generally referred to as the ‘Arms Crisis’, and threatened to tear the Fianna Fáil organisation apart. Outraged by Lynch’s actions, the Minister for Local Government, Kevin Boland, resigned from the Cabinet, and ultimately from Fianna Fáil. In 1971 he established a rival organisation, Aontacht Éireann. Despite initial enthusiasm, this new party would have little electoral impact and by 1976 had lost many of its founding members. In this lecture, Dr. Séan Ó Duibhir will provide an overview of Aontacht Éireann’s brief history. A number of its key political, social, and economic policies will be considered, and compared with the foundation principles of Fianna Fáil. Importantly, our audience will be presented with an interesting question: from 1971 onwards, were the members of Kevin Boland’s Aontacht Éireann, rather than Jack Lynch’s Fianna Fáil, the true inheritors of the original ‘Fianna Fáil’ philosophy? Note: start time revised to 9pm Direct link: https://youtu.be/3bUlDb4rw5g All Talks are available on the GAHS YouTube https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC9qEeN8kuF80wWuRd1BT3aw    … Read the rest
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The Vickers Helmet - An Irish insult to the British or a British Con Job?
A lecture based on new research by Eugene Jordan, Vice President of the GAHS. The new Irish army’s decision to equip its troops with German style helmets in 1927 has been claimed was done to deliberately insult the British. Yet in December 1940, the British army approached the Irish army asking for a sample of and comments on, the Irish military helmet, commenting that they believed it to be superior to the British Brodie helmet. The Irish army responded sending a sample helmet along with a note indicating that the helmet was beyond useless. The army had initially decided to buy Italian/French Adrian helmets but testing revealed that they could be penetrated easily by shrapnel, while the British Brodie Helmet and the German Stahlhelm remained impenetrable. Both helmets had been modelled on earlier medieval designs updated in response to the trench warfare of WWI. The Irish army contracted the British Vickers armaments company to manufacture helmets  to the superior German design… Read the rest
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The Dáil Éireann in session in August 1921
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… Read the rest
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A diplomat with a special connection – the incredible story of Leopold Kerney, G2 and German Military Intelligence during the Second World War Dr. Barry Whelan The March GAHS talk be given by Dr Barry Whelan who is a historian in DCU specialising in 20th century Irish and European history. He completed his doctoral thesis on Ireland and Spain during WWII and has since then published in a variety of academic journals, websites, newspapers, magazines and encyclopaedias. Barry has also appeared numerous times on radio and television. He has recently completed a biography on Ireland’s first diplomat to Spain – Leopod Kerney entitled Ireland’s Revolutionary Diplomat: A Biography of Leopold Kerney with Notre Dame University. Monday 9th March 8pm at the Harbour Hotel, Galway. All are welcome to attend and admission is free of charge.… Read the rest
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The ‘Irish Brigade’ 1690-1715 Dr. Pádraig Lenihan No people’, wrote John Redmond in 1915, ‘can be said to have rightly proved their nationhood … until they have demonstrated their military prowess. Irish nationalists of Redmond’s day, and before, associated bravery on the battlefield with fitness for self-government and found comfort in a heroic narrative that depicted the ‘Irish Brigade’ or ‘Wild Geese’ as an élite corps of shock troops. The lecture will try to explain when, where and why this legend began with particular reference to the day-long street fighting in the Cremona in Lombardy in 1702. Dr. Pádraig Lenihan lectures in history at NUI Galway. He has written a great deal on early modern military history and Monday night’s talk is based on an article recently written for Irish Historical Studies. The talk will take place at the Harbour Hotel, New Docks, Galway at 8pm Monday 10th February 2020. All are welcome and admission is free of charge.    … Read the rest
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‘Galway’s Godless College: Language, Religion, Politics and the Kiltimagh Doctor Controversy of 1905’ From its foundation in 1893, among the objectives of the Gaelic League was the provision of certain public services through the medium of Irish to the people of the Gaeltacht. Gaelic League activists succeeded in persuading some local authorities to give preference to Irish speakers in medical appointments in Gaeltacht areas. This was the stated intention when, in 1905, a vacancy arose for a dispensary doctor in the East Mayo village of Kiltimagh. It was presumed that a high-profile Gaelic League activist from Galway, Dr. Séamus Ó Beirn, would be appointed. When it came to make an appointment, however, language policy collided with political and religious considerations, causing Kiltimagh to become the focus of intense local and national media scrutiny, and to provide a test case for Gaelic League policy at the beginning of the last century. This paper will examine the Kiltimagh controversy of 1905. Dr Peadar Ó Muircheartaigh is a Lecturer in Celtic Studies at Aberystwyth University and a native of Kiltimagh. He was educated at NUI Galway, the University of Notre Dame and the University of Edinburgh. The talk will take place at the… Read the rest
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Cumann Seandálaíochta agus Staire na Gaillimhe Galway Archaeological and Historical Society Website: www.gahs.ie AGM, 13th January 2020 AGENDA 1. Minutes of the AGM of January 2019. 2. Reports of office holders: • Treasurer • Membership Secretary • PRO/Webmaster • Editor • President 3. Elections of the committee of the Society: Four members to be elected for a three year term. 4. Proposal to amend the rules of the society. The committee of the society shall have to power to co-opt up to two members of the committee in excess of the limit of 12. The newly co-opted members would hold positions until the next AGM. Proposed by Eugene Jordan and approved by the committee Jan 2019 5. Any other business. The AGM will take place directly after the lecture at approx 9:15.… Read the rest
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