New book gives oral history of NUIG

A collection of memories from staff and students recalling GIs, moral supervisors, and dodgy digs

A HISTORY of NUI Galway, in the days when it called UCG, drawn from the memories of college presidents and grounds staff, to various students, all who attended over a period of 40 years, is collected in a new book by Jackie Ui Chionna.

An Oral History of University College Galway, 1930–80: A University in Living Memory, and published by Four Courts Press, will be available from tomorrow. Based on the University in Living Memory oral history project initiated by the NUIG in 2007, it tells the story of female superintendents supervising the moral wellbeing of female students; eccentric professors; dodgy digs, scholarship students coming to Galway with a single change of clothes; to demobbed American GIs coming to study medicine in the 1950s and creating quite an impression on the local female population.

Jackie Uí Chionna is the author of the acclaimed biography, He Was Galway, about businessman and politician Martin ‘Máirtín Mór’ McDonogh. She is currently writing a biography of the Galway born music scholar and code-breaker Emily Anderson. For more information see



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