Training in Duhallow region of North Cork in 2012

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Mast photograph of Kilbrin graveyard from southeast


In November we started a community training programme in the Duhallow region of North Cork. Funded by IRD Duhallow and involving over 12 different community groups we aim to train groups in historic graveyards ranging from Tullylease in the north and Nohoval South in the southwest. The goal of the project is to train communities to record and publish their own historic graveyards to the internet; to help the community groups in their engagement with historic graveyards from a care and conservation (in liaison with Cork County Council heritage unit of the Planning Section), genealogy and local history perspective.
In developing the genealogical and local history data we will be helping the community groups to develop datasets which can be used for cultural tourism projects. Throughout Duhallow communities already have a long established tradition of local history engagement and this project will involve a two-way learning process.  
This collaboration is also focused, in the short-term, on The Gathering Ireland 2013. The digital dataset developed by the course attendees and the survey work they continue after the training will facilitate visitors in their research into their personal genealogy, building a network of engaged communities, highly knowledgeable about their graveyard heritage and informed of the broader elements of family history within their parishes.
The list of sites where training is taking place is as follows

The excellent Airtake Photos will be taking mast photographic records of the graveyards as part of the broader project. An interesting aspect of the project involves working with local genealogists to try and incorporate some very good graveyard surveys conducted in 1988 by a FÁS team working for Duhallow Heritage.

All training survey data is being published immediately to the website and at the end of the training project a copy of the complete dataset will be deposited with Cork County Council archives. The project is taking place in cooperation with Cork County Council Heritage Office.

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