Sperrins Gateway

Sperrins Gateway wants to hear your history

Monday, 6 June, 2016
  • Play your part in exciting Townlands project

Following the success of their involvement with the recent Ballinascreen Townlands publication, Sperrins Gateway Landscape Partnership (SGLP) is delighted to announce a follow-up to the initiative.

The Sperrins Townlands Project will focus on the wider Sperrins area with a specific focus on the townlands, families and history of the Townlands in and around Lissan, Desertmartin, Moneymore and Tobermore.

Working in conjunction with leading research company Quarto, SGLP is planning a series of ‘drop-in’ events where local people can share their stories, knowledge and memories of the areas as well as the people, place names and characters who lived there over the years.

The oral history captured and collected will be used in conjunction with existing documents, maps and photographs to create a unique and informative publication that will also contribute to community archives in local libraries and online.

Speaking ahead of the ‘drop in’ events, Fiona Bryant, SGLP Manager said:

“This is an area steeped in history and it is vital that these stories and memories are recorded and retained for future generations.

“For this to be as successful as possible we need everyone to come out and share their story no manner how small. All too often people disregard their memories as unimportant or assume that everyone else knows more than them but that simply isn’t the case and we want to hear everything and anything.

“From place names to old nicknames we want it all.”

The drop-in events will be held as follows and participants are welcome to contribute their stories at any of the venues:

June 9th: Kilcronaghan Centre, 10 Rectory Road, Tobermore, Magherafelt - 7pm-9pm

June 15th: Lissan Primary School, 6 Claggan Road, Churchtown, Cookstown - 7pm-9pm

June 20th: Moneymore Sports Centre, Moneyhaw Rd, Moneymore - 7.30pm-9.30pm


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