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

War 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.

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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

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.

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  • 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

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.… Read the rest

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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
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Clonfert in the Papal Registers - Patrick Larkin

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.

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A reluctant guest of His Majesty
Some student days of Prof. Pat Larkin at UCG – 1920.

Once “detained at his majesty’s pleasure”, Professor Pat Larkin B.A., was the second holder of the Chair of Education at University College Galway (1925-67) and College Bursar (1946-65). Much research will be needed in order to do justice to his very considerable and lengthy contribution to the development of that department. His appointment as Professor was particularly welcomed by the students in 1925. The U.C.G. Annual of 1925/6, a publication of the Literary and Debating Society, wrote of him in its chronicle: ‘Remembering the active part which, as a student, he took in College affairs, we cordially congratulate him, and wish him every success in his new sphere of activity’. Alone in what was even then a complex Department, he built well on the foundation laid by Prof. Ó Ceallaigh before him. His contribution was essential in the success of the new Degree courses for … Read the rest

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Angels and Angel Makers – A history of Child Protection.

Rhonda Willis was the last ‘Angel Maker’ to be hung in Britain in 1907. 129 years earlier in 1778, the King of Sweden decreed that no person convicted of infanticide was to be executed; instead, they were to be “perpetually imprisoned with a public whipping, once every year on the day upon which the crime was committed”. In times past, disease was also a big killer of infants but nowadays it is almost incomprehensible for us to believe that with our advanced technology and 21st century medicine, babies died at UK NHS hospitals at a higher rate than at the now infamous St Mary’s Mother and Baby Home in Tuam. One NHS hospital had a mortality rate of 43%, massively higher than any other maternity hospital in the UK.… Read the rest

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Exploring Mayo by Bernard O’Hara

Exploring Mayo by Bernard O'HaraThis lecture was based on Bernard O’Hara’s recent book entitled Exploring Mayo, which provides a wonderful appreciation of the county’s rich heritage and a guide to the attractions of its various regions.  This lecture, illustrated with stunning images, will include archaeological, historical, architectural and religious treasures from prehistoric times to the present.  … Read the rest

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“Sagart gan iomrádh”: Rev. Fr. Daniel J. Murphy (1858-1935) and sean-nós song in Pennsylvania

Rev Daniel J Murphy - collection of sean-nós song manuscripts created in PennsylvaniaThis lecture by Dr Deirdre Ní Chonghaile introduces Rev. Fr. Daniel J. Murphy (1858-1935) from the Ox Mountains – Sligo’s last Gaeltacht – a man who spent most of his life working as a music scholar and collector in Philadelphia and in the surrounding coal-mining towns of rural Pennsylvania. Rev. Murphy’s efforts to document sean-nós song, folklore, and folktales were preceded by those of his friend and fellow exile, J.J. Lyons of Glenamaddy, Co. Galway. Together, over 51 years from around 1884 to 1935, they created the largest extant independently-produced collection of Irish-language song. Numbering over 1,200 songs, it … Read the rest

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