As part of Heritage Week 2014, Blackrock Tidy Towns have organised a talk and guided tour of St Paul’s Church of Ireland church and graveyard at Haynestown with local author and historian Noel Sharkey.
Noel has written several books on local history and has linked up with the Tidy Towns group on many Heritage Week events including last year’s on-site talk on Haggardstown old graveyard.
This year’s talk and tour will provide an opportunity to those interested to hear first hand about the church, the graveyard, and its people and the many connections with World War 1.
The event will take place at 7pm on Thursday 28 August and admission is free.
Noel has done extensive research on St Paul’s which was built in the early 19th century and designed by a Blackrock architect by the name of Ferguson.
“From the earliest times,” said Noel, “interments took place around the church. “However, in 1909, after the break-up of the Clermont estate, the new cemetery grounds across the road from the church were purchased from the Land Commission.”
The church celebrated its centenary in 1927.
In 1966 Haynestown parish joined with Dundalk, but the church of St Paul has been loving preserved by its parishioners.
This year National Heritage Week is from 23 to 31 August.and over 400,000 people are expected to attend events throughout the festival which is coordinated by the Heritage Council
This year 2014 is the UN 20th Anniversary of the International Year of the Family and to celebrate the theme for National Heritage Week 2014 is: ‘Family - generations exploring heritage together’. With over 1600 events schedule to take place, the majority of which are free to attend, there really is something for everyone to enjoy during the week.
Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Heather Humphreys said.
“I hold the view that the natural and built heritage of Ireland is a national asset of great importance. This asset has always made an important contribution to the economic activity of communities at both local and regional level. It is important that we continue to appreciate, conserve and protect this great asset we have in Ireland - our heritage.
“Our heritage plays such an important role in celebrating our history, contributing to a sense of belonging and to the distinctiveness of our country. It is our communities, indeed our families, big and small, that are the custodians of our local heritage and who will pass on traditions and knowledge to the next generation.
To find out what is happening in your county log on to www.heritageweek.ie or pick up a copy of the Event Guide from your local tourist office or Library.