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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 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.