Successful Heritage Day event in Lecarrow

St. John’s Parish Heritage Group recently held a very successful Heritage Day event titled ‘Traditional Methods of Turf Harvesting and its use in Power Generation’ in St. John’s Community Centre, Lecarrow.

  As the crowd gathered into the hall they were greeted by some beautiful Irish tunes played on the concert flute by Áine O’Connor Flynn. Ciaran Egan, Chairman of St. John’s Parish Heritage Group, welcomed everyone and introduced Mayor Paddy Kilduff to the audience.Cllr. Kilduff, a native of the area, launched the event to a rapturous round of applause.

  Eamon Leonard, MA, delivered a very informative talk on traditional methods of Turf Harvesting. Mary Mullally Keane, secretary of St. John’s Parish Heritage Group, read the poem ‘Bogland’ by Seamus Heaney. This was a fitting tribute to Seamus Heaney on that night and most appropriate as it was the second anniversary of his death.  Next there was a Seisiún of Irish songs and music by the O’Connor/Beegan Group. Their performance left the crowd enthralled. The gifted Áine Flynn played a selection of traditional Irish tunes on the tin whistle to a very appreciative audience.

  Christopher Keane, treasurer of St. John’s Parish Heritage Group, delivered a talk on the Industrial Development of the Bog by Bord na Moná and its use in the Power Generation. Ciaran Egan, chairman St. John’s Parish Heritage Group, thanked the attentive audience and the Group members who helped organise this successful event. Tea and refreshments were served.  Thanks to Nollaig Feeney, Roscommon Heritage Officer for support.

* The Thatching Demonstration at Feeley’s Cottage, Carrowphadden Crossroads scheduled for 5 pm on that day did not take place, due to the death of Una Donnelly (nee Feeley), R.I.P. This event will take place later in the autumn. Condolences from St. John’s Parish Heritage Group to the Feeley and Donnelly families.