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
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…
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.