Federations Enjoy Big Success at Joint Seminar in Inniskeen Co.Monaghan
by Larry Breen, FLHS
The normally quiet village of Inniskeen, Co. Monaghan came alive with a great buzz of activity at the Patrick Kavanagh Centre in the heart of the village on Saturday, 1st December when local historians from all over the island gathered to celebrate local history with a seminar entitled “Local History Ireland”.
Delegates had travelled from all over the country representing many local history groups from counties Kildare, Meath, Dublin, Roscommon, Westmeath, Offaly, Leitrim, Louth, Longford, Monaghan, Cavan, Tyrone, Antrim, Armagh, Down, Derry and even as far away as Ballincollig in Co. Cork. The impressive programme covered a wide range of local history and related topics.
This was followed by a most interesting talk on the subject of a project developed by the two Federations called “Hidden Gems & Forgotten People.” Larry Breen of the F.L.H.S and Pat Devlin of F.U.L.S outlined how the project started and its development over the last few years. They illustrated this with examples of Hidden Gems & Forgotten People which had been submitted and were now on display on the Hidden Gems website www.hidden-gems.eu
The afternoon sessions, chaired by Frank Taaffe, Chairman of the F.L.H.S. began with an absorbing presentation on the subject of “Researching & Preserving Local History and Archives.” Roddy Hegarty, Director of the Cardinal O’Fiaich Library & Archive, spoke on how to establish a framework for capturing and keeping local history. Roddy basically broke the approach down to two basic functions namely, what is being researched and who is the audience. He cleverly and clearly built his approach on the where, when, why, who and what questions which he then proceeded to answer. Again the talk left the audience with a lot to think about.
Great credit to all the speakers who provided a real “feast of local history” on the day.
Special thanks to the Patrick Kavanagh Centre and all their staff for providing a great facility matched with excellent service and to the catering company who provided excellent food and refreshments.