Experience the wonder of exploring nature’s larder – enjoy a wild foraging workshop with Gaol Siar on the shores of Erris.Barbara Heneghan of Gaol Siar offers guided tours and heritage & cultural events in both English and Irish – bringing together the land, the sea and the spirit of Erris. Barbara can guide you around many of the historic places of Erris, including Blacksod, Inver, Ceathrú Thaidhg and Erris Head. Gaol Siar also provides a genealogy service and has connected dozens of people to their relations here, and to their ancestors’ place.
Enjoy a cupán tae (cup of tea) whilst being surrounded by history at Ionad Deirbhile. The bilingual centre houses a wealth of information relating to local folklore, archaeology and local history. A unique feature of the building, which immediately catches the eye, is a 10ft high stained- glassed window which illustrates the story of St. Deirbhile, after whom the centre is named.
Turas Siar is an Irish Language and Culture centre. Pap and Kathryn Murphy provide a local history service and a genealogy service through the medium of the Irish language and their centre contains a wealth of authentic information and items in relation to the people and the places of Erris in times past. A wonderful place that is full of stories.
Ionad Deirbhile is a visitor centre in Eachléim that gives a valuable insight into the lifestyle of the Erris region in times past. The centre houses a number of interesting historical artefacts and curiosities, and a wealth of information relating to local folklore, stories, myths, archaeology and local history. This information is presented in both Irish and English. A unique feature of the building, which immediately catches the eye, is a 10ft high stained-glass window, which illustrates the story of St. Deirbhile, after whom the centre is named. This is a replica of a window found in the Pre-Norman church at Fál Mór. Amongst the exhibitions at Ionad Deirbhile, you will find a large collection of information in relation to the assisted emigration scheme by James Hack Tuke. In 1883 and 1884, 11 ships embarked on 15 voyages from Blacksod Bay, bringing over 3,300 Irish emigrants to a new life in the USA and in Canada. The staff at Ionad Deirbhile have created an online database to allow people to search for their ancestors’ names in the passenger lists. A visit to Ionad Deirbhile is inspiring and informative – not to be missed!