St Brigid's College, Loughrea

Genealogist & Historian Martin Curley visits

Genealogist & Historian Martin Curley visits

We are delighted to work with Genealogist and Historian Martin Curley in researching the girls who left Loughrea Workhouse in 1848-50 as part of the assisted emigration scheme organised by Earl Grey, a government minister. For more info see Loughrea Orphan Girls Project on Facebook.

Several dozen girls aged 14-19 were selected from the hundreds that crowded the Workhouse during An Gorta Mor in those years of starvation, disease and death. They headed to a growing colony in New South Wales to work and to marry and today their descendants number in the hundreds, if not thousands. We are hoping that we can get in contact with some of them and reconnect them to their cousins in the area

In May we are planning Commemoration events which will help our students and the local community remember, respect, and reflect on the lives of the girls' as well as the stories of the other victims of An Gorta Mor from Loughrea.

Please 'like' the FB page, see the names of the girls and their place of origin , and share info and stories that may help connect their descendants to their cousins here in Loughrea and surroundings.

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St Brigid's College, Loughrea
Co. Galway,

091 841 919

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