Clare Champion, Friday, September 3, 2004
By T J Flynn
To celebrate this years Heritage Week, Clare County Archives will host an exhibition of a recently acquired collection, the Griffith Papers, at the Clare Museum in Ennis. The exhibition runs between September 5 to October 24.
The papers document the lives of the family of Rev. Julius Henry Griffith, who served as Rector of Drumcliffe Union, Killaloe, from 1884. The family lived in the Rectory at 1 Bindon Street in Ennis, County Clare. The papers include correspondence, birth and marriage certificates, financial material, diaries, photographs and press cuttings, and include a family member’s eyewitness account of one of naval history’s greatest tragedies; the sinking of the battleship HMS Victoria in the Lebanon on 22 June 1893 with the loss of 358 lives. A lunchtime lecture on the papers will also take place on Tuesday, 7 September between 1.15 p.m. and 1.45 p.m. in the Council Chamber in Clare Museum. Both events are free and all are welcome.
On September 5, at the Old Friary on Abbey Street, a talk by Donal Mc Ellin on Ennis Friary and the Language of Sculpture will take place followed by a talk on The Friary Masons by Mary Kearns. The talks commence at 2.00 p.m. with free admission for all.
Also, as part of Heritage Week, there will be free admission all day to the Ennis Friary on Sunday, September 5 and Sunday, September 12. Guided tours are available from 10.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m.
On September 12, as part of Heritage Week and in association with the Clare Archaeological and Historical Society, archaeologist Christine Grant will lead a field trip entitled “Cairns in the Burren”. The event is free and those interested are asked to meet at the Abbey Street car park at 12.30 p.m. For more information contact Eileen Conlon on 065-6820182.
Heritage Week forms part of the European Heritage Days initiative introduced by the Council of Europe in 1991. Ireland was one of the first countries to participate and this year we will be hosting the launch of the European Heritage Days. The principal aim of Heritage Week is to foster awareness of the built, natural and cultural heritage thereby encouraging its conservation and preservation and to raise interest in our shared European Heritage.