Our history is something that helps to define us, teaches us (should we pay heed to it) and entertains as well.
It’s also something that’s been known to gather us together.
On Friday night Dalton House in Gowran saw a great crowd do just that for the launch of Life Through Our Viewfinder 11.
It’s been something of a labour of love for a group of people in the area who released the first instalment in 2009.
Then Deputy John McGuinness was on hand to launch the writings and he returned on Friday for the follow-up.
It’s a collection of personal experiences from the lives of the contributors with stories about visits to Russia, school days during a time of war and lots more. Deputy McGuinness commended those who participated in the project while Canon Pat Dalton also addressed attendees.
Tom Brett, as always, was on hand to record the event in photographs and many of the contributors were on hand to extend their stories and chat at length about the project. The book’s available from Dalton House and select bookstores.
Meanwhile, on the same night, Tullaherin Heritage Society launched In The Shadow of the Steeple No 11, journal of Duchas, at The Longman of Kilfane.
There are many local heritage societies and groups, all of which would love your support, so check out the one closest to you. You never know what you could learn!