National Heritage Week 2020

Photo: Illustrative image for the 'National Heritage Week 2020' page
Photo: Illustrative image for the 'National Heritage Week 2020' page
Photo:Mary B. Davitt's Cards for getting the wool ready to spin...

Mary B. Davitt's Cards for getting the wool ready to spin...

Mary O'Malley

Photo:Harvest Knot made by Deirdre McGuirk

Harvest Knot made by Deirdre McGuirk

Mary O'Malley

Photo: Illustrative image for the 'National Heritage Week 2020' page

Louisburgh-Killeen Heritage present our projects for 2020

By Mary Omalley

National Heritage week 2020 will be a virtual showcase of all things Heritage related. The main themes for 2020 are:

  • Heritage on your doorstep.
  • Relearning skills from our Heritage.
  • The Heritage of Education.

Having a website www.louisburgh-killeenheritage.org, established in 2011 we are using this to share our stories with you for National Heritage Week 2020. With the Covid 19 pandemic restricting travel within our country and restrictions on public gatherings, it is the best possible excuse to promote, explore and share our local areas online. In Louisburgh & Killeen we are spoilt for choice with numerous archaeological sites, ruins of old churches, areas of outstanding natural beauty & a wealth of local knowledge within the community just waiting to be recorded. Below you will find a brief on the three projects we are promoting as part of National Heritage Week this year. We encourage you all to submit your own story by emailing lkheritage@gmail.com. And check out www.heritageweek.ie. 

 

 

 

Heritage on your Doorstep

Virtual tour of Megalithic Wedge Tomb

Deirdre McGuirk, Tour Guide and Major Award in Culture and Heritage Studies, investigated a local wedge tomb at Srahwee, known locally as “Altoir”. She recorded her findings in virtual video. It is a fascinating insight into an archaeological site that we drive by on most days without looking at twice. Deirdre brings us back in time to understand how this structure came to be and what it was used for down through the years.

 

Click here to watch Deirdre showing the Srahwee Wedge Tomb:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wrf0piNYHgg

 

 

 

Relearning Skills from our Heritage

The Story of Our Family Spinning Wheel

A once common sight in many homes around Ireland the Spinning Wheel was the main focus of the home. We were fortunate that Mary O’Malley had access to her great, great grandmothers’ wheel. Her mother Mary B. Davitt still uses the wheel although mostly for demonstrations nowadays. They recorded a written account of what they can remember and include videos and photos. The Covid 19 Pandemic was the ideal opportunity to pass on the skill of knitting to Mary B.s’ Grandchildren. They made knitted woollen squares, using various patterns and completed a Lockdown 2020 family blanket.

Click on the link to see more: http://www.louisburgh-killeenheritage.org/page/relearning_skills_from_our_heritage

 

Sharing the traditional craft of making a Harvest Knot

Deirdre McGuirk, Tour Guide and Major Award in Culture and Heritage Studies, demonstrates how to make a Harvest Knot using straw. An age-old tradition that would herald the start of harvest time in August when the crops were taken from the fields and stored for the winter. Deirdre shares this easy to follow step by step process in a video.

Click here to watch Deirdre Showing the Harvest Knot: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S2n5ScxtoiQ

 

 

 

The Heritage of Education

Keeping Connected During Covid 2020 by Virtual Communication.

Since the lock-down in March 2020 began a Louisburgh man, Des Grealis has gathered together not just the community, but reached out to a global audience by way of a weekly Facebook TV channel.  Showcasing local skills, talent and interesting pastimes of old, the weekly shows have educated us on our local area and reached out to our family and friends all over the world. Heading in to its 25th week Louisburgh Community TV has become a beacon of hope, laughter and source of great comfort to all. 

Click on the link to watch Des talking about the Louisburgh Community TV Channel. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lSs_pneR2hI

And follow the weekly show on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/louisburghtv/

Or on their YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCdpvAOwJ-tRed7GeqFE2Nhw

 

 

 

 

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