Tir Chonaill go Glaschú (and back)1880
Tir Chonaill go Glaschú (and back)
Four times a week you can still get the bus from Calder Street direct to Gweedore and all the other villages in West Donegal (Tir Chonaill), a journey taken in the opposite direction by thousands of people over the years as they left rural poverty in Ireland for a new life. Although people of Irish heritage are now fully part of Scottish society the family connections across the water for many are still strong. (But today many take the plane)
Although the first big Irish migration to Glasgow was in the 1840s, in Govanhill it grew from a few hundred in the 1870s to 4000 by 1911 and peaked at 6,000 and has left many marks such as the magnificent Holy Cross Church, 5 Irish pubs and a lively cultural scene. The Irish Heritage Foundation has made its headquarters in Govanhill.