Galway's Great Read 22Nov 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, Pumps, Piers, Potholes,....120 of local government, 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

  • 9.30 Morning refreshments!
  • 10.00 Welcome: Bernie Kelly, Acting City & County Librarian, Galway Public Libraries
  • Opening Address: Cllr McClearn, An Cathaoirleach of Galway County Council
  • 10.10 "Badgers in the Glen?" 120 years of Local Government in Ireland: Prof Diarmaid Ferriter
  • 11.10 From local government to Leinster House? Political representation and the birth of the Irish state: Dr Martin O'Donoghue
  • 12.00 Tea / Coffee
  • 12.30 Personal Perspectives: fables and memories! Former staff & members of Galway County Council. Moderated by Albert Comer
  • 13.15 Closing Remarks: Mr Kevin Kelly , Chief Executive (Interim), Galway County Council

Biographies

Prof: Diarmaid Ferriter: Lecturer in Modern Irish History at UCD 1996-1998. Researcher and writer with Dictionary of Irish Biography 1998-1999. Senior lecturer in Irish History at St Patrick's College, DCU, 1999-2008. Appointed Professor of Modern Irish History at UCD in 2008. Visiting Burns Library Scholar at Boston College 2008-2009. Admitted as a Member of the Royal Irish Academy in May 2019. Main research interests: the social, political and cultural history of twentieth century Ireland.

Dr Martin O'Donoghue: Lecturer in Irish and British History at Northumbria University. He has previously lectured at the University of Limerick and the National University of Ireland, Galway and is a former holder of the National Library of Ireland Research Studentship held in conjunction with the Irish Committee of Historical Sciences. He has published on the 1918 election, the Treaty debates, the history of the Seanad, and the Easter Rising in Galway. His book, The Legacy of the Irish Parliamentary Party in Independent Ireland, 1922-1949, will be published by Liverpool University Press later this year.

Panel Participants

  • Terry Coogan, former Machinery Yard Supervisor
  • Noel Forde, former Senior Executive Engineer
  • Martin Lavelle, former Senior Executive Engineer
  • Connie Ni Fhatharta, 1st female Chairman of Galway County Council, (2000-2001)
  • Martina Maloney, former County Manager
  • Rose O’Boyle, former A/Administrative Officer

Session chaired by: Albert Comer, former Administrative Officer.

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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