National Pilgrim Paths Week in Tipperary – March 22nd to March 29th, 2016
Over the coming Easter 2016 period, thousands of Irish residents and foreign visitors are expected to retrace ancestral heritage as they take to Ireland’s ancient pilgrim paths to celebrate the inaugural National Pilgrim Paths Week. This Easter Festival will see a nationwide series of pilgrim walks taking place on Ireland’s medieval penitential trails. Knowledgeable local guides will lead each event, outline the story of the route and explain how medieval penitents coped with their arduous and often dangerous journeys.
Pictured above, taken at the launch of Pilgrim Paths Week, shows (L – R): John G O’Dwyer (Thurles), Chairman of Pilgrim Paths Ireland; Diarmaid Conden, Knockmealdown Active; Isabel Cambie, Manager South Tipperary Development Company; Mark Rylands, Knockmealdown Active; Beatrice Kelly, Heritage Council and John Egan ( Drom & Inch), Secretary of Pilgrim Paths Ireland.
Speaking at the launch of the new festival, Chairman of Pilgrim Paths Ireland, Mr John G O’Dwyer stated; “National Pilgrim Paths Week was created to raise awareness and use of Ireland’s historic pilgrim routes. The event is targeted, not only at those who enjoy exploring Ireland’s ancient tracks, but also the growing number of people seeking to escape from the daily grind of life and take some time out to reflect and enjoy the outdoors.
The medieval pilgrimage was originally a journey combining prayer and sacrifice – with an element of physical discomfort – by which the pilgrim could become closer to God. In recent times, there has been a renewed interest in following the footsteps of pilgrims past and over the last number of years we in Pilgrim Paths Ireland have worked to develop these routes for the enjoyment of walkers and pilgrims alike.”
Upcoming Events In Tipperary
St. Declan’s Way: In Co Tipperary two pilgrim walks are planned for Holy Saturday, March 26th. Knockmealdown Active will retrace the footsteps of St. Declan over the scenic Knockmealdown Mountains on the border of Tipperary and Waterford. St. Declan’s Way is an ancient pilgrimage route linking the 5th century monastery of St. Declan in Ardmore, County Waterford with Cashel in County Tipperary. This event commences from Mount Melleray Abbey at 11:00am. For further information contact Kevin O’Donnell on Mobile (086) 354 1700.
Kilcommon Pilgrim Loop: On Kilcommon Pilgrim Loop the event will commence at 12:30 pm from Kilcommon Community Hall, with registration and a ‘Welcome Lecture’ by Fr. Dan Woods, P.P., (Kilcommon Parish), on the spiritual heritage of the walking route and the surrounding landscape. Further details available here by telephoning (062) 78103.
To find out more about these two events and the nationwide series of walks for National Pilgrim Paths Week, go to website www.pilgrimpath.ie
‘Horse and Jockey Hotel – Tipperary Echoes of the 1916 Rising’
Since announcing their show ‘Tipperary Echoes of 1916′ on Thurles.Info on March 6th last, tickets for this much anticipated event have sold out faster than a U2 Concert in Croke Park.
Originally planned as simply a one night performance, such was the interest shown in this musical event that the company have now been invited to undertake a second extra performance which will take place on Saturday March 19th at 8.00 p.m. In order not to disappoint patrons the Horse and Jockey Singers will now present ‘Tipperary Echoes of 1916’ on stage at the Derrynaflan Theatre, in the Horse and Jockey Hotel on both Friday and Saturday 18th and 19th March.
Enjoying the rehearsals for ‘Tipperary Echoes of 1916’ at the Horse and Jockey Hotel are: – Liam O’Neill, Mary Egan, Flan Quigney, Peggy Morris and John Gorman.
This event is a Tipperary commemoration of the historic events of Easter 1916, remembered in music, verse, song and story. The content of the show is compiled by Kilkenny historian, Jim Maher and features many of the songs of the period including:- A Nation Once Again, A Soldier’s Song, Banna Strand, Grace, Tri-Coloured Ribbon, James Connolly, etc. The poems of William Butler Yeats get notable inclusion as does the poetry of 1916 ‘Proclamation Signatories’ – Pádraig Pearse, Thomas MacDonagh and Joseph Mary Plunkett.
Extra Attraction on both Show Nights (Friday and Saturday 18th & 19th March).
An extra commemoration attraction for patrons holding tickets on each night, will be a chance to view a small but rare collection of actual artefacts connecting Co. Tipperary’s history with the 1916 – 1922 period. Same will go on show at 7.00 pm, just one hour prior to patrons taking their seats for the main event, latter as already stated which begins sharp at 8.00pm. So do arrive early on both nights for a truly enjoyable 1916 experience.
The Horse and Jockey Singers & Musicians
The Horse and Jockey Singers, who come mostly from the mid Tipperary area, have been together now for some years and are under the music direction of Patrick Conlon. Included among the musicians performing will be: John Gorman, Liam O’Neill, John Harnett and the Uilleann piper Michael Cooney.
On the opening night, Muriel McAuley and her husband Dermot will be guests at the show. Muriel is grand-daughter of Thomas MacDonagh, one of the signatories of the 1916 Proclamation, who was executed at Kilmainham Gaol, following the Rising.
As tickets for the opening night on Friday 18th, have now been sold out, tickets for Saturday 19th March, costing €15, are now again available from the Horse & Jockey Hotel reception or from Connie O’Keeffe, Tel: 087 6667988.
Please do book early to avoid disappointment and remember patrons may wear period costume should they so desire.
Shown Above: A rare image believed to include Sean Hogan (Right), a native of Stockaun, Greenane, north of Tipperary town, and the Officer Commanding (O/C) the 2nd Tipperary Flying Column, which became active during the Irish War of Independence in January 1921. An usher in Dáil Éireann for many years, Sean died, in poor circumstances, aged sixty-seven on Christmas Eve 1968 in Dublin. He was buried with full military honours in the family grave at St. Michael’s Cemetery, in Tipperary town.
A Tipperary Commemoration of Easter 1916
The “Horse and Jockey Singers” will present “Tipperary Echoes of 1916″ on stage at the Derrynaflan Theatre, Horse and Jockey Hotel on Friday, 18th March. This event is a Tipperary commemoration of the historic events of Easter 1916, remembered in music, verse, song and story.
The content of the show is compiled by Kilkenny historian, Jim Maher and will feature many of the songs of the period including:- ‘A Nation Once Again’, ‘A Soldier’s Song’, ‘Banna Strand’, ‘Grace’, ‘Tri-Coloured Ribbon’, ‘James Connelly’, to name but a few.
The poetry of William Butler Yeats also gets notable inclusion as does the poetry of 1916 Proclamation signatories; Pádraig Pearse, Thomas MacDonagh and Joseph Mary Plunkett.
The “Horse and Jockey Singers”, who come mostly from the mid Tipperary area, have been together now for some years and are under the music direction of Patrick Conlon. Included among the many musicians performing at this event will be; John Gorman, Liam O’Neill, John Harnett and Uilleann Piper Michael Cooney.
Muriel McAuley and her husband Dermot will be guests at the show. Muriel is grand-daughter of Thomas MacDonagh, (Latter born in Cloughjordan, Co Tipperary), one of the signatories of the 1916 Proclamation, who was executed at Kilmainham Gaol, following the Rising.
Early booking at the hotel is encouraged (Tickets €15, Tel: 0504-44192) and patrons may wear period costume, should they wish.
At the invitation of Ardmayle Heritage Society, Mr John G. O’Dwyer, Chairman of Pilgrim Paths Ireland will give a lecture and slide-show on his exploration of ancient pilgrim trails, entitled “Walking Through History.” The event will take place in Ardmayle Church, Cashel on Wednesday, March 2nd, 2016, at 8:00pm sharp.
Mr O’Dwyer, the author of the first guidebook to Ireland’s Pilgrim Paths, will also talk about the more recent developments on the pilgrim paths of Ireland and the upcoming ‘Pilgrim Paths Week’, which takes place from March 22nd to March 29th. Tipperary will be offering two fully guided pilgrim walks during this week long event, same taking place on ‘St Declan’s Way’ with a crossing of the Knockmealdown Mountains and on the ‘Kilcommon Pilgrim Loop’.
His talk on March 2nd next will also cover details of Ireland’s new Pilgrim Passport, which is similar to the Spanish Camino passport; offering an opportunity for Irish people and overseas visitors to get out and explore 120 kilometres of Ireland’s most unforgettable penitential paths, while reconnecting with the pilgrims past.
Those who have all Five Panels stamped on Passports, latter certifying full completion, automatically become eligible for a Teastas Oilithreachta (Irish Pilgrim Walk Certificate) from Ballintubber Abbey.
So, if you would like to walk some of Ireland’s pilgrim paths in the future or find out more about them, this upcoming lecture is certainly the event for you.
Admission to the lecture is free and all are welcome to attend.
For more information, contact M/s Marion Ryan at Tel: 087-6110338 or visit www.pilgrimpath.ie
The Heritage Council has announced it will allocate €700,000 to heritage projects under its 2016 Heritage Management Grant Scheme. The grants are aimed at supporting projects that apply good heritage practice to the management of places, collections or objects (including buildings).
Grant applications must be submitted on the Heritage Council’s online application system before 5:00pm on Monday, March 7th 2016.
Speaking about the grants scheme, Heritage Council Chief Executive, Michael Starrett stated; “The past number of years has brought many challenges to those working hard to preserve and promote Ireland’s heritage and to highlight its significance to people and their places. In that context, the Heritage Council is delighted to be able to offer some financial assistance to community-based heritage projects. These local projects are very important in protecting our heritage, as well as creating jobs and promoting local tourism”.
We understand that grant aid is supported by National Lottery funding and Arts, Heritage and Gaeltacht. Applications for this online grants system, which was due to end on February 29th, has now been extended to a Monday 7th March, deadline.
Grants may be awarded for:-
•The preparation of a conservation report, conservation plan or conservation management plan to inform future works (a ‘Conservation Plan’ is a plan prepared in accordance with the process set out in The Burra Charter (http://australia.icomos.org/wp-content/uploads/The-Burra-Charter-2013-Adopted-31.10.2013.pdf): The Australia ICOMOS Charter for Places of Cultural Significance, 2013).
•The carrying out of actions that are in accordance with a fully developed conservation plan or a management plan that applies good heritage practice.
•Works to buildings and structures where the special heritage interest of the building or structure is demonstrated to be at risk.
•Conservation of heritage collections and objects, including documents.
•Conservation or management of a wildlife site where a conservation/management plan exists.
Note: Applications must be submitted through he Heritage Council’s online Grants System located at http://www.heritagecouncil.ie/grants/grants/.
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