About Connemara West

Connemara West plc is a community development company based in Letterfrack in the heart of Connemara, Co Galway, Ireland.
16 03, 2022

First Board meeting of Connemara West held this day 50 years ago

By |2022-03-16T17:36:25+00:00March 16th, 2022|Blog|

The first board meeting of the directors of Connemara West Ltd was held on the 16th of March 1972 in Tullycross.   The directors present were Mr Paul Aspell, Mr Malachy Conboy, Mr Michael O'Neill and Mr Joseph O'Toole and the Rev. Fr. E. Tuffy C.C.  Padraic Joyce, Director representing  Western Regional Tourism Orgnsation was also present and apologies were received from Senator John M Mannion, Director representing Galway County Council. [...]

13 03, 2022

Connemara West – an unique community enterprise

By |2022-03-13T17:55:55+00:00March 13th, 2022|Blog|

"The programme of self help which began in Renvyle within the past five years is a model and an inspiration for any community in the West of Ireland...It was the drive, initiative and most of all the real regard for development through community enterprise of Connemara West Ltd which prompted my company  to respond immediately to the development group's request or assistance in establishing a cottage scheme in Renvyle.  Because [...]

18 02, 2022

Teach Ceoil

By |2022-02-18T17:13:04+00:00February 18th, 2022|News|

At an Extraordinary General meeting of Connemara West on the 8 April 1976 it was formally decided to proceed with  the building of the Teach Ceoil.  With the help of a grant from Bord Failte, the Teach Ceoil was built in Tully village, Renvyle  in 1977 for £17,000.  The first session and the official opening took place on the 5 July 1977.  In People in Development - A History of [...]

11 02, 2022

Marian Hall Tullcross two programmes from 1965

By |2022-02-11T17:41:05+00:00February 11th, 2022|Blog|

In 'Patchwork of Dreams 50 years of Community Development in the Parish of Ballinakill,  there is a photograph of the men who helped to build the Marian Hall in Tullycross with  an extract from the Connacht Tribune from May 1958 about the opening of the Marian Hall.  This wonderful 'do-it-yourself' attitude has been the inspiration for  many of the local community development organisations in our including Connemara West.   We are [...]

4 02, 2022

Aquinas Study Abroad program 1987 which ended in a blaze

By |2022-02-06T16:09:59+00:00February 4th, 2022|Blog|

Since we shared the copy of the 1973 Aquinas study abroad  program in an earlier blog we were contacted by Jeff Coon.  Jeff  was part of the Aquinas  Ireland Program in Tullycross and  lived in  Cottage 9 in 1987.  He  shared with us the Ireland Program Booklet for 1987 which makes for some very interesting reading.  Jeff  also shared some photos of the Cottage 9 on fire!  As Jeff tells [...]

28 01, 2022

Family and local history course

By |2022-01-28T16:49:09+00:00January 28th, 2022|Events|

Connemara West have been working with our wonderful  community volunteers to survey and map the six graveyards in the Ballinakill Parish area.  There is such a great interest in this project and in local and family history that  Connemara West,  with support from  GRETB, are offering a free  Family and local history course on line via ZOOM led by Tutor,  Monica Hynes.  The course will concentrate on the skills to [...]

11 01, 2022

Connemara West Community Survey – 2022

By |2022-01-11T16:30:51+00:00January 11th, 2022|News|

To mark its 50th Anniversary, Connemara West is currently developing a new Strategic Plan. As part of the process, we would like to hear the views of the community, our service users and shareholders by way of this household survey questionnaire.  It should only take about 10 minutes to complete this questionnaire.  Your responses are completely anonymous and confidential.  The questionnaires will be analysed by external advisers who are assisting [...]

7 01, 2022

First Aquinas College Irish Studies Program September – December 1973

By |2022-01-07T14:21:52+00:00January 7th, 2022|News|

The first Aquinas programme in Tullycross was led by Professor  Mona L. Schwind, O.P. and Professor Elizabeth Jennings with fourteen students, eight boys and six girls from the 15 September to the 15 December 1973.    From a  written description by these Aquinas College Students and Faculty in Ireland  titled University Project in Tullycross we learn  that "it  was the only American college to maintain a study center in Ireland [...]

29 12, 2021

15 May 1974 – Renvyle Thatched Cottages are officially launched

By |2021-12-29T16:15:20+00:00December 29th, 2021|Blog|

One newspaper article in  Connacht Tribune  led with the header A  great day for Tullycross.  "Tullycross, the village of striking beauty on the Renvyle peninsula which has won fame in recent years for its dramatic renewal celebrated on Wednesday with a remarkable double cememoney.  His grace the Archbishop of Tuam, Most Rev. Dr. Cunnane rededicated the renovated local parish church built over 114 years ago and confirmed nine children from [...]

23 12, 2021

Founding directors of Connemara West

By |2021-12-23T15:19:04+00:00December 23rd, 2021|Blog, News|

Connemara West  has been privileged to have been served by dedicated voluntary Directors over last 50  years and we will be remembering them all in the coming months.  The original Directors of Connemara West were  company were Fr Edward Tuffy, (RIP) Tullycross, Malachy Conboy, RIP, Lettergesh, Michael O'Neill, Tully, Paul Aspell, RIP, Letterfrack and Joe O'Toole, Moyard.  There were two additional directors nominated to the Board by Ireland West and [...]

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