Coun­cil ini­tia­tive aim­ing to pre­serve County Cork’s his­toric grave­yards

The Corkman - - NEWS - BILL BROWNE

GRAVE­YARDS across Cork County have for gen­er­a­tions served as a key source of in­for­ma­tion for his­to­ri­ans, schol­ars and those with an in­ter­est in trac­ing their fam­ily lin­eage.

Many of them are quite rightly re­garded as his­tor­i­cal gems, al­low­ing peo­ple to re­visit their an­ces­try, get a glimpse of life in par­ishes across the county and re­mem­ber the char­ac­ters whose lives helped mould the places where we live.

Un­for­tu­nately, some of our older grave­yards have fallen vic­tim to the rav­ages of time and ne­glect and have be­come over­grown and aban­doned.

On the other hand com­mu­ni­ties and in­di­vid­u­als across Cork have put im­mense time and ef­fort into pre­serv­ing and pro­tect­ing th­ese ver­i­ta­ble cap­sules of lo­cal his­tory for fu­ture gen­er­a­tions.

With this in mind, Cork County Coun­cil’s His­toric Mon­u­ments Ad­vi­sory Com­mit­tee has an­nounced de­tails of an ini­tia­tive aimed at training lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties to man­age their grave­yards.

Un­der the ini­tia­tive one-day work­shops will be held at lo­ca­tions across the county, with the North Cork one tak­ing place at the Spring­fort Hall Ho­tel in Mal­low on Satur­day, Novem­ber 18.

The work­shop will be de­liv­ered by ex­pe­ri­enced ar­chae­ol­o­gists Jac­inta Kiely and John Tier­ney of the His­toric Graves Project, which has been in­volved with many com­mu­nity groups in more than 700 Ir­ish grave­yards, de­tails of which can be found on their web­site at www.his­toric­graves.com.

The Coun­cil’s her­itage of­fi­cer, Conor Nel­li­gan, said the work­shop would in­cor­po­rate morn­ing lec­tures cov­er­ing top­ics in­clud­ing man­age­ment plans, case stud­ies and con­ser­va­tion meth­ods.

“The com­mit­tee is of­fer­ing an op­por­tu­nity to learn how to best clean up and main­tain, in a sym­pa­thetic man­ner, th­ese his­toric rest­ing places in an ap­pro­pri­ate and re­spect­ful man­ner and in com­pli­ance with leg­is­la­tion,” said Mr Nel­li­gan.

He said com­mu­ni­ties in­ter­ested in grave­yard care and main­te­nance and learn­ing sim­ple, ef­fec­tive sys­tems for good qual­ity man­age­ment are in­vited to at­tend the work­shop.

“The com­mit­tee is of­fer­ing an op­por­tu­nity to learn how to best clean up and main­tain, in a sym­pa­thetic man­ner, th­ese his­toric rest­ing places in an ap­pro­pri­ate and re­spect­ful man­ner and in com­pli­ance with leg­is­la­tion,” said Mr Nel­li­gan.

“The work­shop is be­ing con­ducted free of charge and spa­ces will be al­lo­cated on a first come, first served ba­sis. Those in­ter­ested in at­tend­ing, shar­ing their knowl­edge and ex­pe­ri­ence and re­ceiv­ing new training can regis­ter by email­ing Jac­inta@each­tra. ie or call­ing 087 2362319.”

The his­toric grave­yard at Mar­shal­stown near Mitchel­stown, which is fea­tured on the His­toric Graves web­site.

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