A project recording details of all the households in each townland in the Arigna valley and Glen from 1858 (Griffiths Valuation) to date will form part of ‘Finding the Homeplace Exhibition - Arigna Co Roscommon’ from July 26th - August 4th.
Their aim is to have a record of all the families that lived in the area and details of those who emigrated or had to leave. The group are photographing all the old houses that are scattered throughout the valley. They are a reminder of times past when life was hard but simple and they all have a story which if not researched may otherwise be lost or forgotten.
The study is on-going but the findings will go on display as part of an exhibition to be held in Arigna from the 26th July 2013 to the 4th August 2013 in conjunction with events planned for the Arigna Gathering and The Gathering in the Glen. This information may also be helpful to people trying to find their homeplace.
As part of our exhibition they hope to display stories and details of life in Arigna down through the years, and although there is a lot of information available from the Archive’s and the Valuation Office etc, it would be impossible to do a proper history without help from locals and people who are connected to this area.
If you have any information, stories or old photographs that you feel may be helpful please get in touch a firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our website Arignaheritage.ie.
You can also contact Brenda on 086 3680735 and Fiona on 0879359927.