Timeline of Key Events 2016-05-24T14:47:53+00:00

Timeline of Key Events

Connemara West & GMIT Letterfrack’s 30th Anniversary

November 10, 2017

Connemara West & GMIT Letterfrack’s 30th Anniversary

The Áras an Uachtaráin, President Michael D Higgins, visited the GMIT Letterfrack on Friday 10th November to mark the 30th anniversary of the partnership between GMIT (Official) and Connemara West Plc. This partnership has been responsible for the establishment of Ireland’s leading education and training facility for furniture design, wood technology and teacher education. Over that time more than 1,300 graduates have emerged from the campus which was designated The

Teach Ceoil Celebrates its 40th Birthday!

July 1, 2017

Teach Ceoil Celebrates its 40th Birthday!

It was summer time in 1977 when The Teach Ceoil opened its doors for the first time. Now in 2017, it celebrates its 40th year of welcoming guests from all over the world to experience all that is Traditional Irish Music and Culture. As the home of Seisiún, the Teach Ceoil has provided it’s visitors with countless nights of entertainment and fun!

Launch of Residential International Education Centre inTullycross

November 29, 2016

In June 2016, planning permission was granted to build a new education centre in Tullycross that will contain a 50-seat auditorium; a wifi-enabled learning hub/library; group study/breakout rooms; video conferencing facilities; conference room and a coffee dock. The development also includes a major refurbishment and renovation of the nine thatched cottages in Tullycross to provide residential accommodation for the education centre.

13 Social Houses completed in Letterfrack

November 28, 2016

13 Social Houses completed in Letterfrack

Diamond Hill Housing Association had campaigned since 1999 for the housing scheme, the first 13 units of which were completed in 2016.

Visit by President Michael D Higgins and Mrs Higgins to Letterfrack

November 29, 2014

Visit by President Michael D Higgins and Mrs Higgins to Letterfrack

President Michael D Higgins and Sabina Higgins visited GMIT Letterfrack, Connemara West and Connemara Sea week for a wonderful day of celebration.

Green Campus GMIT Letterfrack awarded green flag

November 28, 2014

GMIT Letterfrack first third level green campus in Co Galway awarded a green flag for its approach to environmental education, management and action.

Aquinas celebrates 40 years in Tullycross

November 28, 2013

Aquinas College, Grand Rapids celebrates 40 years of its Study Abroad Programme in Tullycross.

Connemara West celebrates 40 years in Community Development

November 30, 2012

Connemara West celebrates 40 years in community development with a visit from President of Ireland, Michael D Higgins and his wife, Sabina. The President addressed the Irish Rural Link Conference in Ellis Hall and met with the directors of Connemara West.

GMIT Letterfrack celebrates 25 years in Letterfrack

November 29, 2012

Letterfrack astro turf pitch opens

November 28, 2012

Letterfrack astro turf pitch opens

The Letterfrack astro turf pitch opens in September 2012 with the support of Connemara West. Measuring 60m x 35m floodlit pitch is the first community amenity of its type in the Connemara West area.

Letterfrack hosts the IAU World Trail Championships

November 28, 2011

Letterfrack hosts the IAU World Trail Championships

Letterfrack hosts the IAU (International Association of Ultrarunners)World Trail Championships. Having the resources and skills in place to be able to host an international event of this kind was a major achievement for a small community.

‘A Patchwork of Dreams’ published

November 29, 2008

Copies of this pictorial history of 50 years of community development in the Parish of Ballinakill 1957-2007 can be purchased from the Publications section of the website.

Community pitch in Letterfrack opens

November 28, 2008

Letterfrack hosts Galway County Fleadh

November 28, 2007

The Renvyle Comhaltas group, in partnership with Connemara West plc, organised this highly successful event for two years in a row.

Visit by President Mary McAleese to Letterfrack

November 28, 2006

President McAleese visited The Furniture College – GMIT Letterfrack, Forum Connemara and Connemara West in June 2016.

Tigh na nÓg Community Creche

May 19, 2006

Tigh na nÓg Community Creche

Tigh na nÓg provides full day-care, pre-school and after-school services to children from the North Connemara area throughout the year. Opened in 2006, it now provides a childcare solution for more than 50 families from the local community. Contact Caroline Heanue on 095-41908 for further information on the services provided at Tigh na nÓg.

GMIT Letterfrack launches B.Sc. Hons in Design and Technology Education

November 28, 2005

Put a bit of context here – how many students signed up, what was the benefit for Letterfrack and the wider area?

National Award for Connemara West Centre

November 28, 2002

O’Donnell & Tuomey Architects win the RIAI and RIBA awards for the design  of the new buildings in the Connemara West Centre.

O’Donnell & Tuomey win Downes Medal AAI (Premier Award)

November 28, 2001

The newly designed buildings commissioned by Connemara west win the Premier Award for Excellence in Architectural Design 2001.

Conservation Letterfrack

May 19, 1999

Conservation Letterfrack

Established in 1999, Conservation Letterfrack provides a conservation and restoration service throughout Ireland for furniture, wooden artefacts and architectural woodwork. It also acts as advisors for conservation or restoration projects and counts the National Museum, the Courts Service, Limerick Civic Trust and Castletown House Foundation among its clients.  It also offers short courses in all aspects of furniture conservation / restoration.

Forum Connemara Ltd launched

November 28, 1998

Forum Connemara Ltd launched

Connemara west founds this community/statutory managed community development project for the Connemara region.

Connemara Community Radio

November 28, 1995

Connemara Community Radio

Connemara Community Radio takes to the airwaves

Connemara West celebrates 21st birthday

November 28, 1992

GMIT Letterfrack

January 1, 1987

GMIT Letterfrack

Since 1987, Connemara West plc has partnered with GMIT Letterfrack to deliver honours degree programmes specialising in Furniture Design and Manufacture; Furniture and Wood Technology; Teacher Education. GMIT Letterfrack is the National Centre of Excellence for Furniture Design and Wood Technology.

Office Services

January 1, 1980

Since 1980, Connemara West has provided a range of office services to the public such as colour printing up to and including A3; photocopying; faxing; ring/slide binding; laminating; e-mailing; scanning.

Connemara West Centre

May 19, 1978

Connemara West Centre

Connemara West plc purchased St Joseph’s Industrial School, Letterfrack in 1978. The complex now accommodates a range of community and public service facilities, which promote the development of the region. It is also home to a number of Connemara West plc partners, including GMIT Letterfrack Furniture College, Connemara Community Radio, Foscadh / Diamond Hill Housing Association Ltd., Tigh na nÓg Community Creche and Conservation Letterfrack.  The former industrial school building

Teach Ceoil

May 19, 1977

Teach Ceoil

Established in 1977, the Teach Ceoil in Tully village is a centre for Irish culture, particularly traditional music, song and dance. It hosts music, song and dance classes throughout the year. Each Tuesday evening during July and August, the cream of local Irish musicians, singers and dancers perform as part of Seisiún.

Renvyle Thatched Cottages

May 19, 1971

Renvyle Thatched Cottages

The holiday accommodation scheme of nine traditional thatched cottages was the first Connemara West plc project. Built in 1971, the cottages are located in the village of Tullycross and are rented to tourists visiting the picturesque Connemara area during the summer season.