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.… Read the rest
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.… Read the rest
…tanners, toners, tricksters and tinkers…
By Paul Duffy
A wry look at the history of currency forgery – the lecture offered r numismatic sidelights on some neglected aspects of Irish History.illustrated with material from the National Museum of Ireland, The Ulster Museum, The British Museum and The Galway City Museum.
Harbour Hotel, Galway 8pm November 13th 2017… Read the rest
The response of the Irish State to subversion, 1969-1981
by Dr. Sean O Duibhir
This talk was derived from a PhD theses which assessed the various political, legislative and security responses employed by successive Irish governments to counter subversion within the Republic between 1969 and 1981. Structurally, the thesis begins with an analysis of events surrounding the Arms Crisis and couches this in terms of the overall approach of this Fianna Fáil Government (1969-1973) to counter-subversion, before proceeding to examine the security responses of this administration in the post-Arms Crisis period.
The second part of the talk dealt specifically with historic events concerning Iar Taoiseaech, Liam Cosgrave who had recently passed away.… Read the rest
Recovering the lost Archaeology of the Slieve Aughty Uplands
A glance at the Record of Monuments and Places (RMP) would suggest that there is little by way of archaeology in the Slieve Aughty uplands. The majority of monuments recorded in the region are located in the lower slopes. However, fieldwork undertaken by the Community Archaeologist as part of his work to create greater archaeological awareness challenges that view. The … Read the rest
The GAHS field trip to Portumna takes place on Sunday 11th June 2017. Our PRO and Galway County Community Archaeologist Dr. Christy Cunniffe will be our expert guide while the Irish Workhouse Centre tour will be conducted by the museum manager Steve Dolan. Please let us know you are coming by sending and email to firstname.lastname@example.org. (it’s not essential)
The tour starts in Portumna at the Workhouse Centre. The plan for the day looks like this…
11.00 Arrive at the Irish Workhouse Centre, Portumna
Tea / Coffee on arrival
11.30 Tour of Irish Workhouse Centre
12.30 Depart for Portumna Bridge
1.20 Lunch – bring a packed lunch or eat at one of the local food outlets.
2.20 Depart for Portumna Dominican Priory
3.30 Arrive at Portumna Priory
4.30 Leisurely walk through the grounds of Portumna Castle taking in the Viewing Tower / Lady’s Tea House, pass site of the Black Castle, see rare aluminium “Saorstát Éireann” OD point, see the last Mulberry tree and hear about its significance arrive at the back of Portumna Castle. See its well preserved Ha-Ha hear about “Poor Fury” the dog and see his memorial plaque. Walk back to priory via the foundations of the bawn wall, ice house and courtyard buildings.
5.00 End of event.… Read the rest
We are currently experiencing production difficulties with the 2016 journal. As many of you know the journal normally appears at the end of the year but it has been delayed for the last few years. GAHS is currently working to solve these problems and it is hoped that the 2017 journal will appear on time.
Everyone who paid their membership in 2016 will receive a copy of the journal when it is printed. Please accept our apologies for the delay.
President of GAHS… Read the rest
Portraits, family and estate papers of the
Eyres of Eyreville, Kiltormer, Co. Galway
by Donal Burke
Donal recently acquired the family and estate papers relating to the Eyre family of Eyreville, county Galway, junior branch of the Eyrecourt family. The documents date from the late seventeenth and eighteenth centuries and this evening’s talk relates to some new aspects of that family’s history derived from the same papers.… Read the rest
The Drowned landscape of the Galway Coast
Harbour Hotel Dock Road, Galway @ 8pm Monday, March 13th 2017
‘Our coastline from Kinvarra to Inishbofin is one of the most varied and extensive in all of Ireland. Together with over 50 islands and Ireland’s only fjord at Killary Harbour, it offered a huge diversity of settlement options over the last eight thousand years. This talk will highlight some of the hundreds of new sites that have been identified and outline the research opportunities that these discoveries present. Among the new discoveries is one of the largest complexes of shell middens yet documented along the sheltered bays of inner Galway Bay. In the same area, aerial photography has revealed one of the largest and best-preserved seaweed farms in the country and an early tidal mill complex. To the west along the tangled coastline from Cois Fhairraige to Inislackan near Roundstone, winter storms have thrown up numerous examples of stone axe from a now submerged Mesolithic landscape that still survives beneath the shallow sheltered waters of Ceantair na nÓileáin. The same storms revealed a bronze age trackway at lippa and a range of early monastic and medieval burial grounds. Important early field systems and later harbours have been discovered on Aran and Inishbofin and hundreds of vernacular quays from the boom time of the Kelp Age. With scores of intertidal holy wells, at times accompanied by stone boats and intertidal saints roads are illustrative of a living Pilgrimage tradition. All of these sites combine to give us an unrivalled Maritime Heritage’.
Michael Gibbons is hugely experienced field archaeologist. … Read the rest
Monastic Ireland – A gift of the Nile?
Alf Monaghan’s illustrated talk looked at the history of early Irish Christianity from a different perspective – a Mediterranean perspective. It provided a tantalizing glimpse under the veil of history. It asked many questions and confounds some of the accepted theories about the history of early Christianity in Ireland. The talk looked at the links with ancient Egypt, connected Irish monasticism with the Desert Fathers and the early Irish Church with the Egyptian Coptic Church. Recent Irish discoveries such as the Fadden More Psalter – Egyptian papyrus found in an ancient book of psalms from a Tipperary bog – are clues pointing to a more substantial Eastern Mediterranean influence in early Irish Christianity, than has been acknowledged to date.… Read the rest