Hardiman's History of Galway

Introduction: Introduction of the Online Edition

Biography of James Hardiman (1782 - 1855)


Introduction of the Online Edition

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James Hardiman (also known as Seamus O hArgadain) was trained as a lawyer and became sub-commissioner of public records in Dublin Castle. He was an active member of the Royal Irish Academy and collected and rescued many examples of Irish traditional music.

He became librarian of Queen's College, Galway (now the National University of Ireland, Galway) shortly after its foundation in 1855.

Hardiman is best remembered for his History of the Town and County of Galway (1820) and Irish Minstrelsy (1831), one of the first published collections of Irish poetry and songs.


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