Certificates for heritage course participants in Miltown Malbay
Mayor of Clare Cllr. Michael Begley presented certificates to participants of the ‘Reading Your Local Landscape' heritage course held in Miltown Malbay between September and November.
The central aim of the training programme, a collaboration between Limerick & Clare Education & Training Board (LCETB) and Clare County Council, is to empower local community members to discover, recognise, promote and conserve their unique local heritage resources.
Instruction and tuition was provided at LCETB’s Further Education and Training Campus in the West Clare Resource Centre to 13 participants using a range of training techniques, including class-based lectures, case studies, group exercises, field trips and project work. Topics covered included geology, biodiversity, archaeology, architecture, map reading and sources of information. Field trips were taken to various sites in the Miltown Malbay area, guided by local experts.
Each participant then applied their learning through the development of a short practical heritage project, through which they were encouraged to communicate and collaborate with each other and the wider community of the locality. The results of their work were showcased at a gathering held in the Bellbridge House Hotel in Spanish Point on Wednesday 12 December. The course participants were Susan Powell, Cyril Jones, Geraldine Reddan, Patrick O’Leary, Con Ryan, Jim Martin, Mary Arthur, Jutta Kruse, Maria Flynn, Ragna Gruendler, Ann Marie Meaney, Morgan Roughan and Kim Thittichai.
Building on the success of the initial pilot programme hosted in Scariff earlier this year, the programme was designed by Heritage Consultant, Zena Hoctor, supported by tutor Martin Barry, and run by Core Skills in Clare in partnership with Clare County Council’s Heritage Officer, Congella McGuire with support from Creative Ireland. The ‘Reading Your Local Landscape’ initiative also marked 2018 European Year of Cultural Heritage and was hosted as part of Clare Culture & Creativity Strategy 2018-2022 and the Clare Heritage Plan 2017-2023.
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