The Emmigrants Commemorative Centre

Fáilte – Carna, Connemara

Welcome to The Emigration and Diaspora Centre Project – Carna, Connemara. 
This is the story of Connemara and emigration.

News And Updates

January 2022
Newsletter

Scéal maith i dtús na bliana.

Scéal maith againn dhibh ag tús na bliana 2022. Tá muid inann deimhniú a thabhairt anois go mbeidh an fhorbairt ar dhá áis eile ag shuíomh Ionad Cuimhneacháin na nImirceach ag tosaí i mbliana.

• Táthar le Ionad Taispeáintis a thógáil ar thaobh na láimhe clé – agus tú ag teacht aníos ó shráid Charna – den Ionad. Beidh eolas, áiseanna cluas-amhairc agus taispeaintisí eile a thabharfaidh léargas ar an imirce san Ionad seo.

• Beidh Gáirdín Cuimhneacháin na nImirceach dá fhorbairt ar an gcnocán ó dheas den Ionad. Beidh suíocháin agus cosáin sa nGáirdín seo agus amharc breá as, siar i dtreo an Atlantaigh. Feisteofar séadchomhartha ann freisin in omós do imirceoirí agus dá sliocht ar fud an domhain.

Dheimhnigh Príomhfheidhmeannach Údarás na Gaeltacht, Micheál Ó hÉanaigh go mbeidh an tÚdarás ag dul i mbun na hoibre seo i gcomhar le Coiste Ionad Cuimhneacháin na nImirceach. Tá cead iomlán pleanála ar fáil le haghaidh an dá thógra seo, agus le haghaidh aon obair bhreise atá ag teastáil, mar chuid den scéim oibre uilig,

Beidh na háiseanna seo ar fáil do mhuintir na háite agus don phobal.

Ní féidir aon bhuille chruinn a thabhairt faoin dáta a dtosóidh an obair seo i mbliana ach tá muid ag súil gur féidir tosaí luath go maith sa mbliain. Caithfear cuid de shuíomh Ionad Cuimhneacháin na nImirceach a dhúnadh le linn don obair seo a bheith ar bun. Chuile sheans go mbeidh an carr chlós dúnta don phobal agus go gcaithfear caranna a pháirceáil ar thaobh an bhóthair aníos as sráidbhaile Charna.

Léigh an nuachtlitir iomlán trí chliceáil ANSEO

GOOD NEWS TO BEGIN THE YEAR.

Good news at the beginning of 2022. We can now confirm in this news update that the development of two significant additions to the Emigrants and Diaspora Centre project will go ahead this coming year
An Exhibition Hall is to be added to the Centre to the immediate south of the present building, that is the left hand side of the Centre as you approach it from the main road in Carna village. This will be an Exhibition area that will house a range of memorabilia and exhibition points which will tell the story of our emigrants and their descendants.

An Emigrants Remembrance Garden – incorporating a community Garden – will be developed on the hillock just to the south of the Centre. This development will include seating and viewing areas in a raised area overlooking the Atlantic. It will also have a walkway and an appropriate memorial to honour our emigrants and their descendant.

Micheál Ó hÉanaigh, Údarás na Gaeltachta CEO (Michael Heaney, CEO of the Authority for the Irish speaking regions in Ireland) has confirmed to this newsletter that Údarás na Gaeltachta will initiate this work in tandem with the Emigrants and Gaeltacht Diaspora Centre Board. There is already full planning permission available for these two projects, and for all ancillary work that will be needed on the site. While it is certainly intended that these development are aimed at bringing more visitors to the Centre, the new facilities will be available to local people and to visitors, alike.

It is not possible, at the time of writing, to make a judgement as to how soon work on the new developments will get underway on the site; we are hoping that very significant progress can be made in the earlier part of the year.

However, we would point out that some of the site will be closed off during the construction phase. One could envisage that the car park area will be closed and this will mean that cars have to be parked along the roadway from Moran’s Bar and Shop as far as the main gateway to the Centre.

The new phase of the work at the Centre site will involve investment of approximately half a million euro, and the spin-off in social and economic terms in future years will reach many multiples of that.

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COSÁIN NA nIMIRCEACH
IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF EMIGRANTS

Dia dhibh a chairde sa bpobal anseo …agus ar fud an domhain.

“Cosáin na nImirceach” – seo cuid eile den slabhra cairdis idir muid féin sa mbaile agus muintir an phobal agus a sliocht ar fud na tíre agus ar fud an domhain.
Seo é a thaithneodh linn, le bhur dtoil:

Más duine thú a rugadh agus a tógadh anseo i gConamara agus a chuaigh ar an imirce, ba mhaith linn go dtabharfá dúinn do scéal féin.
Tuige ar imigh tú?
Do chuimhní ar an mbaile sna blianta sin nuair a d’imigh tú.
An saol ar an imirce agus aon scéal/scéalta ar leith atá fanta in do chuimhne faoin obair/cáirde/imeachtaí an tsaoil srl.
Ar tháinig tú abhaile srl.

Is féidir do scéal a chur chugainn ar an e-mail chuig [email protected] no sa bposta chuig: Ionad Cuimhneacháin na nImirceach, Carna, Conamara.

No má bhfearr leat glaoch orainn agus labhairt linn: 087-2515352…sin é Máirtín Ó Catháin no ar uimhir an Ionaid i gCarna: 011-353-95-32622.

Tá sé i gceist againn go méadófaí Ionad Cuimhneacháin na nImirceach agus chrochfar na scéalta ar an mballa ach a mbeidh an áit nuaí oscailte.

Ba mhaith linn freisin dá gcuirfeá pictiúir diot féin/do theaghlach/ daoine muinteartha chugainn.
Go raibh maith agaibh.

Hello to all of you across the oceans.
We would like to have your story!

“In the Footsteps of Emigrants” – this is part of our ongoing project to create stronger links between the community at home and our diaspora across the country and across the oceans.
This is what we would like, with your help:
If you are a person who has Connemara connections, no matter how far back, we would like to have your story.

Who your people were and your connection family/ancestral connections in Connemara.
How and when your people/ancestors left Ireland.
How significant your Connemara connections have been in your life.
What is was like to visit the land of your forbears, if you have been here….
….or any other stories and information you would like to give.

You may send your story on the e-mail to [email protected] or to [email protected] (Eileen Davis). You may post your story to: The Emigrants Commemorative Centre, Carna, Connemara, Co Galway, Ireland, If you would prefer to call for further information on the phone, the numbers are 011-353-95-32622 or 011-353-87-9722419 (Eileen Davis) or 011-353-87-2515352 (Máirtín Ó Catháin).

We are presently in the process of preparing to extend the Emigrants Commemorative Centre and your story will be displayed in the new Exhibition area when the new Exhibition Hall is opened.
We would also much appreciate a photographs of yourself/family/relatives.

Emigrants Commemorative Centre, Carna, Official Opening

Beidh Ionad Cuimhneacháin na nImirceach i gCarna dá oscailt go hoifigiúil ar an 12ú Bealtaine (Satharn) ag an 2 p.m.
 
Tá sé deimhníthe anois ag Méara Bhoston, Marty Walsh go mbeidh ansin leis an Ionad agus an tionscnaimh a sheoladh go hoifigiúil i gcuideachta Aire Stáit na Gaeltachta agus Príomh Aoire an Rialtais, Joe McHugh, T.D. 

Beidh míle fáilte roimh an bpobal agus roimh chuile dhuine as chuile áit. 
                                  
The Emigrants Commemorative Centre in Carna will be officially opened on the
12th of May at 2 p.m.

The Mayor of Boston, Marty Walsh, has now confirmed that he will be there to officially open the Centre and to launch the Emigrants Commemorative Centre project alongside the Minister of State at the Department of the Gaeltacht and Government Chief Whip, Joe McHugh, T.D.

The community, the public and everybody from everywhere will be welcome to attend.

News Update – January 2018 

Guíonn muid bliain nua faoi shéan agus faoi mhaise oraibh uilig.
                                  
We wish everybody a happy and successful New Year.

LOOKING FORWARD TO A GOOD YEAR IN 2018.
It’s good news at the beginning 0f 2018 in regard to the Emigrants Commemorative Centre project; work on the Centre on the site of the old Parish Hall in Carna will soon be completed. The Emigrants Commemorative Centre will be open and functioning later in 2018.

All of us are looking forward to the day when the Mayor of Boston, Martin J. Walsh, returns to the occasion of the official opening of the Emigrants Commemorative Centre in 2018. The Mayor laid the first stone in the foundation when he visited here in 2014 and it is a great honour for us that he is coming back across the Atlantic to put his seal on the finished job. 

Of course, Mayor Walsh was installed for his second four year term as Mayor of Boston the 1st of January, 2018. We are sending the Mayor our congratulations and best wishes and we wish him many years in the higher echelons of politics in the United States.  
GOOD WORK BY ALL.
A lot of work has been done on the Centre and on the construction site and our thanks goes out to Luke McNamara Construction Ltd and to Pádraic Folan (Jackie Folan Ltd –Carna), the Site Manager. The job has been led to an excellent standard by our Engineer, Pádraic Keena (Malachi Cullen Consulting Engineers) and the working Team who have worked- and continue to work – on the site and who have ensured that this is a top class job. Early April 2018 is the scheduled finish date for the completion of the work on the Centre.

With the job on the Centre moving towards completion, we acknowledge the work on the basic layout by Róisín Ní Chatháin of BPTW Architects, London and her continuing input.   
MILLION EURO JOB....AND MORE.
This cost of the present contract is €875,000. However, when the initial preparation of the site, walls, roadways, services and costs such as engineering, accountancy, legal and other miscellaneous expenses are added up ...it reaches €1m. It is a heavy work load for the committee which functions on a totally voluntary basis.
Now, following a lot of work this part of the project – the key part of the project, indeed – is nearing completion. But that is not the end of the work, by any means!

The Centre has to be “fitted out” – chairs, tables, kitchen equipment, new stage etc. etc. Eileen Davis, a member of the committee has prepared a full list of what is needed. Eileen has formal qualifications and extensive experience in this field. Now, we will have to look for prices. We cannot say what the costs will be as yet but we can take it that there could be scores of thousands needed.  

We will have to look for money and grant aid. 
AMPLIFICATION SYSTEM.
A good amplification system is a requirement in public buildings. A plan for such a system in the Centre is been drawn up. Again, money will come into the equation; it will add up to some thousands.
EMIGRANTS REMEMBRANCE ....AND COMMUNITY GARDEN.
The committee have focused from the start on making the best use of the site which is in a scenic location beside the ocean. The Emigrants Remembrance Garden – which is also planned as a community Garden – is seen as being a great addition to the site. It would be sited on the hillock to the immediate south side of the Centre. The proposed Garden includes seating, tables, pathways and information signboards. It could be the venue for outdoor events also. 

We think the Garden would be a pleasant venue for local people and for visitors alike.

We estimate that it would cost between €40,000 and €50,000. Again, that is a challenge and we will be looking for grant aid for the project.  
RESOURCES DICTATE ...BUT WE HAVE MOMENTUM.
As is evident from the above information a substantial amount of money is still needed to bring the project to the level we would like. We will take each step at a time and attend to the more immediate requirements first.

Now, we will have no money left over when the actual building – the Centre - is completed. 

We will have to work at getting the money that is needed to give this community and the people of the hinterland – and the visitors whom it is hoped to attract – a setting that is of a high standard and comfortable for them. 

However, we must keep within our resources at all times; it we cannot get the cash some aspects of the development may have to be left for the future. But we think everybody would agree that the time to do it is now ...since we have momentum.  

In saying that, it would be irresponsible to leave debts on the community and on future groupings that will administer and manage the Centre and related activities . We are a voluntary committee and we know those who will follow on will be in the same boat.  

Donations will be welcome along the way! 
Meeting with County Council chairperson.
We had a meeting about 5 weeks ago with Councillor Eileen Mannion, the new Chairperson of Galway County Council- the local Government authority for this area. We had four matters on the agenda: 
• The road leading towards the Centre – we want the County Council to take charge of that road. 
• A few public lights along the roadway. 
• A library provided by the Co Council in the Centre. 
• The pier beside the Centre – we want the Co Council to assume full ownership of that pier and upgrade it. The pier is not on our property but it would be a good addition to the general area if it were repaired. 
BUSY PERIOD AHEAD.  
It will be a busy number of months for all involved as we head for the official opening of the Centre. We intend to be able to settle on an opening date in the next few weeks. It looks like it will be close to mid-May. However, please do not hold us to that...at this stage. We have to make arrangements with Mayor Walsh and with the Department of the Gaeltacht here in Ireland, Údarás na Gaeltachta and other parties. And, on the site itself, we must discuss the situation in detail with our engineers and construction contractors. 

Work In Progress 2016

Millions of Irish family records released on-line today

Important news for anyone interested in researching their Irish ancestors. From today millions of historic personal records will be available on-line, free of charge. The records of births, marriages and deaths are being released by the General Register Office on irishgenealogy.ie.

The expanded database includes the Birth Records Indexes from 1864 to 1914, the Marriage Records Indexes from 1845 (1864 for Roman Catholic Marriages) to 1939 and the Death Records Indexes from 1864 to 1964.

Address

Emigrants and Diaspora Centre Office
c/o Údarás na Gaeltachta House,
Carna, Connemara,
Co. Galway
Ireland 

Contacts

Email: [email protected]
Phone (Secretary):
+353 87 3983189
Phone (Chairman):
+353 87 2515352