The Irish Family History Foundation are delighted to announce that the Killian Homeplace Family History Centre has been appointed as the County Longford centre for the IFHF. The Killian Homeplace, winner of the 2013 All Ireland Pride of Place in the Diaspora category, is located in Fermoyle, just outside Lanesborough in County Longford.
Founded in 1998 by Joan Killian Gallagher, the centre is housed in meticulously restored cottage and is a sustainable tribute dedicated to the memory of her great, great grandmother, Anne Furey Killian, who against all odds, purchased the farm from the Land Commission in 1893. She was 82 years old and had been widowed for over 30 years. Joan reconnected with Killian cousins in Longford and Roscommon in 1996 when she took her father to the Notre Dame Navy game in Dublin. This was the beginning of a journey of joy and discovery that Joan hopes to share with those in search of their own family history and place of origin in County Longford. It is this life changing cultural and educational exchange that is the mission of The Killian Homeplace Family History Centre.
The team of dedicated researchers and highly qualified genealogists at The Killian Homeplace are looking forward to working with members of the global diaspora as well as the local community in putting together their own County Longford family history and finding their place of origin. You can see what Longford records are online at Roots Ireland here and can learn more about our new centre here and here.
The County Longford Centre will be open initially on Friday afternoons from 1 to 4 pm, on Saturday mornings from 10 to 1 pm, in addition to hours by appointment. Opening hours will be extended as demand increases.
Contact details are below:
The Killian Homeplace,
Phone: + 353 (0) 86 395 2557