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