Athenry Event – June 2016
The Farming and Country Life Event in Athenry on 10th and 11th June 2016 was a commemoration of farming and country life in Ireland one hundred years ago. Seven thematic villages were built to depict various aspects of life in Ireland including the land, farm family life, sporting and cultural life etc.
One of the seven villages under the direction of the Galway County Council Heritage Officer, Marie Mannion, focussed on 1916 from the historical point of view and was situated in a life-sized GPO replica building. Abbey Heritage was one of several Heritage groups from across the county invited to participate in this village and to mount an exhibition to mark the involvement of Irish people in some aspect of the 1916 rising or the first World War. The Abbey Heritage exhibit dealt with the contribution of a Galway man, Ballinakill native, Fr Eugene Nevin CP. He was closely associated with many of the leaders of the 1916 rising as he was based in the Passionist Monastery in Mount Argus in Dublin at the time.
The following photographs taken at the Abbey Heritage stand give a flavour of two great days at this excellent event. Photos taken by group participants, Noreen Shiel and Eileen Keane.