Eachtra Journal

ISSN 2009-2237

Care & Conservation of Historic Graveyards

October, 2011 · Written by: John Tierney Print This Page This entry is part 1 of 1 in the Issue 12

County Donegal Heritage Office, Cultural Services & Roads & Transportation Directorate Donegal County Council presents

Care & Conservation of
Historic Graveyards

Free Seminar

Ionad an Mhachaire,
An Machaire / Maghery, County Donegal
Saturday, October 22, 2011
9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Burial grounds are sites of heritage, cultural, religious and personal interest to members of the public. As such, they provide an ideal opportunity to engage the public in built, cultural and natural heritage management at the local level. Historic graveyards also provide Donegal residents, visitors, tourists and our diaspora with an essential link in connecting people to the material heritage of our ancestors. Like Donegal County Council, many community and ecclesiastical groups are involved in managing historic graveyards on the Record of Monuments and Places.
There is a need to raise awareness of the built, cultural and natural heritage in historic graveyards so that community groups are equipped to employ best conservation practice in their activities so that the protection afforded these sites under the National Monuments Acts is observed.
The ‘Care & Conservation of Historic Graveyards’ seminar is organised by the County Donegal Heritage Office, Cultural Services and the Roads & Transportation Directorate of Donegal County Council in association with the Teampall Cróine Conservation Group & the Peadar O’Donnell Weekend.

The seminar is free but booking is required:
John Kerrigan
Heritage Research Assistant, County Donegal Heritage Office, Donegal County Council,
Station Island, Lifford, County Donegal.
Telephone: (074) 917 2359
E-mail: hra@donegalcoco.ie

The event is aimed at community groups, burial ground committees, heritage groups, historical societies, ecclesiastical groups, ‘Tidy Towns’ committees, Rural Social Scheme participants, FÁS employees, local authority staff and anyone who has an interest in local heritage and history.


9:00 a.m. Registration
9:30 a.m. Welcome
Cllr. Noel McBride, Mayor of County Donegal
9:40 a.m. The Dos & Don’ts of Graveyard Maintenance
Victor Buckley, National Monuments Service, Department of Arts, Heritage & the Gaeltacht
10:00 a.m. C ooley Graveyard, Moville
Martin Hopkins, Cooley Cross Heritage, Development Committee
10:10 a.m. Graveyards – Full of Life:
The Management of Flora, Fauna & Wildlife Habitats
Ralph Sheppard, Donegal Biodiversity Project
10:40 a.m. Symbols of Death – Recording Graveyard Memorials
Caimin O’Brien, Archaeological Survey of Ireland
11:10 a.m. Tea & Coffee
11:40 a.m. Templecrone Historic Graveyard, Termon, Maghery
Nóirín Farren, Teampall Cróine
Conservation Group

11:50 a.m. The Conservation of Architectural and Ecclesiastical Ruins
Duncan McLaren, Dedalus Architecture
12:20 p.m. St. Catherine’s Church & Graveyard
Hugh Boyle, Killybegs Local Training Initiative
12:30 p.m. The Care of Historic Graveyards – A Local Authority Perspective
Joseph Gallagher, Heritage Officer, Donegal County Council
12:50 p.m. Open Forum – Questions & Answers
1:20 p.m. Lunch: Soup & Sandwiches
1:50 p.m. Site Visit to Templecrone, Historic Graveyard
Termon, Maghery

Download the Seminar Brochure