TRACING our ANCESTORS and DIASPORAS
The fieldtrip was led by Seamus Duggan, trainer with the Ireland Reaching Out – The National Reverse Genealogy project, for members of the North Tipperary - Ireland Reaching Out parish trainee volunteer network. The group visited Lough Doire Bhile Ecology Park, the Cabragh Wetlands and the Cormacstown Heritage Centre to explore the inter relationship between the natural heritage, cultural heritage, folklore and living memory through the landscape and artefacts of North Tipperary. The trainees were shown how to incorporate the three sites in the creation of a storyboard tour of cultural heritage of the region, for retuning diaspora groups.
Patrick Slattery, Director, Cormacstown Heritage Centre and Seamus Duggan, trainer with Ireland Reaching Out – The National Reverse Genealogy Project give a demonstration of the workings of a forge and a talk on the role, folk memory and folklore of the blacksmith. The heritage centre is planning to host guided tours of its unique private heritage collections for pre-booked groups of visiting diaspora, tourists or local groups who wish to learn more about the traditions, related artefacts and crafts of butter making, shoemaking, cooperage, retail, schooling, music, turf cutting and farming traditions of North Tipperary.
Seamus Duggan, (left) and Patrick Slattery, (third from left) pictured at the Cormackstown Museum of Rural Life with members of the North Tipperary Ireland Reaching Out parish volunteer group representing parishes in Boherlahann-Dualla, Thurles, Upperchurch/Drombane, Kilcommon, Templemore, Moyne-Templetouhy, Inch, Cormacstown and Cabragh.
North Tipperary Ireland XO volunteers at Lough Doire Bhile Ecology Park. Here the group are introduced to the natural history in the bog and human history of working the bog interrelated with the surrounding monastic sites. The talk highlighted the role of the bog in Irish life and folk memory and the need to conserve boglands as a valuable wildlife habitat promoting biodiversity which leads to the viability of grain and fruit crops by protecting insect and bird life.
The native wildlife of North Tipperary, its folklore and the need for conservation and how to present the story of local wildlife, presented at the Cabragh Wetlands centre. Ireland XO Volunteers pictured with Seamus Duggan and Adam Tozer, manager, Cabragh Wetlands Centre.
‘Genealogies of the bog - the human memory and soul of the bog held in the imagination of the community and the diaspora is like water in a scraw’. Seamus Duggan speaking to Ireland Reaching Out volunteers at Lough Doire Bhile Ecology Park as part of the training programme under the auspices of North Tipperary Leader Partnership and Ireland Reaching Out – The National Reverse Genealogy Project.
The North Tipperary Ireland Reaching Out volunteers are part of a growing national network of parishes and communities who support the development of research, connections and the welcoming of their communities diaspora through the Ireland Reaching Out website and through the future development of a county wide parish based ‘Festival of Welcome’ programme in North Tipperary. For further information contact Bernadette Quinlan, Animator, Ireland Reaching Out at North Tipperary Leader Partnership. Email: email@example.com