Doine agus Áit
People and Place
B. Doherty & M. Kilgannon
Irish Community Archive Network
Over the Summer of 2021, members of Woodlawn Heritage Group, along with the Irish Community Archive Network (iCAN) worked together on the Daoine agus Áit: Connecting Our Communities project.
Under the theme of ‘people & place’, we created a Heritage Postcard with the aim of distributing the printed cards throughout the community during Heritage Week. We also wanted to promote the well-being of our members by providing opportunities to experiment with photography and creative writing.
Woodlawn Train Station & Mausoleum
This was a journey in itself, deciding on features within the community that reflect Woodlawn, and also connecting people. The obvious choice was Woodlawn Train Station, which serves locals, communities and visitors by connecting them with the wider world. The Trench Mausoleum, although a private burial ground is open by appointment to the public. It is believed to be one of the larger mausoleums in the country. It is quite unique as it is also located within an early medieval enclosure.
The Moyarwood Spearhead was found by the Hynes brothers in 1944 while cutting turf. During the Daoine agus Áit Project, John Hynes was interviewed by Woodlawn Heritage Group. Maeve Sikora from The National Museum of Ireland and Angela Gallagher from The National University of Ireland, Galway facilitated the transport of the spearhead to Mr Hynes in June 2021 through liaison with Bernie Doherty, Galway Community Archaeologist. Woodlawn Heritage Group are very grateful to Mountbellew Nursing Home Staff, John Hynes and all involved in the project.
Link to a copy of the postcard is available here
Link to all postcards developed by the ICAN Community available here.
The Woodlawn postcard is available from members of Woodlawn Heritage Group and distributed through local shops throughout Heritage Week.
The Daoine agus Ait exhibition shall be travelling throughout the county. It will be on display at the Aleen Cust Centenary Conference, Mountbellew Agricultural College Friday 12th August 2022.
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