An early start in Kil­te­gan

Bray People - - NEWS FOCUS -

KIL­TE­GAN STARTED pre­par­ing for the Gath­er­ing 2013 early by launch­ing a book­let on the area just be­fore Christ­mas.

The book­let touches upon lo­cal his­tory, schools and churches, the Hume col­lec­tion in Kil­te­gan and fam­ily names as­so­ci­ated with the vil­lage. ‘Kil­te­gan – The Gath­er­ing 2013’ also in­cludes sport­ing ac­tiv­i­ties in the area, es­pe­cially Kil­te­gan’s long as­so­ci­a­tion with GAA and camo­gies. The his­tory of the lo­cal ICA guild, set danc­ing and drama groups is also ex­plored.

Copies of the book­let were sent to Kil­te­gan na­tives cur­rently work­ing abroad and Mary Hick­son, of the Kil­te­gan Gath­er­ing Com­mit­tee, says the con­cept gen­er­ated a lot of good­will and gen­eros­ity of spirit in the lo­cal com­mu­nity.

‘At the out­set, our in­ten­tion was to put some­thing to­gether about the vil­lage, some­thing which might re­in­force peo­ples' sense of be­long­ing and pride of place - hav­ing some­thing tan­gi­ble to show friends abroad about their Ir­ish her­itage.’

The book­let also con­tains a cal- en­dar of events which high­lights lo­cal gath­er­ing which may ap­peal to any­one re­turn­ing to Kil­te­gan from for­eign shores.

‘ In writ­ing this Book­let, we dis­cov­ered in our­selves a height­ened aware­ness of the beauty and his­tory of our lovely vil­lage and sur­rounds.

‘We hope too that it in­spired peo­ple in some way – per­haps to re­mem­ber some­one from long ago, or now, or to ex­plore fur­ther and re­search our lo­cal his­tory,’ adds Mary.

Mary Kelly and Fr. Maloney present Andy O’Brien with a copy of ‘Kil­te­gan, The Gath­er­ing 2013’.

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