Comharchumann Forbartha Ionad Deirbhile Eachléim Teo. is a community development group registered with the Friendly Societies. With over 90 Shareholders, the 1st of which was taken in September 1995 this Co-op has been heavily involved in the promotion and development of the Geata Mór Theas, Eachléim and Fód Dubh areas of Gaeltacht Mhaigh Eo the Belmullet / Béal an Mhuirthead peninsula. Among the duties of Comharchumann Forbartha Ionad Deirbhile is administration of the local Scéim Sóisialta Tuaithe or Rural Social Scheme. Members of the community form the Voluntary Management Committee, who in turn higher a Development Manager to promote, organise and supervise personal and professional services and events for the community and visitors to Erris, Belmullet / Béal an Mhuirthead and the local area with special focus on the preservation of the Gaeltacht – caomhnú agus cur chun cinn na Gaeilge.
The www.blacksodbayemigration.ie website launched by Ionad Deirbhile Heritage Centre, Eachléim in July 2013, now has a link to a new interactive ‘sister site’ via “Latest News”. The new site provides a focal point for the descendants to interact with. We thank them for already leaving messages, photographs and stories of their ancestors. Many descendants are also longing to connect with possible existing relatives in the home place of their forebears’. Since the launch of the site Ionad Deirbhile Heritage Centre has welcomed back descendants of Tighe, Ginnelly, Barrett, Dixon, Donnelly, Heveran and Kennedy families returning from the USA to Blacksod Bay to see where their people boarded the ship, that was to bring them to the “New World”
Blacksod Bay Emigration remembers the people of Erris, Achill and Newport West, who emigrated on the ships from Blacksod Bay 1883-84 assisted by “The Tuke Fund”. It is hoped that the database will help the descendants of the emigrants in North America and Canada to engage with their relations and the community in the West of Ireland, and that their shared experiences will re-establish a bond between the Belmullet and Achill areas and those areas in the United States and Canada where the emigrants settled. This is the start of a process which will strengthen the connection between the descendants of the emigrants and the home place of their ancestors. The people left together as a community with a sense of identity, they are now being remembered in this way.
“Our history is their history and theirs is ours. By remembering the people who left we welcome back their descendants.”
- Rásaí na gCurach, An Fód Dubh, 10 Lúnasa / August 2014
- Féile na hEachléime, 10-15 Lúnasa / August 2014
- Tionól Gaeltachta i nGaeltacht Iorrais 3-6 Iúil, 2014
- Fógra Poist 2: Cúntóir Pleanála Teanga
- Fógra Poist 1: Comhairleoir Pleanála Teanga
- Mayo in Motion Walking June 2014
- ASSISTED EMIGRATION BLACKSOD BAY “THE TUKE FUND”
- Ceiliúradh Lá Fhéile Pádraig
- Mórshiúl Lá Fhéile Pádraig na hEachléime 2014