THE HISTORY FESTIVAL OF IRELAND, CARLOW: 9 JUNE 2012
by Larry Breen, FLHS
FULS AND FLHS PROMINENT AT THE FIRST EVER HISTORY FESTIVAL
The recent Festival of History held in County Carlow proved to be a great success. The event conceived and organised in conjunction with Eigse and the Carlow Arts Festival by Turtle Bunbury, well known Broadcaster, Author and Historian, was held over the two days of 9th and 10th June at the beautiful Lisnavagh House near Rathvilly in Co. Carlow.
Pat and Larry then delivered a presentation on how the Hidden Gems project started, the work that had been done, and the progress that had been made to date. Selected examples from a range of contributions, from both North and South and representing hidden gems and forgotten people were presented on the large screen and explained by the speakers.
Our talk was the first of the festival so we got the privilege of kick starting the event. The presentation was well received by a large and attentive audience. During the presentation we were able to distribute our new hidden gems leaflet together with a contribution form.
A Federations Stand was strategically set up in the marquee with backdrops and promotional/information literature on display. People were invited to take the hand outs and many people did over the two days. The occasion also allowed those society members in attendance to meet and share the experience.