To Hell or to Connacht: Stories of Irish Resilience

To Hell or to Connacht: Stories of Irish Resilience

The fifth installment of the Kylemore Book will focus on the history, politics and culture of the west of Ireland. Kylemore is located in Connemara, Co Galway in the province of Connacht often cited as the cultural heart of Ireland. Known for the unblemished landscape imbued by legends, for years it has been a sanctuary for writers, musicians and artists, it is equally known for the inclement weather, harsh landscape and mass emmigration. This series will explore what is it about the west of Ireland that is so unique and enigmatic?

We will explore the meaning behind the often quoted phrase “To Hell or to Connacht” allegedly spoken by Oliver Cromwell during his conquest and settlement of Ireland during the 17th century. This series will examine the history, music and geo political reality of the west of Ireland through the lens of sport. The Global Centre at Kylemore has partnered with Connacht Rugby to trace the development of the sport in the region over the years and show how the sport has overcome politics and borders to become world contenders of the sport on a national level. Topics will range from the history of the province, the techniques of the sport, the global impact of the Irish diaspora and the growth of inclusivity and gender equality for female athletes. Each week we will feature distinguished guests from historians, to athletes and coaches to musicians and composers demonstrating the unique connection to America.

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