Archaeologist to help unearth local histories around Croghan

Fiona Heavey

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Fiona Heavey

Archaeologist to help unearth local histories around Croghan

Our Townland: Our History project in Croghan

As part of the "Our Townland: Our history" project taking place in Croghan parish and the surrounding areas, archaeologist John Tierney will be running a workshop tomorrow, Thursday, June 14  for those interested in collecting information on the townlands where they come from.

He will teach people how to identify, number and photograph historic farmsteads, and attach genealogical datasets to each place, while keeping track of all records produced. The venue will be Elphin Day Care centre to facilitate older residents of the Croghan Parish and surrounding areas.  This is situated just across from Glancy's shop at the top of the town. There is lots of parking behind the building. Time: 2-3.15 pm, Thursday.

The premise for this project is that in our local townlands, a range of different histories are being buried right before our eyes. Locals plan to unearth some of it before its too late.

Diane McEleaney, artist will be leading a two-day art mapping workshop  in Croghan National School.  With the assistance of their teacher Mr. Gary kelleherm the  sixth class children have been busy taking photopgraphs, and collecting stories from their local townlands.

Diane will work within a collaborative ethos with Archaeologist John Tierney who will be  training the young people to search for clues of their history in their own local landscapes. Together they will produce large scale drawings exploring identify through the land and using the visual. 

For more information about the Townlands project, please contact Patricia Keane 086 3165820 Facebook page: Our Townland: Our History

This project is funded by The Heritage Council, celebrating  the European Year of Cultural Heritage #MakingaConnection.