Thursday, 18 August 2016

Gate Theatre Digital Archive now open for research at NUI Galway

The digital archive of the Gate Theatre, Dublin, is now accessible in the Archives Reading Room of the Hardiman Building. Comprising a wealth of material in a range of formats and media, the archive and documents of one of Ireland's leading theatres, from the late 1980s to present, is newly open to study and research.
Rosaleen lenihan as 'Mary Tyrone' in Eugene O'Neill's
'Long Day's Journey into Night', (1998)

The scale of the archive and its digitisation ensures it is a vast resource for the study and understanding of plays performed at the Gate but also of Irish theatrical, social and wider cultural history. Already available within the digital archive are over 10,000 photographs, 11,000 press files, 6,500 pages of programmes, over 2,000 pages of play scripts, 1,700 pages of annotated prompt-scripts, 600 lighting designs and wealth of other material such as posters and handbills. Audio-visual material, including video recordings of productions and audio files of sound scores and design, will also be made available over the course of the digitisation project over coming months.

Programme cover of Gate Theatre's Beckett Festival
The archive of the Gate Theatre comprises material mainly from the period 1980-present, during which the theatre has been managed by Michael Colgan. The Gate under Michael Colgan has distinguished itself internationally for its work with two Nobel Prize winners, Samuel Beckett and Harold Pinter. There is extensive correspondence with both writers, as well as huge detail about productions of their work. This will be of interest not only to Irish theatre scholars, but to people from further afield. There is also extensive archival material relating to other major writers, including David Mamet, Conor McPherson and Brian Friel. Indeed, Friel premiered seven plays at the Gate during the last 20 years of his life.

The Gate also has a long tradition of working with some of the world’s great actors; the archive features material relating to Orson Welles, Michael Gambon, John Hurt, Penelope Wilton, Stephen Rea, Ian Holm, Liam Neeson, Charles Dance, and many others.

By connecting the Gate material to existing archival material at Hardiman Library on the Abbey and Druid theatres, playwright Thomas Kilroy, actress Siobhan McKenna and numerous other collections, NUI Galway’s status as the leading international centre for the study of Irish theatre is further enhanced.

This video provides an overview of the archive and its content.

Tuesday, 16 August 2016

'Shakespeare Lives' exhibition now on at the Hardiman Library

Shakespeare Lives through Kenneth Branagh on Stage and Screen

James Hardiman Library Foyer

16-26 August, 2016

Shakespeare Lives is an unprecedented global programme of events and activities celebrating William Shakespeare’s work on the occasion of the 400th anniversary of his death in 2016.

This exhibition celebrates the work of Kenneth Branagh in bringing Shakespeare to life on stage and screen and making the work of the Bard accessible to a global audience.
'Shakespeare Lives' exhibition at the Hardiman Library, NUI Galway

It features rarely seen artefacts from the Sir Kenneth Branagh Archive in Special Collections, the McClay Library at Queen’s University Belfast, which illustrate the actor-director’s remarkable Shakespearean career, from his debut as Henry V with the Royal Shakespeare Company aged just 23 to his Oscar-nominated screen adaptation ofHamlet, and beyond.

The exhibition is part of the programme, Shakespeare Lives across the Island: Conversations and Celebrations - 

It will run throughout 2016, exploring Shakespeare as a living writer who still speaks for all people and nations.

Kindly hosted by James Hardiman Library, National University of Ireland, Galway

Wednesday, 3 August 2016

Using the Reading List Service: Preparing for the New Semester

Our Reading List Service is now up and running and we are keen to work with as many academic staff as possible in preparation for the upcoming academic year.

The service integrates Library resources, reading lists and Blackboard, making our resources more intuitive and accessible to students.

It saves academic time by simplifying ordering and offering chapter and article scanning.

As Professor Caroline McGregor, School of Political Science & Sociology says:
"It really is an excellent system and has made life so much easier in relation to developing the reading lists and learning resources for students. 
Students also find it makes the process of searching and accessing materials much more accessible. 
The fact that it also acts as an ordering system for new books takes another layer of administration from the module planning phase and has worked really well for us up to now. "  
See an example of a Reading List with links to our Library catalogue, full text  and YouTube/web resources.

Using the Service
Please email if you are interested in using the Reading List Service

More information about using our Reading List Service  including guides, videos and training is available from the Reading List web page.

Introductory Training Sessions  for Academic Staff
Every Thursday, 12pm
Library Training Room
Book a place:

Friday, 29 July 2016

Library August Bank Holiday Weekend Opening Hours

If you are planning on studying over the August Bank Holiday weekend the James Hardiman Library will be open as follows:

Saturday 30th July:    10.00-17.00

Monday 1st August:    10.00-17.00

The Library will be closed on Sunday 31st July, however the Library Reading Room at basement level will be open as normal daily from 07.00-02.30 over the entire weekend.

Thursday, 28 July 2016

Reading List Service Training Session: 1200, Thursday 4th August

A training session demonstrating our new Reading List Service takes place from 1200-1315 on Thursday, August 4th in the Library Training Room.

Book a Place.
This service is aimed at lecturers or any teaching/administrative staff involved in reading list provision.
This new teaching support service integrates:
  • Your reading lists hosted online
  • Blackboard
  • Library resources
  • Library ordering & article/chapter scanning
Further information on the Reading List Service including a user guide and video tutorials is available here.

Our weekly training sessions will demonstrate the following:
  • Creating & editing reading lists online
  • Bookmarking/linking to full text
  • Structuring lists
  • Publishing lists
  • Adding lists to Blackboard
If none of the dates suit, please contact and an alternative date can be arranged.

Monday, 25 July 2016

Library - Extended Opening Hours - Autumn Exams

In the lead up to, and throughout, the Autumn Exam period the James Hardiman Library
 will be offering extended opening hours as follows:

25 July -14 August

Monday - Thursday:   08.30-22.00
Friday:                      08.30-17.30
Saturday:                  10.00-17.00
Sunday:                    Closed

August Bank Holiday (Monday 1st August)   
10.00 - 17.00

"Riders upon galloping horses" - The Galway Races from the Archives

Cover of programme, Galway Races, 1969
An evening at the Galway races over a century ago inspired the poet W.B. Yeats to write a poem especially to mark what he had experienced. Written at the home of his friend and collaborator, Lady Augusta Gregory, Coole Park, in county Galway in 1908, "At the Galway Races" sums up the spectacle, passion and revelry that the unique annual Galway race meeting brings. There is also a series of watercolour sketches by Jack.B Yeats which depict various scenes from the Galway Races, race meetings, horse and trade fairs in the West of Ireland dating from 1900 and which are on display in our Archives and Special Collections Reading Room.

At Galway Races
There where the course is,
Delight makes all of the one mind,
The riders upon the galloping horses,
The crowd that closes in behind:
. . . .
Its flesh being wild, and it again
Crying aloud as the racecourse is,

And we find hearteners among men
That ride upon horses."                                  

Within the archives of the Hardiman Library is a race card from the centennial meeting of the Galway Races. The 1969 meeting marked 'a century of racing at Ballybrit' and in particular, its centrepiece event, the Galway Plate. The programme includes a note on the history of the races written by Christy Townley, then Librarian of the Hardiman Library, U.C.G., as the University was then known. 

The runners and riders for the centennial plate race are listed - thirteen listed starters in all. The prize money is detailed and the distance noted as being "two miles and about five furlongs". The owner of the race-card lists the placed finishers with the winner of the 1969 Galway Plate being "Royal Day", owned by Mr. P. Dunne Cullinan and trained by P. Sleator. (there is no evidence that this racegoer had the winner backed!)

Entrants in Galway Plate, 1969
Also of note on the back cover of the programme is a tip for "an essential for Galway Week . . ." and being "a credit or deposit account with Tote Investors (Ireland) Ltd." Hopefully that 'credit account' did not grow too large. 

Happy race-going to all!

Tuesday, 12 July 2016

French Playboys of the Western World - From the Archives

As the build-up begins to the awarding of the designation of European Capital of Culture, a look into the archives reveal endless cultural exchanges between Galway, its people, place and of course culture and the continent. In 1984, La Baladin du Monde Occidental (The Playboy of the Western World) a French translation of the iconic play written by J.M Synge, was produced in Galway by a French theatre group - Théâtre du Pré Perché, a theatre group from Brittany. The play was produced at the Jesuit Hall in Salthill, a venue also used by other theatre groups such as Druid Theatre Company on various occasions.

A further French production of 'Le Balladin' and a programme for which is within the Druid Theatre Company archives at the Hardiman Library, NUI Galway, is a production by 'Théâtre des Treize Vents', the national dramatic centre of the region of Langeudoc-Roussillon, based in Montpellier. The programme contains numerous articles on the history of the play, information on the culture and history of the West of Ireland and a biography of Synge.

In 1896, Synge had a chance encounter with the poet and dramatist, W. B. Yeats, who gave Synge the now famous advice, which was to give up Paris and go to the Aran Islands. "Live there as if you were one of the people themselves; express a life that has never found expression." As well as the volume of essays published by Synge in his "The Aran Islands", the infamous 'Playboy' was born from that trip and as can be seen in these images, brought the wild stories of Christy Mahon to the French  language.  

Wednesday, 6 July 2016

Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy: 2,700+ fulltext articles

Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy is the biggest online encyclopedia for Philosophy. It is continually growing and currently contains over 2,700 full text articles written by leading scholars offering an unparalleled breadth and diversity of subjects across Philosophy. 
There are multiple ways to search for the content you are looking for. For example you can browse by the following subject areas:
  • Topics
  • Periods
  • Regions
  • Religions

Each article has been cross referenced allowing quick and easy navigation for users.

Access is available via

Monday, 4 July 2016

New titles added to our catalogue

Now that summer is here, 2 titles recently added to our catalogue, received under copyright may be of interest. Both books are published by Collins Press, Cork.

Wild swimming in Ireland: discover 50 places to swim in rivers, lake and the sea by Maureen McCoy and Paul McCambridge - class no. 797.2109415  McCO


At swim: a book about the sea by Brendan MacEvilly with Michael O'Reilly - class no. 797.2109415 MacE

Note:  Swimming is a risk sport