Fingal County Council and Naul Community Council are delighted to announce the publication of the Naul Heritage Guide. The beautifully illustrated leaflet showcases the heritage sites of Naul village and the results of Naul Community Dig 2019.
‘It started with a conversation about a wildflower garden’ said Gill Blackburn of Naul Community Council ‘which turned into a community dig and now this wonderful leaflet. We were delighted as a community to be able to undertake an archaeological excavation and now we have this guide which highlights the many heritage sites within the village.’
Fingal County Council Heritage Officer Christine Baker said: ‘The Naul Heritage Guide not only puts the results of the archaeological dig in context but shows what can be achieved by a community determined to protect and raise awareness of their past. I would like to say thank you to the Naul Community Council for their support and especially to Ian Lennon for his research and local knowledge which forms the core of the Heritage Guide.
The Heritage Guide also fulfils objectives of both the Fingal Heritage Plan and Fingal Community Archaeology Strategy.’
Local man Ian Lennon, member of Naul community Council and co-author of the guide, was happy to see the outcome of the community spirit saying: ‘We had a formal launch planned for March which had to be cancelled but it is great to see the support locally for the guide. Through engaging with our local heritage, we have fostered a sense of awareness, participation and identity and it is a pleasure to share the stories of the Black Castle, the Inn, the Harry Clarke windows and the other heritage sites we have in the village’.
Councillor Tony Murphy commented: ‘I am delighted to support such an initiative. The Naul Heritage Guide is an example of Council and community working together and it will be useful for visitors, those new to the area and locals alike.’
‘I saw the enthusiasm for this project locally at the initial meeting about the community dig’ said Councillor Cathal Boland ‘and it is impressive to see the results of that enthusiasm in this guide.’
Naul Heritage Guide is available for free from the Naul Community Council, or can be picked up at the café of the Seamus Ennis centre or the village shop and is available to download from the Fingal County Council website https://www.fingal.ie/sites/default/files/2020-05/naul-heritage-guide.pdf