Renmore History Society

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Forthcoming Talks

Hitler’s Rise to Power

Hitler’s rise from a down and out on the streets of Vienna to absolute ruler of Germany is one that everyone knows of, but few actually know about. How was it possible? How could a sophisticated, cosmopolitan country like Germany allow itself to come under the rule of such a man? This is not as simple a process as often assumed, but one that contains lessons for us all. ‘Never again’ was the universal vow after 1945, but if we don’t understand how it happened the first time, how can we prevent it a second?

HItler's rise to power

The Franco-Prussian War

The War that made Europe

In many ways Europe’s forgotten war, though one that had profound consequences. It led directly to the creation of the state of Germany, left France marginalized and seething for revenge, and set in train a series of events that culminated in the Great War 40 years later. This talk looks at the political background to the war, focusing in particular at the personality and career of Bismarck. It then considers the progress and aftermath of the war, and poses in passing the question; what if the new German state had listened to Bismarck, would the Great War have happened?

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.

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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.