Get Ready for National Heritage Week in Fingal Libraries, 19th – 27th August!

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by Fingal Libraries on August 1, 2017.

Each year, at the end of August, national and local community organisations facilitate a programme of events throughout the country highlighting the abundance of great work that is carried out to preserve and promote our natural, built and cultural heritage. This year, National Heritage Week takes place from 19th – 27th August and Fingal Libraries […]

National Heritage Week 2017

Each year, at the end of August, national and local community organisations facilitate a programme of events throughout the country highlighting the abundance of great work that is carried out to preserve and promote our natural, built and cultural heritage. This year, National Heritage Week takes place from 19th – 27th August and Fingal Libraries will again be participating with events in library branches.

The oral story-telling tradition is recognised as an important part of our cultural heritage and everybody has a story to tell. Perhaps you would like to tell your story in public – to family, friends, members of the local community or to the general public? Maybe you would like to prepare your story for publication? Storyteller and writer Brendan Nolan will be facilitating ‘Telling Your Own Story’ workshops during Heritage Week to give you the skills, techniques and confidence to do just that.

Researching you family history has become an increasingly popular activity in recent years. All families have stories to tell but you may be unsure about how to begin the research process. Perhaps you have already carried out some research into your family history but need expert advice on how to make the connections and fill in the gaps? This Heritage Week you can book a free 25-minute individual consultation with a genealogist from the Eneclann Genealogy Advisory Service in library branches.

One family, famous for its prominent role in the 1916 Rising, is remembered this Heritage Week in Fingal Library branches. However, it’s the lesser known Pearse siblings, Margaret and Mary Brigid Pearse (sisters of Patrick and Willie, executed for their roles Rising) who are the subjects of this fascinating talk and harp recital by Teresa and Mary Louise O’Donnell. The Pearse sisters have long been overshadowed by their famous brothers but they too travelled interesting paths in life. Margaret was an Irish language activist, politician and educator, working with Patrick in founding St Enda’s School and taking the school into her own hands following his execution. Mary Brigid was a musician, teacher, actress and author of short stories, children’s stories, and dramas.

Digitization has made a whole range of cultural resources more accessible. Two fascinating resources, easily accessible online are Dúchas.ie and Logainm.ie. Dúchas.ie is the project to digitize the National Folklore Collection of Ireland, one of the largest folklore collections in the world.  Material from 26 counties in the Schools’ Collection has been available on the site since September 2016 and new material is being added on a phased basis. Meitheal Dúchas.ie is a community transcription project, the aim of which is to increase community participation in the project, which will in turn improve accessibility of the material. In just over two years, over 50,000 pages have been transcribed in both Irish and English making it one of the most successful crowd-sourcing projects of its kind in the world.

Logainm.ie is the place names database of Ireland and its sister website Meitheal Logainm.ie was launched in April 2016. Meitheal Logainm.ie invites the public to enter data regarding minor place names (such as field names) on the website, giving users the opportunity to preserve and share minor place names around the country.

Staff from DCU will visit Fingal library branches during Heritage Week giving presentations on how to use these wonderful cultural resources.

Celebrate National Heritage Week with a visit to Fingal Libraries this August.  Please contact the relevant Library branch to book your place at any of these events.

Bridge Street, Balbriggan

Bridge Street, Balbriggan

 

By Orla Drohan, Fingal Libraries

 

National Heritage Week Events in Fingal Library Branches
‘Telling Your Own Story Workshop’ with Brendan Nolan

Blanchardstown Library:        Tuesday, 22nd August @ 3 pm
Rush Library:                            Wednesday, 23rd August @ 6.30 pm
Baldoyle Library:                      Thursday, 24th August @ 6.30 pm

Researching Your Family History – Advice Sessions

Donabate Library:                   Monday 21st August, 2- 6 pm
Balbriggan Library:                 Wednesday, 23 August, 10.30 am – 2.30 pm
Malahide Library:                   Thursday 24th August, 2- 6 pm

Sisters of the Revolutionaries: The Story of Margaret and Mary Brigid Pearse

Garristown Library:                Monday, 21st August @ 7 pm
Swords Library:                       Tuesday, 22nd August @ 6.30 pm
Balbriggan library:                  Wednesday, 23rd of August @ 6.30 pm
Howth Library:                        Thursday, 24th August @ 2.15 pm
Blanchardstown Library        Thursday, 24th August @ 6.30 pm

Presentation on Dúchas.ie and Logainm.ie

Swords Library:                      Monday, 21st August @10 am
Malahide Library:                   Tuesday, 22nd August @ 11.30 am
Donabate Library:                   Thursday, 24th August @ 10 am