East Galway Family History Society
Galway Family History Society (West)
Fohenagh and District Historical Society
Fohenagh & District Historical Society was founded in 2009 and already has hosted a number of seminars in the parish community centre. The Society is also currently collecting recorded interviews with locals about folklore and history from the district and some of these have already been broadcast. The great landed estate of Clonbrock is situated in the parish of Fohenagh where the Society have held guided walks and talks. Recently we have begun the process of digital recording of the local graveyard. Email here.
St Fursa's Historical Society
St. Fursa's Historical Society researches and promotes the local history of Headford and surrounding districts. The Society endeavours to promote the rich culture and heritage of a historic part of County Galway. The Environmental Group encourage awareness and appreciation of our beautiful surroundings. The secret jewel in Headford’s crown is Ross Errilly, a Franciscan friary founded in the 14th century. Its ruins are renowned as some of the best preserved in Europe.
Irish Workhouse Centre Project, Portumna, Co. Galway.
Killererin Heritage Society
Killererin Heritage Society was founded in September, 2008 with the aim of promoting, fostering and protecting local heritage in our area and endeavouring to make this rich history accessible and interesting to all. The parish of Killererin or Cill Fhír Iarainn (Church of the Iron Man) is situated in North County Galway, six miles east of Tuam.
To date, the Society has established a Golden Mile walking route, published a calendar using photos of local heritage sites taken by primary school children and is currently compiling a parish history which will be published in the near future. Email.
Lackagh, Turloughmore, Co. Galway has a rich and varied history with Norman and agricultural influences visible through castles and Stone Age structures dotted around the parish. Lackagh Museum, a renovated cottage, hosts domestic artefacts from times past, and a wide range of agricultural machinery and implements. The Battle of Knockdoe was fought nearby in 1504. This story was published along with a parish history in our recent publication, "In Their Own Words". The Museum facilities are expanding, with life long learning, and courses including genealogical research. During August, National Heritage Week is celebrated with art, music and historical talks at the museum. Contacts: Liam Rabbitte, Heritage Officer, tel: 087 9095338, email or Gerard Naughton, Family History Co-ordinator, tel: 087 6877845 e-mail.
Localore is a new model for gathering and disseminating vital oral heritage information. It gathers contemporary and archived material in audio and photographic form from local communities and blends it into rich, easy-to-absorb segments. These may be accessed either online from all over the world or via mobile phone at the exact spot to which they refer. In the first test project – supported by Galway County Council Heritage Office – archaeologist Christy Cunniffe acts as host and guide to Clonfert Callows and introduces us to other Callows people. Though now depopulated, the Callows still resonates with the rare spirit of the people who lived there. More projects will follow in 2012. Website to follow shortly.
Oughterard Courthouse Renovation Project and Facebook