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Lecture 11th December 2017

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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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Lecture 12th March 2018

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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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Léacht 12ú de mhí Márta 2018

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“Sagart gan iomrádh”: An tAthair Domhnall Ó Morchadha (1858-1935) agus amhráin ar an sean-nós in Pennsylvania

Rev Daniel J Murphy - collection of sean-nós song manuscripts created in PennsylvaniaLéacht le Dr Deirdre Ní Chonghaile – B’as Gaeltacht dheireanach Shligigh, íochtar Shliabh Gamh, don Athair Domhnall Ó Morchadha (1858-1935), fear a chaith an chuid is mó dá shaol in Philadelphia ag gníomhú mar bhailitheoir agus scoláire amhrán. Ag saothrú sa chathair úd agus i mbailte mianadóireachta in iargúl Phennsylvania, tháinig sé i gcomharbacht ar Ghaillimheach, Seán Ó Laighin. Idir 1884 agus 1935, chruthaigh siad an bailiúchán neamhspleách is toirtiúla d’amhráin Gaeilge – c.1,200 acu – dá maireann, bailiúchán atá suntasach mar gheall ar an gcomhthéacs neamhghnách inar cruthaíodh é: lár-ionad uirbeach iltíreach tionsclaithe ar Chósta Thoir Mheiriceá. Mar a ghníomhaigh na Néilligh i Chicago ar son an cheoil uirlise, rinne Ó Morchadha agus Ó Laighean amhlaidh d’amhráin Gaeilge Philadelphia.

Pléifear cúlra na mbailitheoirí, céard a spreag iad chun bailiú, an modh oibre a bhí acu, agus céard a rinne siad leis na hamhráin a bhailigh siad. Léireofar chomh tábhachtach is a bhí amhráin Gaeilge d’imirceoirí a thug leo go Meiriceá a gcleachtas amhránaíochta. Pléifear freisin saol na nGael i bPennsylvania, stát a mheall na mílte imirceach as Éirinn; úsáid na Gaeilge in Oileán Úr an fin-de-siècle; bailiú agus foilsiú na n-amhrán Gaeilge sa ré céanna; agus an leas gur féidir le scoláirí an lae inniu a bhaint as bailiúchán mórthaibhseach mar é.… Read the rest

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Lecture 13 November 2017

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…tanners, toners, tricksters and tinkers…
By Paul Duffy

numismatic sidelights Galway HistoryA 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

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Lecture 9th October 2017

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Liam Cosgrave Iar TaoiseachThis 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

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Lecture 11 September 2017

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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

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Lecture April 10th 2017

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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

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Lecture March 13th 2017

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The Drowned landscape of the Galway Coast

Harbour Hotel Dock Road, Galway @ 8pm Monday, March 13th 2017

delelic cottage in conemarra

‘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

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February Lecture, 13-Feb-2017

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Monastic Ireland – A gift of the Nile?

Christ and saint Mena Deseert fatherAlf 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

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Lecture January 2017

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The Galway Archaeological & Historical Society AGM
1916 and the Fight for Independence
Impact on a Galway Family

The AGM was held at the Harbour Hotel on Monday, 9th January, 2017, and was preceded by a Lecture, given by Peadar O’Dowd entitled, “1916 and the Fight for Independence – Impact on a Galway Family”.  The family involved is the former Crowe family of Bohermore, in which Martin, Julia and William were active during the Fight for Independence, while their father, John, escaped death from English naval shelling during the 1916 Galway rebellion.  Martin was subsequently interred in Ballykinlar Internment Camp in County Down during 1921, and his story is contained in Vol. 48 (1996) of the society’s journal.

Peadar O’Dowd, a retired GMIT lecturer, is a historian and columnist, and is the author of several publications on Galway, city and county.… Read the rest

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