Wednesday 28 September 2016

Bringing the past to life in the fields of Athenry

Published 25/05/2016 | 02:30

Meadowvale creamery, Charleville, Co Cork circa 1916. Photo: National Library of Ireland.
Meadowvale creamery, Charleville, Co Cork circa 1916. Photo: National Library of Ireland.

An official centenary event called Farming and Country Life 1916, has been organised by Teagasc to commemorate and celebrate rural life in Ireland 100 years ago.

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Highlights of this free event, which runs at the Teagasc Mellows Campus in Athenry on June 10 and 11, will include the recreation of a Fair Day and a working farm from 1916. The event will centre around seven distinct villages featuring demonstrations from theatre groups, musicians and artists.

Vintage machinery, steam threshing and working horse demonstrations will present the evolution of farm mechanisation and there will also be demonstrations of traditional crafts from blacksmiths and wheelwrights.

A selection of old breeds will be housed on the 1916 working farm, with demonstrations from the working horse.

Visitors will have the opportunity to make butter, attend a lesson in a 1916 school and try their hand at crafts from the era. There will be competitions for best dressed visitors in 1916 attire and a time capsule at the GPO replica building for people to post their messages, which will be posted back to visitors 50 years from now.

The event runs from 10am to 5pm on with free admission. The site is located close to Athenry town and is easily accessible from all major routes via car, rail and bus, with extensive car parking available.

For more information see teagasc.ie/1916; Twitter@FarmCountry1916; Facebookfacebook.com/ farmingandcountrylife1916

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