The 1916 Rising, the War of Independence, and the impact on one Galway family of those two momentous events, will be explored at a public lecture in the city next week.
Leading local historian Peadar O’Dowd will give a lecture entitled 1916 and the Fight for Independence – Impact on a Galway Family, in the Harbour Hotel on Monday January 9 at 8pm. The event is hosted by the Galway Archaeological & Historical Society.
The family involved is the Crowe family of Bohermore, in which Martin, Julia, and William were active during the fight for independence. Their father, John, escaped death from English naval shelling of Galway during the 1916. Martin was subsequently interned in Ballykinlar Internment Camp in County Down during 1921, and his story is contained in Vol 48 (1996 ) of the society’s journal.
Mr O’Dowd is a retired GMIT lecturer, is a historian and columnist, and is the author of several publications on Galway, city and county. All are welcome.