From Thursday 27 September to Saturday 29 September 2018 the thirtieth Douglas Hyde Conference took place in Ballaghaderreen, Co. Roscommon. The conference was established in 1988 in honour od Douglas Hyde (1860-1949), co-founder of Conradh na Gaeilge (The Gaelic League) and first president of Ireland. The theme of this year’s conference was ‘People, places &…

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On Wednesday 25 April 2018 King House, Boyle, Co. Roscommon, hosted the ‘Vótáil 100: Roscommon Commemorative Lecture Programme’. This one-day event, organised by Roscommon County Council as part of the Vótáil 100 initiative, saw a range of speakers address the centenary of the achievement of  female suffrage and its implications. Topics for discussion included the…

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On Thursday 5 April the launch took place in Galway of Conor McNamara’s War and revolution in the west of Ireland: Galway 1913-1922. The book explores the history of the entire revolutionary period in Connaght, with particular focus on  County Galway. The period 1913-22 witnessed extraordinary upheaval in Irish society. The Easter Rising of 1916 facilitated the emergence…

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On Friday 5 and Saturday 6 May the Moore Institute, NUI Galway, in association with Roscommon Historical and Archaeological Society and Roscommon County Council Library Service and Heritage Office, presented a conference entitled ‘1917 Centenary Reflections’. Taking the North Roscommon bye-election of February 1917 as a starting point, this conference  explored Irish life in the pivotal…

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On Friday 21 April, as part of the Women’s History Association of Ireland annual conference, a History Ireland ‘Hedge School’ debate took place in the Mechanics Institute, Middle St, Galway, entitled ‘Now you see them, now you don’t’: women in the Irish revolution.’ This explored the role of women in the revolutionary decade, as activists,…

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From Thursday 10 November to Saturday 12 November NUI Galway hosted the a major academic conference at NUIG, entitled Ireland 1916-2016: The Promise and Challenge of National Sovereignty. The conference represented an historic and ambitious gathering of major scholars, both from Ireland and overseas, to examine and advance our understanding of what Irish independence really means. The conference…

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