A new heritage audit of Creggs & District was launched recently by Cllr. Peter Keaveney, Leas-Cathaoirleach of Galway County Council.
Speaking at the launch Cllr. Keaveney said: “This is a wonderful resource for the local community including the local school, Tidy Towns Group, the Heritage Centre, to name but a few. The heritage audit booklet shows the absolute wealth of heritage that you have here on your doorstep… ranging from woodlands to peatlands, crannógs to estate houses and grain milling to 18th century iron works”.
The aim of this community-led project was to audit the potentially accessible built, cultural and natural heritage of Creggs with a view to developing interpretative materials and a heritage
trail for residents and visitors. The audit process has successfully identified a wide scope of heritage resources, which in terms of accessibility and intrinsic interest, have the potential for promotion for general visitor interest and educational purposes.
Dr. Zena Hoctor and Dr. Christy Cunniffe worked with the local community in order to complete the audit.
Carmel O’Rourke, Secretary of Creggs Tidy Towns, said: “This audit is a very important document in that is provides a framework to assist in the delivery of quality and meaningful local heritage projects in the future by the Tidy Towns Group, the local school and other community organisations and individuals”.
Creggs Junior Tidy Towns was also launched on the night and coordinator Fiona Brandon said there would be plenty of activities in the area in the coming months.
“There is great excitement too for the upcoming visits of Gordon D’Arcy, renowned artist and environmentalist. Gordon is coming to Creggs NS to do a series of workshops leading up to the Dawn chorus in May. The Junior Tidy Towns Group is also working on the ‘Focus on our heritage’ project which will be available on Galway Community Heritage website later in the year”.
Marie Mannion, Heritage Officer, Galway County Council, also spoke at the launch and paid tribute to Creggs Tidy Towns.
“To manage and protect our built, natural and cultural heritage we first need to have an awareness, knowledge and understanding of what we have. It is evident from this audit report that Dr. Zena Hoctor and Dr. Christy Cunniffe, working with the local community and undertaking a desktop study and field study left no stone unturned in ensuring that the heritage of the area was identified”.
She also paid tribute to all the teachers and students in Creggs National School for all their hard work on “creating of awareness and safeguarding the heritage for future generations”.