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History of Clifden

History of Clifden

John D’Arcy (1785 – 1839)John D’Arcy founded Clifden in 1812. At the time, he was just twenty-six years of age, married and the father of three sons. He was also the proprietor of an estate that covered over 17,000 acres on the west coast of Connemara. The lands had been […]

February 10, 2015 × 3 comments

Ongoing Research

Connemara Descendants Gathering

Connemara Descendants Gathering

Connemara Descendants Gathering 11th – 16th September 2015 Clifden, Connemara, Co. Galway The history and heritage filled town of Clifden will host the Connemara Descendants Gathering from Friday 11th – Wednesday 16th September, 2015. The gathering will be officially opened by Cllr. Peter Roche, Cathaoirleach, Galway County Council. All Connemara […]

February 28, 2015 × 12 comments

Family Stories

The Olden Days in Connemara: Nees, Collins, Mannions, Tooles

The Olden Days in Connemara: Nees, Collins, Mannions, Tooles

I have many unanswered questions about the olden days in Connemara.  Perhaps writing will help to crystalise them and assist in the process of answering some. Having, now, some rudimentary knowledge about my forebears I can’t help but wonder about the day to day quality of their lives. What was […]

February 28, 2015 × 2 comments

Genealogy

Clifden Men in the British Navy

Clifden Men in the British Navy

Clifden Rules the Waves: The story of Clifden men in the greatest Navy on earth (1872-1922) By Steven Dolan  The expansion of the British Empire in the nineteenth century owed as much to the dominance of the Royal Navy, as to perhaps any other military or indeed political factor. The […]

February 10, 2015 × 1 comment

Family Stories

Lacey and Faherty Family Story

Lacey and Faherty Family Story

Lacey and Faherty Family Story by Mary Lydon Simonsen   I saw on the Clifden/Connemara site that you are interested in emigration stories for those who went to North America as part of the Tuke’s Emigration Scheme. This is my family’s story.   My great, great grandparents, Michael and Bridgit Mulkerin […]

February 10, 2015 × 2 comments

Ongoing Research

James Hack Tuke Assisted Emigration Scheme 1882-1884

James Hack Tuke Assisted Emigration Scheme 1882-1884

Many people have played important roles in the life of Connemara over the centuries; some have had a negative impact on the people and the landscape, while others have played a positive role in our history. Most of these have been forgotten, or are known to very few. We have […]

December 31, 2014 × 2 comments

Genealogy

Tracing Your Roots in North-West Connemara

Tracing Your Roots in North-West Connemara

This resource is intended to serve as a repository of sources, and a guide to those who wish to trace their family history in the region. Sources vary from easily accessible online records, to more specialized local sources and national archival resources. Genealogical research is becoming easier and more popular […]

January 30, 2014 × 7 comments

Clifden 2012 Commemorations

Clifden 2012 wins the Best Contribution to Heritage Award

Clifden 2012 wins the Best Contribution to Heritage Award

  Another award for Clifden!! Clifden 2012 won the Best Contribution to Heritage Award at the County Mayors awards ceremony in Loughrea this evening (8th November 2012). Well done Clifden 2012! Photographed L-R: Councillor Eileen Mannion, Martina Moloney-Galway County Manager, Declan Mannion – Clifden 2012, Tom Welby- Galway County Mayor, […]

November 10, 2012 × 0 comments

Clifden 2012 Commemorations

Clifden wins Pride Of Place

Clifden wins Pride Of Place

For the first time ever, Clifden won a major national award. The Galway County Council nominated Clifden as a potential winner for a Pride of Place award. Described by the judges (who selected Clifden as a winner) as: “active, confident and self-sufficient, the community of this thriving town is well […]

November 10, 2012 × 0 comments