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Date  Season 2017 and 2018 Lectures Speaker September 11th Archaeology of the Slieve Aughty Mountains Dr. Christy Cunniffe October 9th Liam Cosgrave, Iar Taoiseach – an appreciation Dr. Séan O Duibhir November 13th …tanners, toners, tricksters and tinkers… Paul Duffy December 11th  Exploring Mayo Bernard O’Hara January 8th An academic guest of His Majesty followed by the AGM Patrick Larkin February 12th Angels and Angel Makers – A History of Child Protection Eugene Jordan March 12th “Sagart gan iomrádh“: an tAth. Domhnall Ó Morchadha (1858-1935) agus amhráin ar an sean-nós in Pennsylvania. Dr Deirdre Ní Chonghaile April 9th Cherishing all the children of the nation equally?: The Galway branch of the NSPCC, 1916-1922. Dr. Jackie Uí Chionna All lectures take place at the Harbour Hotel, Dock Road, Galway at 8pm on the second Monday of the month during the season.… 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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