Spiddal Orphan Home, Nead le Farrige, Spiddal, Co. Galway, Republic of Ireland

The Spiddal Orphan Home, also known as Nead le Farrige, was established in the 1850s at Spiddal, Co. Galway, in the aftermath fo the Great Famine. Its aim was to receive destitute children of any denomination from any part of Ireland. Nead le Farrige acted as a branch home of the Bird's Nest Home at Kingstown (Dun Laoghaire) run by Ellen Smyly in association with the Irish Church Missions. The Spiddal home could accommodate up to 90 girls and small boys.

The School site is shown on the 1905 map below.

Nead le Farrige site, Spiddal, c.1905.

Spiddal Orphan Home / Nead le Farrige from the north-west, Spiddal, Co. Galway, c.1902. © Peter Higginbotham

Spiddal Orphan Home / Nead le Farrige from the north-east, Spiddal, Co. Galway, c.1902. © Peter Higginbotham

Girls at Spiddal Orphan Home / Nead le Farrige, Spiddal, Co. Galway, c.1902. © Peter Higginbotham

Boys at Spiddal Orphan Home / Nead le Farrige, Spiddal, Co. Galway, c.1902. © Peter Higginbotham

The building no longer survives and a college now occupies the site.

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