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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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Connemara, by Kevin Whelan

Connemara, by Kevin Whelan

Paper delivered by Kevin Whelan, Director of the Keough Naughton Centre of the University of Notra Dame, Dublin, at Connemara Before Clifden seminar held in Clifden on 26th May 2012. Connemara In 1756 it was noted of Connemara and the Joyce country that ‘wheeled carriages are not much used in […]

August 29, 2012 × 0 comments

Genealogy, Journals & Articles

Emigration from Connemara, by Gerard Moran

Emigration from Connemara, by Gerard Moran

Paper delivered by Dr Gerard Moran lecturer in the Dept of History, NUI Maynooth, at Uncovering Our Connemara Roots, a genealogical conference held in Clifden on 30th May – 1st June 2012. ‘In Search of a Better Way of Life’: Emigration from Connemara in the late Nineteenth Century. While an […]

August 28, 2012 × 6 comments

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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 × 3 comments

Family Stories

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 × 1 comment

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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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