Over the past few years, we have very much enjoyed planning and holding events for National Heritage Week which is a fantastic initiative coordinated by The Heritage Council – here you can find a short synopsis of the events held each year…
NATIONAL HERITAGE WEEK 2021 (August 14th – 22nd)
Yet another National Heritage Week has come to a close and we were delighted to hold an exhibition today at Clashmore Heritage Centre which cast a spotlight on the progress of our Townland Survey Project which we began during 2020. We have to date been working on an initial ten townlands and today we exhibited the first six of these, namely Ballindrumma, Carronadavderg (parish boundaries mean nothing to us! ), Clashmore, Kilmore, Raheen & Prospect Hall.
We had a nice turnout of people wandering through over the morning and as always in-person conversations will always throw up new and interesting information and stories so plenty of items to work on as we plan the next bunch of townlands over the next few months! For anyone who was not able to make it along to our event, you can browse through our Virtual Exhibition below – enjoy!
We have been planning a Placenames Project for the parish for some time and finally we are getting around to doing something about it! This is partly thanks to the encouragement of the #KnowYour5k initiative of the Heritage Council which helped many us of through a tough last couple of months during the pandemic.
There are several existing primary sources for this type of project such as Canon Power’s Placenames of The Decies (1907), The Schools Folklore Collection (1930s), the OSI’s Historic Mapping collection and the Placenames Branch initiative (1960s) but collating all of this material is part of the challenge ahead. Also there are gaps in these sources where certain features may not be mentioned and this is where our planned project will hopefully step in.
So…we are planning to get this project rolling by first inviting local participants to help us to carry out a survey of the Industrial & Agricultural Heritage sites of the area to feed into an event for National Heritage Week 2021 which takes place towards the end of August. The survey will aim to record features in the landscape including (but by no means restricted to) the following: Wells, water pumps, iron gates, creamery stands, stone depots, mill stones, quern stones, forges and smithies, quarries, bridges, mills, lime kilns, ice houses, quays, agricultural machinery etc. (and any place names, field names or family names that might be associated with them).
So can we ask that anyone interested in taking part in this survey could please contact us by Monday, May 3rd via our email address email@example.com or alternatively via our Facebook Page and we will sign you up! We will hold an informational session later in the month to explain how the survey will be carried out and what you can do to help etc.
NATIONAL HERITAGE WEEK 2020*
[* No event due to COVID-19 restrictions]
National Heritage Week 2019
We were delighted to have such a great turnout at our Heritage Event 2019 on Sunday August 25th at Clashmore Heritage Centre and we want to sincerely thank everyone for coming along on the day, especially those that travelled long distances! The running theme for the 2019 event was Pastimes | Past Times which indeed allowed us to put together a broad agenda!
First up on the agenda was a presentation on the “Pastimes & Sporting Activities” which were popular in this locality in the past. This was followed by a wonderful talk by Mary Sheehan, Ballinaclash on her experiences of fishing on the River Blackwater and all about the various characters that crossed her path over the years. Finally we had a talk by Nicholas Graves from An Rinn who spoke at length about Bill Lennon of Clashmore and the part he played in the War of Independence which was also very interesting.
We wish to sincerely thank both of our guest speakers on the day. Also we wish to thank all of our narrators who contributed to the “Pastimes” piece and to anyone who contributed photos to that effort. Finally thank you to everyone who helped out with the refreshments during the event! For anyone who wasn’t able to make it on the day, we hope to share some of the footage online for everyone to enjoy – please watch the Clashmore-Kinsalebeg Heritage Group Facebook page for updates on that.
P.S. Here is the video show on the day titled “Pastimes & Sporting Days of Old” – we hope you enjoy it!
National Heritage Week 2018
Every year, National Heritage Week is coordinated by The Heritage Council when local and national events are organised throughout the country to highlight and showcase the wonderful work being done by local heritage groups to preserve and promote our natural, built and cultural heritage.
Here in Clashmore village, our own Heritage group hosted a special event at Clashmore Heritage Centre between 10am and 1pm on Sunday, August 26th 2018 entitled “Clashmore in the 19th Century” which mainly focused on the history of Clashmore Distillery, aswell as some updates on the renovation efforts being planned for this iconic building. Also in the year that’s in it, there will be some stories from The Great War, in particular about local involvement.
Finally Jacinta Kiely from Historic Graves gave us some fantastic updates about the very important survey work being carried out by Historic Graves on three of the graveyards in the parish and we hope that people will be able to help fill in some of the gaps on these.
For any of those who were unable to make it on the day, you can check out the following slideshow which gives a brief synopsis of the various topics presented on the day…
NATIONAL HERITAGE WEEK 2017
This was the first year that our group held an event for National Heritage Week and we were surely just finding our feet first time around!
The theme of Heritage Week 2017 was “Nature as part of our Cultural Heritage” so on the day we had presentations covering the heritage of our ‘Built Environment’ and also the wonderful, hands-on Graveyard Survey project carried out on the ‘St. Mochua’s Graveyard’.
The Graveyard Survey of St. Mochua’s had been carried out in 2016 as part of a ‘Historic Graves’ project led by John Tierney and Jacinta Kiely (Eachtra Archaelogical Sevices). This graveyard is a mixed-faith site with Catholic and Anglican burials present covering 18th, 19th and 20th c. burials, the full results of which can be seen here.
This was a community project with many local residents getting involved over two days and with on-the-job training being provided by John Tierney such as gravestone ‘rubbing’ to bring up the elegant motifs on some of the memorials and various tricks as to how to read what seemed like unreadable memorial stones (a good torch was a big advantage!).
On the day, Jacinta Kiely gave a very concise review of this project and spoke about future plans to survey the other graveyards in the area such as those at St. Cronan’s Parish Church,Clashmore & St. Bartholemews, Piltown (these have been surveyed since and are also available at Historic Graves)
The second presentation of the day covered the initial ‘Village Streetscape’ project carried out over a number of years to map the built environment of Clashmore Village over an approx. 170-year period between 1850 – Present.
The basis for this ‘Streetscape’ project was initially the 1851 Griffiths Valuation Books which happened to match reasonably accurately to the accompanying valuation map as regards building numberings etc. Later detail was gleaned from various other sources such as Census Records, Newspaper Records and Living Recollections. A large part of this project was the collecting of old photos of various buildings and shopfronts to provide greater context to the environment. The initial Village Streetscape draft is available to view as a HTML file here on the Discover Clashmore website, but it is hoped to map this in a more user-friendly way in the future.