Westmeath Heritage News & Events 5th April 2022

Brigid Geoghegan
Brigid Geoghegan • 5 April 2022


Civil War Memory Project:  An oral history project in association with the National Folklore Collection (UCD), RTÉ, Scratch Films and The Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media. The Civil War Memory Project will record and archive oral history relating to the Irish Civil War for the National Folklore Collection, based at University College Dublin.  Scratch Films will follow this process to make a two-part documentary series for RTÉ One and will also provide digital materials about this work to be published subsequently on RTÉ platforms.

The social and political upheaval that resulted from this period profoundly affected the lives of many families and communities. By inviting Irish people to tell of the involvement of their own families and local communities during this period of our history, the project will create an important archival resource for future generations, while offering national audiences a greater insight into the creation of an independent Ireland.  Contact details: history@scratchfilms.com / criostoir.maccarthaigh@ucd.ie


Are you interested in recording the names of fields in your area? The Westmeath Field Names Recording Project, is offering in person meetings with interested groups. This project is coordinated by Aengus Finnegan and is supported by the Heritage Council as an action of the Westmeath Heritage Plan. For further details see: https://aengusfinnegan.ie/field-names/ If you would like to get involved contact heritage@westmeathcoco.ie or fieldnames@aengusfinnegan.ie


The first episode of the new season of In Your Nature Podcast is out. Ricky Whelan and Niall Hatch from BirdWatch Ireland chat about a mutually favoured topic - the crow family. The conversation discusses Ireland's seven native species of corvid from the largest, the Raven to the most secretive, the Jay. The chat is full of facts, folklore and praise for these highly intelligent birds. Tune in here: https://inyournature.buzzsprout.com/1701709/10326976-in-your-nature-ep-14-crows?fbclid=IwAR0WhhJpovHwITtXjppmFoWFq7FyLL_B2rMJ-2qctSF9jNlvSmi4PwJa45g In Your Nature podcasts are produced in partnership with the Heritage Offices of Laois and Offaly County Councils, supported by the Heritage Council and the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage, and is edited by Ann-Marie Kelly.



Sat 9th April 10am – 3:30pm at the Greville Arms Hotel, Mullingar:  Westmeath Archaeological and Historical Society fifth annual Conference on the Treaty of 1922 Speakers include Dr Paul Hughes, Dr Jennifer Redmond, Dr John Gibney, Fr Paul Connell and Ruth Illingworth. The conference is supported by the Decade of Centenaries Programme, Dept Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media.  For full details see: http://whahs.ie/events/ conference fee €25 includes refreshments and lunch.


Mon 9th – Tues 10th May Centre for the Study of Historic Irish Houses and Estates, History Department, Maynooth University presents 20th annual Conference on theme Exploring the Mental World of the Country House a live conference with a provision to join by link for those not able to attend in person. Details: https://www.maynoothuniversity.ie/news-events/twentieth-annual-historic-irish-houses-conference

Register on line: https://shop.maynoothuniversity.ie/index.php?app=ecom&ns=prodshow&ref=18500331 by 3rd May. Enquiries: cshihe@mu.ie