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Nicholas Canny, by Gerrit Nuckton

Nicholas Canny, by Gerrit Nuckton

  Nicholas Canny, by Gerrit Nuckton  The American writer William Faulkner was once famously quoted as saying, “The past is never dead. It’s not even past”. This is especially true in Ireland, where the collective Celtic memory is a long one. For Clifden native Dr. Nicholas Canny, a well-respected author […]

June 28, 2012 × 1 comment

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Healy/Mulkerrin Family, Ardbear Clifden

Healy/Mulkerrin Family, Ardbear Clifden

Healy/Mulkerrin Family, Ardbear Clifden Patrick Healy was one of the early settlers of the new town of Clifden. The first documented mention of him is the list of freeholders published in the Connaught Journal in 1830. In the same newspaper published Nov 20 1834 he appears on a list of […]

May 22, 2012 × 0 comments

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The War Of Independence Hedge School Seminar Clifden

The War Of Independence Hedge School Seminar Clifden

  As part of the Clifden 2012’s year long celebrations, the West of Ireland’s first Hedge School Seminar of 2012 was hosted, on Friday 16th March at 7pm in Clifden Station House Theatre. History Ireland Editor, Tommy Graham, hosted this lively round-table discussion with Mary Harris (NUIG), Conor McNamara (Notre […]

March 21, 2012 × 0 comments

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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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From Connemara to Coomooroo and beyond

From Connemara to Coomooroo and beyond

From Connemara to Coomooroo and beyond (with a few places in between) John Mannion, Australia. I will probably never know what my paternal, great, great grandfather, Michael Mannion, his wife Mary and their infant son, John Francis Mannion thought as they looked back at the shores of Ireland in c1865 […]

February 22, 2012 × 2 comments

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Convict makes good in Australia, Greg Monaghan

Convict makes good in Australia, Greg Monaghan

My great great grandfather, Patrick Monaghan, was born in Clifden about 1826, the son of John Monaghan and Mary Kennealy. I know nothing of the early life of Patrick or of his parents or if he had any siblings. During the period of 1845 to 1849, the West Coast of […]

February 22, 2012 × 3 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 × 0 comments

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Marconi Station

Marconi Station

January 29, 2012 × 1 comment

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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