Fáilte chuig suíomh idirlín Cumann Oidhreachta Eanach Dhúin
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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. We organise regular lectures, workshops, outings, and other events to facilitate the sharing of knowledge and the coming together of those interested in heritage.
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Áit thar a bheith stairúil is ea Eanach Dhúin – ón sean-mháinistir agus an árdeaglais in aice Loch Coirib, go dtí Muileann an Chreig agus Teampall Cathail in oirthear an pharóiste, tá an ceantar lán le stair, cultúr agus béaloideas. Ina theannta sin, tá roinnt mhaith den cheantar suite i nGaeltacht an Eachréidh, agus tá ról lárnach ag an nGaeilge i saol na háite.
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.
Events and Projects
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. We request an annual subscription of €10 to help with running costs. We are active in the preservation and recording of the heritage of the Annaghdown area – some of our recent and current projects include:
- Transcription of headstones and mapping of cemeteries in the area – already completed for burials in Annaghdown Abbey and Corrandulla Cemetery; we are currently working on Annaghdown Cemetery (old section);
- A study of each townland in the parish, with a corresponding webpage giving links to relevant genealogical, topographical and statistical information; see this page for townlands completed to date;
- A record of the stone-built wells of Annaghdown parish, funded by the Heritage Council.
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 relating to the Annaghdown area and are happy to be of assistance.
We welcome correspondence through English or Irish – you can send us a message here.
New members are always welcome to join the Society. We request an annual subscription of €10 to assist with costs including insurance, website hosting, project expenses, and ongoing work and maintenance in the Heritage Room. If you would like to become a member, you can pay the subscription at any of our meetings or events, or using the PayPal button below.
The financial support of The Heritage Council, under the European Year of Cultural Heritage Scheme, of Galway County Council, under the Community Support Scheme and the Community Enhancement Programme, 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.