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Forthcoming Talks

Martin ‘Máirtín Mór’ McDonogh was, in every sense of the word, Galway’s ‘big man’. A natural entrepreneur, and a man of drive, ambition and no small intellect, he took his father’s company, Thomas McDonogh & Sons, and expanded it to the extent that he became the largest employer in Connacht and one of Galway’s richest men. In turn a merchant, farmer, industrialist and politician, McDonogh entered the national political stage when he was elected to Dáil Eireann, where he represented Galway as a Cumann na nGaedheal T.D. from 1927 until his death in 1934. McDonogh came to dominate every aspect of Galway life, from the world of business to its sporting and civic life. A colourful character, who never married and lived a frugal – and somewhat reclusive – life, he was acknowledged as ‘impatient’ and ‘brusque’ by his friends, and ‘terrifying’ by his enemies, but following his death it was widely recognised, by friend and enemy alike, that ‘For half a century he was Galway’.

Speaker:  Dr. Jackie Uí Chionna received her Doctorate from the School of History at NUIG in 2010. Currently engaged in post-doctoral research at NUIG, where she specialises in modern Irish history, she is a graduate of UCD, and holds an M.A. in Heritage Management from UCC. A fluent Irish speaker, and traditional singer, she has combined a career in heritage management with academia.


Martín Mór McDonogh

Thurs 28th Sept 2017 at 8pm USAC, Renmore Barracks
Admission €5 or €15 for the entire season of talks

The 1316 battle of Athenry was one of the bloodiest battle fought in medieval Ireland, in a time of occupation, invasion, natural disasters, and famine. It was the last and first serious concerted effort to evict the English from west of the Shannon, re-establish the kingdom of Connacht, and perhaps re-established a Gaelic kingship of Ireland.

The talk is given by Galway historian, Adrian Martyn, whose book "The Tribes of Galway 1124-1642" is due out this autumn.

Thursday 17th November 2016  8pm USAC Renmore Barracks
Admission €5 or €15 for the entire season of talks

The North African Campaign, also known as the War of the Western Desert, The Libyan Campaign and the Desert Campaign, was a campaign fought from June 1940 to May 1943 between the Germans and Italians on one side, and the British and Commonwealth on the other. It involved the clash of two of the most famous generals of World War 2; Rommel and Montgomery, (and latterly Patton), and was fought in the blazing cauldron of the desert, from Egypt to Libya to Morocco.

The campaign also saw the introduction to modern warfare of what would now be called ‘Special Forces’, and gave birth to some famous, and not so famous, covert groups, perhaps the most unusual of which was ‘Popski’s Private Army’.

Speaker: Brian MacGabhann

19 January 2017 8pm USAC Renmore Barracks
Admission €5 or €15 for the entire season of talks

Irish American’s have long been acknowledged for having played a pivotal role in the pursuit of Irish independence. Whilst their contribution to the seminal events of 1916 is well documented their campaign to undermine British imperial intrigue before the Great War is oft neglected.

This talk by NUIG Doctoral Candidate and former member of An Chéad Chath, Tony King, highlights the Irish diaspora’s efforts to advance the nationalist cause in the years preceding the Home Rule Crisis.

Thurs 9th March 2017 8pm USAC Renmore Barracks
Admission €5 or €15 for the entire season of talks