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Old postcards from Connemara, Ronnie O’ Gorman

Old postcards from Connemara, Ronnie O’ Gorman

I have been following the Connemara holiday taken by Stephen L Gwynn MP in September 1907*. He set out from Galway on his bicycle, with his fishing rods and knapsack. He travelled along Cois Fhairrige to Clifden, through Connemara to Killary and Leenane, over the mountains through Joyce Country to […]

March 1, 2012 × 0 comments

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Maurice Gorham, 1902-1975, by Catherine Jennings

Maurice Gorham, 1902-1975, by Catherine Jennings

Maurice Gorham 1902 – 1975 Noted broadcaster and author, and member of a Clifden family.   Maurice Gorham was a household name in Ireland in the 1950’s … as Director of Broadcasting in Radio Eireann … for people who can remember the period of the radio soap entitled “The Kennedy’s […]

February 1, 2012 × 2 comments

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The Protestant Missions in Connemara, Miriam Moffitt

The Protestant Missions in Connemara, Miriam Moffitt

The Famine years were particularly harsh all over the west of Ireland, and especially in the Connemara region whose population of tenant farmers and labourers depended almost entirely on the lumper potato. Thousands died when the potato crop failed in the summer of 1845 and failed again over the following […]

January 28, 2012 × 3 comments

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Convent of Mercy Clifden

Convent of Mercy Clifden

  Teaching was disorganized from 1700 – 1800 due to the Penal Laws.  But Hedge Schools were in existence in this area.  The Public Records from the archives in the Four Courts state— 1) School in Clifden kept by Michael O’Brien average 50-60 2) School in Clifden kept by John […]

January 12, 2012 × 0 comments

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A Tour Guide to Clifden in 1877

A Tour Guide to Clifden in 1877

An Early Tour Guide to Clifden   The following excerpt is taken from ‘Picturesque Ireland’ by John Savage, a well known Dublin born Fenian poet, journalist and author who emigrated to America in 1848. The work was first published in 1856; the version reproduced here is taken from an edition […]

September 22, 2011 × 0 comments

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Local Longevity in 1836

Local Longevity in 1836

  Senior citizens of Gortrummagh and Fakeeragh in 1836   On a recent trawl through early nineteenth century newspapers in the National Library, I found this fascinating item on the inhabitants of the townland of Gortrummagh and Fakeeragh in 1836. This rather interesting letter to the editor of the Galway […]

July 21, 2011 × 0 comments

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A Picture of the Famine in Connemara

A Picture of the Famine in Connemara

The following is an excerpt from the Illustrated London News, which was the world’s first fully illustrated newspaper, founded in 1842. In the issue of January 5th 1850, the following piece ‘Condition of Ireland, Illustrations of the New Poor Law’ was printed, detailing the journey of the writer through the […]

June 22, 2011 × 0 comments

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The State of the Irish Fisheries in 1836

The State of the Irish Fisheries in 1836

First Report of the Commissioners Of Inquiry  The State of the Irish Fisheries in 1836   The quay of Clifden is near the eastern extremity of Ardbear Bay, contiguous to the village, and on the estate of Mr. John D’Arcy. Clifden is not a place of rendezvous from whence boats […]

May 24, 2011 × 0 comments

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The Gardens of 19th century Connemara

The Gardens of 19th century Connemara

The end of the 18th century and the early 19th century was the boom time for Irish gardens. Before this the situation within the country was not conducive to the construction of gardens. Obviously there would have been some gardens and most houses would have had vegetable gardens, but the […]

December 13, 2010 × 0 comments