Showing posts from January, 2016

Pearse, Hyde, Casement, Markievicz and na Fianna Éireann

Cover of Na Fianna Handbook An item of interest to historians of numerous aspects of revolutionary Ireland will be this volume from the collections of the Hardiman Library -  the  Fianna Handbook , issued by the Central Council of na Fianna Éireann, the forerunner to the Boy Scouts of Ireland and published in Dublin by E. Ponsonby, Limited, 116 Graftom Street. The foundation of this boy-scout movement can be traced back to prior the foundation of the Irish Volunteers, to 1913. Bulmer Hobson, having managed a successful version of the group in Belfast was keen, along with Helena Moloney and Seán McGarry, Countess Markievicz and others to recreate a new Fianna Éireann movement in Dublin in 1909. Though not clearly or directly indicated in the volume, the Handbook is thought to have been issued in 1913, which would again coincide with increased engagement and involvement with youth organisations and the formation of the Volunteers in that year and in the run-up to events such as

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 Thursday 28th of January @ 10:30am   Please   book  you place so as to avoid disappointment Additional session can be arranged if requested Venue Microform Area  - located on the ground floor of the Main Library. Take a right at Library/IT Service Desk and then left.  If unsure please ask at the Library/IT Service Desk.

The AWC is now open. Drop in for some advice on essay writing.

The Academic Writing Centre has just re-opened. Our hours are 11-1 and 6-8, and everyone is welcome. Bring some of your recent writing to the session, and we will take it from there.

New documentary on Arthur Shields - 1916 from the Archives and Recent News

It has been a busy time of late with so many archive collections of the Hardiman Library pertaining to Ireland’s revolutionary period. It will come as no surprise, being the year that it is, that material relating to 1916 has been so prominent in new publications and TV programmes of late. Arthur Shields Tonight (Monday 18 th  January) a new documentary series will air on RTÉ One, 7.30pm,  Ar Son na Poblachta . The first episode of the series focuses on the life and career of actor and revolutionary, Arthur Shields. An actor and stage manager at the Abbey Theatre and as a 17 year-old was caught up in the fervour of the Rising as it broke out around the corner from the Abbey Theatre, on O’Connell Street. The Hardiman Library holds the Shields Family Archive, comprising records relating to Arthur Shields and his brother William, more commonly known by his acting-name of Barry FitzGerald. The archive is a fascinating visual and written account of Arthur’s role in the Easter Risin

Remembering Alan Rickman - A star turn in Kilroy's "The Seagull" 1981

Alan Rickman and Anna Massey in Thomas Kilroy's version of "The Seagull", P103/115 The news of the passing of actor Alan Rickman was extremely sad news for the vast amounts of people who had followed Rickman's varied career over forty years on stage and screen. Rickman, 69, was acclaimed for being one of the great character actors of his generation with a canny ability to enthral his audiences, from young and old, from  fans of  Harry Potter  to  Dogma   or as an unequivocal De Valera in  Michael Collins . Such was Rickman's charisma and presence, with an always distinct voice, he was able to transform even a supporting character into a memorable and major role. You may not always remember the film but you always remember Rickman's character and all the great lines. (Sheriff of Nottingham: "That's it then. Cancel the kitchen scraps for lepers and orphans, no more merciful beheadings . . . and call off Christmas!" ( Robin Hood – Prince of Th

Your MakerSpace at NUI Galway Library is now open

The MakerSpace is now open. You can now call in to the MakerSpace anytime during library open hours - 08:30 to 22:00 Monday to Friday 08:30 to 17:30 Saturday 10:00 to 17:30 Sunday We have computers with design and animation software as well as  Rasperry Pi's and Arduino starter kits. You can also see 2 of our 3D printers working in the MakerSpace. No booking required so just drop in and help yourself. You can contact here on facebook or by email at

ProQuest Access Disruptions Sat 16th Jan

On January 16 , ProQuest will be upgrading its systems infrastructure to improve performance, security, and overall reliability of your products. The window is scheduled to begin at 03:00GMT and will last for 8 hours. During this time, access to the ProQuest products listed below will not be available, and users will be re-directed to a webpage explaining the scheduled maintenance: Research databases ProQuest platform ( Chadwyck-Healey databases (full list available here) eLibrary (all editions) Reference management/Research support tools RefWorks COS Funding Opportunities COS Scholar Universe Bibliographic and catalog enrichment resources Books in Print® LibraryThing for Libraries™ Resources for College Libraries Bowker My Identifiers TitlePage SAN (Standard Address