East Galway agrarian agitation and the burning of Ballydugan House, 1922 - Ann O'Riordan.

Four Courts Press,

Part of the Maynooth Studies in Local History.

This book is based on the burning of Ballydugan house in 1922, a middle-sized country house on a 1,500-acre estate near Loughrea in east county Galway. The background to the burning of Michael Henry Burke’s house is charted alongside the rise of land agitation and unrest in east Galway. With branches all over each Galway, the Land League and the United Irish League voiced the disquiet of land-hungry tenants and sought relief for its landless members. At Ballydugan, the collective expression and systematic protest for the transfer of land ownership included boycotting, landlord intimidation, cattle drives and damage to property. This book also offers a unique insight into the often unheard of landlord experience and perspective on agitation offered by Burke’s granddaughter, Mrs Claire Besnyoe. Her recollections and reflections on the family’s decision to remain as landowners in the new Irish state and beyond, bring a distinctive element to this study. The consequences of the Burkes continued occupancy were not anticipated by the agitating Ballydugan tenants and the ownership of this estate continued to be a source of ongoing contention for several decades afterwards.

Ann O’Riordan is a native of east Galway who works in education.


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Galway: History on a Postcard provides an intimate history of Galway county through the engaging and unique postcards of the area produced primarily in the period between 1890 and 1930. The postcards range in type from those produced for tourist and promotional purposes to those produced for less sentimental purposes that capture the true-to-life scenes in Galway’s history. Preference is given to the work of the local photographers of the period, which presents a more representative view of social history than those produced outside the county. Galway’s rich  and varied heritage in areas such as engineering, architecture, infrastructure, industry and education is highlighted in the postcards and explored through the text.

Scenes from all over the country are included from historic sites like Dun Guaire Castle, Tuam Cross and Ross Abbey to popular tourist sites such as Kylemore Abbey, Clifden and the Aran Islands. The evolution of Galway’s infrastructure can be mapped in the postcards, through the railway age, and on to the motor age and the development of Galway’s many beautiful bridges. Images of the important industries that built Galway’s economy - such as quarrying, spinning, weaving, and the production of flax and linen - are displayed, along with a range of vibrant fair and market scenes, highlighting the cohabitation of social and economic activities in the Galway tradition. The social history of County Galway is brought to life through intimate and evocative portraits of the ordinary people of the county. Through the author’s insightful combination of history, local folklore, and rare postcard images the reader gets a unique sense of County Galway, its people, and its history.

Paul Duffy is an engineer who has lived and worked in Galway for the past thirty-eight years. He has lectured and published extensively on various aspects of Galway’s heritage and history. He has been a regular contributor to radio and television broadcasts on all manner of topics relating to Irish heritage. Paul’s postcard collection began by accident in the late 1960s and has steadily grown ever since. At present there are over 3,500 postcards in the collection.


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Sequel to the very successful Galway on a Postcard. This book gathers the finest collection of old postcards of Galway City, lovingly collected and collated by Paul Duffy, former County Engineer. A must have for all Galwegians and visitors to the City of the Tribes.

Papal Registers relating to Clonfert - Patrick Larkin.

Corrib Consultants, Moycullen, Co. Galway. Email:  Web:  

ISBN: 978-1-911180-31-9    Printed in Ireland by Lettertec

There is a collection of more than 2,000 volumes of official Vatican documentation from the late 1100's to the late 1500's in the Vatican Archives. It is made up of bulls, letters, appointments, and other instruments sent to ecclesiastical and other persons throughout the world. Patrick Larkin has examined these registers, and has extracted all those records relating to Clonfert Diocese. Added to these are the Petitions to the Popes, the Papal letters of Clement VII of Avignon, and the Patent Rolls of Kings Henry III to Edward III. Extensive references have been provided to explain the families and locations mentioned in these records. Indices to these references are provided listing the people, places and foundations mentioned. 

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