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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…)

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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.


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Lecture 8th October 2018

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The re-edition of Amhráin agus Dánta Raiftearaí,
Dúghlas de Híde’s celebrated collection of the poems of Anthony Raftery

The year 1933 saw the publication of Abhráin agus Dánta an Reachtabhraigh, a collection of the songs and poems of the blind wandering poet Anthony Raftery, a native of Mayo who died near Craughwell, Co. Galway, in 1835.  The book was the work of a remarkable, pioneering Irish scholar and patriot, Douglas Hyde (Dúglas de Híde); five years later, An Craoibhín Aoibhinn (to use the pen-name by which he was widely known) would be chosen as first President of Ireland.  That 1933 book was an expanded and updated version of his bilingual work, Abhráin atá Leagtha ar an Reachtúire; or Songs Ascribed to Raftery, which first appeared in 1903. (more…)

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Lecture Sep 10, 2018

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Votes for Women and Political Citizenship: suffrage campaigners in the West of Ireland.

Mary Clancy from NUI, Galway will examine how local and visiting suffrage organisers worked to claim political power and to define citizenship for women. It will draw upon suffrage life-stories– such as that of Mary Donovan O’Sullivan, long-time editor of the journal – to argue that the campaign opened up new spaces for women’s political voices and actions, in Galway and further afield. In so doing, the talk will show how the West of Ireland influenced a social and political question of international significance.

The lecture will take place at the Harbour Hotel, Dock Road, Galway on Monday 10th September 2018 at 8pm.

Note, that all GAHS talks are held on the second Monday of the month during the season.


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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


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


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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Transcript of the Journal of Thomas Tasburgh S.J. on his visit to Ireland

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An online addendum to an article from JGAHS Vol 69, p82-98.

Brigid Clesham’s full transcription of Thomas Tasburgh’s journal, which is now preserved in the Hocken Collections’ Archives and Manuscripts Section, University of Otago, in the city of Dunedin, New Zealand, reference number Misc-MS-1818.

Note: The use of the Julian calendar is evident in this journal when Father Tasburgh records the date 23 March 1726 followed by 27 March 1727 and also in October 1726 when he refers to 22 of the 8th month i.e. October. Spelling and punctuation in the text have been left as they appear in the journal. Where additions have been made to the text or abbreviations expanded, they appear in square brackets. Where the text is difficult to decipher it appears in square brackets with a question mark. The total number of pages in the journal is 73 with additional pages containing details of exchange rates, high tides, accounts and other miscellaneous information, including a list of ‘linnen’ taken to Ireland.

20 June 1726 to 16 June 1727

A list of linnen taken Ireland June 1726

Ruffells pair5
Cravatts long12
Necks and turnovers each4
Hankerchiefs snuff12
Ditto white6
Ditto taffeta fools3
Waste coats dimithy [this line crossed out]2
Nightcaps dimithy4
Holland sleeves pairs4
Thred stockins pairs4



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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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Lecture April 9th 2018

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Cherishing all the children of the nation equally? :
The NSPCC in Galway, 1916-1922

NSPCC Galway 1916-1922Dr. Jackie Uí Chionna will examine the activities of the Galway branch of the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, in the period between the 1916 Rising and the establishment of the Free State. Established in 1911, with a remit encompassing the city and county, the branch’s first Secretary observed that the NSPCC “asked for but four things for children: adequate food, adequate clothing, a roof over their heads, and medical aid when necessary. “  But the attainment of such aspirations proved problematic in a Galway that was experiencing dire poverty and wretched conditions, with children the most vulnerable members of society. Appalling cases of neglect and child abandonment dealt with by the branch Inspector will be examined in the context of the aspirations of the NSPCC, and the founding fathers of the Republic in the 1916 Proclamation, to “cherish all the children of the nation equally”.


All lectures 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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