Annaghdown Heritage Society was formed in early 1996, when a group of interested people came together to collect artefacts and information, in order to preserve the heritage and folklore of the area for posterity.
The objectives of the Society are as follows:
- To organise suitable events promoting the heritage of the local area in its broadest sense, and to provide a welcoming environment for all of those interested in local heritage;
- To maintain a website and to compile and upload information on local history and heritage for upload thereto;
- To collect and compile recorded items, artefacts and writings of local historical interest and to preserve and deposit the said articles in the Heritage Room at Corrandulla Old Girls’ School for use within the room by local people, other interested parties and visitors;
- To raise funds to pay for collating and preserving the said articles and any other related expenses;
- To visit similar groups and provide hospitality to visiting groups, and to promote social integration between all age groups.
The Society was established under the chairmanship of Br Conal Thomas, assisted by Cassie Furey (Secretary), Nicholas Lyons (Treasurer), John McGagh (PRO), and many other dedicated individuals, the society has over the years organised many lectures and other events, erected monuments, carried out restoration work, and published books and booklets on many aspects of the history of Annaghdown.
The current officers are Paul Greaney (Chairperson), Irene McGoldrick (Secretary), Nicholas Lyons (Treasurer), and Gerry Morgan (Public Relations Officer). In addition to our regular events, we hold regular meetings to manage the running of the Society and to plan events; all Society members are invited to attend these meetings.
The position of honorary Patron is held by Br Conal Thomas, in recognition of his outstanding service to the Society and to local heritage in general over many years.
The Society Constitution is available here.