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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) Sorry we are currently sold out of CD-ROMs

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 Series

Special Lecture 11th Nov 2018

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Ruaidhri O Flaithbheartaigh and his books.
Prof. Richard Sharpe

“Roderick O’Flaherty, in Irish, Ruaidhri Ó Flaithbheartaigh (1629–1716/18), was an Irish aristocrat whose father Hugh held the castle and manor of Moycullen, Co. Galway. He was an eminent historian and collector of Irish manuscripts and, as author of Ogygia seu rerum hibernicarum chronologia (London 1685), he enjoyed a high reputation for his learning in the profound antiquities of Ireland. For this reason the great Welsh scholar Edward Lhwyd (1660–1709), when touring Ireland in 1700, visited Ó Flaithbheartaigh at his home in Cois Fhairrge, Co. Galway. (more…)

Lectures Current Series

Lecture-2 12th November 2018

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The Dead of the the Irish Revolution in Co. Galway, 1916-1921:
An Overview
Dr. Conor MacNamara

According to Prof. Eunan O’Halpin the victims of the violence of the early 1920s in Ireland – traditionally serialised as the Easter Rising (1916), The War of Independence (1919-21) and the Civil War (1922-23) – were never fully counted. No one wanted to remember how many died, let alone who killed them. In the book Terror in Ireland, edited by David Fitzpatrick, O’Halpin presents us with he following figures.

*2,141 deaths from political violence in 1917-21, of whom;

* Three places combined; Cork County, Dublin city and Belfast, saw over 50% of the fatalities.

* A further 25% of the casualties are shared between four Munster counties; Limerick, Kerry, Tipperary and Clare.

*48% of deaths, or 898 people, were civilians and the other 52% were combatants.

*Of the combatants, 467 were IRA, 514 RIC, and 262 British military.

The lecture will take place at the Harbour Hotel, Dock Road, Galway at 8pm
Monday 12th November.

All are welcome and admission is free.

 

Lectures Current Series

Lecture List – New Season 2018/19

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Date2018/19 Season of TalksSpeaker
Sep 10thVotes for Women and Political Citizenship: suffrage campaigners in the West of Ireland.Mary Clancy
Oct 8thAmhrain agus Danta Raiftearai (a bi-lingual lecture)Dr. Nollaig Ó Muraíle
Nov 11th*Ruaidhri O Flaithbheartaigh and his books.
(A special lecture which will take place at Station House Theatre, Clifden.)
Prof. Richard Sharpe
Nov 12th*Title: TBA
(A second special lecture to be held in conjunction with NUI, Galway.)
Prof. Richard Sharpe
Nov 12thThe Dead of the Irish Revolution in Co. Galway, 1916-1921: An OverviewDr. Conor McNamara
Dec 10thWorld War I, its causes re-evaluated.Eugene Jordan

2019

Jan 14thSpanish Armada and GalwayPeadar O’Dowd
Feb 11thRoscommon Castle, the Otherworld and the True CrossProf. Tadgh O’Keeffe
Mar 11thTitle: TBADr. Deirdre Ní Chonghaile
Apr 8thTraditional Irish DanceHubert Jennings

All lectures, with the exception of the two marked with *, will take place at the Harbour Hotel, Dock Road, Galway at 8pm
on the second Monday of the month during the season.

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War and Revolution in the West of Ireland 1913-1922

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Conor McNamara - War and Revolution in the West of Ireland 1913-1922War 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

 

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Politics, kinship and culture in Gaelic Ireland, c. 1100–c. 1690. Essays for the Irish Chiefs’ and Clans’ Prize in History

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Politics, kinship and culture in Gaelic Ireland, c. 1100–c. 1690. Essays for the Irish Chiefs’ and Clans’ Prize in HistoryThis 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

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Bushypark: Our People Our Place – A Parish History by Christy Kelly

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Bushypark Our People Our Place - A Parish History by Christy KellyBushypark: 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. (more…)

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Clonfert in the Papal Registers – Patrick Larkin

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Clonfert in the Papal Registers - Patrick LarkinThere 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.

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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. (more…)

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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. (more…)

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