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    Heritage Inchicronan: Cúirt sa Cistin
    We are pleased to announce our Cúirt sa Cistin starting on Wednesday night the 13th February, 2008 at 8.15pm in the Community Centre, Crusheen. Our first speaker in our spring programme is the very well known Noel Crowley (former County Librarian). We look forward with anticipation to Noel joining us for one of our informal talks and to seeing all our old friends and welcoming some new ones.
    A cup of tea/coffee and a chat guaranteed.
    Contact Anne @ 065 6827172

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    Research Request
    I am currently conducting research on bird folklore and history in Ireland. I would appreciate hearing from your readers regarding any folklore, myths, beliefs, tradtions or psieogs relating to both land and sea birds in either Irish or English. I am also interested in Irish place names derived from or related to, birds.
    Your readers are welcome to email me at:
    or by post at the address below
    Glynn Anderson,
    66 New Row Square,
    Dublin 8

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    Training for Local Artists
    Clare County Arts Office is seeking expressions of interest from artists in the following training courses; Web Design and maintenance; Evaluation and project management.
    Register your interest in either or both of these courses by e-mailing Fiona Woods at No venue or trainers have yet been selected.

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    Collecting and Preserving Folklore and Oral History: Basic Techniques

    Galway County Council & Galway County Heritage Forum
    An Action of Galway County Heritage Plan 2004-2008

    For anyone interested in the collection of Folklore or Oral History a new publication from Galway County Council will be an essential support and resource. As a result of three successful Folklore and Oral history courses in Claregalway, Indreabhán and Ballinasloe, Galway County Council produced an excellent new user-friendly publication entitled Collecting and Preserving Folklore and Oral History: Basic Techniques.

    This substantial bilingual publication provides guidelines to help those interested in undertaking the collection and preservation of oral history and folklore. It should help collectors to consider the various steps required, help focus their minds on the need for preparation, and guide them through the recording process. The publication is free as it is jointly funded by the Heritage Council and Galway Coucil.

    This publication was officially launched by Cllr. Michael Mullins, Mayor of the County of Galway at The Atrium, Áras an Chontae, Prospect Hill, Galway in November 2006.

    If you are interested in obtaining a copy of the publication please contact:
    Bríd Higgins,
    Acting Heritage Officer,
    Tel: 091 509198

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    Clonfert History
    Meadow of the Miracles, a history of the Diocese of Clonfert, is for sale here in Woodford and Looscaun Parish. This is the first time a history of the diocese has been produced and it is a valuable record of our faith history, containing over 100 colour photographs of the churches of the diocese and many older photos from the archieves.

    It will be a good source for years to come for both schools projects on local history, or even research theses. It is a limited print. Books are only €20. Contact Fr. Kieran for further details, or if you wish to purchase the book. Tel: 090 974 9100

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    ISSA Education Programme for Primary Schools: Autumn/Winter 2006/07

    The Irish Seed Savers Association is inviting primary schools to take part in guided nature trails and practical activities at their Heritage Gardens at Capparoe, Scarriff, Co. Clare. The nature trails will allow the children to have an interactive experience with a variety of habitats, including heritage orchards, native woodlands and hedgerows, fairy fort, and heritage vegetable, herb and flower gardens. Seasonal activities include the harvesting and juicing of heritage apples, saving of heritage seeds, apple tree planting, composting, and the Irish folklore of heritage apples and vegetables.  Activity sheets are included. Our themes relate to the natural environment and Irish Heritage linked to key strands of the primary SESE & SPHE curriculum. They also promote healthy eating in schools.

    ISSA was set up in 1991 by Anita Hayes, and is a charity dedicated to the location and preservation of traditional varieties of fruit, grains and vegetables. The Association maintains the only heritage seed bank in Ireland. ISSA operates from a 20-acre site in Co. Clare and a 4-acre site in Co. Kilkenny, both of which adhere to organic standards.

    For more details and bookings please contact:
    Áine Ní Fhlatharta (Education Officer)
    Irish Seed Savers Association, Capparoe, Scarriff, Co. Clare
    Ph. 061 921866 / Fax 061 921397
    or email us at
    Irish Seed Savers Association Ltd. is a Registered Charity no: CHY 13989,
    Registered Organic no: IRL-O1B1-EU

    Did you know... We are open every Sunday for apple tree sales and general advice. Admission to our heritage gardens, woodlands and orchards just €3.00, Free to ISSA members.

    Everyone at Irish Seed Savers would like to thank you for helping Irish Native Bio Diversity; it is through your support that the Orchards, Gene Banks and Gardens are preserved for future generations.

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    Archive Photography
    We're hoping to put together a gallery of old photos of the region. For example, does anyone have pictures of the uplands before the forestry was planted? If you have access to any such photos, and to a a scanner, why not send them to us. Include any information (location, date etc.) in your email. Save photos as JPG files and attach them in an email to

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