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Offaly Naturalists' Field Club Programme 2016
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Report on Offaly Annual Heritage Seminar Saturday 7th November 2015
Download the Offaly Heritage Seminar 2015 Brochure. Over 125 people attended the tours and talks at this year's annual Offaly Heritage Seminar. For the first time there was a choice of three morning trips, one to the new walking /cycle way at Mount Lucas Windfarm to see the landscape setting of the 28 turbines, a second to the burial grounds of St Brendan’s church in Birr and St Rynagh’s church in Banagher to discuss techniques for recording memorials on headstones with three practitioners Stephen Callaghan, James Scully and Eoghan Broderick. The third option was a visit to the County Archives in Tullamore Central Library with archivist Lisa Shortall who has been working on specific aspects of the archive over the past year.
After lunch in the Tullamore Dew Visitor Centre there was an afternoon of four presentations in the Offaly History Centre. There has been an exciting collaboration between the Offaly Arts and Heritage departments under the Percent for Arts Scheme and Arts Officer Sinead O’Reilly outlined the progression of public art in Offaly from statues such as the Earl of Rosse in John’s Place, Birr to the recent Joe Casslin work at Acres’ Hall in Tullamore followed by an insight into the three Secrets of Offaly projects for 2015 working with Kinnitty, Clonbullogue and Clara. Lisa Shortall’s talk discussed the range of material in the Belmont Mill archive, donated in 2003 by Tom Dolan. It documents a fascinating time in Belmont’s history and shows the hub of activity the mill and canal were then.
Maurice O’Keeffe of Irish Life and Lore presented 5 recordings he carried out with the community in Turraun this summer. This was a programme, part funded by the Heritage Council under their Community Grants, to record the memories of those involved in the early peat harvesting at Turraun and in particular the huge influx of workers who came from all over the country to work there. The community aspect to the project was introduced by Caitriona Devery. The final paper by John Feehan related very closely to these interviews and the site visit to Mount Lucas, A drama in 3 acts: the past, present and future of the bogs of Offaly. This reviewed the harvesting of the peat, gave us an insight into the biodiversity emerging and challenged us all to consider the afteruse of the cutaway peatlands.
Offaly Heritage Week 2015
Heritage Week was from Saturday 22nd August to Sunday 30th August in 2015. Download the Offaly Heritage Week 2015 brochure here. Last year the theme was industrial heritage. For more details and events throughout the country see www.heritageweek.ie. Thank you to all who hosted events and to those who participated! We are now planning for Heritage Week 2016 - so do contact us with any event ideas or see www.heritageweek.ie
Slieve Bloom Walks
For a full programme of walks in the Slieve Blooms see www.slievebloom.ie