Welcome to The Emigration and Diaspora Centre Project – Carna, Connemara. Carna and Cill Chiaráin (Kilkieran) are on the far West coast of Connemara in the West of Ireland. These two areas comprise the peninsula of Iorras Aithneach – ‘The Windy Peninsula’.
‘The Windy Peninsula’ is renowned for its rich traditions of music, ‘sean-nós’ singing, ‘sean-nós’ dancing, folklore and storytelling. It is a community steeped in seafaring and fishing over the centuries and it has an illustrious tradition of boat building – Galway hookers and sailing boats included. But it was a tough place to live; the land was poor. The infrastructure was bad an there was little means of regular earnings. Emigration was the only option for very many people.
… And this is the story of Connemara and emigration.
The Emigrants and Diaspora Centre will tell that story;
- It will be a monument in honour of our emigrants.
- It will be a symbolic gathering point for the people of this community and their descendants wherever they may be.
- It will portray the changing face of a rural Gaeltacht areas and the effects of emigration.