The Hackets of Clopook in Laois

There are many fascinating grave memorials in Clopook including a very interesting ledger slab found outside the south wall of the ruined church. It marks the Hacket family grave plot including the burial dates for two brothers, Edward and Andrew both of whom died on the same day in February 1838. Read more »

Heritage Week 2013 Laois Graveyards talk

We have recently commenced two training projects in Laois. Laois Partnership are funding a training project while Laois County Council Heritage Office have also funded some community support work in two graveyards. We have done work in Old Sleaty, Raheen and Clopook and this powerpoint presents some of what we are encountering. Any communities interested in taking part in a training programme during September and October please email john (at) The powerpoint was presented on the 19th August as part of the Laois Heritage Week events.


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Brian Chester Robinson

With Jim & Waltie Murphy we read the  timber grave memorial for young Brien Chesters Robinson in the Old Church (Ardmore townland), Passage West, Cork Harbour. I was amazed to see the rare timber grave memorials and with the aid of the Lenser P7 flashlamp we were able to read most of the epitaph carved into the wood.  Jim took the bare details of name and date and did some research. He found the Robinsons in the 1901 Census and they were a large family and servant living in 12 Maulbawn, Monkstown, which is the townland east of the graveyard. Read more »

West Limerick Training in June and July 2013

Final arrangements are being made for the phase 2 historic graveyard training in West Limerick. Resources are tight  so we are trying to locate the training venues to suit a number of communities. Currently the list and schedule for the next two weeks is as below - but we have to be flexible depending on circumstances- watch this space for updates. All phase 1 attendees will be emailed directly as we confirm final arrangements. 

Project Page

The project is funded by West Limerick Resources and in collaboration with Limerick County Council. Read more »

SECAD Closing Exhibition 20th June 2013

Community groups have been working in 22 historic graveyards across south and east Cork since February (adding to the previous works done in Aghada). Together we have worked in snow, sunshine and rain. Work has just begun really but a lot has been achieved already. Next Thursday 20th June an exhibition of work to date will be held in Tracton Community and Arts Centre. This will be an informal and friendly event, sharing experiences, meeting one another and telling stories of people, place and time. 

The closing exhibition is not about getting everything done for Thursday. Keep going with current work but come along Thursday night to meet your fellow participants. Read more »

Some wooden grave memorials in Passage West, Cork

After a day of recording in St. Mary's graveyard in Passage West Jim Murphy suggested we pay a visit to the old church graveyard in Ardmore townland about 1 km to the west. Jim is a maritime historian whose book  ‘Salt Water and Rust in their Blood – Passage West, Lower Harbour and the Sea’ makes a strong case for the high tourism potential of maritime heritage in Ireland in general and Cork harbour in particular. Read more »

Vectorising simple graveyard sketch plans

We train communities to do simple sketch plans of historic graveyards ( The gravediggers 3 ft or 1 m pace is key to drawing a simple but accurate sketch plan. With our friends in Glanmire, Co. Cork we have been surveying Rathcooney graveyard. We did the standard pencil on A4 sheet drawing of the older section of the graveyard and uploaded it to the website and now Robin Turk has vectorised the drawing for the group. We did it as an experiment to see how long it would take. It took a few hours to do but I think it is very atractive and clear. Read more »

East Meets West in Cork -Community Led Partnerships

There are over 30 LEADER companies in Ireland and the Rural Development Funds they use in community-led projects are confined to strict territories. However, when neighbouring LEADER companies follow their communities lead and engage in joined-up thinking we get synergy. We have been training and working with community groups in South and East Cork and the SECAD Leader company throughout April and May, adding 20 historic graveyards to the dataset on Read more »

Historic Graveyard Training in West Cork - June and July 2013

Following a series of Open Nights held around West Cork in March and April a schedule of community training in historic graveyard recording and digital publication commences this week in Innishannon. The plan is simple - we will start in the east of the district and work our way westwards throughout June and July. The project is funded by the West Cork Development Partnership.


The first week is as follows (more dates will be added here tomorrow);

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SECAD Training Details week of 3rd June 2013

We will spend this week working with community groups throughout South and East Cork in digital storytelling recording and publishing training. The project is funded by SECAD in tandem with an Ireland XO heritage training programme.

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