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October 2007 Graveyard Seminar
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The Co. Heritage Officer, Bridget Loughlin, in conjunction with the Local Studies, genealogy and Archives Dept. of Kildare Co. Library, organised a seminar, ‘Recording Gravestones and Memorials,’ on 13 Oct. 2007 at the Riverbank Arts Centre, Newbridge. The event was attended by over 70 people with an interest in the history and heritage of the county, particularly in the graveyards within their own communities. The keynote presentation by Dr. Caimin O’Brien examined the practicalities of transcription with an emphasis on the iconography of gravestones and memorials. This was followed by a hands-on demonstration by Brian McCabe. Members of the Baconstown Project, currently involved in transcribing gravestones from 40 graveyards and cemeteries in South Meath and North Kildare, demonstrated a community graveyard project in action. Mario Corrigan, Local Studies Librarian and Karel Kiely, Genealogist, finished off the morning talks with an explanation of the value of transcriptions as sources of genealogical information. This was also an ideal opportunity to alert people to recent Irish library innovations such as the Irish Times Archive and online Historic Maps from the OSI as well as local sources online and our EHistory Journal at www.kildare.ie/library/ehistory
 After lunch at Lumville House the entire party walked across the Curragh Plains to the military graveyard for a useful practical guide to mapping a graveyard and a demonstration of the tools and tricks of the trade by Dr. Caimin O’Brien. They were given a guide to the history of the Curragh Military Graveyard at the interesting Lych Gate by local historian Reggie Darling.


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