Renmore History Society

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Below is a list of the previous lectures which have been presented by the society. We are adding summaries of each talk as we go along, click on the title of the talk to be taken to the summary page. We hope to have all summaries completed before too long, so please bear with us. We are happy to deliver any of the talks below to other history societies, community groups, clubs, schools or associations. Please e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more details. All talks are by Brian MacGabhann unless otherwise indicated.

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 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.

A History of War Correspondence

Thankfully, very few of us will ever experience a war, and there are now few people alive with a memory of World War Two, much less earlier conflicts. Thus for most of us our understandings and images of conflicts current and historical depend very heavily on the accuracy, impartiality and objectivity of those who report them first hand. But just how impartial or accurate is this reporting? Have conflicts always been accurately reported, or are there patterns of deception and misrepresentation discernible in the ways in which conflicts were reported in the past, and are those misrepresentations still with us today?

Hint: click on any of the page graphics for a larger version

Introduction:

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.