December 2015

'Cathair na mart 2015-16' (Vol 33) NOW AVAILABLE

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Summer 2014

Clew Bay Heritage Centre Open Day.

Open Day at the newly renovated Clew Bay Heritage Centre. A museum outlining the Heritage, Culture & Archaeology of the Clew Bay area. Virtual Tour of Historic Westport. Refreshments served.

31st August 2014. 12:00 noon to 5:00 PM

Venue Name: Clew Bay Heritage Centre
Address: The Quay, Westport, Co. Mayo.

The Geraghty family of Westport presented artefacts connected with Brigadier General Joe Ring to Westport Historical Society at the Clew Bay Heritage Centre. The artefacts consisted of a portrait, a rifle, a height measure and an engagement ring. They were all in the care of the late Broddie (nephew of Joe Ring) and Nora Geraghty of Carrabawn, Westport.
The handing over of the artefacts was arranged by Captain Claire Mortimer (grand-niece of Joe Ring) who currently works in Military Archives. The function was attended by members of the Geraghty family and by Minister Michael Ring (grand-nephew of Joe Ring).
Brigadier General Joe Ring was actively involved as a member of the Irish Volunteers and West Mayo Flying Column in the years leading up to and including the War of Independence. He went on to join the National Army and also played a major part in the setting up of the Civic Guard (Garda Síochána). He was killed in an ambush by Anti-Treaty Forces in September 1922 near Bonniconlon in North Mayo.

Events Summer 2013

Westport Historical Society launched its Annual Journal, Cathair na Mart 2013, in the Plaza Hotel, Westport, on Saturday 27th July.

The journal was launched by Frank Navin of Westport & California who had organised a large family group to travel from all over the USA to the Covey Festival. Proceedings were presided over by Martin Curry.

Part of the audience in the Plaza Hotel.

Ger Reidy (contributor) & Frank Navin (Guest of Honour) at the launch.

Weekly walking tours of Westport Town.
Every Wednesday for July and August at 11.00.a.m. starting at The Clock, (top of Bridge Street.)
As part of the Gathering for Faith, celebrating Reek Week 22 - 28th July,
The Heritage Centre will conduct the following tours:

Monday 22nd July
Guided Walking Tour of selected sites on the Clew Bay Archaeological Trail.
Starting point: Community Café, Murrisk Car Park.
Time 2.30.a.m. Duration 2 hours approx.

Wednesday 24th July:
Guided coach tour of Patrician sites, Ballintubber and Aughagower.
Starting point: Clew Bay Heritage Centre, The Quay, Westport.
Time: 2.30.p.m. Duration 3 hours approx.
Tel. 098 26852.

Cathair na Mart 2013, 31st Annual Journal of Westport Historical Society, is now on sale from local bookshops or through this website.

Solstice Tour; Members of Westport Historical Society participated in the
Murrisk Community Council Winter Solstice Tour of Archaeological Sites in the Aughagower Area.

© Michael O’Sullivan.

Heritage Week 2012; There were two free events. A CoachTour of selected sites on Clew Bay Archaeological Trail & a Walking Tour of Westport Quay. Both events were very well attended. Thanks to Murrisk Community
Council for providing refreshments.

Launch of Cathair na Mart 30 (2012)in The Sheebeen, by Mr. Peter Hynes, Mayo County Manager. This was followed by an illustrated talk on Boolying by John Kerrigan, M.A. in Folklore and Ethnology.
Many thanks to Colm & Dolores Cronin for hosting the event.

© Conor McKeown.

Presentation of Medals.
The World War II medals of the late Radio Officer James Hennessy were presented to Clew Bay Heritage Centre by Paddy and Angela Moran on behalf of the Moran family.

© Conor McKeown.

The Gathering.
Clew Bay Heritage Centre was visited by RTE and Jean Butler, who were filming a programme for “The Gathering”. This was shown on RTE 1 on 30th October.