When the James Hardiman Library was discussing the
acquisition of the Muintir na Tíre archive with Tom Fitzgerald, Dr Tony Varley
from the School of Political Science and Sociology and the University
Librarian, John Cox contacted academics from within and outside NUIG to see what
the academic interest, if any, was in the archive.
Numerous letters of support were received regarding the
value of the archive and how important the archive was for social, historical,
geographical and sociological research purposes. This support came from historians,
sociologists, geographers and economists. Such powerful advocacy was very influential in ensuring
that the University acquired the archive.
To continue the engagement with the academic supporters who
were very enthused about the archive an interest group was established within
the university. While the academics wait patiently and with excitement for me
to finish appraising, arranging and cataloguing the archive we have invited the
academics who are on campus in NUIG and colleagues from Teagasc in Athenry to
attend four meetings throughout the period of the project.
We have had two very successful meetings with the academics
to date. The first meeting provided the academics with an introduction to the
archive and the archival process. We informed them of the various records that
are in the collection such as the National Conference material, AGM minutes,
financial records, publications, annual returns provided by guilds/community
councils and publications.
The second meeting provided a further update on the progress
of the arrangement and cataloguing of the collection. I’m still at the arrangement
phase as there are approximately 8,217 items in the collection but I am over half
way there. They were also informed of some of the other finds in the collection
including minutes of meetings of the National Council and National Executive,
correspondence with other bodies involved in rural Ireland including IFA, ICA,
ICMSA and of course government departments.
One of the main purposes of the interest group and engaging
with the academics is to get them thinking about the use of the archive for
teaching and research purposes. By informing them of the content of the archive
they can start planning the use of the archive for undergraduate and post
graduate teaching and research purposes. They might not focus all their
research on Muintir na Tíre but they may wish to use some of the archive. They
can inform students of the wealth of material in the archive and the possibilities
of how this can enhance their research.
By engaging with academics it provides solace to this
archivist and indeed the library that the archive will be used and that there
is excitement about the archive being made available so that they can start
using it. Expectations on when the archive will be available for use does have
to be tempered but knowing that your hard work is appreciated and causing
excitement does provide me with enthusiasm and enjoyment while continuing the
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Before Muintir na Tíre was founded in 1937 by Canon John Hayes, he established a co-operative society, Muintir na Tíre Limited, in 1931. Muintir na Tíre was an agricultural producers co-operative society for farmers and their labourers.
I have discovered some records relating to Muintir na Tíre Limited during the appraisal and arranging of the Muintir na Tíre archive. This includes the minute books from 1931 – 1937 and some published material.
The minute books of Muintir na Tíre Limited note how Muintir na Tíre Limited was set up, the rules that should be followed, the prices of shares and the title of the organisation. They note the various meetings of the organisation during the years it was active and those who were involved in the organisation.
The first entry in the first minute book is a circular announcing a meeting on March 4th 1931 “to further consider the matter of setting up an organisation which will embrace every section of Irish Agriculture and avoid political affiliation” announced the intention of setting up an organisation which would act as a parent organisation for all those involved in agriculture. It was decided at this meeting to set up such an organisation, and this became known as Muintir na Tíre Limited.
It was agreed that the association would be registered as a limited liability organisation under the Industrial and Provident Societies Act. Muintir na Tíre Limited was registered with the Register of Friendly Societies on 24th November 1931. To be registered with the Register of Friendly Societies Muintir na Tíre Limited had to produce rules.
Muintir na Tíre Limited believed in rural self-help. The ideological basis for Muintir na Tíre Limited was the encyclical Rerum Novarum. In this the Pope was calling for greater harmony between the social classes. In Ireland this was seen as the relationship between farmer and labourer. This vision was set out by Reverend Hayes in an address to a meeting of delegates at Commercial Buildings Dublin, 7th May 1931 and published in the below booklet.
Muintir na Tíre Limited agreed the formation of branches in 1934. Rules and regulations governing the formation of branches were established.
The most successful activity of Muintir na Tíre Limited was the development of Rural Weekends. These weekends were a shortened version of Semaine Sociales held in rural France. Rural weekends developed into the Rural Weeks run by Muintir na Tíre.
Muintir na Tíre Limited was a precursor to Muintir na Tíre and many of the ideas of Canon Hayes were developed and tried out in the co-operative society. However, the co-operative was found to be too limiting and by 1937 it ceased being registered with the Registrar of Friendly Societies. Muintir na Tíre was ready to be established to promote rural communities.
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Seminar hosted by Special Collections, Hardiman Library,
Thursday, 6 April, 14.45-17.00
Hardiman Research Building, G011
Speakers: Marie Mannion, (County Galway Heritage Officer), Prof. Noel Wilkins, (Galway Archaeological & Historical Society), Professor Gerry Jennings (Western Family History Association), Dr. Christy Cunniffe, Archaeologist. Panel Discussion facilitated by Dr. Nessa Cronin, Irish Studies.