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1916 - 2016 James Connolly
April 23, 2016 08:55 AM PDT
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A short biography of the Irish Republican and socialist leader, James Connolly (1868 - 1916), written and read by a student of St. Michael's Boys School in Mervue, Galway.

1916 - 2016 Eamonn Ceannt
April 23, 2016 08:52 AM PDT
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A short biography of the Irish Republican, Eamonn Ceannt (1881 - 1916), written and read by a student of St. Michael's Boys School in Mervue, Galway.

1916 - 2016 Introduction
April 23, 2016 08:48 AM PDT
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Over the past few months, Galway City Museum and GK Media worked with St. Michael's Boys School in Mervue on a project relating to the Easter Rising, during which the pupils learned all about the period and created their own history podcasts.

Episode 17: Lynch, Lynch Law and Lynching - Michael Hudson
November 30, 2015 10:55 AM PST
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Every Galwegian is familiar with the story of Mayor James Lynch Fitzstephen who hanged his own son. Join Michael Hudson of the Avoca Museum, Virginia, as he discusses the possible origins of the term 'lynching' and the amazing story of Charles Lynch Sr. from Galway and his infamous son Colonel Charles Lynch who headed an irregular court in Virginia to punish loyalist supporters of the British during the American Revolutionary War.

Recorded Saturday November 14th 2015 at Galway City Museum.

Episode 16: Ireland’s Travelling Pipers - Tommy Keane
August 08, 2015 06:28 AM PDT
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Traditionally, travelling pipers brought music to Irish villages and fairs, carrying tunes between isolated musicians and rural communities. Johnny Doran (d. 1950) was one of the last of these travelling pipers to ply his trade at fairs and sporting events. Join uilleann piper Tommy Keane to learn about these performers and their ‘travelling style’ and to hear a selection of tunes. Recorded Saturday 20th June 2015 at Galway City Museum

Episode 15: W.B. Yeats in The Wild Swans at Coole - Martin Dyar
July 22, 2015 02:41 PM PDT
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Join award-winning poet Martin Dyar as he discusses Yeats’ 1917 book The Wild Swans at Coole, a collection which contains some of the poet’s most enduring poems. This centenary-themed lecture offers a special opportunity to engage with the richness of Yeats’s writing in the context of an individual book, as well as the historical events which surround it. It is also an opportunity to consider Yeats’s life one hundred years ago: mid-career, masterful in his work, progressing steadily in occult practices, but increasingly dependent on moral and financial support from Lady Gregory in Galway, and bound as ever to the dream of Maud Gonne’s love. Asking questions such as why the great poem ‘Easter 1916’ was dropped from The Wild Swans at Coole manuscript, Martin will also present fresh interpretations of classic poems such as ‘The Fisherman’, ‘In Memory of Major Robert Gregory’, and ‘An Irish Airman Foresees his Death’, as well as explorations of lesser-known classics such as ‘The Phases of the Moon’ and ‘Ego Dominus Tuus.’
Martin Dyar’s debut collection of poems Maiden Names (Arlen House, 2013) was a book of the year selection in both the Guardian and The Irish Times, and was shortlisted for both the Pigott Poetry Prize and the Shine/Strong Award. He has also written a play, Tom Loves a Lord, about the Irish poet Thomas Moore. Martin won the Patrick Kavanagh Award in 2009, and the Strokestown International Award in 2001. He has also been the recipient of two Arts Council Bursary Awards for literature. A graduate of NUI Galway, and Trinity College Dublin, where he did a PhD in English Literature, most recently he was a writer in residence at the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa.
Recorded Saturday 30th May 2015 at Galway City Museum

Episode 14: Galwaymen in the Great War - William Henry
April 15, 2015 09:06 AM PDT
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Join local historian and author, William Henry, as he recounts numerous fascinating stories of Galwaymen who fought in the Great War, including the telegrams their mothers had to read.

Recorded Saturday 21st March 2015 at Galway City Museum.

Episode 13: The Carrot & the Stick: Recruitment in Galway - William Henry
March 18, 2015 10:54 AM PDT
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More than 150,000 Irishmen enlisted in the British army during the Great War of 1914 to 1918. Join local historian and author William Henry as he discusses the various reasons that Galwaymen enlisted and some of the techniques and rhetoric used in local recruitment campaigns.

Recorded Thursday 05th March 2015 at Galway City Museum

Episode 12: The Merry Joyces - Adrian Martyn
January 24, 2015 06:16 AM PST
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One of the Tribes of Galway, the 'Merry Joyces' were a family of Welsh mercenaries who became more Gaelic than the Irish themselves. First settling in Craughwell, then Athenry and Galway, the family gave their name to Joyce Country.

Recorded Saturday 17th January 2015 at Galway City Museum

Episode 11: The Claddagh's Magnificent Response - William Henry
November 17, 2014 08:47 AM PST
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On 4 August 1914, Britain declared war on Germany. By January 1915, 500 men from the city of Galway had enlisted with another 200 from the Claddagh. Join Galway author William Henry as he discusses the phenomenal response to the call to arms from this historic fishing village.

Recorded Thursday 23rd October 2014 at Galway City Museum

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