European Heritage Open Days a huge success

European Heritage Open Days a huge success

Credit: Lurgan Heritage Collective Facebook page

Jonathan McNabb

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Jonathan McNabb

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A founding member of the Lurgan Heritage Collective has labelled the European Heritage Open Days (EHOD) in the town as a huge success.

The Lurgan Heritage Collective, a new partnership of local groups interested in preserving and promoting the history and heritage of Lurgan, provided numerous tours around the town in support of European Heritage Open Days on Saturday, September 11 and Sunday, September 12.

A total of nine tours were on offer and they were all completed over a busy schedule of two days.

Speaking exclusively to Your Lurgan, Isobel Hylands revealed that the Collective have already had messages asking when further events are taking place.

"It was a wild, entertaining and brilliant few days," she reflected.

"We had a really good turnout for all the tours, not just the Shankhill ones which was great to see.

"A few years ago, we had over 200 people for one of the tours but that was too much. Thankfully, we were able to control the amount of people we could allocate for each event and it ran smoothly.

"Everyone who attended told us they had a great time and we have had enquiries about when the next tours are taking place, even though we are coming into winter.

"It is great to see and long may it continue."

Isobel highlighted how the groups all came together as one to provide the community events and hopes this can be only the start of exciting plans to come.

"It was very much a community thing," she emphasised.

"We are working together now and in the future as a collective, so if any other historical, agriculture or culture group wishes to get involved, they will be more than welcome.

"It makes more sense for everyone to work together rather than doing our own thing.

"A lot of younger people - well younger than me anyway - are getting involved and that's great to see.

"There is a meeting this week and we will be discussing future plans so please keep an eye on 'Lurgan Heritage Collective' Facebook page for more information."

Isobel was quick to thank all those who made the two days happen and acknowledged the volume of work that goes into the event.

"We would like to thank all of the groups, members of the public and people who conducted the tours for their input." she concluded.

"There is a lot of work that goes on behind the scenes in terms of research and transcribing family histories, unmasking stories about people who have been buried and finding out more information about those who have unmarked graves.

"Finally, we would like to thank David Martin who lets us use Brownlow House free of charge for our meetings. This has been a massive plus and we are indebted to him."

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