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Forthcoming Talks

On the 20th July 1969 a human being stepped on to the surface of the Moon for the first time ever, marking the culmination of a project that had lasted eight years, costs billions of dollars and involved the work of some 400,000 individuals. Though born out of the confrontational politics of the Cold War, many see it as one of the most unifying acts in the history of our species, and one of our greatest technological achievements.

This talk will chart the origins and progress of that project, from its birth in the Cold War conflict with the USSR, through the vast technological challenges that had to be identified and overcome, to the amazing team of men chosen to go to the Moon, and the thousands of organizations, companies, groups and individuals that made it possible.

Speaker: Brian MacGabhann

Thurs 27th April 2017 8pm USAC Renmore Barracks
Admission €5 or €15 for the entire season of talks

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 last Pope). It considers some high profile events in its history, including the trial of Joan of Arc and of the Templars.

Speaker: Brian MacGabhann

Thurs 22nd Sept 2016 8pm USAC Renmore Barracks
Admission €5 or €15 for the entire season of talks

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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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: 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.

Renmore Barracks or Dún uí Mhaoilíosa is the home of the first Infantry battalion (An Chead Cath) of the Irish Army. It is named in honour of the leader of the 1916 Rising in Galway, Liam Mellows. The Galway rising was the largest mobilisation outside of Dublin in Easter Week 1916, where over 600 men and women rose. Yet the story largely escapes the attention of not alone the media but state intuitions like the National Museum. NUI, Galway’s Dara Folan will give a talk on Thursday January 28th with the aim of reacquainting Galway people with the history of one of the most fascinating periods in Irish history.

Hardly known today is that most Galway city people including the people of the Claddagh organised a sspecial constabulary to aid the RIC and British Army.

Forgotten too is that the HMS Gloucester was positioned in Galway Bay to shell the countryside as a deterrent to the rebels. Not only did it terrify the rebels, it caused streams of refugees to take flight from their homes in the area form Oranmore to Castlegar. The fog of war combined with the noise and ferocity of the Gloucester’s four inch guns caused a rumour to spread that a naval battle was taking place between German U-boats and the British fleet in the bay.