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St. John’s P
arish Heritage Group
Annual Report 2011.
Monthly meetings were held on 19 January, 2 February, 13 April, 4 May, 3 June, 6 July, 3 August, 7September, 5 October, 9 November and 7 December.On 14
January Roscommon County Council awarded
St. John’s Parish Heritage
Group a Civic Reception inhonour of it's Heritage Week 2010 success and on 9
February the Group was presented with it's HeritageCouncil Award at a ceremony in Kilkenny. Ciaran Eganand Richard Collins represented the Parish (
).In February the meeting room upstairs in St. John'sCommunity Centre was refurbished, repainted, flooredand fitted out as a research room and library. Furniturewas procured - including filing cabinet and map lockerand shelving erected for books and local artefacts of historical or heritage interest from the area. Aselection of books and magazines on genealogy, archaeology, heritage, family and local history areavailable and four display cabinets and a shelf have been filled with local artefacts. On 2
Diane Dunnigan gave a presentation in St. John’s Community Centre on US / Irish emigration.
The eight AGM of St. John's Parish Heritage Group was held on 23
March. The officers electedwere: Chairman: Ciaran Egan, Vice Chairman: Paddy Kilduff, Secretary: Marian Gavagan, Asst.Secretary: Mel McGerr, Treasurer: Christopher Keane, Asst. Treasurer: Margaret Egan, PRO &Journal Editor: Liam Byrne. The President is Donald Feeley. Donald Feeley was also appointedCemeteries Officer and Richard Collins continued as Rindoon Project Sub-Committee Chairman.On 28 August the Group participated in Irish WalledTowns Day
part of Heritage Week 2011, at Rindoon.It is estimated that over 1000 visitors attended the two-hour event. The day began with Shannonside Radiobroadcasting from 12.30 am but the real fun began at 2pm. The highlight was a Viking Raid into SafeHarbour, but the Cois Claddagh Coir singing in the oldchurch - the first choir to sing there in 700 years, wasalso a gem (
). A big crowd of locals turned upsuitable dressed in period costume (
) and agreat time was had by all. The event was widelycovered in the local newspapers and over 200photographs from the day are on display on ourFacebook page http://www.face book.com/st.johns.heritage.Other events included ogham writing, medieval lifeartifacts and animals, falconry, a medieval medicinetalk and herb-walk in Rindoon Wood, medievalstocks, sheep dog demonstrations, a celebrity tug-of-war and a children's art competition. The event wasTHE topic of conversation around the parish andbeyond for manys-a-day afterwards.