Tulsk History Society host successful open day

Tulsk History Society enjoyed a very successful open day on Sunday, August 21st, which included the official opening of the new THS office at Tulsk Macra Hall and the unveiling of the new cemetery directory.

The open day featured an accompanying exhibition and slideshow, which demonstrated the work the society has been putting in since its inception in March last year. There was a great turnout on the day, with the nice weather being an added bonus.

One of the event’s highlights was the unveiling of the new cemetery directory. The society established an aim some months ago to unveil the directory during Heritage Week, and were able to successfully make this deadline thanks to the great effort and commitment put in by a number of volunteers. The directory is in place to help all those visiting the local cemetery locate any grave they wish to find.

The cemetery directory was officially unveiled at 12.30 pm by Councillor Liam Callaghan, following a very informative introduction by Cathal McCormack, who gave some well-deserved thanks to the many volunteers and society members that contributed to the cemetery survey which formed the basis for the directory.

Councillor Callaghan was also on hand to cut the ribbon at Macra Hall an hour later. Noel Sheerin conducted a talk at the Hall, which included local history reminiscences as well as describing the work THS are doing, and this was both enjoyable and insightful.

The exhibition on show included a number of old local publications, photos and newspaper clippings. The society’s new publication, The Tulsk Morning Howl, was also launched, and is now available for free pick-up in the local shops. Tea and coffee was also served on the day, and all in all a great afternoon was had.

Tulsk History Society’s office furniture and equipment was purchased with the aid of a Community Activities grant from the Department of Rural & Community Development. Funding for the Tulsk Cemetery Information Panel was provided by Roscommon County Council.

The Tulsk History Society would like to thank the Tulsk Cemetery Committee and the Tulsk Macra Hall Committee for their cooperation and assistance. They also wish to thank the Rathcroghan Visitor Centre for their hospitality during the cemetery project.

Annual membership to the society is €30 for adults and €10 for students. All are welcome to join – just contact historytulsk@gmail.com for more information.