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Forthcoming Talks

The First Entrepreneurs

In many ways the spirit and mind-set that motivated and guided early pirates is not too dissimilar from that which influences those operating in the ruthless world of business today. Whether with cutlass or fountain pen, men were driven by the imperatives of profit and plunder. This talk looks at the golden era of piracy; the high seas, the Spanish Main, pieces of eight, and will suggest that the real story of pirates may have been even more bizarre and dramatic than the Hollywood version we are familiar with.

Ronnie O’Gormann
Thurs 24th Nov 2011

George Bernard Shaw once described Lady Augusta Gregory as "the greatest living Irishwoman". She was born at Roxborough, near Loughrea, into a powerful Protestant ascendancy family. She married Sir William Gregory, and on his death, began her extraordinary personal journey where she became a nationalist in her political views, and the catalyst for the great Irish Literary Revival at the beginning of the last century.

With WB Yeats, and Edward Martyn she co-founded the Abbey Theatre, and managed its affairs for most of her adult life. She wrote numerous plays and short stories, several volumes of folk lore, and translated from the Irish the ancient legends of Ireland.

Ronnie O'Gorman is a journalist, chairman of the Galway Advertiser group, a keen student of Lady Gregory, and is currently promoting of the Lady Gregory centre at Coole. In this talk he examines the life and times of this remarkable Irishwoman.

A History of the Holy Inquisition.

From its earliest days combating heresy to later years prosecuting witchcraft, the Holy Inquisition has been one of the most controversial institutions of the church, and one which still arouses debate and disagreement today. This talk charts the origins and development of the Inquisition through its various phases; persecution of the Cathars, suppression of witchcraft, the Spanish Inquisition and its evolution into the organization that still exists today, (the last head of which was Cardinal Ratzinger, the present Pope). It considers some high profile events in its history, including the trial of Joan of Arc and of the Templars.

A History of the First Crusade

It was not today or yesterday that western powers embarked on ill-advised military adventures in the middle east. This talk considers the background to, progress and aftermath of the campaign that in many ways marked the beginning of the long and tangled conflict between east and west, the First Crusade. Then, as now, the motives of the participants and justifications for conflict were often misrepresented and remain widely misunderstood.

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?