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Welcome to the website of the Annaghdown Heritage Society. The Society was founded in 1996 to record, preserve and promote the history, culture and heritage of Annaghdown.
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Annaghdown is a truly historic place – from the ruins of the monastic settlement and cathedral beside Lough Corrib, to Cregg Mill and the ruins of St Cathal’s Church in the east of the parish, the area is filled with buildings and structures of historical and archaeological significance. This is complemented by a wide range of of folklore, together with a strong tradition of, and interest in, the Irish language, with the west part of the parish situated in Gaeltacht an Eachréidh.
Our forthcoming events are listed on the right of this page. All events are free of charge and open to the public. Membership of the Society is open to all, with an annual subscription of €5 requested to help with running costs. We are active in the preservation and recording of the heritage of the Annaghdown area – some of our current and planned projects include:
- A record of the stone-built wells of Annaghdown parish, funded by the Heritage Council;
- Interviews with older members of the community, which will be published in book form;
- Transcription of headstones and mapping of cemeteries in the area (already completed for burials in Annaghdown Abbey);
- A study of each townland in the parish, with a corresponding webpage giving links to relevant genealogical, topographical and statistical information; see Muckrush for an example.
We regularly receive enquiries from members of the Annaghdown diaspora abroad and are delighted to help with queries in any way possible. Several of our members have extensive genealogical knowledge and are happy to be of assistance.
We welcome correspondence through English or Irish – you can send us a message here.
The support of The Heritage Council, under the European Year of Cultural Heritage Scheme, of Galway County Council, under the Community Support Scheme, and of St. Jarlath’s Credit Union, is gratefully acknowledged. We are sincerely grateful to the people of Annaghdown and the global Annaghdown diaspora for their support.