Moycullen Heritage wins award at CAHG Conference 2022
Through our membership of iCAN, we were fortunate to attend and be part of Community Archives and Heritage Group (CAHG) Conference 2022. Held this year on the NUIG campus, the first time outside the UK, the programme had a line up of most interesting speakers covering a diverse range of topics ranging from A Chinese Braid and the Citizen Army Flag, Irish Emigrant Memoirs, Community Archives in Poland, Archival Activism & Training in Chile, Family life in the Ship Building community of Port Glasgow, Ppreservation of a Shannon homestead, Digital Legacies, Covid Memories from the Children of Dublin, Exploring the lives of LGBT people in Cork in the 1970s and 1980s and much much more. Closer to home we heard about Headford Lacemakers and the Claregalway Townland project. Addresses from Martina Moloney, Chair, Heritage Council, Lynn Scarff, Director, National Museum of Ireland, and Virginia Teehan, CEO, The Heritage Council, showed they have their fingers on the pulse and recognise and appreciate the work that community groups do from the bottom up in preserving history and heritage.
iCAN communities from counties Mayo, Galway, Clare, Cork and Wicklow had stands showcasing some of their past and current projects and we were delighted with the busy interest shown in Moycullen’s activities.
To this end we were honored to be voted by the delegates as having the digital poster which most reflected the theme of the conference – Meitheal – and being a group they most wanted to hear more about. In due course a separate online event will be held featuring presentations from the conference’s winning groups (we will keep you posted!). Our prize was a beautiful piece of artisan fused glass by Clifden’s talented Connemara Blue.
We extend our thanks to Laura Maye for generously volunteering her help in pulling our digital poster together. The slide reflects that although Moycullen Heritage may be a drop in the ocean, and it’s 14 members often catalysts for community projects, we understand our strengths but more importantly our weaknesses, and this is where our ripple effect draws on the expertise of those around us to ensure we best record, safeguard and share Moycullen’s wonderful history and heritage – a Meitheal.