Conservation of Graveyards training event next week

Conservation of Graveyards training event next week

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The sun sets over Churchill Cemetery, Ennistymon, County Clare. Pic: Marie O'Donoghue
The sun sets over Churchill Cemetery, Ennistymon, County Clare. Pic: Marie O’Donoghue

Clare County Council and Clare Roots will jointly host a workshop on best practice in the care and conservation of graveyards in Clare next Wednesday, July 8th.

The event at Kilkishen Cultural Centre forms part of a two-phase programme to keep people informed about the importance of best practice in their graveyards as recommended by the Heritage Council. Later in the summer a follow-up event on the transcription and recording of genealogical information will be presented.

The upcoming workshop, which is free and open to the public, will focus on a diversity of themes such as legislative protections and building conservation, biodiversity in graveyards and successful community initiatives.

Speakers will include Dick Cronin, Clare County Council Architectural Conservation Officer; Congella McGuire, Clare County Council Heritage Officer; David Lyons, National Parks and Wildlife Services (NPWS); Christy Cunniffe, Field Monuments Adviser; and Betty Devanny, Clare County Council.

Other presenters on the day will be Mike Hogan from the Kilkishen Cultural Project and Clare Roots Society members who have experience in graveyard recording and transcription across County Clare. New approaches to care and conservation of graveyards will also be discussed.

The event will also present an opportunity for attendees to share their own experiences as well as to engage in question and answer sessions. In the afternoon, a site visit will take place to Drumcliff cemetery, Ennis, which will demonstrate practicalities in the care, conservation and recording of graveyards.

For those interested in attending, places can be pre-booked by emailing secretary@clareroots.org.

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