Upcoming Events

Audit of Columban Cultural Heritage

We are delighted to have been one of the groups consulted for this project. All are welcome to attend:

Donegal County Council, Derry City & Strabane District Council, Foras na Gaeilge & The Heritage Council invite you to:

Audit of Columban Cultural Heritage – Public Meeting

Colmcille Heritage Centre, Gartan, Church Hill, Letterkenny

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

7 p.m. (Light refreshments from 6:30 p.m.)

 

Audit of Columban Cultural Heritage – Public Meeting

The Guildhall, Guildhall Square, Derry

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

7 p.m. (Light refreshments from 6:30 p.m.)

 

Description:  The Audit of Columban Cultural Heritage was commissioned by Donegal County Council, Derry City & Strabane District Council, Foras na Gaeilge and The Heritage Council as part of the implementation of the County Donegal Heritage Plan.  The presentations will be delivered by Neil Jackman, Abarta Heritage and Dr. Brian Lacey.  The audit sets out key heritage sites, places, objects and archives associated with St. Colmcille and provides suggestions for the 1,500th commemoration of his birth in 2021 based on consultations with a variety of stakeholders.  The public presentations will provide opportunities to highlight some of the existing or proposed local initiatives to conserve and promote the built and cultural heritage associated with St. Colmcille.  It will be an opportunity for members of the public to contribute their ideas and suggestions, and to meet other groups and individuals interested in commemorating St. Colmcille and the material heritage associated with him.

 

The presentations will be delivered by Neil Jackman, Managing Director of Abarta Heritage.  Neil is an experienced licensed archaeologist who has excavated sites all over Ireland and lectures in Public & Community Archaeology at the UCD School of Archaeology.  He has written a number of publications and articles on Irish archaeology and heritage, including acclaimed guidebooks to Ireland’s Ancient East (2016) and the Wild Atlantic Way (2018).  Dr. Brian Lacey will provide an introduction to St. Colmcille at the events.  Dr. Lacey was Director of the Archaeological Survey of County Donegal in the early 1980s and Head of Derry City Council’s Heritage and Museum Service from 1986 to 1998.  He also served as Director of The Discovery Programme and is author of several texts on Colmcille including his 2013 book on ‘Saint Columba: His Life and Legacy’.

 

Everyone Welcome

 

Disert “Big Night” in the Blue Stacks and Book Launch

On Sunday 5 August 2018 we have an exciting event – a “Big Night” of local musicians singing and playing local songs followed by the launch of our book “Disert in the Blue Stacks” and then dancing till late to Country Traditions. Tickets to this great night are only €5 in advance or €8 on the door. ALL ARE WELCOME.

Volunteers needed!

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We are looking for volunteers to help with rebuilding of stone walls at Disert on Saturday 4 November. This is being run by the Dry Stone Wall Association of Ireland in conjunction with the Disert Heritage Project. (All work is being undertaken under licence from the National Monuments Service). Places are limited so sign up at disertheritageproject@gmail.com.

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