Renmore History Society

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Forthcoming 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

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.

Thurs 26th March 2015 @8pm Brian MacGabhann

Note change of date from the 5th to 26th of March 2015. More than any one man Adolf Eichmann was responsible for the day to day mechanics and logistics that lay behind the Holocaust, and made it possible. He energetically directed the deportation and mass murder of millions of Jews from across Europe, and oversaw the operation of the Nazi death machine. In May 1960 he was abducted from his hideaway in Argentina and put on trial in Jerusalem.

At his trial he gave frank and open testimony about his role in the Nazi genocide, but in doing so revealed many uncomfortable truths that many around the world would have preferred not to hear. His testimony was as revealing as it was shocking, and shone a light on places many would have preferred remain in darkness.

Patrick GilmorePatrick Sarsfield Gilmore was raised and educated in Ballygar, before studying music in Athlone. He emigrated to America in 1849, and later joined the Union side in the US Civil War, serving as a musician and stretcher bearer.  He went on to become one of the most famous band leaders in America. He was personally known to senior generals of both the Union and the Confederacy, performed at the inauguration ceremonies of no less than eight US presidents, including Abraham Lincoln, and penned what is perhaps the most famous marching song in the world; When Johnny Comes Marching Home. So famous was he in his day that he is often referred to as ‘America’s First Superstar’.

In this talk Jarlath McNamara, professional musician and avid Gilmore aficionado, will outline the story of this remarkable Irishman.
Thurs 06th March 2014

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.