Know Your Place - It's in your nature

Medieval Stone Head

Last week a group of local people interested in archaeology and local history came together with Dr Christy Cunniffe to learn more about the great churches at Clonfert and Meelick in east Galway. The field trip was well attended and the weather played its part in making the day an unforgettable experience for everyone.

The day out also reflected two things; one, what you can learn from someone passionate about their own place who has an expert knowledge and ability to explain and hypothesise. Second, the importance of getting outside to ‘say what you see’. So often we let the landscape pass us by without asking ourselves what that mound might be, or why that hill is shaped as it is. Perhaps it’s an esker, a traditional site of habitation and transportation (or perhaps it is just a funny-shaped hill). Maybe that funny shaped hill has informed the history of your local area for thousands of years without you ever having noticed or known it before.

The group who ventured out last weekend returned that evening knowing more and certainly appreciating more about the local area. We walked away with a better understanding of our material and industrial heritage.

Portumna Marina, Co. Galway

As this weekend marks the beginning of #heritageweek make sure you pick up an Event Guide. The week runs from August 19th to 27th and offers talks, walks, workshops and demonstrations. Hundreds of national organisations and local groups have planned events from folklore to archaeology, architecture and local history. So #unplug and #getoutside.

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