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Renmore is known in Irish as an Rhinn Mhór; the great headland, originally anglicised to Rinmore or Roinmore. Looking at present day maps of the area, it doesn’t appear to warrant such a grand title, but this is largely because the area to the west of the headland is reclaimed land. As can be seen from the second photo opposite, with the approximate position of the original shoreline marked in green, in the 16th and 17th centuries the area would have been quite a prominent headland, and occupied a strategically important location. Along with the headland on the opposite shore, then known as Rintinane point, it controlled access to both Galway harbour and Galway city. Whoever controlled these two points controlled Galway.

The Origins of World War One

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Ask most people what started World War One and they will reply ‘the assassination of Archduke Ferdinand’. The assassination of the archduke in Sarajevo in June 1914 certainly triggered the events that led to war, but it did not cause them. The causes lay much deeper, in events that had been gradually coming to a head over the previous decades, and which by June of 1914 left Europe like a powder keg waiting for a careless match. The process leading to the outbreak of the Great War could be compared to the process of loading and firing a rifle. This involves four steps; loading the weapon, cocking the weapon, removing the safety catch, and finally pulling the trigger. These four steps are analogous to the four processes that led to war; shifting imperial rivalries and alliances, the Naval arms race, war plans and mobilization, and finally the assassination of the archduke.

The Eye of the Storm

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The Origins and Development of Arab-Israeli Conflict

There’s an old joke told about the commercial aircraft approaching Belfast in the 70’s. The captain comes on the intercom to address the passengers; ‘We are now approaching Belfast International Airport. If you want to set your watches to local time, put them back 400 years’. Well, we’re now approaching the middle east, and to get an understanding of the present conflict we need to go back about 4,000 years.

The Financial logic of the Holocaust


Let me start by laying my cards on the table. I believe that the Holocaust is the most heinous criminal act in all of human history. It is, and will always remain, a dark stain on our collective humanity. Like the scar of an old operation, it will mark us a species until the day of our extinction.But it is sometimes the case that the sheer horror of the act, and the scale of the social, moral and political legacy it has left, can hinder a clear and accurate understanding of what happened, and more importantly why it happened.

The Remarkable life of Admiral William Brown

Talk by Gus O'Hara, of the Foxford Admiral Brown Society. Given to the Renmore History society on Thurs. 03rd March 2010

William Brown was born in my hometown of Fox ford, Co Mayo in 1777 and he died in his adopted home of Buenos Aires, Argentina, in his own bed at 80 years of age. He was accorded a State Funeral and was a Hero to a young Argentina.

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The Battle of Verdun remains one of the most unique battles in military history. At ten months it is one of the longest battles ever fought, and while in crude statistical terms other battles have produced greater casualties, the geographical concentration of this battle (it was fought over a front eight km across at its widest point), meant that mile for mile, it produced more death and destruction than almost any other engagement in history.