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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 × 9 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 × 2 comments

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Marconi Station

Marconi Station

January 29, 2012 × 3 comments

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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

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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 × 8 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

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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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