High­lights of Cur­row’s his­tory and her­itage make for eye-catch­ing dis­play in cen­tre of com­mu­nity

The Kerryman (South Kerry Edition) - - NEWS -

THE long and rich his­tory of a cen­tral Kerry com­mu­nity is be­ing cel­e­brated in a bright new dis­play for all to en­joy that was un­veiled to the pub­lic last week.

From its ear­li­est ori­gins to its ec­cle­si­as­ti­cal im­por­tance through­out the Mid­dle Ages, the whole Cur­row story of the long ago is the fas­ci­nat­ing sub­ject of the new in­for­ma­tion dis­play un­veiled in the heart of the vil­lage last Tues­day.

It is the work of the Cur­row Ru­ral De­vel­op­ment com­pany mem­bers who ap­plied for a slice of the Kerry Com­mu­nity Sup­port Fund last year to­wards com­pil­ing a short his­tory of the area.

It’s a com­mu­nity that fairly de­mands it with ev­i­dence of hu­man set­tle­ment in the area go­ing back at least 4,000 years.

“Curow has a num­ber of note­wor­thy sites of his­tor­i­cal and ar­chae­o­log­i­cal im­por­tance,” one of those in­volved in the de­vel­op­ment Peter O’Con­nor said.

“The pres­ence of a num­ber of pre­his­toric sites in­clud­ing a stand­ing stone in Park­nas­mut­tane in­di­cates that the re­gion was oc­cu­pied dur­ing the pre-his­toric pe­riod c4000 years ago. Other ar­chae­o­log­i­cal re­mains such as ogham stones, ring­forts, souter­rains and Fu­lachta Fia’s in­di­cate that the Killeen­tierna re­gion was flour­ish­ing over 1,000 years ago in what is known as the early me­dieval pe­riod,” Peter ex­plained.

Other no­table sites in­clude the re­mains of a num­ber of me­dieval churches in­clud­ing Killeen­tierna, Dy­sert, Ard­crone and Kil­sar­con.

It is all laid out now on the in­for­ma­tion boards lo­cated at the en­trance of Scoil Mhuire agus Naomh Treasa. “An in­vi­ta­tion is ex­tended to all to come and view them. We hope that these boards will pro­vide a greater knowl­edge and un­der­stand­ing as well as a sense of pride in the lo­cal area,” Peter added.

Peter O’Con­nor, Siob­han Flem­ing, Mar­garet Han­i­fin (prin­ci­pal Cur­row NS) Robert Maguire, Paula McGa­ley, Michael Bros­nan (pho­tog­ra­pher), Char­lie and Ben Bros­nan at the un­veil­ing of a spe­cial plaque in Cur­row last week.

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