Wednesday 15 October 2014

Emigration from Connemara – database & conference
A new online database, dedicated to the Tuke Assisted Emigration Scheme 1882-1885, has been launched with the names and known details of almost 3,000 people from the Clifden Poor Law Union who left Ireland from Galway port under that scheme.

Mr Tuke's Fund, as it was known, was set up in the 1880s to provide finance for those wishing to emigrate to Canada and the USA but were unable to afford the costs involved. All those included in this first upload, which is now live and searchable at, left in 1882, the busiest year for the Fund. The database can be searched by ship or by name.

Clifden and Connemara Heritage Society will be adding more names and details in the future and hopes those whose emigrant ancestors left Connemara under this scheme will make contact via the website.

The Society will also be hosting a conference from Friday, 31 October to Saturday 1 November in Clifden. It will look at life in 19th century Connemara, the assisted passage scheme, and some of the emigrant stories. For the full programme, details of costs and a booking form, click the image above.