The archives of the local Druid Theatre, Taibhdhearc na Gaillimhe, and the Lyric Theatre in Belfast are among our collections, along with the personal papers of Thomas Kilroy, Siobhán McKenna, John McGahern, and the Shields family. In our reading room, you can also consult the Abbey Theatre's archive in digital format, the result of a collorative project between the James Hardiman Library and the Abbey Theatre.
The archives of Prionsias Mac an Bheatha, Eoghan Ó’Tuairisc, and the Irish language Manuscripts of Douglas Hyde, deposited at the Library as a bequest from Dr. Hyde on his death in 1949, are just some of our Irish language collections.
Our political collections include the papers of the intermediary Brendan Duddy, and the Republican Ruairí Ó’Brádaigh.
We hold the archives of several eminent academics from University College Galway. Some notable examples are Professor Kevin Boyle and Professor Gerard-Anthony Hayes-McCoy. Professor Boyle was Chair of Law in UCG from 1978 to 1986, and was one of the pioneering legal minds in Ireland and the U.K. at the time. He was instrumental in setting up the first Centre for Human Rights in Ireland. Professor Hayes-McCoy was Professor of History at UCG from 1958 until 1975. He co-founded the Military History Society of Ireland in 1949, was involved in the Tóstál events of the 1950s.
The archives of local land-holding families such as the O’Connor-Donnelans of Tuam, and the Kirwan family of Castlehackett are among our collections. The legal dealings of the families, and their management of various lands are among the types of records to be found within these archives.
The records of the Galway Corporation, including statute and minute books from its
- Theatre and Literature
- Irish Language, Literature, and Tradition
- Political Collections
- Academics from University College Galway
- Landed Estate Collections
- Galway Corporation Records