Introducing this website

The group was formed in 2006. A voluntary gathering of friends with an interest in Oughterard and its heritage. From the beginning,  the local community and the business folk were unstinting in their support.

Our support

We have been supported and partnered by the Galway County Heritage Office and the National Museum of Ireland-Country Life 

We have to date, digitized and archived thousands of images and documents.

Produced three Heritage calendars, two award winning Golden Mile walks, a heritage walk booklet, and numerous exhibitions and audio visual displays celebrating Oughterard and its history.

National Museum of Ireland

In Partnership with the National Museum of Ireland – Country Life, we facilitated the developement of community archives for the web. We are part of the iCan Network established by the museum.

Galway County Heritage Office

We have facilitated and partnered the Heritage office in establishing the Galway Community  Heritage websites

Our Website

FORUM CONNEMARA Ltd. have greatly assisted, in the creation of this open access website through help in enabling the group, to successfully obtain funding from LEADER under the National Development Plan.

Mission Statement

To maintain this open access website and to facilitate and encourage contributions from all, both individuals and interested groups with a regard for Oughterard, Its history and its culture. Oughterard Culture and Heritage Group retain editorial control over all submissions.

Contributing to the site

You can add a comment about anything on the website by clicking on the ‘Add a comment’ link at the bottom of each page. You can also submit your own photos, stories or information to the site by using our contribution form.

This page was added on 08/04/2014.

Comments about this page

  • @Maureen Hathaway

    Another branch of the Conneelys found themselves in Scotland. They were from further west around Letterfrack.

    They euphemised the surname to the less Irish Connolly and Billy Connolly is a scion.

    There were some Conneellys who angliscised the surname to Connolly in situ. There were 2 branches on Inishbarra near Lettermore and the 2 branches are famous Box players and a well known politician hereabouts nowadays,

    By John Conneely (21/03/2018)
  • Thank you for this very informative site, my family is from Camus Oughter, they are the Flahertys, my G Great grandparents William and Ann (Stewart) Flaherty, who left for St. Paul Minnesota,USA in 1884′ I see many familiar names included on their daughter, our Great grandma Mary Flahertys baptismal records as informants, including Joyce and Mellet. Thank you for all the information, helps so much.

    By Kathleen Hartigan (04/10/2017)
  • Visiting Galway again until August 23.
    Wrote page on Railway Cottage.
    Saw Connemara Railway on 8/25 at 20:00
    Will you have one before that.
    Cousins Mai Rafferty & Paul Stewart would also be interested& some from Galway town. Please advise via email

    By Betty Keneavy Nipoti (15/08/2017)
  • This site has been a God-send in helping us unravel our family history. On all US documents the surname was listed as Connolly. From Down Survey, Griffith’s Evaluation, to the 1901 census we have finally found the key that unlocked the door. The surname is Conneely and we are finding a rich history of farming we knew existed here (in the US) and now across the pond. Everything you have on this site has enriched us. My son and I are planning a trip to the “Homeland” to find more and enjoy Oughterard and the areas around it. With the information we have found it will make our trip this time richer and viewed with fresh eyes.

    By Maureen Hathaway (14/04/2017)
  • This site is fantastic — the best I’ve ever worked on.

    Thank you

    I have copious amounts of years of research of the area. My family were among the Conroy of Rosmuc.

    By Kathleen Conroy (20/11/2016)

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