Showing posts from May, 2016

Public Lecture - Myth and Memory: the Battle of Aughrim (1691)

Myth and Memory: the Battle of Aughrim (1691) PUBLIC LECTURE to mark the bequest of the Morrissey Collection to the James Hardiman Library by Colman Morrissey Dr Pádraig Lenihan Discipline of History, NUI Galway 8.00 pm, Tuesday 31 st May 2016 Aula Maxima, Quadrangle, NUI Galway All Welcome NUI Galway has received a significant donation of books about the Williamite War (1689-91) in Ireland and its aftermath from Colman Morrissey, son of a graduate of the University. Over a period of 45 years Colman assembled the collection of over 200 Volumes containing all the known contemporary accounts of the war. For example the collection includes a copy (one of only 200) of John T Gilbert’s 1892 edition of the early eighteenth century manuscript ‘The Light to the Blind’. A highlight of the collection is a List of Claims  printed in 1701 of the Court  held in Chichester House (now the Bank of Ireland on College Green) Dublin where lands confiscated from the Iris

NUI Galway to Digitise the Archive of Gate Theatre, Dublin.

Prof. Patrick Lonergan, NUI Galway, Lorna Quinn, Actress, Michael Colgan, Director of the Gate Theatre and Prof. Jim Browne, President, NUI Galway NUI Galway and the Gate Theatre, Dublin are joining forces to digitise the Gate’s archive, a major resource for theatre scholars and artists. When completed in 2018, the Gate Theatre Digital Archive will be exclusively available at NUI Galway’s James Hardiman Library, where users will be able to access hundreds of videos, scripts, show programmes, and many more treasures from the Gate’s history.  Michael Colgan, Director of the Gate Theatre, stated: “The Gate Theatre is full of admiration for NUI Galway and we congratulate them for having the vision and courage to provide this extraordinary resource for generations to come. Long may their work continue and long may it be supported.” Founded in 1928 by Hilton Edwards and Micheál MacLiammóir, the Gate Theatre has played a leading role in the production of Irish and internatio

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1916 and a sister's private grief: Seán Heuston's execution and Galway

In the little cemetery attached to the Dominican Convent at Taylor’s Hill, a black cross standing under the shade of an elm tree indicates the remains of Mother Bernard Heuston, O.P.  Bernard (christened Mary), was the older sister of Seán Heuston, one of the executed leaders of the Easter Rising.  Mary was born in Dublin in 1889; she entered the enclosed Dominican Monastery at Galway in 1914, where she made her religious profession at the age of 26 in 1915.  She died April 21, 1960.  Before entering the religious life, Mary was trained as a teacher in King Inns Street near Dominick Street where the family then lived.   The Heustons later moved to nearby 20 Fontenoy Street.  As an enclosed nun, Sr. Mary’s receiving the news of her younger brother’s execution, naturally may have been accentuated by a sense of helplessness and frustration at not being able to attend his funeral.   Her community noted at the time however, that she accepted the tragedy of the cross she bore with quiet

'Yeats & the West' Closing Lecture: Pearse, MacNeill, the Revival & the Rising, at the Model, Sligo, 12 May

Romanticism & Realism: Pearse, MacNeill, the Revival & the Rising Public Talk with Dr. Mary Harris,  Senior Lecturer in History, NUI Galway 6pm Thursday 12 May The Model Theatre, Sligo followed by  Exhibition closing wine reception All welcome! Dr. Mary Harris This talk observes how a cultural revolution became a real revolution. It also examines  personalities and politics that more than any others shaped Irish history. Patrick Pearse and Eoin MacNeill were collaborators in the Gaelic League, writers, thinkers and educators working together on An Claidheamh Soluis; fatally, they disagreed over the preparation and timing for armed rebellion. Pearse’s plays drew upon ancient myth to openly demand revolution; MacNeill’s historical studies produced Phases of Irish History and Celtic Ireland. Was it simply romanticism vs realism? Looking back on the Easter Rising and the foundation of the Free State, W.B. Yeats suggested that ‘the modern literatu

Accessing E-Books on DawsonEra - Access Restored

Update Fri May 6th : access to all ebooks has been fully restored. Thanks for your patience, and apologies for the incovenience. We are currently having some issues with one of our servers. This means that instead of accessing content on the DawsonEra e-books site directly, we are getting warning screens about accessing the site. We are working on the issue as a high priority. In the meantime users can still access Dawson content via the following screenshot. Please use Chrome for best results (and click 'Advanced' to see the option to proceed to the site).

Microfilm/Microfiche: Demonstration

Microfilm / Microfiche 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 5th of May @ 10:30am   Please   book  you place so as to avoid disappointment Additional session can be arranged if requested Venue Microfiche 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.

Remembering the Rising: The Pearse Brothers and QCG Visitor Book, 1899

Today, the third of May 2016, marks one hundred years to the day of the first executions of the leaders of the 1916 Rising. The executions were carried out at the Stonebreaker's Yard of Kilmainham Jail. On May 2nd 1916, the first courts martial sentenced Padraig Pearse, Thomas Clarke and Thomas MacDonagh to death. Pearse, a founding leader of the Volunteers, Commander-and-Chief of the rebel forces and stationed at the G.P.O. on O'Connell Street at the height of the conflict, along with fellow signatories of the Proclamation, Thomas Clarke and Thomas McDonagh, were executed by firing squad. Between the third of May and the twelfth of May 1916, fifteen leaders of the Rising would be executed. Among the fifteen were others such as Willie Pearse, brother of Padraig. Though not considered a senior leader or instigator of the Rising, Willie Pearse was also executed by firing squad, largely because he was Padraig's brother, on the fourth of May.  As part of  A University