It’s a big dilemma isn’t it? Every year Culture Night rolls around and every year you make that resolution to plan your night a little better, to make sure you get to see all the places, things and talks that you want to see.
Good citizens that we are, let us help in planning your itinerary by making a couple of history-related suggestions to include in your evening’s travels. On campus, Archives and Special Collections is hosting a talk by Felicity Hayes-McCoy on ‘Staging Ireland: Irish culture at home and abroad – from An Tóstal to the Gathering’. In tandem, the Archives will be organising a special showcase of digitised material from the archive of Felicity’s father (and former Chair of History at UCG), Professor Gerard Anthony Hayes-McCoy. Doors open at 17.30 in the new Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Research Building (adjacent to the library). The lecture is free, but with the warning that ‘booking is essential’.
If you fancy a walk downtown, there’s plenty of other great stuff happening – from ‘readings and radio’ in Charlie Byrne’s, to puppet workshops and the intriguingly titled ‘Space Invaders in the Cornstore’ – and plenty more history-related fun. Following on the success of last year’s ‘Incomplete History of Galway’, my colleague John Cunningham is organising another evening of short introductions to a big topic at the Galway City Museum. ‘Social conflict, war & revolution in Co. Galway, 1913-1923’ runs from 17.30 to 20.00. Admission is free, so you can stay for the evening or dip in and out on your Culture Night travels through the city.
– Kevin O’Sullivan