Meeting point for the Future Projects debate
The History Society opened matters by reaffirming their mandate and mission statement whereby all members are part of a completely independent organization with absolutely no ties or links to any other body and receive no government funding - the result being that it allowed them to be truly neutral with their only goal being that of preserving and archiving the local history of the Togher district. Whilst the Society has been contacted periodically for information of an historical nature , particularly that of boundary disputes , it will provide historical fact when called on but fully reserves the right to excuse itself from disputes of a Political nature or any other form thereof.
James O'Brien , Mary O'Riordan , Ted O'Riordan
& Billy O'Brien
Billy O'Brien deemed the meeting to be open and soon the conversation became lively with many tales of a nostalgic air permeating the room. Ideas were swapped back and forth in abundance and plans were drawn up before the end of the meeting to set a deadline for submissions of projects once these had been allocated and agreed upon. This it was felt would set an incentive and spur members on in their quest with a timeline for completion of subjects provisionally set for the end of September regardless of the amount of material gathered.
Dan O'Riordan ( standing right background )
James O'Brien , Ted O'Riordan and Dan O'Riordan were tasked with the sporting portfolio. This would include any and all sports of a current and historic nature , including but not limited to : G.A.A. , Soccer , Road Bowling and Athletics. Additionally Dan O'Riordan would take on the informal interviewing of local residents which he felt would garner much invaluable historical data.
James O'Brien & Ted O'Riordan
contemplating Togher's sporting past
Mary O'Riordan was assigned the project of researching and documenting the various Community Associations and Residents Groups down through the years. In addition she was also to undertake the identification of the famous Togher Farm photo which hangs proudly in the Credit Union. Allied to this was the extra work of researching the Togher Pipe Band.
Billy O'Brien was given the work of researching all relevant Censuses and Directories which bore a connection to Togher down through the ages.
Eamonn Pearse was given the work of researching local characters and being the Society's eye on the ground.
The team exiting the Community Centre
after a fantastic meeting
Several members not in attendance on the day and by virtue of their individual talents were tasked as follows :
Pat O'Rourke - History of Pirate Radio in Togher.
Kathleen O'Keeffe/Paul O'Keeffe - matters of local lore and archaeology.
It was also deemed important that members could co-ordinate with each other and share information during their research cycle.
but the place it holds in ones heart
Before conclusion of events at the Community Centre , plans were set in motion for a Field Research trip for the month of August. It is hoped whichever venue is decided on that it will incorporate the majority of the Society for the first time in 3 years. Full blog post of the future trip will be published online and members projects will find their own way into articles to be drawn up by the various teams in collaboration with each other.