CASTLEISLAND and District Culture and Heritage Society will hold its annual general meeting at St Patrick's Boys' Secondary School on College Road on Tuesday, October 2nd at 8pm.
All interested individuals are invited to attend. Membership at €20 per person for 2012/2013 is now due and will be collected on the night.
"Throughout the year the Heritage Society arranges for lectures on various subjects and walks relating to the heritage and culture of our locality.
We would encourage all community members to come join us or get involved in these activities. We would especially encourage any school children or students to come along and get involved, you can never be too young or too old to play a part in our society," said founder member, Maggie Prendiville.
Two items of note for members to look out for are the talk by retired Garda superintendent Donal O'Sullivan on the confusion surrounding the Aud - the disguised German gun-running ship and the whole 1916 fiasco that went with it.
Another is the proposed guided tour of ' The Parson's Walk' from the Brosna Road to old Kilbanivane.
This was once a favourite leisure route of many locals. Particularly so on Wednesday's afternoon as that was the traditional ' half-day' for the commercial outlets in town. While it is still used by a handful of people, there is a feeling locally that its colourful and interesting history should not be lost.
There was also an issue recently where gates were locked along that traditional, mapped route. The main part of the walk was used, up to 1949, as a carriage-way by the parson at Glebe House on his way to and from Sunday services at St. Stephen's Church of Ireland building - now the Ivy Leaf Art Centre.
In these day of heightened awareness of heritage and history it would be a blot of shame on a community that would allow an obliteration of its past in such a manner.
"History is who we are and why we are the way we are." - David McCullough - American historian and writer.