Upcoming Heritage Events in the SECAD Area!
A number of exciting heritage initiatives are commencing around the South and East Cork area over the coming months.
After two successful information sessions last November, a number of parishes have committed to take part in the ‘Ireland Reaching Out Project’. (Ireland XO) ‘Ireland Reaching Out’ is an exciting national genealogy project which is based on a simple idea; instead of waiting for people of Irish descent to trace their roots, we go the other way.
Working through voluntary effort at a town-land, village and parish level in Ireland, we identify who left those areas, and trace them and their descendants worldwide. It is estimated that the Irish diaspora worldwide numbers 70 million. ‘IrelandXO’ offers an extraordinary opportunity for local parish communities to extend the numbers of people committed to their parish by inviting its own Diaspora worldwide to become involved in their place of origin. This programme is an opportunity to make connections, boost tourism and bring economic benefit to the area.
As part of the ‘Ireland Reaching Out Project’ SECAD are running a free training course for the communities taking part. These training courses consist of seven modules which cover an exciting and interesting range of topics including genealogical research, local history, recording oral history, and how to operate the Ireland Reaching Out website. The training will conclude with a field trip where the skills learned during the course will be put into practice.
John Tierney – Historic Graves, Grace Fox – SECAD and
Henry Healy – Ireland Reaching Out (Picture: Howard Crowdy)
The course will run in two different locations,
Midleton commencing on Tuesday 12th Feb at 7pm in the Midleton Park Hotel
Carrigaline commencing on Thursday 7th March at 7pm in the Carrigaline Court Hotel
We can only accept a limited number on these courses so it is advisable to get in contact early to avoid disappointment. Booking is essential. For more information or to book a place on the course, please contact Grace Fox in SECAD Midleton on (021)4613432 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Another interesting project which SECAD are supporting and which will commence this February is the ‘Historic Graves Project’.
The ‘Historic Graves Project’ is a community focused grassroots heritage project. Local community groups are trained in low-cost high-tech field survey of historic graveyards. Through working with an Archaeologist, the community themselves learn recording techniques which enables them to survey the headstones and create a valuable source on genealogical information.
The surveyed information is then loaded onto the website www.historicgraves.com
An innovative part of this project involves photographing each headstone with a GPS camera so that anyone tracing their roots can pinpoint the exact location of a headstone.
John Tierney from historicgraves.com also provides fascinating analysis of the headstones themselves including information on any carvings which may be present.
The survey training will be happening in graveyards all across South and East Cork over the coming months. The training is open to all, the more the merrier. If you would like to take part and want to know when we are coming to your area, please contact Grace Fox in SECAD on (021)4613432 or email email@example.com
Care and Repair NEWS
The ‘Care & Repair Programme’ is supported by a dedicated Garda vetted team from within SECAD and incorporating Garda vetted workers from the Tús Initiative working in association with ‘Age Action Ireland’.
The Midleton Care and Repair service has a dedicated phone line 021-4621190 where all calls will be logged and then the dedicated Care & Repair team will call to assess the job.
The service is available to the over 65’s or any person with a physical disability.
Users of the service must to pay for materials and a give a small donation if they can afford to do so.
‘Care & Repair, enabling people to live independently in the Community in increased comfort and safety’
Jobseekers support at SECAD
SECAD supports an information service in five locations, Ballincollig, Carrigaline, Cobh, Midleton and Youghal.
This service can offer you information about SECAD’s work and training courses. It can also offer you information about employment and education/training services in your local area.
Cobh: Cobh Family Resource Centre, Park House, Cloyne Terrace, Cobh
Contact: Anneline Weinmann, Coordinator
Telephone: 021 4816103
Ballincollig: Ballincollig Family Resource Centre (FACT), The Old Village Shopping Centre, Station Road, Ballincollig
Contact: Eve Phillips, Coordinator and Pat Smith Outreach Worker
Telephone: 021 4876295
Youghal: Cumann na Daoine, 4 Catherine Street, Youghal
Contact: Evelyn McGrath Building Coordinator
Telephone: 024 91900
Midleton: Midelton Community Forum, Old Youghal Road, Midleton
Contact: Sean Aherne Coordinator
Telephone: 021 4633522
Carrigaline: Family Centre
Elsie Wilson Coordinator (not directly involved but she may help with advertising locally)
Telephone: 087 2324777
Room Bookings: Parish Centre 4371109 (Ber)