Library Podcasts

Podcasts of lectures and events hosted by the Hardiman Library.


'She was the idea of Ireland' Celebrating Siobhán McKenna with Lelia Doolan
'She was the idea of Ireland' Celebrating Siobhán McKenna with Lelia Doolan
‘She was the idea of Ireland’ - Celebrating Siobhán McKenna Arts in Action In Collaboration with the James Hardiman Library. Known to many simply as ‘Siobhán’, Ireland’s most internationally celebrated actor of her generation, Siobhán McKenna has enthralled audiences from Galway to Broadway. A member of the University Dramatic Society at UCG, from the 1940s, later moving to Taibhdhearc na Gaillimhe, the Abbey Theatre, the Gate Theatre to Druid Theatre and venues around the world, Siobhán was a talented and generous performer in both Irish and English, an Irish language campaigner, a human-rights activist and a member of the Council of State. Her contribution to Ireland’s public as well as artistic life ensures her record as a true great of the 20th century. Siobhán’s rich archive of personal correspondence, scripts, programmes, photographs and more today resides at the Hardiman Library, NUI Galway. Lelia Doolan, producer and director, will recount personal insights from a life spent in the theatre and in close friendship and companionship with Siobhán. This special event will showcase the private and public lives of Siobhán as an actor but also as friend and collaborator with Lelia Doolan from the 1960s onwards. The event will also feature newly available digitised video material from the Abbey Theatre and Druid Theatre archives, bringing Siobhán’s talent and voice to audiences once more. Curated by Barry Houlihan, Archivist James Hardiman Library and directed by Marianne Ní Chínneide, O’Donoghue Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance., ‘She was the idea of Ireland’ - Celebrating Siobhán McKenna Arts in Action In Collaboration with the James Hardiman Library. Known to many simply as ‘Siobhán’, Ireland’s most internationally celebrated actor of her generation, Siobhán McKenna has enthralled audiences from Galway to Broadway. A member of the University Dramatic Society at UCG, from the 1940s, later moving to Taibhdhearc na Gaillimhe, the Abbey Theatre, the Gate Theatre to Druid Theatre and venues around the world, Siobhán was a talented and generous performer in both Irish and English, an Irish language campaigner, a human-rights activist and a member of the Council of State. Her contribution to Ireland’s public as well as artistic life ensures her record as a true great of the 20th century. Siobhán’s rich archive of personal correspondence, scripts, programmes, photographs and more today resides at the Hardiman Library, NUI Galway. Lelia Doolan, producer and director, will recount personal insights from a life spent in the theatre and in close friendship and companionship with Siobhán. This special event will showcase the private and public lives of Siobhán as an actor but also as friend and collaborator with Lelia Doolan from the 1960s onwards. The event will also feature newly available digitised video material from the Abbey Theatre and Druid Theatre archives, bringing Siobhán’s talent and voice to audiences once more. Curated by Barry Houlihan, Archivist James Hardiman Library and directed by Marianne Ní Chínneide, O’Donoghue Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance.
Digitising the Abbey Theatre Archive - Journey and Destination
Digitising the Abbey Theatre Archive - Journey and Destination
A series of talks recorded at the Hardiman Library at a seminar to mark the digitisation of the Abbey Theatre Digital Archive at NUI Galway. the talks focus on the processes, workflows, and academic impacts of the archive digitisation.
Dr. Ian Rae - Irish Drama and the Stratford Festival, Ontario.
Dr. Ian Rae - Irish Drama and the Stratford Festival, Ontario.
Recording of a lecture at the Moore Institute, NUI Galway, by Dr. Ian Rae, a visiting research fellow at the Moore Institute, on the history of Irish drama at the Stratford, Festival, Ontario, Canada and detailing research undertaken at the theatre archives located at the Hardiman Library, NUI Galway., Recording of a lecture at the Moore Institute, NUI Galway, by Dr. Ian Rae, a visiting research fellow at the Moore Institute, on the history of Irish drama at the Stratford, Festival, Ontario, Canada and detailing research undertaken at the theatre archives located at the Hardiman Library, NUI Galway.
John McGahern Lectures
John McGahern Lectures
A series of lectures by visiting scholars to the Hardiman Library and the Moore Institute, examining the work and the archive of John McGahern.
Margaretta D'Arcy and John Arden Archive
Margaretta D'Arcy and John Arden Archive
Speeches and talks held to mark the launch of the Margaretta D'Arcy and John Arden Archive. The event was held at the O'Donoghue Centre for Drama, Theatre, and Performance, NUI Galway, November 2017.
Podchraoladh Chonradh na Gaeilge
Podchraoladh Chonradh na Gaeilge
Seo podchraoladh de thuras treoraithe ar cheannáras Chonradh na Gaeilge, 6 Sráid Fhearchair, Baile Átha Cliath mar chuid den Oíche Chultúir ar 21 Meán Fómhair 2018. Is é Cuan Ó Seireadáin an treoraí agus is iad Marcus Lamb (Mícheál Ó Coileáin), Fionnuala Gygax (Eibhlín Lawless) agus Cillian Ó Donnchadha (An Cigire Niall McFeely) na haisteoirí. Is é an Dr John Walsh ó Roinn na Gaeilge a dhein an taifeadadh. This is a podcast recording of a guided tour of the headquarters of Conradh na Gaeilge, 6 Harcourt Street, Dublin, which took place as part of Culture Night on 21 September 2018. Cuan Ó Seireadáin is the tour leader. Marcus Lamb plays Michael Collins, Fionnuala Gygas plays Eibhlín Lawless, and Cillian Ó Donnchadha plays Inspector Niall McFeely. Dr John Walsh from the Department of Irish at NUI Galway carried out the recording. This podcast is in Irish.
The Yeats Family Sale: NUI Galway, the Irish State,  and the Auction
The Yeats Family Sale: NUI Galway, the Irish State, and the Auction
The Yeats Family Sale: NUI Galway, the Irish State, and the Auction Wednesday 4 October 12noon The Bridge Seminar Room (Hardiman Research Building 1001) Participants: Adrian Paterson Adrian Frazier Anne Byrne Barry Houlihan John Behan Marie Boran The major sale of items associated with W.B. Yeats, Jack B. Yeats, and their family in 224 lots went ahead last Wednesday at Sotheby’s auctioneers in London, selling for a total of £2 million. Adrian Paterson led a campaign to retain the items for the state with a coordinated letter in the Irish Times. Questions were asked in the Dáil and the campaign received coverage around the world.* Nevertheless NUI Galway was successful in securing several items of real importance to the west of Ireland. This pop-up event discusses the fall-out from the controversial sale, the role of the state and its major national institutions, and what NUI Galway managed to secure. *See for example New York Times 28 Sept: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/27/arts/yeats-auction-sothebys.html Irish Times 28 Sept: https://www.irishtimes.com/life-and-style/homes-and-property/fine-art-antiques/wb-yeats-s-love-letters-fail-to-sell-in-london-auction-1.3235647, The Yeats Family Sale: NUI Galway, the Irish State, and the Auction Wednesday 4 October 12noon The Bridge Seminar Room (Hardiman Research Building 1001) Participants: Adrian Paterson Adrian Frazier Anne Byrne Barry Houlihan John Behan Marie Boran The major sale of items associated with W.B. Yeats, Jack B. Yeats, and their family in 224 lots went ahead last Wednesday at Sotheby’s auctioneers in London, selling for a total of £2 million. Adrian Paterson led a campaign to retain the items for the state with a coordinated letter in the Irish Times. Questions were asked in the Dáil and the campaign received coverage around the world.* Nevertheless NUI Galway was successful in securing several items of real importance to the west of Ireland. This pop-up event discusses the fall-out from the controversial sale, the role of the state and its major national institutions, and what NUI Galway managed to secure. *See for example New York Times 28 Sept: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/27/arts/yeats-auction-sothebys.html Irish Times 28 Sept: https://www.irishtimes.com/life-and-style/homes-and-property/fine-art-antiques/wb-yeats-s-love-letters-fail-to-sell-in-london-auction-1.3235647
Yeats and the West Lectures
Yeats and the West Lectures
Lectures recorded at the Model Gallery Sligo as part of the Yeats and the West Exhibition, in association with NUI Galway.

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