The Old Tuam Society is delighted to announce its participation in a county wide initiative remembering the independence struggle in Co. Galway.
This summer will see a series of free public history events around the County organised by NUI Galway, GMIT, local history societies and Galway County Council as part of its Decade of Commemoration strategy (2013-23). Galway Centenary Conversations: War & Revolution Roadshow will take place in Tuam, Craughwell, Clifden, Portumna, Skehana and Athenry throughout June and July. Each event is free and all are welcome.
The talks will feature an array of local and national historians discussing key events, personalities and developments during the independence struggle in Galway. Topics to be examined include the aftermath of the 1916 Rebellion; the conscription crisis; the 1918 General Election; the War of Independence; Cumann na mBan and the Galway Volunteers.
Family history and memorabilia
The series is also a chance for the public to offer their family reminiscences of the period and discuss the involvement of local communities and families. National experts will be available to offer advice or support to budding researchers and encourage people to bring along material from their own family’s involvement or any relevant letters, memorabilia.
The series kicks off in Tuam Library on Wednesday 14 June where the Old Tuam Society will host an event focusing on the 1918 General Election in North Galway. The event begins at 8 pm and features Dr Conor McNamara and Dr Martin O’Donoghue of NUI Galway.
Where and When:
· Wednesday 14 June 8pm Tuam Library
· Tuesday 20 June 8pm Craughwell Hall
· Wednesday 28 June 8pm Clifden Station House Theatre
· Wednesday 5 July 8pm Portumna Workhouse Centre
· Wednesday 12 July 8pm Screene’s Lounge, Skehana
· Wednesday 19 July 8pm Athenry Community Centre
Further details: Contact Conor McNamara, NUI Galway: firstname.lastname@example.org