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Making the Past a Place - thoughts for Cong 2015

This post is written in preparation for Cong 2015 ( which takes place in Mayo on 27th & 28th of November. It represents the work of John Tierney of Eachtra & Bernie Goldbach of LIT.


Miner's house in the Mardyke, Tipperary

Bill Martin has been recording and publishing the history and archaeology of the Slieve Ardagh hills for the last 15 years. Yesterday as part of the Local Diaspora Fund he brought me to see the remains of the Mining Company of Ireland works at the Mardyke near Killenaule in the Slieve Ardaghs.


Walking to the Guinness Storehouse



"If you wanted a pork chop you had to go to the pork shop".

I met Mr Tony Buckley last week. He is a retired butcher and an active local historian working with the Robert Emmet Community Development Project in Usher St in the Liberties of Dublin. During our chat Tony told us something of being a butcher in Dublin city.



Gavin Morrissey - 6 relatives who fought in WW1

Gavin is a transition year student in Abbey Community College, Ferrybank, Co. Kilkenny. As part of a project surveying a nearby graveyard the class were introduced to simple methods for family history research and publication. Using his own initiative he then interviewed his gran and his dad and has started a folder of notes. Here Gavin introduces the story of his six relatives who served in World War 1.


Commemoration, the Piltown Ambush and Ireland 2016

When historians warn us to be careful with commemoration we must take heed. For Ireland 2016 community-based historical projects should be encouraged to aim for high quality research, data gathering, analysis and publication - a citizen researcher is envisaged, capitalising on digital toolsets to tell stories of the past in new ways. A broad community of local communities, families with their own stories to tell, historians, political activists and others will all participate in this Ireland 2016 project and it promises to be an interesting ride.


From 1798 to the Somme and a shooting by night



Some things to see in Mitchelstown July 2014

Swing in off the M8 which bypasses Mitchelstown and rewind time by visiting these historic places.


Canon Sheehan of Doneraile

by Joe Hassett

“Where dwellest thou rabbi – here I am”, these words are inscribed on the grave of Canon Sheehan of Doneraile who died on Rosary Sunday Oct 5th 1913 thus bringing to a close the mortal life of a literary colossus, an intellectual, a caring pastor and a true nationalist.


The first ever steeplechase ended here in 1752