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Evans Family History, by Barry O’ Sullivan

Evans Family History, by Barry O’ Sullivan

Three O’ Sullivan headstones on Inchagoill, Sarah O’ Sullivan, nee Joyce   Who was Elisabeth Evans? When I was a young boy my father would bring my brothers and I to Inchagoill on Lough Corrib, each year in early August, to attend mass and pray that we would not drown […]

January 25, 2012 × 4 comments

Clifden 2012 Commemorations

Clifden – A Reflection On 200 Years

Clifden – A Reflection On 200 Years

Just published! This booklet celebrates Clifden’s 200 year past featuring a fascinating mix of articles on wide range of topics of both local and international importance, along with some early period photos of the town. The booklet also features a programme of events that are taking place throughout the year. […]

January 24, 2012 × 2 comments

Journals & Articles

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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The Emerson and O’Brien Families of Clifden

The Emerson and O’Brien Families of Clifden

The Emerson and O’Brien Families & their part in the Early History of Clifden   O’Brien Family Michael O’Brien (1791-1871)  set up a Classical School in the townland of Ardbear, just outside Clifden, at the junction of Roundstone Road and the lane leading to the Rugby pitch. Michael was a […]

October 4, 2011 × 1 comment

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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

Family Stories

Cleggan Coastguard to Ohio-A Freyer/Mongan Family History

Cleggan Coastguard to Ohio-A Freyer/Mongan Family History

From Cleggan Coastguard Station to Ohio This is a family photo of my ancestors from Connemara taken in 1870, here in Ohio where they settled. My great great Grandmother was Georgianna Freyer, daughter of Peter J. Freyer, Chief Officer of the Coastguard Station at Cleggan 1845-1850, and her husband William […]

August 12, 2011 × 3 comments

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A Connemara Coastguard: Benjamin Tyrrell & Family 1840-1859

A Connemara Coastguard: Benjamin Tyrrell & Family 1840-1859

BENJAMIN TYRRELL AND FAMILY, 1840-1859, by Jan Kelly, Australia Introduction Benjamin Tyrrell the elder (my great great grandfather) was born in Arklow, Co Wicklow in 1805. He joined the Royal Navy in 1826. Between 1826 and 1834, Benjamin served on various ships which plied from Plymouth or Portsmouth to various […]

August 12, 2011 × 1 comment

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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