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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 […]

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Family Stories

The John Bernard Coyne Family in America

The John Bernard Coyne Family in America

An excerpt from “The John Bernard Coyne Family in America” by Robert Paul Hoffman We are not alone in this life. We take comfort in knowing that the spirits of our ancestors surround us in many ways, especially in the form of their teachings and the enrichment they have given […]

November 10, 2012 × 4 comments

Journals & Articles

Memorial Roll of Honour of West Connemara Men who lost their lives in the Great War 1914-1918.

Memorial Roll of Honour of West Connemara Men who lost their lives in the Great War 1914-1918.

Memorial Roll of Honour of West Connemara Men who lost their lives in the Great War 1914-1918. BERRY, Martin.Clifden Reg No: K/6653 Royal Navy 31 May 1916 age 24 BETTS, Conrad.Recess. G Sqdn Royal Air Force 17 April 1918. Age 19 BINGHAM, George. Roundstone ,Reg No 200016 Duke of Cornwall […]

November 10, 2012 × 34 comments

Journals & Articles

Land records, Rob Goodbody

Land records, Rob Goodbody

Land records, Rob Goodbody There are several types of records relating to land that can be of use to the genealogist or the local historian. Two of the most useful, as they cover the whole country, are valuation records and deeds. One source is the Tithe Applotment books, held in […]

August 29, 2012 × 1 comment

Journals & Articles

Clifden’s contemporaries- New towns in late 18th and early 19th century Ireland, Rob Goodbody

Clifden’s contemporaries- New towns in late 18th and early 19th century Ireland, Rob Goodbody

There have been several periods in Irish history when significant numbers of towns were founded in a relatively short time scale, one being the so-called landlord towns of the 18th and 19th centuries. In essence, all towns were landlord towns, as all land was owned by someone, but the degree […]

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Journals & Articles

Connemara before Clifden: The Geology of Connemara, Ronán Hennessy

Connemara before Clifden: The Geology of Connemara, Ronán Hennessy

photo courtesy of fergal   A journey into Connemara is a journey into a landscape of spectacular scenery and ancient history. The natural backdrop of mountains, valleys, lakes and rivers in Connemara is the result of natural events that occurred over the last 600 million years since Connemara’s rocks first […]

August 29, 2012 × 1 comment

Genealogy

Genealogical sources at the National Archives of Ireland

Summary of Lecture given by Gregory O’Connor at Clifden bicentennial festival, 31 May 2012 The lecture aimed to give the audience an appreciation of the wide variety of records held by the National Archives containing genealogical information. The great loss of Irish genealogical records sustained by the burning of the […]

August 29, 2012 × 4 comments

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Tracing Ancestors who served in the British armed forces, by Simon Fowler

Tracing Ancestors who served in the British armed forces, by Simon Fowler

Paper delivered by Simon Fowler, a leading authority on family history, author of Tracing Your Naval Ancestors and currently working on a guide to First World War research Tracing ancestors who served in the British armed forces. Tens of thousands of Irish men (and a few women) have served in […]

August 29, 2012 × 1 comment
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