Event – Archiving Personal Histories: The Tuam Mother and Baby Home

All are welcome to this seminar at NUI Galway:

Archiving Personal Histories: The Tuam Mother and Baby Home

Event co-organised by the James Hardiman Library and the Department of History NUI Galway

Thursday, 7 February 2019

The Cube, Áras Na Mac Léinn, NUI Galway


10.30: Tea/Coffee & pastries. Opening comments by Prof. Pat Dolan (Chair, UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre)

11.00-12.30: Survivor-led Workshop

Workshop led by Breeda Murphy (Tuam Home Survivors Network) and Mary Cunningham (Tuam Oral History Project) involving participants from the Network, invited students and staff. Limited places; to book, contact: Tuamoralhistoryproject@gmail.com for queries)

12.45-13.45 – Lunch

Seminar – All Welcome

14.15: Welcome address from the Dean of Arts, Professor Cathal O’Donoghue. Introduction by John Cox, James Hardiman Library.

Panel 1: 14.30-15.45

Panel Discussion: Advocacy and Historical Justice

Moderator: Catríona Crowe

* Catherine Corless

* Prof. Caroline McGregor

* Conall Ó Fátharta

* Dr Sarah-Anne Buckley

15.45-16.00: Tea/Coffee


Panel 2: 16.00-17.00

Oral History and Memory: Ethics and Approaches

Chair: Dr John Cunningham

* Dr Caitríona Clear

* Dr Barry Houlihan

15 minute papers followed by general discussion.


Evening Public Event: Human Biology Building (reception in the foyer, screening in the lecture theatre)

17.15-18.15: Launch of the ‘Tuam Oral History Project’ by President Ciarán Ó hÓgartaigh.

Wine reception and finger food. Music by Padraig Stevens. Poetry by Elaine Feeney.


18.15-20.00: Screening of Mia Mullarkey documentary, ‘Mother and Baby’, followed by panel discussion.

Moderator: Dr Sarah-Anne Buckley

Panel: Mia Mullarkey, Peter Mulryan, Breeda Murphy and Eunan Duffy.



Dr Sarah-Anne Buckley, Department of History: sarahanne.buckley@nuigalway.ie

Dr Barry Houlihan, James Hardiman Library: barry.houlihan@nuigalway.ie

Dr John Cunningham, Department of History: john.cunningham@nuigalway.ie