About Connemara West

Connemara West plc is a community development company based in Letterfrack in the heart of Connemara, Co Galway, Ireland.
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 [...]

18 12, 2021

Renvyle Thatched Cottages under construction

By |2021-12-18T13:22:49+00:00December 18th, 2021|News|

Going through the Connemara West archives has brought up a few surprises and in the coming weeks we may have to share a few gems that we found that are not directly related to Connemara West!   However, for this week's blog we have chosen the  few  images we have Tullycross before Renvyle Thatched Cottages were built and some of the  cottages under construction.  Due to the large support in the [...]

10 12, 2021

Historic day for Connemara West

By |2021-12-10T15:26:31+00:00December 10th, 2021|Blog|

Today is a historic day for Connemara West as it  was incorporated as a company on the 10th December 1971.  Connemara West was established  by the people of the Parish of Ballinakill,  who dug deep and by becoming shareholders,  enabled the company to build its first project Renvyle Thatched Cottages.  This first project was the catalyst for future developments including the building of the Teach Ceoil in Tully Village and [...]

26 08, 2021

Connemara West Community Projects recruiting for a Community Employment Supervisor

By |2021-08-26T15:37:11+00:00August 26th, 2021|News|

Connemara West Community Projects CLG is currently recruiting for a Community Employment Supervisor to lead and supervise a community employment scheme based in Letterfrack and surrounding areas.  The supervisor will work closely with the Project Management Committee that oversees the scheme.   The joint aim of CE and Connemara West Community Projects CLG is to enhance the employability and mobility of disadvantaged and unemployed persons by providing work experience and training [...]


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