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Welcome to Gartan.
You are very welcome to the Ireland Reaching Out parish of Gartan.
The 1821-1851 census returns were almost destroyed in a fire, the 1861-1891 census returns were destroyed by the Government. The 1901-1911 census returns are available on line free of charge on line on the National Archives of Ireland website.
Gartan (Irish: Gartan) is a parish in County Donegal, Ireland. It is best known for being the birthplace of Saint Colmcille or Columba, one of the three patron saints of Ireland and one of the most revered saints in the Christian world. Here he founded a monastery in 521. The popular song Gartan Mother's Lullaby comes from the area, and has been performed by many artists, including American actress Meryl Streep.
The book Kenny, by Leona Dalrymple (The Reilly & Britton Co., Chicago, 1917), which may be read online says:
The remains of St. Columba's church.
I often think these days of Kenny's wood-fire tales of the shrine of Black Gartan where St. Columba was born. Colomcille, old Kenny called him around the wood-fire, didn't he? Colomcille, Kenny said, having been in exile, knew the homesick pangs himself and therefore could give the good Irishmen who journeyed to his shrine strength to bear them. I'm not in exile but there are times when I should be journeyin' off, as Kenny says when the brogue is on him, to Black Gartan. The curse of the Celt! Kenny swears there's no homesickness in the world like an Irishman's passionate longing for home and kin. Not that I long for the studio. God forbid! Kenny's the symbol for it all.
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Ba mhaith liom ta go maith ar do thuras na fionnachtana, I wish you well on your journey of
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