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Galway's Great Read 2019

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Galway’s Great Read is marking the 120th anniversary of the establishment of democratic local government in Ireland.

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This November Galway’s Great Read is marking the 120th anniversary of the establishment of democratic local government in Ireland. Prior to 1899, local government lay in the hands of Grand Juries and Boards of Guardians who were mostly controlled by local landlords. The passing into law of the Local Government Act, (Ireland) 1898, which abolished the Grand Jury system, established County Councils and reformed Corporations (now referred to as City Councils). It gave many people in Ireland the right to vote for the first time, including women. This right gave people a say in local government which meant that they were able to influence the development of their communities and their county. The first elections for all County Councils took place on 6th April 1899 and the consequent first meetings were held later that month, on the 22nd April.

We hope Pumps, Piers and Potholes… will enable audiences to learn more about our local authority system and to enjoy, create, explore and actively engage with the events presented in our overall 2019 programme.

Programme

9.00 Morning Refreshments!

9.30 Welcome : Bernie Kelly, Acting City & County Librarian, Galway Public Libraries

9.35 ‘800 Years of Irish Counties, 450 Years of County Galway ‘ : Dr Matthew Potter

10.30 ‘‘Máirtín Mór’ McDonogh, (1860-1934)’: Dr Jackie Uí Chionna

11.00 Tea/Coffee

11.20 ‘Commemorating Lady Clonbrock, Augusta Dillon (1839-1928): her political involvement and her role within the Mount Bellew Rural District Council’: Úna Kavanagh

11.50 ‘Galway’s Rural District Councils’: Mary Clancy

12.20 Close

Biographies

Mary Clancy: Teaches at NUI, Galway, and contributes to documentaries through the medium of Irish and English and organises public history events. Main interests: Women and politics in Ireland, analysis of gender and citizenship, as expressed at local and national level in Ireland, gender and labour with particular attention to sweated labour, domestic work, rural home industries and emigrant labour.

Úna Kavanagh: PhD student researching the life of Augusta Dillon, Lady Clonbrock (1839-1928) at the Centre for Irish Studies, NUI Galway. A Kerry native, she is a Masters graduate of NUI Galway, where her dissertation examined autograph-book contributions of anti-Treaty internees at Tintown in the Curragh during 1923. Her undergraduate research project focused on ‘The Clonbrock Photographic Collection: Anglo-Irish identity and the Dillon family of Clonbrock, Ahascragh, Co.Galway’. This research prompted her interest in the scientific, cultural, and societal contributions of Augusta Dillon.

Dr Matthew Potter: Curator of Limerick Museum and Honorary Fellow of the Department of History of the University of Limerick. He has published sixteen books and numerous articles with a primary focus on the history of local government, and the history and heritage of Limerick. Main Interests: Urban History; History of Local Government; Death and Cemeteries; Social Housing; Irish textiles; Local history; History of modern Ireland; The Anglo-Irish landed elite 1700-1921.

Dr Jackie Uí Chionna: Teaches history at the NUI, Galway. As a Senior Researcher at NUI Galway she undertook an oral history project on the history of the university from 1930-1980, entitled ‘A University in Living Memory’. Post-Doctoral Fellowship work culminated in the production of a biography of prominent Galway businessman and politician Martin ‘Máirtín Mór ’McDonogh (1860-1934). She was recently awarded a prestigious Archives By-Fellowship at Churchill College Cambridge which will facilitate her work on a biography of Emily Anderson OBE (1891-1962).

Funded by Creative Ireland

Organised by : Galway Public Libraries in collaboration year with the Heritage Office and Archives of Galway County Council.

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