Historical Reflection

Oct. 17th, 2015 from 9:30am–5:00pm

The Temperance Hall, Loughrea, Co. Galway

Galway’s Changing Military History Landscape Conference to be held in partnership with the Loughrea Memorial Group. This conference will discuss topics such as: – ‘Recognising the men and women of the Loughrea area who fought and served in past wars and to those who returned’; ‘The 1916 Rising in County Galway’; ‘Why the 1916 Rising failed in Ballinasloe’; ‘Galway and the Great War: Society and Politics’ ; ‘Patrick Moran, Irish Guard and War Casualty: Reasoning and Repercussions’ ; ‘Search for information on Private Patrick Comer’ and ‘Tuam at Easter 1916’.

Nov. 2nd, 2015 at 7pm

Oughterard Library and various libraries countywide

Galway County Libraries will launch its Great Read Dreams on Paper:The Walter Macken Era in November 2015. It will focus on the many and varied works of the renowned
Galway writer, Walter Macken; whose centenary is honoured in 2015. The Great Read will also include a series of talks examining and exploring events, both nationally and internationally, that affected the life of the “ordinary” man in Galway around the time of Walter’s birth. The lectures will explore changes and developments in Galway from several dimensions, such as social, cultural and political.

Dec. 3rd, 2015 at 6pm

Áras an Chontae, Prospect Hill, Galway

The publication, Cumann na mBan: County Galway Dimensions will provide an insight into the origins of the Cumann na mBan organisation, the place the organisation held in 1916 and anti-conscription activities. It will give a brief account of Cumann na mBan’s role as an auxiliary organisation to support the Volunteers during the War of Independence and well as its role in the Civil War. It will also examine what the Galway newspapers wrote about the organisation in the county as well as give a short account of women such as Dr. Ada English, Alice Cashel and Ava O’Flaherty who were active in the organization.

January-December 2016

Galway County Libraries

Book Collections 1916: A bibliography of fiction and non- fiction books in Galway County Libraries relating to all aspects of 1916 will be compiled and distributed to Branch Libraries. Books relating to 1916 will be available throughout Galway Libraries in 2016.

January-December 2016


Community Support Scheme for Heritage: The 2016 Community Support Scheme for Heritage will provide financial assistance to support and promote heritage initiatives and activities by community organisations including those relating to the centenary of the 1916 Rising.

Jan. 15th, 2016

Exhibition will travel to various venues throughout the county during the year, including Inishbofin, Headford, Oughterard and Dunmore.

From the Archives, 1916: Revolution and Recollection: A travelling exhibition presenting a small range of material from various archive collections which have a county of Galway connection or context relating to or referring to the events or people involved in the Rising.

Jan. 28th, 2016 at 2pm

Tuam Library, High Street, Tuam, Co. Galway

Decade of Commemoration Website and Memory Mapping Project: This website and memory mapping project is an action of the Decade of Commemorations 2013-2023 Commemorative Strategy for the County of Galway. It has been undertaken as a partnership project between Galway County Council and The National Museum of Ireland. The project is a ‘community archive’ website bringing together a wealth of photographs, memories, family histories, historical documents and research relating to the 1913-1923 period of the history of the county. This website will have a facility for the diaspora and others who may have information to contribute directly to the website, unearthing new material and ultimately creating a rich and varied archive of life and times at this point of our history.

Jan. 28th, 2016 at 3pm

Tuam Library, High Street, Tuam, Co. Galway

Galway Rising: What it said in the papersGalway County Libraries will host a Blog on 1916, presenting a varied selection of headlines from local newspapers as reported throughout the year. The featured articles will reflect all events as recorded.

Feb. 4th, 2016 at 6pm

The Irish Workhouse Centre, Portumna, Co. Galway

Commemorative Postcards From The Archives: Towards revolution, a selection of archival documents dating from 1914 and beyond 1916 presented in postcard form, to illustrate the lead up to and consequences of the events of 1916, together with a chronology of events in Galway during Easter week. The launch will be followed by a screening of Mise Éire.

Feb. 10th, 2016 at 10pm

Launch in Loughrea Library, Church Street, Loughrea, Co. Galway with readings and talks in several libraries countywide

Galway County Libraries will host and launch a series of Spring and Autumn countywide reader development  awareness  workshops, and lectures for Galway’s Great Read, 2016, The Spring readings entitled 1916: A literary journey through the pen of Irish authors will examine and provide an overview of writings by Irish authors, local and national, focusing on the representations of the Easter Rising and life during that period. The Autumn Great Read, entitled, Living Literature: writings from the cradle to the grave will examine literature and life, from childhood to old age, the visible and invisible, the silent and the dominant voices in society during the revolutionary era.

Feb. 19th-21st, 2016.

National University of Ireland, Galway University Road, Galway

Irish History Students Association, Annual Conference 2016: Galway County Council will sponsor a prize for and publish the best paper relating to the history of the County of Galway during the period of the 1916 Rising, presented at the Irish History Students Association Annual Conference 2016. The Conference is the only student organised and led cross-border event of its kind with a fine tradition of attracting international speakers from a host of European and American universities, as well as local independent scholars.

Feb. 26th, 2016 at 5pm

Áras an Chontae, Prospect Hill, Galway and various venues throughout the County of Galway during 2016

From Colonial State to Free State, What they SaidGalway County Council Archives will create and curate a travelling exhibition. Drawn almost exclusively from Galway County Council and Rural District Council minutes, the exhibition will illustrate the attitudes and mores of Galway County Council between 1913 and 1923, focusing on the pivotal period after the 1916 Rising. The content and tone of the minutes reveal the political and social mind-set at that time. It is hoped that this perspective on that tumultuous period in Ireland’s past will be informative and a helpful resource to those interested in learning how county Galway and its people viewed and reacted to events as they unfolded.

Mar. 20th, 2016

Clarenbridge, Co. Galway

1916 – Clarenbridge Remembers: The community of Clarenbridge reflects on its participation in the 1916 Rising including a re-enactment of the attack on the RIC Barracks early on the Tuesday of Easter week 1916.

Mar. 30th, 2016 at 6pm

Áras an Chontae, Prospect Hill, Galway

Centenary Reflections on the 1916 RisingA County Galway Perspective. This bi-lingual publication will provide the reader with a valuable insight into the 1916 Rising in County Galway. It will also examine the social and economic conditions in the county at this time period as well  as  emigration,  infrastructure and an account of some of the  leaders involved in the Rising such as Liam Mellows and Tom Kenny. In addition there will be accounts of Éamonn Ceannt and PH Pearse as well as the memorialization of 1916 in the county.

Mar. 30th, 2016 at 6pm

Áras an Chontae, Prospect Hill, Galway

Commemorative Map of the Rising in the County of Galway: A commemorative map will be produced that will highlight the key sites associated with the Rising in the County of Galway. The map will be widely distributed throughout the county.

Apr. 29th, 2016 from 10am to 5.30pm

Galway County: 1916 Rising Heritage Trail with official launch in Gort

Galway County 1916 Rising Heritage Trail is a collaborative project between Galway County Council and the Department of Heritage & Tourism at Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology. Various sites in the County of Galway relating to the 1916 Rising and the people associated with the Rising will be documented and a brochure will be produced which will give the reader/visitor an insight into the events, places and people associated with the Rising in County Galway. The launch of the Trail will include a guided tour of the various sites in the County of Galway relating to the 1916 Rising.

May 2nd, 2016

Municipal Districts of Athenry/Oranmore and Loughrea

1916 Rising Galway – In Their Footsteps: An event tracing some of the events of Easter 1916 in the County of Galway, including re-enactments at locations of historical significance based on the Galway County: 1916 Rising Heritage Trail.

May 8th, 2016 at 10.30am

Ballymoe, Co. Galway

The Éamonn Ceannt Symposium will take place on the centenary of the death of Éamonn Ceannt in the town of Ballymoe, Co. Galway. The symposium will examine various facets of Ceannt’s life including his membership of the Gaelic League and his co-founding of Cumann na bPíobairí with Edward Martyn, and his role in the 1916 Rising.

May 2016

Áras an Chontae, Prospect Hill, Galway

The Changing Face of Ireland, 1916 and Beyond in photographic and audio recordings: This will consist of the gathering of photographs  and the recording of stories of life over the past 100 years utilizing the network of schools in the County of Galway. It will be delivered through the BEO schools-based Digital Local Heritage Archives project. The project partners are Insight Centre for Data Analytics in NUI Galway, Galway Education Centre, Galway County Council and the schools involved.

May-June 2016

Battle of Aughrim Visitor Centre, Aughrim, Ballinasloe, Co. Galway

The award winning Battle of Aughrim Visitor Centre will host an exhibition of memorabilia and artefacts from the 1916 period from the Martin Joyce Collection. The exhibition will provide an overview of the 1916 period in the area.

Jun 10th-11th, 2016

Mellows Campus, Athenry, Co. Galway

Farming and Country Life 1916- 2016Hosted by Teagasc and Galway County  Council  in partnership with farming organizations and local communities, the event will demonstrate changes in farming and country life from 1916 to 2016. It will showcase land and landownership, mechanisation, livestock and farm family and rural life, food and craft as well as changing landscapes and heritage.

September 2016


Cathaoirleach’s Community Award 2016 – HeritageThe Cathaoirleach’s Community Award 2016 for Heritage will afford recognition for the efforts to  research,  record  and promote the heritage of their area, taking into consideration specific actions undertaken by community groups relating to the centenary of the 1916 Rising in the County of Galway.

Sept. 21st, 2016 at 11am

Ballymoe, Co. Galway

The Éamonn Ceannt Commemorative Garden will be dedicated to the memory of Éamonn Ceannt and will be developed by Galway County Council in partnership with the local Ballymoe Community. The garden will be designed by Kay Synott, Galway Living Gardens, and will be a biodiversity-friendly space taking cognisance of the Glór na Cásca Initiative.

Oct. 15th, 2016 at 10.30am

Ballinasloe Library, Society Street, Ballinasloe, Co. Galway

Seminar: The Role of Women in 1916 with specific focus on Cumann na mBan: This seminar will be developed  in  partnership  with a local heritage group in Ballinasloe who work to promote the life and times of Ada English, a member of Cumann na mBan. The seminar will seek to discuss Cumann na mBan – the organisation, the role played by Cumann na mBan in 1916 and look at the lives of some of the leading members in County Galway.

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