Author: Séan Ó Duibhir

For many decades, historians and commentators avoided examination of the Civil War, regarding it almost with embarrassment. So it was within families and communities too, where the ‘War of the Brothers’ was often discussed only in hushed tones, if at all. However, since the arrival of Michael Hopkinson’s ground-breaking Green against Green in 1988 things have changed, and authorities such as Tom Garvin, Bill Kissane and – most recently – Diarmaid Ferriter have published books on the subject. In this lecture, Professor Michael Laffan, will examine how our views of this conflict have evolved in recent years. A graduate of University College Dublin and Trinity Hall Cambridge, Professor Laffan lectured at the School of History and Archives at UCD for over three decades. A former president of the Irish Historical Society, and a sought-after contributor on matters historical for the national media, he has also published extensively on Ireland’s Revolutionary Period. His seminal work on the original Sinn Féin organisation, The Resurrection of Ireland: the Sinn Féin Party, 1916-1923, remains the definitive text on that subject; whilst his more recent biography of W. T. Cosgrave successfully addressed a previous dearth in academic examination of the first leader of the independent… Read the rest
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(Monday 11 April 2022) For many decades, historians and commentators avoided examination of the Civil War, regarding it almost with embarrassment. So it was within families and communities too, where the ‘War of the Brothers’ was often discussed only in hushed tones, if at all. However, since the arrival of Michael Hopkinson’s ground-breaking Green against Green in 1988 things have changed, and authorities such as Tom Garvin, Bill Kissane and – most recently – Diarmaid Ferriter have published books on the subject. In this lecture, Professor Michael Laffan, will examine how our views of this conflict have evolved in recent years. A graduate of University College Dublin and Trinity Hall Cambridge, Professor Laffan lectured at the School of History and Archives at UCD for over three decades. A former president of the Irish Historical Society, and a sought-after contributor on matters historical for the national media, he has also published extensively on Ireland’s Revolutionary Period. His seminal work on the original Sinn Féin organisation, The Resurrection of Ireland: the Sinn Féin Party, 1916-1923, remains the definitive text on that subject; whilst his more recent biography of W. T. Cosgrave successfully addressed a previous dearth in academic examination of the first… Read the rest
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Léacht (Luan 14ú Márta: Harbour Hotel ag 20:00/8i.n.) Léargas ar an bpobal a mhair sa gceantar seo sa naoú haois déag ó thaobh cén uair ar tháinig siad ann, cé leis a raibh siad ag íoc cíosa, cén chaoi ar mhair siad ar muir is tír agus na hathruithe a bhí ag tarlú de réir mar a bhí an tréimhse sin ag dul ar aghaidh.  As Tír an Fhia sna hOileáin í Áine Ní Chonghaile. Thosaigh sí a saol oibre ag teagasc agus ansin chuaigh siad leis an aistriúchán, ceird ar chaith sí an chuid ba mhó dá saol oibre.… Read the rest
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The Arms Crisis of 1970: The Plot That Never Was(Monday 21 February 2022) The Arms Crisis of 1970 was one of the most controversial political events in twentieth century Ireland. The circumstances of the affair, and the infamous trial which captivated the Irish public, remain contested territory for historians, political scientists, and journalistic commentators today. Towering political figures of the time were swept up in the drama. Men such as Jack Lynch, Charles Haughey and Neil Blaney faced career making, and career breaking, challenges. In subsequent years, the semi-official narrative of ‘good guys versus bad guys’ has faced increased scrutiny.In this lecture Dr. Michael Heney draws upon a stimulating thesis from his recent best-selling book, where he challenges long-held assumptions with respect to who knew what, when, and why? Dr. Michael Heney is an historian and journalist. His career within both the print and broadcast media spanned four decades, having worked at The Irish Times, RTÉ Radio and finally with RTÉ Television. His investigative journalism resulted in the production of numerous award-winning programmes on subjects as diverse as ‘The Tallaght Two’, the Sallins Mail Train Robbery of 1976, and the Balkan Wars in Bosnia and Kosovo. In 2017 he was awarded… Read the rest
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Boland & Tom Barry 1973 Crossbarry memorial
Aontacht Éireann (1971-1976): The ‘Real’ Fianna Fáil? In May 1970, Taoiseach Jack Lynch dismissed the Minister for Finance, Charles Haughey, and the Minister for Agriculture, Neil Blaney, from Government. This action precipitated the public unveiling of what is generally referred to as the ‘Arms Crisis’, and threatened to tear the Fianna Fáil organisation apart. Outraged by Lynch’s actions, the Minister for Local Government, Kevin Boland, resigned from the Cabinet, and ultimately from Fianna Fáil. In 1971 he established a rival organisation, Aontacht Éireann. Despite initial enthusiasm, this new party would have little electoral impact and by 1976 had lost many of its founding members. In this lecture, Dr. Séan Ó Duibhir will provide an overview of Aontacht Éireann’s brief history. A number of its key political, social, and economic policies will be considered, and compared with the foundation principles of Fianna Fáil. Importantly, our audience will be presented with an interesting question: from 1971 onwards, were the members of Kevin Boland’s Aontacht Éireann, rather than Jack Lynch’s Fianna Fáil, the true inheritors of the original ‘Fianna Fáil’ philosophy? Note: start time revised to 9pm Direct link: https://youtu.be/3bUlDb4rw5g All Talks are available on the GAHS YouTube https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC9qEeN8kuF80wWuRd1BT3aw    … Read the rest
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The Dáil Éireann in session in August 1921
Click here to visit GAHS on YouTube In this commemorative lecture, Dr. Séan Ó Duibhir, discusses a number of the practical, and symbolic, features of the Irish State’s ‘foundation moment’. The lecture was hosted by the Galway Archaeological and Historical Society at the Harbour Hotel, Galway, in 2019. Presented with audio and slides Subscribe to the GAHS YouTube Chanel here https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC9qEeN8kuF80wWuRd1BT3aw… Read the rest
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A diplomat with a special connection – the incredible story of Leopold Kerney, G2 and German Military Intelligence during the Second World War Dr. Barry Whelan The March GAHS talk be given by Dr Barry Whelan who is a historian in DCU specialising in 20th century Irish and European history. He completed his doctoral thesis on Ireland and Spain during WWII and has since then published in a variety of academic journals, websites, newspapers, magazines and encyclopaedias. Barry has also appeared numerous times on radio and television. He has recently completed a biography on Ireland’s first diplomat to Spain – Leopod Kerney entitled Ireland’s Revolutionary Diplomat: A Biography of Leopold Kerney with Notre Dame University. Monday 9th March 8pm at the Harbour Hotel, Galway. All are welcome to attend and admission is free of charge.… Read the rest
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The ‘Irish Brigade’ 1690-1715 Dr. Pádraig Lenihan No people’, wrote John Redmond in 1915, ‘can be said to have rightly proved their nationhood … until they have demonstrated their military prowess. Irish nationalists of Redmond’s day, and before, associated bravery on the battlefield with fitness for self-government and found comfort in a heroic narrative that depicted the ‘Irish Brigade’ or ‘Wild Geese’ as an élite corps of shock troops. The lecture will try to explain when, where and why this legend began with particular reference to the day-long street fighting in the Cremona in Lombardy in 1702. Dr. Pádraig Lenihan lectures in history at NUI Galway. He has written a great deal on early modern military history and Monday night’s talk is based on an article recently written for Irish Historical Studies. The talk will take place at the Harbour Hotel, New Docks, Galway at 8pm Monday 10th February 2020. All are welcome and admission is free of charge.    … Read the rest
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‘Galway’s Godless College: Language, Religion, Politics and the Kiltimagh Doctor Controversy of 1905’ From its foundation in 1893, among the objectives of the Gaelic League was the provision of certain public services through the medium of Irish to the people of the Gaeltacht. Gaelic League activists succeeded in persuading some local authorities to give preference to Irish speakers in medical appointments in Gaeltacht areas. This was the stated intention when, in 1905, a vacancy arose for a dispensary doctor in the East Mayo village of Kiltimagh. It was presumed that a high-profile Gaelic League activist from Galway, Dr. Séamus Ó Beirn, would be appointed. When it came to make an appointment, however, language policy collided with political and religious considerations, causing Kiltimagh to become the focus of intense local and national media scrutiny, and to provide a test case for Gaelic League policy at the beginning of the last century. This paper will examine the Kiltimagh controversy of 1905. Dr Peadar Ó Muircheartaigh is a Lecturer in Celtic Studies at Aberystwyth University and a native of Kiltimagh. He was educated at NUI Galway, the University of Notre Dame and the University of Edinburgh. The talk will take place at the… Read the rest
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Cumann Seandálaíochta agus Staire na Gaillimhe Galway Archaeological and Historical Society Website: www.gahs.ie AGM, 13th January 2020 AGENDA 1. Minutes of the AGM of January 2019. 2. Reports of office holders: • Treasurer • Membership Secretary • PRO/Webmaster • Editor • President 3. Elections of the committee of the Society: Four members to be elected for a three year term. 4. Proposal to amend the rules of the society. The committee of the society shall have to power to co-opt up to two members of the committee in excess of the limit of 12. The newly co-opted members would hold positions until the next AGM. Proposed by Eugene Jordan and approved by the committee Jan 2019 5. Any other business. The AGM will take place directly after the lecture at approx 9:15.… Read the rest
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