Friday, 29 May 2015

Remembering Bill O'Herlihy: 'The Inquiry into the Programme on Moneylending'

Bill O'Herlihy is remembered first and foremost as a sports broadcaster but a tribunal report in the Official Publications collection in the Library documents his challenging earlier career as a reporter for the 7 Days programme, one of the first investigative journalistic formats produced by RTE.

In November 1969 Bill O'Herlihy, as chief reporter, investigated the operation of moneylenders in the Dublin area. The programme was the first of its kind to use hidden cameras and more controversially an acted insert to give it dramatic and narrative structure. There were a number of contentious statements made within the programme and such was the impact and the ensuing controversy, that the Fianna Fáil government ordered a public inquiry into the 7 Days production.

 These are Bill O'Herlihy's concluding remarks at the end of the
 programme, reproduced in the Inquiry Report. The claim of
'as many as 500 moneylenders'
 was considered inaccurate by the Inquiry Team.
 
The inquiry lasted 52 days with Bill O'Herlily being cross examined for six of these. All in all the Inquiry took evidence from 153 witnesses.

The subsequent report Inquiry into the Programme on Illegal Moneylending was critical of the standards of the programme as summarised in the Irish Times article below (remarkably the Irish Times printed the entire report).

The negative fallout meant that Bill O'Herlily left Current Affairs and was offered a position in the Sport Department in RTE where he was to largely remain for the rest of his journalistic career.

Much  commentary since has portrayed the Inquiry as a means of undermining RTÉ current affairs and the 7 Days programme in particular.

'The Inquiry into the Programme on Illegal Moneylending broadcast on television by Radio Telefís Éireann on 11th November, 1969' is available for consultation in the Library as part of the Official Publications collection.
http://search.proquest.com/hnpirishtimes/docview/525659809/pageviewPDF/3D38C6DF96BA4A83PQ/3?accountid=12899
Click to see entire article


Hugo Kelly
Law, Official Publications & EDC Librarian

Library services unavailable on Tuesday, June 2nd from 0930 to 1130


In order to facilitate the migration of the Library Catalogue service under the Infrastructure Renewal Programme (IRP) the following Library services will be unavailable on Tuesday, June 2nd from 0930 to 1130:
                     Library catalogue including search option
                     Library website including search option
                     Library User Accounts
                     Real-time information regarding items on loan or their availability
                     Book circulation including: Self Issue, Book Return and High Use Books machines
                     Inter-Library Loans
                     Booking of Group Study Rooms
                     Placing of hold requests
                     Online book renewal
                     Online fine payment facilities
                     Access to electronic journals and databases
 
Should you have any queries, please contact the Service Desk (Tel. x5777 Email servicedesk@nuigalway.ie).

 
 
 
 
 

 

Thursday, 28 May 2015

Scheduled Downtime for Library Services on Tuesday, 2nd of June (0930 - 1130)


The Aleph database component of the Library Catalogue will undergo maintenance on Tuesday June 2nd from 0930 to 1130. The following Library services will be unavailable in order to facilitate this necessary maintenance.
  • Real-time information regarding items on loan or availability
  • Access to my library account
  • Booking of group study rooms
  • Placement of reservation requests
  • Online renewal
  • Book circulation including: Self Issue, High Use Books machine, and the book return machine
  • Inter-Library Loans
  • Ordering of books and journals online
Our apologies for the inconvenience.





Wednesday, 27 May 2015

Orlando: Women's Writing in the British Isles from the Beginnings to the Present - trial ends Wed. 03 June

The database trial of Orlando: Women's Writing in the British Isles from the Beginnings to the Present expires on Wednesday 03 June 2015.

Orlando provides entries on authors' lives and writing careers, contextual material, timelines, sets of internal links, and bibliographies.

Access is available via:
http://www.library.nuigalway.ie/aboutourcollections/databases/databasetrials/

Please complete the feedback form available from the link above if this resource is of interest to you.


Monday, 25 May 2015

Microfilm/Microfiche: Demonstration

Demo of the ScanPro 3000 Microfiche/Microfilm-machines
Some features:
  • Simplified, step-by-step loading
  • On Screen instructions
  • Searchability
  • High-Resolution Images
  • No messing with lenses- on screen control
  • and many more easy to use new and improved features 

Come along for a professional demo by the Supplier
Please book you place to avoid disappointment
Additional session can be arranged if requested

Venue
Microform Room - located on the ground floor of the Main Library. Take a right when you enter the library and it's on the right just after the book returns area.

Wednesday, 20 May 2015

New and rare plants

This multi-volume publication by Henry Charles Andrews (active 1799-1828) combined the botanical and artistic talents of its author, and its serial format facilitated easier access to such information for budding gardeners of the era. Its focus is centred primarily on the era’s recently discovered species.

Verbascum ferrugineum, ex.: The botanist's repository, for new and rare plants (London : Printed by T. Bensley, and published by the author, 1797-1815)

If you would like to view the spotlight exhibition, or to consult material in this vein, please contact the staff of the Special Collections Reading Room in the Hardiman Research Building at specialcollections@nuigalway.ie.
A spotlight exhibition can also be viewed on the digital display wall in the Hardiman Foyer during the month of May.

Tuesday, 19 May 2015

All the fun of the countryside!

The period which followed the Industrial Revolution brought with it nostalgia for the countryside and a growing interest in the natural world. Authors such as Philip Henry Gosse (1810-1888) were able to live comfortably off earnings from bestsellers such as The romance of natural history (London : J. Nisbet, 1862).
The evidence of heavy use of our copy of The out-door world : or, Young collector's handbook by William S. Furneaux (London : Longmans, Green, 1893) is perhaps a testament to the clear illustrations and practical layout of this introduction to the natural world.

Ferns, ex.: The out-door world : or, Young collector's handbook.

If you would like to view the spotlight exhibition, or to consult material in this vein, please contact the staff of the Special Collections Reading Room in the Hardiman Research Building at specialcollections@nuigalway.ie.
A spotlight exhibition can also be viewed on the digital display wall in the Hardiman Foyer during the month of May.

Monday, 18 May 2015

Library Summer Opening Hours 2015

18 May - 19 July
&
17 August - 30 August
 
 
Monday - Friday:  08.30-17.30
 
                    Saturday/Sunday:  Closed                           
 
Library Closed:  June Bank Holiday (Monday 1st June)
 
 
 
 
20 July - 16 August
 
Monday-Thursday:  08.30-22.00
 
Friday:                       08.30-17.30
 
Saturday:                   10.00-17.00
 
 Sunday:  Closed                           
 
                                              
 
August Bank Holiday (Monday 3rd August)
10.00-17.00

Friday, 15 May 2015

Remembering the 4th and 5th Amendments to the Constitution






















"The challenge facing all Irishmen and women today is to find a new vision."

Thus began An Taoiseach, Jack Lynch's introduction to his party's referendum pamphlet on the Fourth and Fifth amendments to the Constitution. This example of  election literature was recently found in a 1960's edition of the Irish Constitution where perhaps it was been cross-referenced with the complete text.

The Fourth Amendment of the Constitution of Ireland lowered the voting age for all national elections and referendums in the state from twenty-one to eighteen years of age.

More controversially the Fifth Amendment removed the State's recognition of the special position of the Catholic Church within Article 44.1.2.

These amendments were clearly seen as important changes for the nation and following the previous successful referendum on entering the EEC, represented a momentum for change. It is evident from An Taoiseach's message that this was seen as desirable not least in response to the ongoing trauma of the Troubles which were at their bloodiest at the time.

What is often forgotten in terms of the Fifth amendment is mention of the other religious denominations was also removed, as had been detailed in Article 44.1.3.

"The State also recognises the Church of Ireland, the Presbyterian Church in Ireland, the Methodist Church in Ireland, the Religious Society of Friends in Ireland, as well as the Jewish Congregations and the other religious denominations existing in Ireland at the date of the coming into operation of this Constitution."

The referendums took place on December 7th 1972. There was a national turnout of 50.7% and both amendments were comfortably passed. The Results of Presidential Elections and Referenda 1937-1979 available in the Official Publications Collection details the results.

"In the case of the Fourth Amendment of the Constitution Bill, 1972, the total number of votes  recorded in favour of the proposal was 724, 836 and the total number recorded against the proposal was 131,514. In the case of the Fifth Amendment of the Constitution Bill, 1972, the total number of votes recorded in favour of the proposal was 721,003 and the total number recorded against the
proposal was 133,430."

The following screenshot from the same publication displays the results by constituency of the Fifth Amendment. There is a notably higher vote against the removal of the Special Position of the Catholic Church in Cork. This is possibly explained by the fact that in Cork, Bishop Lucey was one of the only members of the hierarchy to speak out against the particular amendment.





Hugo Kelly
Law, Official Publications & EDC Librarian





Wednesday, 13 May 2015

Orlando Database Trial

Orlando: Women's Writing in the British Isles from the Beginnings to the Present is now on trial until 03 June via http://www.library.nuigalway.ie/aboutourcollections/databases/databasetrials/databasetrialfeedback/trialfeedback-orlando/


Flora Hibernica

Hailed “with pleasure” by the Dublin journal of medical science as a work in which “a vast quantity of minute observation and discovery is revealed”, Flora Hibernica (Dublin : W. Curry Jun. and company, 1836) is acknowledged as the first comprehensive Irish flora. Its author James Townsend Mackay was director of the College Botanic Gardens in Dublin, having moved to Ireland from his native Scotland at an early age.

Mackay's heath (Erica mackaiana)
The work contains several contributions by the never published Cork botanist Ellen Hutchins, and includes an entry for Conferva hutchinsiae, now known as Cladophora hutchinsiae, a marine algae named in her honour.
If you would like to view the spotlight exhibition, or to consult material in this vein, please contact the staff of the Special Collections Reading Room in the Hardiman Research Building at specialcollections@nuigalway.ie.
A spotlight exhibition can also be viewed on the digital display wall in the Hardiman Foyer during the month of May.

Tuesday, 12 May 2015

Linnaeus

This week in Some notes from nature you can view the groundbreaking work by Carl von Linné (1707-1778) Species plantarum : exhibentes plantas rite cognitas, ad genera relatas, cum differentiis specificis, nominibus trivialibus, synonymis selectis, locis natalibus, secundum systema sexuale digestas (Stockholm : Laurentii Salvii, 1762-1763). Originally published in 1753, this seminal work collated for the first time botanical nomenclature for all known species and classified them into genera. It was the first work to consistently apply the binomial names so familiar to us today, and was the starting point for the modern naming of plants.


If you would like to view the spotlight exhibition, or to consult material in this vein, please contact the staff of the Special Collections Reading Room in the Hardiman Research Building at specialcollections@nuigalway.ie.
A spotlight exhibition can also be viewed on the digital display wall in the Hardiman Foyer during the month of May.

Thursday, 7 May 2015

C18th flora and fauna

(Dublin : Printed by S. Powell, for the author, and to be had at James Kelburn', 1739)

John Rutty’s An essay towards a natural history of the county of Dublin, an attempt to document all instances of natural history of the city and county of Dublin, was the product of the Age of Enlightenment and an increasing interest in the natural world.
If you would like to view the spotlight exhibition, or to consult material in this vein, please contact the staff of the Special Collections Reading Room in the Hardiman Research Building at specialcollections@nuigalway.ie.
A spotlight exhibition can also be viewed on the digital display wall in the Hardiman Foyer during the month of May.

Wednesday, 6 May 2015

Lunchtime lecture

Do join the Special Collections team today for the last in the 2014-2015 lunchtime lecture series.
Dr. Micheline Sheehy Skeffington will look at a selection of early flora and natural history guides from Special Collections and ask what we can learn from them.
All are welcome to the G011 Seminar Room in the Hardiman Building at 1pm.

Tuesday, 5 May 2015

A revolutionary thinker

This week on display as part of the Special Collections spotlight exhibition Some Notes from Nature is this visually stunning work by the artist, naturalist and entomologist Maria Sibylla Merian (1647-1717). The accuracy and realism of Merian’s depictions of insects in Erucarum ortus : alimentum et paradoxa metamorphosis (Amstelaedami : apud Joannem Oosterwyk , [1717]) were fuelled by lifelong observation, and served to revolutionise entomological thinking. The illustrations depict the different life stages of moth and butterfly species from chrysalis to adult, along with their associated food plants.

The work is here translated into Latin by her daughter and frequent touring companion Dorothea (1678-1745).
If you would like to view the spotlight exhibition, or to consult material in this vein, please contact the staff of the Special Collections Reading Room in the Hardiman Research Building at specialcollections@nuigalway.ie.
A spotlight exhibition can also be viewed on the digital display wall in the Hardiman Foyer during the month of May.

Tonight @ 19.00 - Secrets Revealed! Learn how the various peices in the 'Dreaming Vessels' Woodturning Exhibition were created


 



 
 
Imagine, Create: A Gallery Talk on the pieces in the 'Dreaming Vessels' Exhibition
 
presented by
 
Mr Ambrose O'Halloran
Chairman Galway Chapter Irish Woodturners' Guild
 
will take place
 
tonight at 19.00
 
in
 
Foyer, Hardiman Research Building
 
 
ALL ARE WELCOME TO ATTEND THIS FREE EVENT
 
Please note that the Dreaming Vessels Exhibition has been extended to Friday 29th May 2015

Monday, 4 May 2015

Some notes from nature

In May 2014, NUIG beat DCU, UCC, Dundalk IT and TCD to become the first Intervarsity BioBlitz* champions. One year on, Special Collections celebrate the wonders and oddities of the natural world in a natural sciences spotlight exhibition.
If you would like to view the spotlight exhibition, or to consult material in this vein, please contact the staff of the Special Collections Reading Room in the Hardiman Research Building at specialcollections@nuigalway.ie.
The spotlight exhibition can also be viewed on the digital display wall in the Hardiman Foyer during the month of May.

* Bioblitz = a 24-hour biological survey by scientists and recorders to see how many species are present in an area.
A dried specimen of the rare wood millet grass (Milium effusum) alongside the more common matgrass (Nardus stricta), ex.: Concise notices of British grasses / David Moore (1808-1879) (Dublin : James McGlashan, 1850).

Friday, 1 May 2015

Special Collections Lunchtime Lecture

Do join the Special Collections team next week for what we hope will be a very inspiring talk as part of our natural sciences month. Dr. Micheline Sheehy Skeffington looks at a selection of flora and natural history guides from Special Collections and asks what we can learn from them.
All are welcome to the G011 Seminar Room in the Hardiman Building at 1pm on Wednesday May 6th.
Laurus nobilis, ex.: Medical botany / John Stephenson. (London : Printed for John Churchill, 1834-1836)

Imagine, Create: A Gallery Talk on the pieces in the Dreaming Vessels Exhibition - Tues 5th May @ 19.00

 
 

 



Imagine, Create: A Gallery Talk on the pieces in the
Dreaming Vessels Exhibition
 
presented by
 
Mr Ambrose O'Halloran
Chairman Galway Chapter Irish Woodturners' Guild
 
will take place on
 
Tuesday 5th May at 19.00
 
in
 
Foyer, Hardiman Research Building
 
 
 
ALL ARE WELCOME TO ATTEND THIS FREE EVENT