“Explore your Archive”

Wednesday 22nd November
11:30-13:00 (Bridge Room), Hardiman Research Building
Four of NUIG Library Archivists will give a 10-minute talk (see below) and you will have an opportunity to view exhibits and ask questions.

Muintir na Tíre Periodical literature – Fiona Kearney

Sir Peter Freyer – Kieran Hoare

The Rynne Family Archive: Ireland Through Generations – Barry Houlihan

Michael Maurice O’Shaughnessy: Engineering the Promised Land – Aisling Keane

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Meet the Irishman who gave the green light to the Golden Gate Bridge

IT IS ONE of the world’s most recognisable structures – but did you know the Golden Gate Bridge was overseen by an Irishman?Born in Loughill, Co Limerick, Michael M O’Shaughnessy, moved to Galway in 1882 to study engineering in what was then called Queen’s College Galway. In 1885, he emigrated to America, where he embarked on an illustrious career on railways, mines and irrigation projects in California and Hawaii…

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Michael Maurice O’Shaughnessy Archive

Official launch is today @ 15:00 in the Special Collections Reading Room.

The Library, in partnership with the University’s College of Engineering and Informatics acquired an archive of material belonging to Michael Maurice O’Shaughnessy in 2016.O’Shaughnessy was a Limerick man who studied Engineering in University College Galway under Professor Edward Townsend. He graduated in 1884, and crossed the Atlantic the following year to embark on his career as a Civil Engineer. He worked first as a consultant in private practice on railroads and land development work in California, and on large scale irrigation and hydraulic projects on sugar plantations in the Hawaiian Islands. After the earthquake in San Francisco in 1906, he worked on dams and channel rectification projects in San Francisco until in 1912 he was appointed the City Engineer for San Francisco. His term as City Engineer lasted until 1932 and is remembered best for the construction of the Hetch Hetchy reservoir. To this day, Hetch Hetchy provides water for over 2 million residents of San Francisco and the Bay area, and its dam is named in his honour.

O’Shaughnessy archive – NUI Galway

The HardiBlog: Culture Night 2017

This year’s culture night takes place on the 22 September. Culture night is an annual all-island public event that celebrates culture, creativity and the arts. The James Hardiman Library is holding an evening of talks and an exhibition to celebrate culture. The focus of the talks is on community development with the focus on materials from the Muintir na Tíre collection as well as volumes from the 19th century printed collections.The James Hardiman Library’s collections hold a rich source of material on local and community studies. In the archives we have collections from The Abbey Theatre, The Gate Theatre, Professor Kevin Boyle, Brendan Duddy, Ritchie-Pickow, Éamon de Buitléar, Tim Robinson and Druid Theatre company to name but a few. The James Hardiman Library has recently acquired the archive of Muintir na Tíre, a national voluntary organisation dedicated to promoting the process of community development. A series of blogs have been written about the work to date of making the collection accessible for researchers.

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Martin McGuinness – In Conflict and Peace: From the Archives

The recent stepping away from active political life by Martin McGuinness and from his role as Deputy First Minister, signalled a polemic shift in the political landscape in Northern Ireland, His passing today, aged 66, has further intensified the consideration of his life and role in Northern Ireland, and his journey from conflict to peace, over many decades.The perhaps unknown role that Martin McGuinness played, over many years, in negotiating a peaceful and sustained end to conflict in Northern Ireland can be seen within the archive of mediator Brendan Duddy. Brendan Duddy was born in Derry on 10 June 1936. He became a businessman in his native city, and by the early 1970s he owned and managed two fish-and-chip shops, one in Beechwood Avenue (Creggan) and another in William Street. Duddy knew Martin McGuinness in the 1960s when McGuinness worked for a supplier company delivering burgers to Duddy’s shops – at a time when McGuinness’s interest in politics was not yet kindled.

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Digital Cultures Initiative – Moore Institute

The Digital Cultures Initiative (DCI) is a forum intended to bring together all those interested in researching, supporting and creating forms of “digital culture” at NUI Galway. This includes digital arts, humanities and media researchers, information and data science specialists, experts in digital teaching and learning, creative practitioners, archivists, and interested stakeholders from creative, heritage and industrial communities beyond the University.

It will support co-ordination among these differing groups in order to share our growing expertise and experience. By so doing, we greatly enhance our scope for innovative interdisciplinarity, exciting new research and pedagogy, and new forms of partnership inside and outside of NUI Galway.

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Mary Robinson to gift archive to NUI Galway

Mary Robinson will not avail of tax credits for donating her archivePlans for a Mary Robinson Presidential Library in Ballina, Co Mayo look to have stalled, after the former president announced that she would gift her archive to NUI Galway and have it stored there. The Victoria House Foundation, which has been working to develop a centre at Ms Robinson’s childhood home in Ballina, says storage of the archive in Galway will mean there is no need to have archival facilities in Co Mayo.

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Digital Publishing Brownbag Series – Tim Robinson Archive

On Tuesday 1 November, NUI Galway Library will host the first in a series of lunchtime events.

Our first event will focus on the Archive of Fear na Mapaí, Tim Robinson, which resides here at NUI Galway. This archive documents four decades of Robinson’s pioneering work in Irish landscape, which began in 1972 when he visited the Aran Islands with his wife Máiréad. His 1975 one-inch map of the Aran Islands was the first substantial map of the area to be created since the 6 inch Ordnance Survey map a century before, and its composition brought up several complexities that exist in this unique landscape, from place-names, to the geological, archaeological, and botanical features that are all inherent in the landscape. Beyond the publication of the map, he explored these subjects in a deep-mapping project of Aran, that led to the publication of two books, ‘Stones of Aran: Pilgrimage’ in 1986, and later ‘Stones of Aran: Labyrinth’ in 1995. His work brought him to map and consider the Burren and Connemara landscapes with equal emphasis, and in 1987, Tim and Máiréad won the Ford Ireland Conservation Award. They proceeded in the competition as Ireland’s official entry, and won the European Award in Madrid.

One particularly special element of Robinson’s archive is a meticulously accumulated index of the townlands of Connemara and the Aran Islands, which has inspired the Library’s first steps to a Digital Mapping project, focusing on Robinson’s archive, but with applications to future projects. This will be the focus of our inaugural Brownbag Pitch. As the name suggests, lunch will be provided, and we will take you through the story of the archive, the digital project, and plans for the future, before opening up the floor to some discussion about what parts of the project you consider useful, not useful, and if you think this has applications to your own research.

Venue: Room G011, Hardiman Research Building, NUI Galway
Date and Time: 12:00-14:00, Tuesday, 1 November 2016

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