Renmore History Society

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Forthcoming Talks

This talk, the penultimate in the current season, will look at less celebrated Galwegians - male and female - and the legacy they left to the town. Landlords, artists, men of the cloth and others in uniform will be included in a virtual tour of the place that will be kaleidoscopic in its sweep. The richness of the town will be explored in terms of a dramatis personae that has - for the most part - been forgotten.

The presentation will also seek to show local history’s capacity to shed fresh light, through a nuanced prism, on the accepted truisms of what has been remembered - and betimes overlooked. As novelist Kazuo Ishiguro has said; in every nation there are ‘huge things that we have all agreed to leave quietly in the past.’ 

The talk will take place on Thursday the 10th March at 8.00 pm sharp. As always places are limited and must be reserved in advance. To reserve a place please click on the following link:
https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/penultimate-talk-of-the-season-looking-askance-at-galway-town-by-paul-mc-ginley-tickets-22422747040 and click on the green 'Register' button. You can then reserve your places. 

Please remember to print out or save your reservation number and bring it with you on the night, as only those with a valid reservation number can be admitted. 
We look forward to your company.

As World War 2 drew to a close the Allied powers met, now assured of victory. But a new problem confronted them; how to deal with the leaders of the Nazi state; those who had plunged the world into conflict, had devastated large parts of Europe and Russia, and had planned and perpetrated the most wide scale mass murder in history.

The eventual solution was to put selected Nazi leaders on trial, and the War Crimes tribunal that followed the ending of World War Two is now so engrained in our collective history that we sometimes forget how radical and ground-breaking the idea was. The victorious European powers set out not just to punish the evil of Nazism, but also to reassert liberal democratic values, so bruised from six years of bloody warfare. This talk will look at the background and progress of the most famous series of trials in modern history, consider what they tried to achieve, and ask if the values and principles laid down at Nuremberg are still relevant today.

The talk will be held at Renmore Barracks on Thursday 21 April at 8pm. Entrance cost € per head and is free to season ticket holders.

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Details of this year's trip to Madrid can be found here.

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The Irish Volunteer Memorialplayed a key role in what was a crucial period in Irish history. Formed in 1913, they were centrally involved in the planning and organisation of resistance to British rule in Ireland, they formed the backbone of the armed forces that launched the 1916 Easter Rising, and were the ancestors of both the IRA and the modern Defence Forces. Their ranks included such famous names as Padraic Pearse, Roger Casement and Michael Collins.


Comdt. Kennedy is the Director of the Military Archives section of the Defences Forces, located in Cathal Brugha barracks in Dublin, and is currently overseeing the planning of a major exhibition on the history of the Volunteers. He has kindly agreed to give the society a talk on the subject, which will chart the formation, organisation and evolution of this important institution.

Thurs 21st  Nov 2013

White House BurningOf all the major wars of the modern era the war between Britain and the United States which began in 1812 and lasted almost three years must be one of the least talked about and most forgotten. For obvious reasons neither the US nor Britain were anxious to revive its memory, yet it constituted a major conflict between the two nations, was fought on land and sea, ranged from the shores of Canada to the Gulf of Mexico, and involved the destruction of Washington DC by British forces. 
This talk will look at the background to and progress of this conflict, a war that played a huge part in forging Americans’ sense of their own identify, and gave them their naval tradition, their flag, and their National Anthem.

Brian MacGabhann
Thurs 23rd  Jan 2014


    Thurs 27th Nov 2014 @8pm Eugene Jordan BA(Hons) History, MInfo Tech

Brian Boru is our most internationally famous king and 1014 is the most famous date in Irish history. Both are shrouded in myth and legends but even when the fanciful claims are stripped away, the greatness of Brian Boru not only remains intact but he emerges as one of the greatest and shrewdest of political leaders in European history.

As professor of medieval history Donnchadh Ó Corráin put it, Brian Boru “overcame his rivals not usually in bloody battles and by main force (though he had that in reserve) but by psychological and symbolic warfare.“ He fought no major battles from 977 to 999 and was able to take the High Kingship not by force but by crafty political manoeuvring.