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Sir William Gregory of Coole, Co Galway, and the husband of Lady Augusta in his later years, has been vilified unfairly by historians and commentators, said Brian Walker, professor of Irish Studies at Queen’s University last weekend. As the member of parliament who introduced the so called ‘Gregory clause’ as the Great Famine raged through the land, he did so for humane motives; but it was exploited by some ruthless landlords to clear their land.
The Irish conference of medievalists celebrates its 25th anniversary with a conference from June 24 to 26 in the Moore Institute at NUI Galway. The conference reflects the current state of research in medieval studies, focusing on the history, archaeology, language, and literature of medieval Ireland and Europe.
THE LINE-UP for the 33rd Clifden Community Arts Festival, which runs from September 16 to 26, was unveiled on Monday evening at a reception in Galway’s Courtyard Marriott Hotel.