Cloughjordan's Scohaboy Bog project receives European cultural heritage award

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Cloughjordan's Scohaboy Bog project receives European cultural heritage award

Members of Cloughjordan Community Development Committee with the award

Cloughjordan has been awarded the 2018 European Year of Cultural Heritage mark by the Heritage Council of Ireland in recognition of the community supported conservation works at Scohaboy Bog SAC.

The Cloughjordan Community Development Committee are the community partners with Coillte Forest and the National Parks and Wildlife Service in the EU LIFE funded raised bog restoration project. Scohaboy is a national demonstration site for the restoration programme.

The European Year of Cultural Heritage mark recognises the collaborative approach taken with the conservation efforts at Scohaboy and the integration of scientific, historical and local knowledge in the sites conservation management.

A national award winning community conservation effort, Scohaboy Bog was chosen to represent it in the 2017 National Get Involved Competition, securing a fourth place finish overall.

Last Saturday, the inaugural European Year of Cultural Heritage event took place in Cloughjordan when a free bog guides training day, interpreting the natural and cultural heritage of peatlands, was held in the Thomas MacDonagh Heritage Centre and at Scohaboy Bog.

Kate Flood from Girley Bog Meitheal presented on peatland conservation, folklore and culture to the booked out event, which included representatives from local voluntary groups, Cloughjordan Heritage Group, Terryglass / Kilbarron Historical Scociety and Carrownagappul Living Bog in Galway.

The committee thanked the Thomas MacDonagh Heritage Centre for hosting the day and Tipperary County Council for funding the training by way of Local Agenda 21.

Meanwhile, Scohaboy Bog has also been included in the new Stories from the Landscape series by Tipperary Heritage Office.

The series is a collaborative project between the Heritage Offices in Tipperary, Galway and Clare and Galway Film Centre.