Walking tour

Dara Folan will be leading a walking tour of the city centre on Friday afternoon. We will meet at the historic Spanish Arch (rather than the hotel by the same name) at 4.30pm; the Spanish Arch is near the Galway City Museum (where the river empties into the bay). The walk will last an hour and focus on a five-square block area – so there won’t be that much walking involved.

If it is raining, we’ll still go ahead with the walk, although we’ll start inside the Galway City Museum and include one or two other locations (such as the medieval St. Nicholas’ Collegiate Church).


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A map for getting around

Below you can see a Google Map for the walk between the Harbour Hotel on the docks and the NUIG library, where Saturday’s conference will take place. Three blocks north of the Harbour Hotel you will see the Mechanics Institute. Other places of interest for the events surrounding the conference: Shop Street is one block over from the Mechanics Institute (it’s a pedestrian street), where McCambridges is located; the Galway City Museum is located next to the historic Spanish Arch, where we’ll be meeting on Friday at 4.30 for a walking tour.

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You will be able to park on campus all day Saturday and Sunday. It is a nice spot for free parking, with only a five minute walk into town if you park near the Quad Buildings. On Friday, parking is by permit and pay-and-display until 5.30pm (when the clampers go home for the weekend).

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Programme change

David Lloyd was disappointed to inform us that he wouldn’t be able to attend the conference. His work on O’Connor and the Chartist Land Plan offers some fresh perspectives, examining how Irish custom helps inform an understanding of the project. He outlined many of these ideas in Irish Culture and Colonial Modernity, 1800-2000 (Cambridge UP, 2011), so we can return to his insights as we continue to explore the Land Plan.

We are very happy to announce that Luke Gibbons (National University of Ireland, Maynooth) will be giving Friday evening’s public talk to launch the conference. The title of his talk is ‘Limits of the Visible: Representing the Great Hunger’, which will examine the economics and visual representation of the Irish Famine. Professor Gibbons is a leading scholar on nineteenth-century Irish and British culture (among many areas of expertise). His work spans the fields of literature, history, political economy,  art history and postcolonial studies. While his publications are too numerous to attempt to list, his Edmund Burke and Ireland: Aesthetics, politics and the colonial sublime (Cambridge UP, 2003) continues to be an influential addition to Burke studies. For those who haven’t heard Professor Gibbons speak, you’re in for a treat.

We look forward to seeing you at the talk. The talk will be followed by a wine reception. There will also be bar service (with Guinness on tap), some traditional Irish music and the charm of a historic building to fuel discussion into the night. (But not too late!)

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Three weeks!

There are only three weeks left until the 2014 Chartism Day in Galway. For those who are planning to attend, but have not yet registered, get in touch with us. Let us know when you plan to arrive in Galway, when you plan to depart, and we’ll do our best to make your visit enjoyable.

Get in touch today by email at: timothy.keane@nuigalway.ie. You can pay on the day, but it is important that you register before (so we can order enough food).

Shantalla Banner - O'ConnellBanner in St. Joseph’s Community Centre (Shantalla) commemorating Daniel O’Connell’s monster meeting during the 1843 Repeal campaign.

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Postgraduate travel bursary

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As  a reminder to postgraduate students who are interested in attending this year’s Chartism Day, the Society for the Study of Labour History is a co-host. Postgraduate members of the organisation (£15 fee) are eligible to apply for a bursary to offset travel expenses to the conference.

For more information, see http://www.sslh.org.uk/sslh_membership.php.


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Chartism Day – Conference Poster

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We’ve begun spreading the word about the conference, but can always use help. Feel free to download the poster, hang it in your department and forward it to other Chartist aficionados!

Galway Chartism Day 2014 Poster

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Visiting Galway

The Guardian recently had a short piece on Galway in its travel section. There are some useful hints on how to spend some time in the city –  http://www.theguardian.com/travel/2014/feb/03/a-day-in-galway-ireland-city-guide


The Lonely Planet has some good insights to the city as well at http://www.lonelyplanet.com/ireland/county-galway/galway-city.


If you want to spend another day in Galway after the conference, the Garden Festival at Claregalway Castle will be taking place. There will be a free bus service from the city centre for the event. See http://www.galwaygardenfestival.com/.


For those with a research interest in Irish history or literature, world-renowned Kenny’s Bookshop has a vast collection, from antiquarian to new releases. See www.kennys.ie. Charlie Byrne’s Bookshop is another local treasure worth a visit and conveniently located in the city centre. See www.charliebyrne.com.



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Discounted room rate for the Westwood Hotel

The Westwood Hotel is located a few blocks north of campus in a residential area. It is a ten minute walk to campus and another ten minute walk to the city centre. The rates are:

July 4th – €89 (bed and breakfast) and July 5th – €129 (bed and breakfast) for a single room.

To avail of this discount, quote ‘NUIG International Chartism Conference’ when booking by phone or email at: resmanager@westwoodhousehotel.com or call +353-91-521422.

For information on the hotel, see: http://www.westwoodhousehotel.com

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Discounted room rate at the Harbour Hotel

The Harbour Hotel in the city centre can offer a reduced rate for rooms for the conference (the rates include breakfast). The hotel is on the docks in the city centre. Book by June 3rd to get the conference rate. See details below:

The Harbour Hotel is one of Galway city centre’s leading hotels, located only 10 minutes walk from NUI Galway and just 3 minutes from Eyre Square and Quay Street. Recently refurbished offering a modern and contemporary feel we also include free, Hi-Speed Wi-Fi and on-site parking. The Harbour Hotel is a great place for both our leisure and our corporate guests. Complimentary use of our Fitness suite is also included. The hotel is family owned and the staff are an absolute pleasure. Whilst attending the conference, you can easily enjoy all that Galway has to offer when choosing to stay with us.
For further information, please visit www.harbour.ie
Thursday 3rd July 2014                
€89BB per single room
€99BB per double/twin
Friday 4th July 2014                                                                         
€139BB per single room
€149BB per double/twin
Saturday 5th July 2014                                                                         
€169BB per single room
€179BB per double/twin
To book: Please email Tara Hetherton on stay@harbour.ie quoting reference NUIG-International Chartism Conference2014


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Conference Programme

The conference kicks off on Friday evening (July 4th) with a public talk by David Lloyd (University of California, Riverside). The talk will take place in the Mechanics’ Institute in Galway city centre, a listed building with many of the original features of local Mechanics’ Institute that was established in 1838. Now a private members club, there will be plenty of time for discussing the links between Ireland and Chartism throughout the evening (with bar service and Guinness on tap).

Chartism Day 2014 starts Saturday morning at 9.30 in the Hardiman Research Building on the NUI, Galway campus. The line-up has been confirmed, and the papers will approach the theme of Ireland and British Democracy from multiple perspectives.

Joan Allen (Newcastle University) – ‘The Language of Emancipation: electoral politics and print culture in the North East of England, 1825-1848’                                           Maura Cronin (Mary Immaculate College) – ‘Legion of the Rearguard? The Irish Democratic Association 1849-50’                                                                                                  Ian Haywood (University of Roehampton) – ‘“Ireland for the Irish”: a selection of poems by W.J. Linton’                                                                                                                         Michael Huggins (University of Chester) – ‘The Confederates and the Charter: “mere matters of arrangement and detail”?’                                                                               Christine Kinealy (Quinnipiac University) – ‘Patrick O’Higgins – a forgotten Irish Radical’                                                                                                                                             John McGrath (Mary Immaculate College) – ‘Provincial Irish Artisans and Political Conservatism, 1819-1848: isolation or indifference?’                                                    Brendán Mac Suibhne (Centenary College, NJ) – ‘Backlit; or, the Making of a Misfit: Thomas Ainge Devyr (1805-87), Irish Radical, British Chartist, and American Reformer’ Matthew Roberts (Sheffield Hallam University) – ‘From Ante-Hero to Anti-Hero? The Chartists and Daniel O’Connell’                                                                                           Gearóid Ó Tuathaigh (NUI, Galway) – Closing commentary

The programme will be updated in coming weeks with panel titles and times. The conference will run from 9.30-5.30, with a one-hour lunch break.

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