Connemara Descendants Gathering

imagesConnemara 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 descendants are invited to come to Clifden to celebrate their heritage in what will be a gathering full of interesting talks, walks, exhibitions, genealogy research and cultural celebrations.




  1. Florence Kovacs says:

    Wonderful. Would love to attend.

  2. Diane Flaherty Martin says:

    I would love to try and attend this event. Could you please keep me on any list that sends out information?
    Thank you,

  3. Patricia Harbison says:

    I would love to attend the event in Clifden. I am related to the McDonough’s of Kingstown. Please keep me touch.
    Thank you,

  4. Marina Rinaldi says:

    would love to come and join in with this event !
    Thank you

  5. Deb Friend-Little says:

    My cousin and I will be travelling from Australia to attend. We hope to meet some relatives and learn more of our Galway heritage.

  6. Judith Connelly Kreger says:

    Hello, could you send me any further information you have about the Gathering? Would like to try and come. Thank you.

  7. DICK KREGER says:


  8. Mary T. Davies Conneely says:

    I would love to attend this. Do you have the full line-up of events?

  9. Cate - John J Gorham Descendant says:

    My Great grandparents John J Gorham (born 1855) was from Irislanan (sp?) and
    his wife Mary Connelly (born 1862), I believe they married before they came to America and lived in Chester, Camden and settled in Philadelphia, PA.
    My Grandmother was Eleanor (Nellie) A. Gorham #4 of 7 children.
    My father brought me to Clifden in 1986 and without the internet we could not find any family.
    I am very interested in any Gorham family information I can find.
    We are planning our next trip to Clifden in July 16-19, 2016.
    Enjoy your gathering in September and thank you for any help. Cate

  10. Julia Connolly says:

    Please send all information prior to and after event. My mother and her family are from Shannadonnell Connemara. I am double-related to the Joyce’s: my mother’s mother was Bridget Joyce. my mother’s father’s mother was Annie Joyce) and I had scads of Joyce relatives – most of Joyce country. My great grandmother was a Julia Sullivan. My grandfather’s family were Ridge’s and I believe there were some Flaherty or Faherty’s. I am related to the Connolly’s on my mother’s side and my father was a Conneely from Barna (or Bearna). His name was changed to Connolly when he came to America. So now I have Connolly’s on both my mother’s side and my father’s side. Oh what I would give to be able to attend, but I am in the U.S. and I am unable to fly. I was in Ireland for 10 days in 2012 seeing a few cousins I had not seen since 1965. I’ve been trying desperately to find out about my family. Perhaps you can lead me in the right direction.
    How often does this gathering happen? Thanks. Julia Connolly

    • There were Joyces and Ridges in Seanachtdonall, Recess, near Cashel, Connemara. The Joyces were there first and a Festy Ridge married into the Joyce family. I only hear of two sister…Mary Tom Seoige and Maggie Tom Seoige (Joyce) but there may have been others. Festy Ridge married Mary and their descendants are in Galway. there was a family reunion of the Ridges in Cashel a few years ago. The last Ridges to live in the area were Peter and Tom. Peter had earlier lived in US…in Oregon. The place was eventually sold to a Mr Leahy who organises tours on horseback. Check the census for 1901 and the names of Joyce/Ridge household should be there.

    • Aidan Ridge says:

      Hi Julia, just saw your post now ,, interesting,,
      I am fully aware of the shannadonal Joyce/ ridge family etc ,, if you are still interested please e mail me ..


    • I have the shannadonal Joyce / ridge information you are looking for ,, not sure if you’re still about on this site .. if so you can e mail me .. your grandfather is one of my people

  11. Suzanne Barbalet says:

    I am the granddaughter of Thomas Hodgens born in Ballyconneely in 1857. He was the son of Patrick Hodgens and Anne Conneely. I am sorry to miss this event. Can you put me on the mailing list? I would love to come to another gathering. Thank you. Suzanne

  12. Mary e. Connelly,skelly says:

    Would love to know more about my mother’s family from Clifton, roundstone Galway. Please keep me updated. I have a large family, all descendants of Mary A. Connelly, born in 1897 and came to America in early 1900

  13. Mellissa Freeman says:

    My paternal grandfather was Joseph mcdonagh born to Michael and Catherine mcdonagh in 1935 they were from clifden and his siblings were Patrick, Seamus,Annie,Mary,Rita and there might of been a brother called John,my grandfather has passed away now so I can’t get anymore information,can anybody help me with any info

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