Ferns Village https://fernsvillage.ie Ancient Capital of Leinster Fri, 18 Sep 2020 07:35:21 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.5.1 https://fernsvillage.ie/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/crown-150x150.png Ferns Village https://fernsvillage.ie 32 32 50th Anniversay of Leo Rowsome’s Death https://fernsvillage.ie/rowsome-50th-anniversay/ Thu, 17 Sep 2020 23:01:31 +0000 https://fernsvillage.ie/?p=1830 The post 50th Anniversay of Leo Rowsome’s Death appeared first on Ferns Village.

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50th Anniversary of Leo Rowsome’s Death 

Leo Rowsome standing with Uileann pipes

The 20th September 2020 will be the 50th anniversary of the death of Leo Rowsome. A grandson of Samuel Rowsome a well-known piper in the 1820s who lived in Ballintore near Ferns, Leo is credited with keeping alive the tradition of pipe making and playing during the formative years of the Irish state. As a player, an instrument-maker, and a teacher, he was an extraordinary exponent of Uilleann piping.

On Sunday September 20th RTÉ Radio 1 will be marking the anniversary. Leo was a man of many firsts- he was the first piper to play on Raidió Éireann and he was the first musician to be recorded by Claddagh Records in 1959.  John Bowman will be marking Leo Rowsome’s contribution to Raidió Éireann.  The Rolling Wave will feature some very special archive recordings of Leo Rowsome and will also be speaking to a number of Uilleann pipers about his music and his legacy.

RTÉ Radio1 
Bowman: Sunday: 8:30am,
The Rolling Wave Sunday 9pm.

Irish Times article: King of the Pipers – An Irishman’s Diary on Leo Rowsome

Events to Commemorate the 50th Anniversary: Uilleann pipe making mentoring programme
Details here: https://pipers.ie/pipe-making-mentoring-programme-in-honour-of-leo-rowsome/

Read more about Leo Rowsome and his links with Ferns here

 

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Ancient Connections Project – COVID19 Update https://fernsvillage.ie/ancient-connections-project-covid19-update/ Mon, 06 Apr 2020 13:48:30 +0000 https://fernsvillage.ie/?p=1519 COVID-19 As you may well have expected, the Ancient Connections project board have taken the decision to postpone all public-facing activity until at least September 2020. We are then looking to restart programmes such as the community history training, tourism ambassador scheme with Abarta Heritage, and our Animation project with the local schools, once public […]

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COVID-19

As you may well have expected, the Ancient Connections project board have taken the decision to postpone all public-facing activity until at least September 2020. We are then looking to restart programmes such as the community history training, tourism ambassador scheme with Abarta Heritage, and our Animation project with the local schools, once public health restrictions have been lifted.

It is likely that the COVID 19 epidemic will have an impact on international tourism which stretches to at least Autumn 2020; we are therefore considering putting all major, visitor-focussed activity into 2021 and programming a pared-back but higher-impact schedule of community events then. We are also asking our funders if they would consider a 6-8-month project extension to allow us to programme over the 2022 season. Needless to say, we will keep you informed of any developments.

We are busy planning a number of things that will keep our audiences engaged and hopefully build new audiences during this difficult time and will keep you abreast of these developments as and when they happen. For now, here are the specifics…

Creative Camino

The artist-led pilgrimage that we’d planned for May 2020 is obviously on the list of things that has had to be cancelled. We have pencilled in a new date for this: 17-24th April 2021. This unfortunately no longer coincides with Fishguard Folk Festival or the Cathedral Festival in St. Davids. The application process for Artists and Community Pilgrims will be re-opened over summer 2020 with a few little changes so we will let you know about this as and when it is ready.

Pilgrimage Feasibility Study

This aspect of the project is going ahead but with a few changes. The contractor will be consulting people online and over the phone. We will be sending out an online survey at some point soon which we’d like you to fill in and to pass on to community members and businesses who could potentially feed into and benefit from the pilgrim route if it goes ahead.

Irish Archaeology Field School (IAFS)

A message from the Directors of the Ancient Connections Archaeology Field School –

“We have made the extremely difficult decision to cancel all our 2020 summer field schools. We came to this decision based solely on concerns for the well-being and safety of our staff, students, partners, and fantastic homestay families. We hope to still maintain a skeletal project presence in Ferrycarrig to keep the public archaeology component of the project going in 2020. Even keeping this presence on site is contingent on how the Covid-19 epidemic develops.

Further news and updates available here https://iafs.ie/

Denis and Stephen – 26th March 2020”

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Creative Camino – Ferns to St Davids https://fernsvillage.ie/creative-camino/ Thu, 05 Mar 2020 15:42:02 +0000 https://fernsvillage.ie/?p=1484 The post Creative Camino – Ferns to St Davids appeared first on Ferns Village.

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Pembrokeshire County Council and Wexford County Council are looking for 4 to 6no. people, from their local communities, to participate in an 8-day trans-national walking pilgrimage, alongside four professional Artists, as part of the Ancient Connections: Creative Camino. This communal journey is a new cross-border arts, heritage and tourism experiential event, exploring the past and present connections between the two regions.

 

The successful applicants will join the Artists and be led by professional pilgrim-guides on a week-long journey from Ireland to Wales. The participants will gather stories, inspiration and experiences, while they explore a potential walking tourism and pilgrim route, linking St. Aidan’s Trail in Wexford to St. David’s Way in Pembrokeshire.

 

The trip will start in Ferns, Ireland on the 19th May and finish in St Davids, Wales on the 26th May 2020, taking in the beaches, coastal paths and communities along the way.

 

To Apply: follow the instructions in the attached document and apply by 17/03/20 to

ruth.jones@pembrokeshire.gov.uk

 

 

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Ancient Connections Story Sharing Evening https://fernsvillage.ie/ancient-connections-story-sharing-evening/ Tue, 14 Jan 2020 17:48:42 +0000 http://fernsvillage.ie/?p=1474 “ANCIENT CONNECTIONS STORY SHARING EVENING”, from 6.30pm, Tuesday 21st January, The Courtyard, Ferns, Co. Wexford. Presented by Abarta Heritage

If you are interested in the folklore, history, heritage and stories of Ferns, this is an ideal opportunity to see what the Ancient Connections project will deliver and to have your say! This is a free event and all are welcome but booking is essential

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“ANCIENT CONNECTIONS STORY SHARING EVENING”

from 6.30pm, Tuesday 21st January, The Courtyard, Ferns

Presented by
Abarta Heritage

If you are interested in the folklore, history, heritage and stories of Ferns, this is an ideal opportunity to see what the Ancient Connections project will deliver and to have your say!

The Rediscovering Ancient Connectionsproject seeks to help to revive the ancient links between the people of Pembrokeshire in Wales and North Wexford in Ireland. Both communities have a deeply entwined, shared heritage and history that extends back millennia from prehistory to the modern day.

Community involvement is at the heart of the Ancient Connections Project, and Abarta Heritage alongside Angharad Wynne in Wales have been engaged to deliver a programme of research, training and a Tourism Ambassador Scheme. The aim is to involve the community and to ensure the project leaves a legacy of skills in the regions. In addition, a group of Tourism Ambassadors will be trained to share the rich stories and histories of these areas with visitors for many years to come.

Over the last couple of months, the team has been busy gathering history, archaeology, folklore and stories that connect the two regions and want to share these stories with the wider community. The community of Ferns is invited to come along to share their local knowledge and tales over a cup of tea and a biscuit or two. The project team will also share what’s been unearthed from archives and libraries so far as well as informing participants of further involvement, volunteering and training opportunities.

If you would like to explore the connections between Wexford and Pembrokeshire and share your own stories, please do come along to the Rediscovering Ancient Connections Story Sharing Evening on the 21st January at the Courtyard Bar and Restaurant, Ferns from 6.30pm. The event will begin properly at 7pm and conclude by 9pm.

This is a free event and all are welcome but booking is essential, so please reserve your place on Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/story-sharing-evening-ferns-co-wexford-tickets-89392670885

Ancient Connections, is funded by the European Regional Development Fund through their Ireland Wales Cooperation programme and aims to sustainably increase overseas tourism to and between both regions. The project is focusing on boosting tourism in the shoulder seasons, encouraging more people to visit in Spring and Autumn, thereby extending the season and improving the local economy. The project is led by Pembrokeshire County Council, with project partners and joint beneficiaries Wexford County Council, Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority and Visit Wexford. It will run until December 2021.

For further information, please contact: Róisín Burke, Abarta Heritage, 085 1476085, roisin@abartaheritage.ie

We hope to see you there. Please feel free to share the announcement with those you feel may be interested.

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Livestream of Christmas Mass from St Aidan’s Church https://fernsvillage.ie/livestream-of-christmas-mass-from-st-aidans-church/ https://fernsvillage.ie/livestream-of-christmas-mass-from-st-aidans-church/#respond Mon, 23 Dec 2019 10:36:09 +0000 http://fernsvillage.ie/?p=1456 The post Livestream of Christmas Mass from St Aidan’s Church appeared first on Ferns Village.

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Both Christmas Eve 07.30pm mass, and, Christmas Day 11.00am mass will be live streamed on the newly launched Ferns Church YouTube account (see link below).

Should you know of any members of the Ferns community that are abroad this Christmas, or indeed should you know of any elderly or ill people at home that would like to access this service, please pass on the word, or let either John Moynihan or Denis Kinsella know as soon as possible.

<<Click here to go to view Live Stream from St Aidan’s Church>>

 

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The MacMurrough Inquiry https://fernsvillage.ie/the-macmurrough-inquiry/ https://fernsvillage.ie/the-macmurrough-inquiry/#respond Fri, 23 Aug 2019 17:23:18 +0000 http://fernsvillage.ie/?p=235 The post The MacMurrough Inquiry appeared first on Ferns Village.

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To mark the 850th anniversary of the arrival of the Normans, this year’s Ferns Conference will hold an ‘Inquiry’ into the extent to which Diarmuid MacMurrough, King of Leinster, was responsible. The conference will take place in St. Edan’s Cathedral, Ferns on October 12th.

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An Evening at Ferns Castle https://fernsvillage.ie/an-evening-at-ferns-castle/ https://fernsvillage.ie/an-evening-at-ferns-castle/#respond Fri, 23 Aug 2019 16:38:52 +0000 http://fernsvillage.ie/?p=205 The post An Evening at Ferns Castle appeared first on Ferns Village.

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The people, the ancient buildings and the history of the area were the unique assets which made Ferns a most attractive tourism experience. This was the view of the two main speakers who addressed the ‘Evening at Ferns Castle’, organised by Ferns Development Association on Friday, May 25th.

Aidan Pender, Director, Strategic Development, Failte Ireland and historian Brian Donovan both referred to the family names of people of the Ferns area which demonstrated a wide range of origins in different European countries.

Aidan Pender whose family originated in Ballinakill, Ferns said that the village had an abundance of vital tourism assets which were of great interest to tourists from countries like the USA, France, Germany and the UK. He commended the Ferns Development Association on its website www.fernsvillage.ie which he said was a most effective way of communicating the Ferns message across the world.

Historian Brian Donovan whose family retains ownership of Ferns Castle but has a long term agreement with the OPW to have it open to the public, detailed the origins of the acquisition of the Castle by his family. The family originated in West Cork and became involved in the brewing business in Dublin and subsequently in farming at Ballymore, Ferns where the well known Ballymore House Museum is based.

The names of the residents of the Ferns area listed in the 19th Century Griffiths valuation, the original rating base, indicated the breadth and depth of the origins of the population. These ranged from the old Irish to Vikings, Normans, German palatines and English, he said.

Ferns was unique because, unlike many other centres of power and religious foundation the associated buildings which had been destroyed elsewhere, remained in Ferns and were available to add to the tourism attractions of County Wexford. These included the Castle, the Cathedral and the surrounding ecclesiastical monuments which were of great interest to visitors from home and abroad. He said that Ferns had an important role to play in the linked tourism trails which were being developed throughout County Wexford.

 

However, the evening wasn’t all about talking history and heritage, entertainment was provided by the Quaid Quartet from Clonegal and local young harpist Conor Morris. Bui Bolg, the Wexford based street entertainment theatre group provided the hilarious ‘fiddling foxes’, children played medieval games of draughts, rings and archery was provided by Castle Archery who are based in Wells House, Kilmuckridge. Wine and canapés were served in a medieval surrounding in wonderful summer sunshine.

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6,000 plastic bottle caps later…… https://fernsvillage.ie/6000-plastic-bottle-caps-later/ https://fernsvillage.ie/6000-plastic-bottle-caps-later/#respond Sat, 20 Jul 2019 10:49:54 +0000 http://fernsvillage.ie/?p=264 After submitting details of our proposed bottle-cap mural project under the Waste Prevention Grant Scheme run by the Environment Section of Wexford County Council and Southern Waste Region, Ferns Tidy Towns were successful in securing funding under this scheme. The idea behind the project was to highlight the negative impacts of single use plastics on […]

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After submitting details of our proposed bottle-cap mural project under the Waste Prevention Grant Scheme run by the Environment Section of Wexford County Council and Southern Waste Region, Ferns Tidy Towns were successful in securing funding under this scheme. The idea behind the project was to highlight the negative impacts of single use plastics on our environment. Many thanks to the above for providing the funding and making this project possible. We look forward to working closely with you on further projects and initiatives in the future.

Over the last year we have signed up another 6 businesses on the Refill.ie tap map. That brings to fourteen the number of premises in Ferns offering free tap water refills in reusable bottles. With the help of Wexford County Council and Gorey Municipal Council we also replaced an old broken tap with a new water fountain. This has been a great success with people filling up on the go with fresh tap water.

Early last year we carried out a survey on the street to see how members of the community were managing to reduce single use plastic. We were surprised to discover that there was some confusion over whether or not plastic bottle caps could be recycled. A staggering 60% of those surveyed were putting them in their household waste bin.

Bottle caps are often so small that it is easy to overlook the impact they have on the environment. If you drop one on the ground at the park or the beach, you may think it is not important. However, little caps bobbing in the water can look like an easy meal for a wide variety of wildlife, from fish and sea turtles to marine birds. The animals eat the tops, feel full, do not eat real food and die from starvation. Plastic bottle tops are one of the top 10 items found during marine debris beach clean-ups worldwide and are the second most littered item after cigarette butts. Over 100 million marine animals are killed each year due to plastic debris in the ocean. Most rubbish that ends up in the water begins its journey on land.

We wanted a concrete way to show the local community the large impact such a small thing like a bottle cap could have. The idea behind the project was to make an educational mural from plastic bottle caps showing the importance of reducing/recycling single use plastic to help the environment and prevent plastic waste from damaging our marine life. A marine design and a wildlife/wildflower design were chosen. The ocean theme of the mural will raise awareness of the harmful effects of plastic bottle caps on marine life and the wildflower/wildlife will raise awareness of the effects of plastic to our environment, wildlife and plants.

We started by putting a call out to the community via social media looking for bottle caps of all colours and sizes. Our plan was to get as many members of the community and children involved with recycling and waste prevention in a very hands on way. Hopefully by helping to design and make the mural the community will remember not to drop the cap but recycle it and better still eventually reduce their single use plastic by refilling with tap water instead.

After five months we managed to collect a staggering 90kg of plastic bottle caps. That’s just in our small community. Think of how many tops that is across the country in a year. Now imagine how many it would be worldwide. Now imagine how many that would be in 5 years, in 10… It really is mind blowing.

With a design in mind we asked the local art group, junior members of Ferns Tidy Towns and other members of the community to join us in making the mural. After months of collecting bottle caps we sorting them into various colours and sizes. The design was painted onto the boards and finished with three coats of varnish to protect it from the weather. The next step was to place and glue the bottle caps onto the two 8X4 sheets of marine ply. Once the bottle caps were in place we then painstakingly anchored them into place with screws.

The mural was placed at the Community Vegetable garden and composting demo site. We use this area to educate the community on reducing waste, composting, growing your own, water saving and bee conservation. The community park is used by many local families and with the new playground opening during the Summer we will get the message of reducing plastic waste and recycling out to a large percentage of the community.

We hope the community will take a step back and look at the cap on their drinks bottle. It starts there. Each one makes a difference. Each one you keep out of the ocean and out of landfill, you keep out of our marine animals and the local environment.

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Ferns Gathering 2013 – Fringe Events https://fernsvillage.ie/ferns-gathering-2013-fringe-events/ https://fernsvillage.ie/ferns-gathering-2013-fringe-events/#respond Sat, 01 Jun 2019 16:33:12 +0000 http://fernsvillage.ie/?p=1201 Over the weekend there will be a variety of events to cater for all the family and add to the festive atmosphere.

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Over the weekend there will be a variety of events to cater for all the family and add to the festive atmosphere. Fringe events will include:

  • Guided walking tours of Ferns Heritage Trail. Walk in the footsteps of Kings, Knights and Saints. This tour is conducted by local volunteer guides and is a walk that will prove most rewarding. Tours will be available on Saturday at 10a.m., 12 noon; 2p.m. & 4p.m. and on Sunday at 10a.m. and 2pm. If you would like to take a free guided tour, email: fernsgathering@fernsvillage.ie.
  • Stitch with Ferns Tapestry. The Ferns Tapestry Group created the renowned Ferns Tapestry which is housed in the Ferns Castle Visitors Centre. They have created a special piece for the Gathering and visitors are invited to join them in the Visitors Centre to stitch their Gathering piece.
  • Tours of St. Edan’s & Chapter room. Visit the smallest Cathedral in Europe and take a tour of the Chapter Room. This is a beautiful Cathedral, its interior with its stained glass windows, is full of history. It is set in a beautiful landscaped surroundings with high crosses and historic archeological sites nearby.
  • GAA & Camogie Events Our local clubs have organised streets leagues, speed tests and Cuman Abu. On Saturday afternoon from 2p.m. to 5p.m. the finals of the street leagues will take place at the Community Park. On Sunday its time for Cuman Abú, a new type of social ground hurling for adults, so if you want to join in the fun, now’s your chance, email fernsgaa@gmail.com to register your interest. Another fun event, this time for children, is the Speed Test which will take place at the Parish Field Day.
  • Strolling Musicians. We plan to bring the festive air onto the streets. Musicians in medieval costume will ensure a great atmosphere.
  • Medieval costumes Locals are encouraged to wear medieval costume in keeping with the rich medieval heritage which abounds in Ferns.
  • Plein Eire outdoor artists. We are delighted to welcome this group of artists who paint in the outdoors. We look forward to seeing them capture the heritage and atmosphere of the weekend.
  • Display of building materials used in medieval times. This display and discussion about materials used in buidlings such as Ferns Castle is given by Paddy Byrne, a Wexford based Period Conservationist. This is a great opportunity to learn from a master craftsman.
  • Music in local pubs. Our local pubs will put on traditional music entertainment over the weekend.
  • Jesters & Town Cryer. Our local Dramatic Society will get into the medieval spirit. a definite spectacle.

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National Heritage Week 2017 https://fernsvillage.ie/national-heritage-week-2017/ https://fernsvillage.ie/national-heritage-week-2017/#respond Tue, 01 Aug 2017 00:03:00 +0000 http://fernsvillage.ie/?p=1355 The post National Heritage Week 2017 appeared first on Ferns Village.

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To celebrate National Heritage Week, we have organised the following events:

Tuesday, August 22nd

Ferns Heritage Project Group presentation in Gorey Library. Entitled ”From Ancient Capital of Leinster to Norman Invasion – Ferns, its past still in evidence’.
Venue: Gorey Library at 7.30pm

Wednesday, August 23rd

Guided tour of Ferns Village Heritage Trail – meet at the St. Edan’s Cathedral car park at 3pm. Ferns Heritage Project Group is organising a guided walking tour of the Ferns Village Heritage Trail on Wednesday, August 23rd – meet at St. Edan’s Cathedral at 3pm. Hear about Ferns’ central role in Wexford’s medieval history, its significant ecclesiastical past from the coming of St. Aidan in 6th century. Walk in the footsteps of kings and saints, visit monuments commemorating 1798 and 1916 rebellions. A range of sites of interest reflecting Ferns rich history, high crosses, ruins of 13th century cathedral, a 12th century abbey, a Norman Castle, the Ferns Tapestries in Ferns Castle Visitor Centre and the smallest cathedral in Europe. The tour will take approximately 1 hr 30mins. All welcome. Contact: fernsheritageproject@gmail.com to find out more.

Thursday, August 24th

Lecture & Site Visit: Dr. Edel Bhreathnach, CEO, The Discovery Programme will give a lecture entitled ‘The Changing landscape of Ferns in the 11th – 13th century. Venue: St. Mogue’s Cottage, Ferns at 3pm. This will be followed by a site visit to area around St. Mary’s Abbey where a geophysical survey is to be conducted by The Discovery Programme. Rain or shine the lecture will take place in St. Mogue’s Cottage!

The geophysical survey is being conducted by The Discovery Programme in partnership with the Department of Archaeology and Natural Sciences, NUI Galway. It is a continuation of a survey conducted in 2015 and the aim of the survey is to deepen our knowledge of the late medieval and early modern development. The Ferns Heritage Project Group wishes to thank the Irish Heritage Council for funding received for this 2017 survey.

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