Thursday, November 23, 2017

Archive Launch and symposium celebrating John Arden and Margaretta D'Arcy

British and Irish Political Theatre Since 1950: Celebrating the Legacies of John Arden and Margaretta D’Arcy

O’Donoghue Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance
 Friday 24 November 2017, 09.30-17.00
John arden and Margaretta D'Arcy, Galway, 1972

09.30 –10.30 Symposum welcome and introduction (Patrick Lonergan) Patrick Duggan 'Attempting Conversations with the State: 'Loose' Performances of Radical Resistance'
Chair: Marianne Ni Chinneide

10.30 – Coffee.

11.00 - 11.40: Formal Launch of the John Arden and Margaretta D’Arcy Archive at NUI Galway

11.45-12.30:  Sources for Research on John Arden and Margaretta D’Arcy 
Kieran Hoare (NUIG)– The Arden/D’Arcy archive at NUI Galway 
Harriet Reed: (Victoria and Albert Museum) “Arden, D’Arcy and the Irish in the Royal Court Archive’.
Chair: Barry Houlihan

12.30-13.30 – Reception with sandwiches/lunch at this time.

13.30- 14.45: Showcase of NUI Galway research on British and Irish political theatre since 1950
•       Miriam Haughton, “Staging Trauma: Politicising Performance”
•       Lionel Pilkington, ‘The Challenges of Anti-Capitalist Theatre in 1980s Ireland’
•       Patrick Lonergan, The Troubles Untroubled: Jez Butterworth’s The Ferryman
•       Charlotte McIvor, ““Archives, Activism, Absence: Suzanne Day’s “Toilers” and ‘Where Are the Irish Women Playwrights’ (Again)”
Chair: Ian Walsh

14.45 – break

15.00 – 15.45  Vicky Angelaki, “Contemporary British Political Playwriting: The Disappearing Binary”
Chair: Catherine Morris

Conclusion of symposium.

15.45 – coffee/tea

16.00 – 17.00 Margaretta D’Arcy public interview

Monday, November 20, 2017

'Explore Your Archive' week at the Hardiman Library

James Hardiman Library

 invites you to

Explore your Archive

  Wednesday 22nd November
 (Bridge Room), Hardiman Research Building
Four of NUIG Library Archivists will give a 10-minute talk (see below) and you will have an opportunity to view exhibits and ask questions.
Tea/Coffee will be served from 11:30 

Muintir na Tíre Periodical literature – Fiona Kearney

Muintir na Tíre is a national voluntary organisation dedicated to promoting the process of community development. The archive consists of material from the foundation of Muintir na Tíre Limited in 1931,the foundation of Muintir na Tíre in 1937 to the end of the 20th century.

Sir Peter Freyer - Kieran Hoare

Sir Peter Freyer was born on 2 July 1851 and was baptized in the parish church at Ballinakill, Co Galway on 26 July.  He was the eldest of the children of Samuel Freyer, a small landholder of Sellerna, near Cleggan and his wife Celia Burke.   He went to the Erasmus Smith School in Galway and won a scholarship to attend the Queen’s College, Galway.    He had a distinguished academic career at the College, obtaining in 1872 a first-class honour degree in Arts and winning the gold medal, two years later he was awarded his M.D., again coming first in his class. He worked in the Indian Medical Service from 1877 to 1894, becoming a specialist in urological surgery. On his return he set up in private practice in Harley St., becoming involved in the training of the Army Medical Corps among other things in the early twentieth century. He was active as a supervisor of a number of army hospitals during World War One. He died on 9 September 1921, aged 70 and is buried beside his father in the Church of Ireland cemetery at Clifden, Co Galway.


The Rynne Family Archive: Ireland Through Generations - Barry Houlihan

The Rynne family archive comprises records of multiple generations of a family which had formative roles in shaping Irish culture and society from the Revolutionary era through to recent years. Dr Michael Rynne, a veteran of the War of Independence also served as Irish ambassador to Spain in the Free State; his sister Mary, was a prominent writer and playwright at the Abbey Theatre, Dublin. Michael’s son, Etienne, was Professor of Archaeology at NUI Galway, a position he held for thirty years. This talk explores the processes of preserving and cataloguing this vast family collection

 Michael Maurice O'Shaughnessy: Engineering the Promised Land - Aisling Keane

The Michael Maurice O'Shaughnessy archive is the basis for an exhibition that is currently on display in the Hardiman foyer, Michael Maurice O'Shaughnessy 1864-1934: Engineering the Promised Land. It tells the story of the Limerick man, who in 1884 graduated from Queen's College Galway as NUI Galway was known at the time. He emigrated to California the following year, where he enjoyed an illustrious career as a civil engineer. From 1912-1932 he served as San Francisco's City Engineer. In this role he oversaw iconic projects in the region, including San Francisco's hydro-electric power scheme, and he approved the concept for the Golden Gate Bridge. The archive offers a window into the life of an Irish emigrant in America in the late 19th century, and documents a fascinating time of  development in America.