Seachtain na hOidhreachta 2020 i gContae an Longfoirt
2020 has proven to be an unusual and challenging year, that has affected so many people and events throughout the country. This year, instead of concentrating on events in a changing social situation, the Heritage Council invited individuals, community groups and heritage organisations to explore the theme of Learning through our heritage, and develop projects and submit them to heritageweek.ie
Community groups and individuals from around County Longford have developed projects and videos for Heritage Week, looking as aspects of Longford’s education heritage as well as our cultural, built and natural heritage.
Below are a selection of the videos were developed, that we will be showcasing on our social media sites, during Heritage Week. More events are coming on-stream after the 15th of August. We are encouraging people and groups to get involved and develop their own projects, which can be videos, Powerpoint presentations, photographic or art projects, anything you like. All projects submitted to www.heritageweek.ie before the 30th of August will be eligible to be entered in the National Heritage Week Competition.
Click here to download the revised timetable running from 20th August 2020, as a result of the Government's new regulations on gatherings in the ongoing containment of the COVID-19 pandemic.
- The Anglo-Normans in County Longford with Dr. Kieran O’Conor Click here to see the project on heritageweek.ie
also, Norman People with the Knights & Conquests Visitor Centre Click here to see this project on heritage week.ie
- Camlin River- a Secret History, with John Connell Click here to see the project on heritageweek.ie
- Commemorating the Connaught Rangers Mutiny 1920, Danny Tiernan (a founder of the Connaught Rangers Association) and Hugh Farrell of County Longford Historical Society Click here to see the project on heritageweek.ie (in progress)
- ...and where are you from?: creative workshops exploring Longford’s townlands, with Ardagh Heritage & Creativity Centre Click here to see the project on heritageweek.ie
- Edgeworths & Education: Edgeworthstown’s place in the beginning of our primary schools, with the Edgeworth Society Click here to see the project on heritageweek.ie
- The Farrell Clan - a collection of memories and stories, with the Farrell Clan & Anna Delaney Click here to see the project on heritage week.ie (in progress)
- The Longford ‘IX’, with the Longford Vintage Club on the history of the iconic Longford registration prefix. Click here to see the project on heritageweek.ie
- Let me tell you! Rural life objects from North Longford, with the Rath Mhuire Men’s Social Club Click here to see the project on heritageweek.ie
- Life before stone, with Charlie McMonagle Click here to see the project on heritageweek.ie
- Lockdown Longford Lore, with Meadhbh Ní Bhradáigh & Sally McHugh Click here to see the project on heritageweek.ie
- Moyne Latin School - Scoil ar leith, with the Latin School Community Centre Click here to see the project on heritageweek.ie
- Our Family’s Eviction after the Famine, with Aidan O’Hara Click here to see the project on heritageweek.ie (in progress)
- The Story of Education in Kenagh, with Paddy Egan (coming soon)
- Summer at Ounamoun Nature Reserve, with Noel Kiernan Click here to see the project on heritageweek.ie
- The Remarkable Bishop O’Higgins, with the Drumlish History & Heritage Society Click here to see the project on heritageweek.ie (in progress)
- Virtually Celebrating St. Paul’s Newtownforbes Bicentenary, with Doreen McHugh Click here to see the project on heritageweek.ie (in progress)
- Bilberry Sunday 2020, with Creative Ardagh and Brendan Farrell (coming soon)
- Mudbugs with Jess - creative video for children, to be broadcast on Facebook.com/LongfordHeritageArchives on Tuesday 18th August
- Scéalaíocht le Theresa, bilingual storytelling with Theresa. (Scéal greannmhar faoi an céad lá ar scoil/Naíonra./ A funny story of a little bear at his first day of school and a Mamaí who can’t bear to let go.), to be broadcast on Facebook.com/LongfordHeritageArchives on Saturday 15th August
- Caring for swifts, with Swift Conservation Longford (coming soon)
Creative arts, glocal communities, & folklore engagement
This remarkable project was developed by Meadhbh Ni Bhradáigh and Sally McHugh, the daughter and granddaughter of Cáit Ni Bhrádaigh, a Longford schoolteacher who collected local folklore in the 1930s, a selection of which was published in the journal Béaloideas in 1936. This aim of this project was to increase the publics knowledge and engagement with local folklore, in particular Cáit's collection, which included some well known stories, as well as some less familiar tales and cures.
Meadhbh and Sally invited people to interpret a selection of the folklore in a creative manner, using any medium they wanted. This resulted in creative responses such as art, writing, music and photography.
This got a truly global response, with pieces flowing in not just from Longford and Ireland, but England, Europe, Asia, Australia and the U.S.A.These pieces have been shared on their website folklorelongford.com
I rith Seachtain na hOidhreachta/ During Heritage Week:
We will be showcasing this website and pieces from the site, on Saturday 15th on the Longford Heritage & Archives Facebook page.