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Corrovorrin Graveyard inscription project goes online

Clare Champion, Friday, 22nd October, 2010

A booklet on the headstone inscriptions of Corrovorrin Graveyard, as well as photos of the headstones and a brief history of the area, went online on the Clare County Library website this week.

The booklet is the culmination of a joint project between Ennis Tidy Towns, Clare Roots Society and Ennis National School, which involved the recording of the headstones by the young pupils.

The Clare Roots Society and Ennis National School pupils also undertook a clean-up of the graveyard. The entire project was conducted under the local studies curriculum for primary schools.

A spokesman for the Clare Roots Society said the children involved were delighted to collect historical data first-hand in the graveyard, and they thoroughly enjoyed the project.

Clare Roots Society also presented a walk through Corrovorrin Graveyard as part of Heritage Week and published a booklet of the headstone inscriptions, with photos, and a short history of the area. It went online this week at www.clarelibrary.ie. Subsequent to this Eric Shaw of Clare Roots Society presented a talk on the graveyard to Clare Archaeological Society.

The Corrovorrin Graveyard project was recently praised in the adjudication of Ennis by the National Tidy Towns Committee. They said the graveyard restoration project was a "fantastic initiative" and touched on many areas. They congratulated all involved in the project for the "amazing achievement".

Gerry Kennedy, new chairperson of Clare Roots Society, welcomed this recognition and said there is potential in all villages and towns entering the Tidy Towns to include an element of genealogy and local history as part of their entries. He added that he was also looking forward to 2011 where the groups would investigate further partnership with Ennis Tidy Towns and other entrants to the competition.

Donal Griffin of Ennis Tidy Towns said he would like to see more links between schools and groups in the town in an effort to ensure that the national title will return to Ennis in the not too distant future.

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