Thursday, 30 May 2013

Dick Dowling Book Launch

The Old Tuam Society is proud to host the launch of “Dick Dowling: Galway's Hero of Confederate Texas”, a new book by co-authored by Tim Collins and Ann Caraway Ivins. We are also delighted to welcome members of the extended Dowling family from Texas and UK to this event. This comprehensive and colourful presented biography will be officially launched by David Burke, Editor of the Tuam Herald, at 6 pm, on Saturday the 8th of June, 2013 at the Ard Rí House Hotel, Milltown Rd., Tuam.

Dick Dowling made the perilous journey from Famine ravaged Ireland to the equally challenging New World in New Orleans, Louisiana. He found prosperity in business as a young man and immortalised himself in the history of Texas and the Confederate Army in the Battle of Sabine Pass, on the 8th of September, 1863. Under Dowling’s command, a small force mostly Irish artillerymen defeated a Union Army expeditionary force of over 5,000 intent on preparing an invasion of Texas. The Jefferson Davis Guards scored several direct hits on a flotilla of Union ships and was credited with thwarting an invasion of Texas. In the context of the American Civil War, the battle was relatively minor, it did not prevent Confederate president, Jefferson Davis, comparing it to the historic Persian-Greek confrontation at Thermopylae.

Dowling is remembered today by statues in Houston, Texas and at the Sabine Pass battle site. Indeed there are two Houston streets, Tuam and Dowling Streets, named in his honour as is the R.W. Dowling Middle School. The battle is re-enacted each year, and this book’s publication falls on this event’s 150th anniversary.

Timothy Collins is Director of the Centre for Landscape Studies, at NUI, Galway and a former medical librarian who has published in a wide variety of areas. The late Ann Caraway Ivins was a great-great-grandniece of Dick Dowling, who sadly passed away before completing this magnificent biography, and Tim Collins has fulfilled a promise to her to bring this story to print. This lavishly presented book is published by Old Forge Books, Kilnaboy, Co. Clare and has a RRP of €30, but will be available at a discount on launch night.
Venue: Ard Rí House Hotel, Tuam
Date: Saturday, the 8th of June, 2013
Time: 6.00 pm
All Welcome

Sunday, 26 May 2013

Tuam Parish Events to celebrate Tuam 400

Tuam Parish Pastoral Council in cooperation with the Old Tuam Society are organising a series of events to celebrate the ecclesiastical history of Tuam as part of Tuam 400 celebrations. These will take place over the week-end of June 6th – 9th.

The weekend will commence with the annual Mass for the Feast Day of St. Jarlath, Thursday 6th June at 7.00 pm in Cloonfush, the original site of his church. This will be followed by a walk retracing the footsteps of St. Jarlath from Cloonfush to the site of the first church in the town of Tuam at the present St. Mary’s Cathedral. This will be an ecumenical event led by the Bishop of Tuam, Killala and Achonry, the Right Reverend Patrick Rooke and the Archbishop of Tuam, the Most Reverend Michael Neary. On arrival at St. Mary’s (approx. 8.30 pm) a short prayer service will take place. A talk on St. Jarlath will be given by Dr. Tony Claffey, followed by refreshments. Mr. Jarlath Canney will conduct a brief tour and talk on St. Mary’s Cathedral to round off the evening

On Friday evening, the 7th June and Saturday the 8th, an exhibition of old photographs of the Cathedral of the Assumption and parish life will take place, with short talks by Fintan Higgins, in the New Parish Centre (The Mercy Convent) Times: 6.00 to 9.00 pm on Friday and 12.00 to 8.00 pm on Saturday

Also on Saturday, a guided walk, taking in the important ecclesiastical sites around the town with a short history of each by Dr. Tony Claffey will take place, starting at St. Mary's Cathedral at 2 pm. 

On Sunday the 9th of June, the 12.30 pm mass in the Cathedral of the Assumption will be a special mass of celebration for Tuam 400.

Times given in text are correct. Some info in poster out of date

Tuesday, 21 May 2013

Children's Burial Ground Project Launch

The Old Tuam Society in partnership with Marie Mannion (Heritage Officer), Dr. Christy Cunniffe (Galway Field Monument Advisor, Galway County Council), volunteers and the parishioners of Tuam, are to undertake a survey all the Children's Burial Grounds (CBGs, lisheens or cillins) in the parish of Tuam.  While many CBGs have been recorded by the Archaeological Survey of Ireland (ASI), it is apparent from fieldwork in other areas, and through local information provided by people in the Tuam area, that there are other burial grounds that are so far unrecorded.
The initial inspiration for this project came from a suggestion by a former parishioner of Tuam,  Mr. Gerry Mullins, who now resides in the U.K.
Anyone who wishes to volunteer for this project will be most welcome. You do not need to be a member of the Society to participate.
It is envisaged that a suitable commemorative plaque or stone tablet with a map bearing the location and name of each Children's Burial Ground will be erected in a suitable place within the heart of the parish.
The launch of the Children's Burial Grounds project will be held on Friday, the 24th of May, at 8 pm in the Ard Rí House Hotel, Milltown Road, Tuam. All are most welcome.

Venue Ard Rí House Hotel, Tuam.
Date: 24th of May, 2013
Time: 8.00 pm
All Welcome