Myth and Memory: the Battle of Aughrim (1691)

Public lecture to mark the bequest of the Morrissey Collection to the James Hardiman Library by Colman Morrissey.

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Your only man.

mylesLest we forget: today marks the 50th anniversary of the death of Brian Ó Nualláin, a/k/a Flann O’Brien, author of The Third Policeman, At Swim-Two-Birds, The Dalkey Archive and a host of other richly surreal writings.  Under still another nom de plume, Myles na gCopaleen, he penned the Cruiskeen Lawn column for the Irish Times: a polymorphously polyglottal compendium of cute observations, cross-linguistic puns, and what he himself would have called “backchat and funny cracks“.

Galway fans of the man’s work can head along to Flann Fest this evening, or even come along to the JHL where we have plenty of Myles-related material, including the original script of his play The Dead Spit of Kelly.

No doubt we’ll all be marvelling over his entirely unique corpus of work in another 50 years.  Until then, let’s rise a pint of plain in his memory…

They came and filmed us in the digitisation centre back in September; you can actually see the Kirtas book scanner at about 00:40.  At other junctures you get a glimpse of Aisling‘s hands and Barry‘s heroic profile.  :-)

Seriously, a very impressive bit of work.  It’s nice to know cool things are happening on campus while you’re busy slaving over a hot book scanner all day…


Get The Edge: NUI Galway postgraduate studies

“He’s chameleon, comedian, Corinthian and caricature…”



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from the New Musical Express 1974 Hot Rock Guide, which somehow happened to be lying around the digitisation centre this morning… 

“You’re not alone
Just turn on with me
And you’re not alone
Let’s turn on and be
And you’re not alone
Give me your hands!
Cause you’re wonderful
Give me your hands

The HardiBlog: NUI Galway and Abbey Theatre release digitised Abbey Minute Books, 1904-1939

This week the Abbey Theatre/NUI Galway Digital Archive Partnership made freely available online the digitised minute books of the Abbey Theatre 1904 – 1939.As part of the Yeats2015 celebrations, the online digital archive of Abbey Theatre Minute Books will be made available to the public for the first time. Collectively, the minute books amount to nearly 1,000 pages, covering some of the Abbey’s most significant events from the period 1904-1939, being the period that spans Yeats’ lifetime.

More at The HardiBlog.