Gowran is renowned for its historic buildings, famous landmarks, flora, fauna, sporting achievements and contemporary culture. So how best can the community make use of such a rich local heritage for the future?
Gowran has been chosen as one of the villages to participate in a Kilkenny Leader Partnership county-wide ‘Culture and Heritage Project.’ This scheme aims to support localities and their economies via creative community heritage initiatives.
A ‘Celebrating Gowran, its Stories and Environment’ workshop will take place in Gowran’s Community Hall at 7pm on September 11, and anyone who loves living in Gowran is asked to come along. This will not be a talk or a lecture; it will be an evening of talking in groups and pooling information on interesting local landmarks, beauty spots, important events, traditions, music, sport, folklore or distinguished Gowran residents past and present.
The aim of the project is to encourage people to share their pride in local living with each other, newcomers and visitors alike. The workshop will be mainly about finding out what ordinary people value about Gowran and its surrounding area. The greater the participation across the age and culture spectrum, the more interesting and sophisticated the project will be. People of all ages, skills and backgrounds are encouraged to attend the workshop. It is hoped this will lead to a group of enthusiasts coming together to develop a funding bid to the KLP for a scheme designed to cherish this diverse heritage and make it work for the future fortunes of the community.