Saturday, 23 February 2013

March Lecture for Tuam 400 Celebrations

As part of Tuam 400 celebrations, the Old Tuam Society's Dr. Gabriel O'Connor will deliver a lecture at Tuam Library on Saturday, the 9th of March at 1 pm on "The Tuam Hunger Strike of 1978 - A Tribute to Harold Campbell, Joe Burke and Brian McNamara". These prominent Tuam citizens were protesting about unending knocks to the economy of the town and decided to make a stand.



Monday, 18 February 2013

February 2013 Lecture

The Old Tuam Society's 2012/13 lecture series continues with a lecture entitled, "The Irish-American Link: A Media Perspective". The lecture will be a brief survey on how emigration to America and the American experience was portrayed in the pages of the Tuam Herald. 

The lecture will be delivered by Tuam Herald Editor and past president of our Society, David Burke on Thursday, the 28th of February at 8:30 pm at Tuam Town Hall, The Square. Admission is free and all are welcome.


Tuesday, 12 February 2013

Annual General Meeting Report

The Annual General Meeting of the Old Tuam Society took place on Thursday, the 7th of February, 2013.

President Anne Tierney welcomed both, Members of the Society and new Members to the AGM. Secretary Denny Hannon gave a detailed report of the minutes of the previous AGM, held in January, 2012.

In her President's Address, Anne thanked the outgoing Officers and Members of the Society who had assisted her in her first term as President of the Society. She also thanked Journal Editor, Brendan Higgins and the Journal Committee, graphic designer John Gormley, Strategic Print & Design, John Dooley and the Tuam Herald, sponsors, lecturers and local shops who  sell the Society's journal.

Anne also outlined many of the achievements successfully completed by the Society in  2012 the OTS including in July the hosting of the highly successful Irish-American Link Conference, which saw 270 persons attending the five day event. The organising committee were complimented including OTS committee members, Anne Rodda; representing Drew University, Nessa Cronin; NUI Centre for Irish Studies, Marie Mannion; County Heritage Officer, and the County Heritage Societies. The conference would not have been possible without the generous help from our sponsors; Christine Kinealy;, Drew University, Tuam Town Council, Galway County Heritage and NUI, Galway.

The highlight of the year was the 70th anniversary of the OTS, which was celebrated by exhibition of paintings by Jarlath A. O'Connell, and a lecture delivered by his daughter Alison Titley on the “Tuam Art Exhibitions 1942 – 1948”.  A presentation of flowers and a certificate was made to Mrs Bríd Lynch, the only surviving founder member of the OTS.

Among the monthly lectures, Dr. Gabriel O’Conner gave a presentation to the Tuam Town Council, Chamber of Commerce and local Tuam groups, which  outlined the role the local government played in Tuam, from its beginnings 400 years ago to emphasise the importance of the quadracentennial which falls this year. Gabriel will deliver part two of his lecture in October 2013.

Anne also thanked the past presidents of the Society, who sponsored two pull-up banners, which will be used at all future events.

Treasurer Michael O’ Neill gave a full breakdown of the Society's finances.

The meeting then elected the Committee for 2013; President: Anne Tierney, Vice President: Áine Carney, Secretary: Denny Hannon, Treasurer: Michael O’Neill, Committee: Tony Claffey, Margaret Connolly, Brendan Higgins, Kay Jennings, Bernie King, Maurice Laheen, Noel McCann, Willie Mannion, Gabriel O'Connor, Ruairí Ó hAodha, Pat O'Hora and Martin O’Donoghue.

Events for 2012, include a Children's Burial Grounds Survey. The OTS will undertake a survey of, and document Children’s Burial Grounds (lisheens) 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 others that are unrecorded. It is envisaged that a suitable commemorative plaque or stone 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.

A one-day conference entitled “Tuam its Past Present and Future” will take place in September.

Gabriel O’Conner will deliver a series of lectures, to be held in Tuam Library. The first lecture will be given in March entitled “Tuam Hunger Strikers 1978.” Three Tuam men Harold Campbell, Joe Burke and Brian McNamara, staged a hunger strike in protest of the “downgrading of the town.”

Our monthly lecture series will feature the Connaught Rangers, Children’s Lisheens, history of Tuam's Local Government,  and  a Media Perspective on emigration from the area.

The 10th anniversary edition of JOTS will be published in November 2013 celebrating the history and heritage of the region. Anyone interested in submitting an article or photograph is encouraged to do so.

Membership dues are now due, payment can be made to Membership secretaries Noel McCann and Maurice Laheen, or at  Quinn’s; Bishop Street, or by Paypal at oldtuamsociety.blogspot.ie

Friday, 1 February 2013

Children's Burial Grounds Survey

The Old Tuam Society, in conjunction with Galway County Council, propose to undertake a survey of, and document all the Children’s Burial Grounds (lisheens or cillíns) in the parish of Tuam (rural and urban). While many burial grounds 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 others that are unrecorded.

There are two fundamental reasons for undertaking this project:
1) To add them to Recorded of Monuments Places (RMP) and thus provide legal protection for them under the National Monuments Act.
2) To allow those with siblings or family members buried in one of these hidden graveyards the opportunity to participate in a formal and meaningful remembrance ceremony.

Many sites not recorded on the Record of Monuments and Places are, however, known to elderly parishioners but once they depart these will be lost from public memory. As these monuments can be difficult to detect, many will inevitably be destroyed with new owners acquiring land where they are located.

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 Old Tuam Society would like to invite anyone with an interest in helping in this project to contact us and take part. Training will be provided by Dr. Christy Cunniffe of Galway Co. Co., and we are hoping for lots of help with this important project. Further details and dates will be published shortly.

Annual General Meeting 2013

The Annual General Meeting of the Old Tuam Society will take place at Tuam Town Hall, The Square, on Thursday, 7th of February at 8:00 pm. Membership dues for the 2013 calendar year are now due. You can join the Society or renew your existing membership at the A.G.M. 

As 2013 is the 400th anniversary of the granting of a charter to Tuam by James I and also the year of "The Gathering", it will be a busy year for the Society, with a number of events to be announced shortly. If you have an interest in history and pride in your hometown, perhaps 2013 will be the year to join the Old Tuam Society. New members will be especially welcome.


Time: 8:00 pm
Date: Thursday, 7th January, 2013
Venue: Tuam Town Hall
All Welcome