The Cloughjordan Heritage group was formed in 2006 and since then has held regular events concerning the history and heritage of the town.
We are enthusiastic participants of the National Heritage Week which includes events such as evenings of folklore, poetry, music and stories, and visits to a Passage Tomb and Ashley Park House. Talks on ‘Fairy Forts’, ‘A childhood in the Solomon Islands’, ‘The Liberties of Dublin’ have also hosted by the group.
We have had a series of talks on Old Cloughjordan, illustrated with the old photographs of the town which had been compiled and collected when the local people brought their of family photographs for scanning and preserving for posterity. At all these occasions audience participation is encouraged.
The first MacDonagh Weekend, held to honour Cloughjordan’s most famous son, Thomas MacDonagh was held in 2009 an has become an annual event now – the MacDonagh weekend has a page of its own – click here. This three-day event is held in May covering the period of his anniversary. Guests of honour have included several members of MacDonagh’s family. Highlights included a lecture about a MacDonagh-related topic, poetry readings and art workshops, a pipe band recital and a dramatisation by Cloughjordan Drama Group.
Each year, during National Heritage week, the group hosts an event or two and the old tradition of the ‘Rambling House’ has been recreated with evenings of songs and stories hosted in a ‘traditional kitchen’ recreated for the occasion in the Parochial Hall and hosted by Fear an Tí, Seamus Costello.
We are always trying to be imaginative in our approach and recently hosted a workshop on using the internet to research family histories.
The Cloughjordan History and Heritage Group normally meets every third Thursday of the month at 8pm in Maura Graces Bar, Main Street. – check the events section for details. Everyone is welcome.
Cloughjordan Heritage vol 7.
This, the seventh and largest book in the Cloughjordan Heritage series, contains a compilation of material relating to the parish and surrounding areas. It includes articles of historical interest, profiles of personalities, local heritage including families of Kyle, and a variety of reports and photos. It is now available in shops or through Cloughjordan Heritage Group, c/o Knocknacree, Cloughjordan, Co. Tipperary or firstname.lastname@example.org Price €10.
Two pieces from the previous edition, Cloughjordan Heritage vol 6, are available to read here…
HODGINS: FATHER AND SON by Paddy Williams
CLOUGHJORDAN AND THE FENIAN RISING by Paddy Williams
Paddy Williams welcomes interest in these articles and can be contacted via the email@example.com