Galway 1917 Conference – Social Conditions and Political Change

Galway 1917 Conference - Social Conditions and Political Change

Galway 1917 Conference – Social Conditions and Political Change will take place on Thursday 16th November 2017 in Lough Rea Hotel & Spa, Loughrea, Co. Galway.

This conference has been organised by Loughrea Memorial Group in partnership with Galway County Council.
It is an action of Galway County Council’s Decade of Commemoration Strategy 2013-2023.


9.30am – 10.00am Registration & Tea/Coffee
10.00am – 10.15am Welcome by Cllr Eileen Mannion, Cathaoirleach, Galway County Council
10.15am – 11.00am “A state of desolation’’ – poverty and living conditions in Co. Galway in the decade before independence by Conor McNamara

11.00am – 11.30am Tea/Coffee

11.30am – 12.30pm “No local industry shall be disturbed” – life and work in Galway in 1917 by John Cunningham

12.30pm – 1.30pm Lunch

1.30pm – 2.15pm Sources in Galway County Council Archives – reflecting social conditions and political change in 1917 by Patria McWalter
2.15pm – 3.00pm Irish policemen and the First World War by Jim Herlihy

3.00pm – 3.15pm Tea/Coffee

3.15pm – 4.00pm A typical Irish parish in the Great War by Ger O’Meara
4.00pm – 4.45pm What it says in the papers – local news in Co. Galway over the course of 1917 by Steve Dolan
4.45pm – 5.00pm Concluding Remarks by Joe Loughnane

Exhibition: There will be an exhibition on display relating to the Connaught Rangers who
were killed in 1917 in France and Flanders.

Books for Sale: There will be a number of books for sale on the day relating to the social and
political change in Ireland at this time.

To reserve a place on this conference please contact one of the following:
Marie Mannion, Heritage Officer, Galway County Council
Tel: 091 509198/087 9088387 or email:

or Colman Shaughnessy
Loughrea Memorial Group
Tel: 00353 862489319 or email:

or Joe Loughnane
Loughnane Memorial Group
Tel: 00353 876754328 or email:

or Michael Maher
Clostoken, Loughrea, Co Galway Tel: 00353 86 8109185 or email:

Galway 1917 Conference - Social Conditions and Political Change

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