Hear fas­ci­nat­ing tales dur­ing Bal­ly­mote Her­itage week­end

The Sligo Champion - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

DID you know that the first per­son to have brought Chris­tian­ity to Ire­land may come from Egypt?

Or that money and cat­tle taken from Sligo churches by the Knights Tem­plar helped fund the me­di­ae­val Cru­sades in the Holy Land?

Or that an­cient monas­tic slabs were once re­moved from Car­rown­tem­ple by an Amer­i­can pri­est and later found in a Leitrim an­tiques dealer?

These fas­ci­nat­ing tales and more will be ex­plored at the up­com­ing an­nual Bal­ly­mote Her­itage Week­end.

A host of distin­guished aca­demics, re­tired diplo­mats, his­to­ri­ans and au­thors will share their knowl­edge of the past with mem­bers of the pub­lic from Friday 3rd Au­gust - Mon­day 6 th Au­gust.

UCD Pro­fes­sor Mary Daly will give the open­ing lec­ture on Fe­male Suf­frage and the Ir­ish Rev­o­lu­tion 1912-’22 at the of­fi­cial open­ing at 8.30pm on Friday in the Tea­gasc Cen­tre, Bal­ly­mote.

“We’re cel­e­brat­ing equal­ity and fe­male suf­frage given it’s 100 years since Count­ess Markievicz was elected and women got the vote,” said Bal­ly­mote Her­itage Group PRO Neal Farry.

The 51st edi­tion of the Cor­ran Her­ald will also be pub­lished dur­ing the event with 80 pages of photographs and ar­ti­cles penned by lo­cals.

The week­end it­self in­cludes out­ings to Creevy­keel Court Tomb, Ballinto­ber Cas­tle and grave­yard, the Ar­mada In­ter­pre­ta­tive Cen­tre in Grange, Done­gal Cas­tle, St At­tracta’s Holy Well at Clogher and Don­a­mon Monastery in Roscom­mon.

BBC broad­caster and his­to­rian Mal­colm Billings will give a talk on the cru­sades while re­tired diplo­mat Alf Mon­aghan will re­veal com­pelling ev­i­dence that St Pa­trick was not the first mis­sion­ary to bring Chris­tian­ity to Ire­land.

“It’s fas­ci­nat­ing stuff, he has com­pelling ev­i­dence that they were mis­sion­ar­ies who came from North Africa and Egypt in par­tic­u­lar,” said Neal. See http://bal­ly­mote­heritage.com

Repli­cas of the monas­tic slabs at Car­rown­tem­ple will be viewed dur­ing Bal­ly­mote Her­itage Week­end.

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