Council’s ‘Our Place’ townlands project

Published: 17th June 2016

Primary school pupils from across the Fermanagh and Omagh district have had the opportunity to discover the origin and meaning of their townlands as part of Fermanagh and Omagh District Council’s ‘Our Place’ project.

‘Our Place’, brought together more than 700 primary school pupils aged 9 and over from 31 schools across the district to explore their local heritage and history through the study of townlands.

The townland is a form of land division unique to Ireland, dating back to the 12th century. There are approximately 64,000 townlands in Ireland, with over 9,000 in Northern Ireland. The Fermanagh and Omagh district has nearly one third of these, with 2,869 townlands.

As part of the learning programme, pupils worked with visual artist, Genevieve Murphy, to bring the meaning of their local townland to life by creating unique artwork.

The works of art produced by each school were then brought together and turned into a banner display, and these are currently being presented to schools, depicting the townlands specific to each school pupil.

Chairperson of Fermanagh and Omagh District Council, Councillor Mary Garrity, presented her local primary school, St Scire’s in Trillick, with its ‘Our Place’ townlands banner. Congratulating the children on their participation in the ‘Our Place’ project, Councillor Garrity said:

“These banners are the culmination of all the hard work and artistic creativity of the boys and girls who took part in the programme where they examined the history, geography and folklore connected to their locality and identified the key features which helped to shape both their surrounding area as well the people who lived there.

The pupils showed imagination, resourcefulness and a true spirit of teamwork to create these wonderful displays which show the unique history of their area so beautifully.”

A number of ‘Our Place’ townlands banners will be on display in the Council’s Strule Arts Centre, Omagh from July 2016 and at Enniskillen Castle Museum from August 2016.

 

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For further information please contact Elizabeth Harkin, tel: 0300 303 1777 or email Elizabeth.harkin@fermanaghomagh.com

 

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