National Good Causes Lottery Heritage Finalists
EACH year, the National Lottery Good Causes Awards recognize the inspiring work and achievement of thousands of projects, clubs and individuals across Ireland.
With the help of funding from the National Lottery Bonnes Causes, they have had an extraordinary impact on their local communities.
The money raised for these good causes is combined with central government funds and is used to co-finance the expenditure of various government departments on projects in sports and recreation, national culture, heritage, Irish language, the arts, health, community, youth, and the natural environment.
This year, 36 finalists compete in six categories: sport and recreation, health and wellness, heritage, arts and culture, community and youth.
A seventh category, the Irish language, will receive a special award to be announced at the awards final, in recognition of the exceptional work done in promoting the Irish language.
The overall winner will be announced later today at the annual Good Causes Awards, which will be held virtually this year at Dublin’s Mansion House, hosted by Grainne Seoige.
Here are the finalists in the Heritage category.
SINCE 1996, the Cork Folklore Project has digitally recorded, preserved and shared the voices, memories, heritage and folklore of nearly 1,000 people in Cork.
He is recognized as a leader in the oral history community nationwide, with innovative approaches to documentation and outreach.
This includes working with health organizations in Cork, to investigate the health potential of oral history, Cork memory card using technology to link memory to location, free annual diary, access through their community archives, community support and mentorship. groups and individuals, and working with daycares and nursing homes, to document the life stories of older people.
In 2017, the project received funding from Good Causes for a digital memory wall, which enabled the presentation of over 150 segments of audio recordings from their larger collection.
This was then installed at the visitor center of the North Cathedral so that the public could visit it for free and interact with the material.
In addition, they have used this more accessible material for school visits, senior groups and other visitors to draw attention to the larger material.
Funding in 2018 continued to grow the online catalog, which presents users with a detailed breakdown of the collection and the ability to easily search for material related to their area of interest.
This project has been underway for over seven years and has involved extensive international research in order to provide the most user-friendly and effective formula, thereby expanding the reach of the material to the general public.
Behind the Cork Folklore Project is a hard working team and this is an important heritage initiative.
The Irish Peatland Conservation Council’s mission is to protect a representative sample of Ireland’s peatlands so that people can enjoy them now and in the future.
Their excellent work includes protecting the Marsh Fritillary, Europe’s only endangered butterfly, at Lullymore West Bog in Co Kildare.
Based at the Bog of Allen Nature Center, the IPCC’s work is diverse and includes observations and submissions on planning requests affecting peatlands, management of a network of five nature reserves, species monitoring, and outreach initiatives. audience, including online and print publications.
The awarded charitable funding was used for a project titled Improving Reproduction in the Endangered Marsh Fritillary Butterfly.
This allowed the IPCC, for the first time, to introduce two grazing donkeys, Neddy and Lexi, into the nature reserve which would reduce the dominance of purple moor on the reserve, in turn allowing the Marsh Food Factory. Fritillary to increase the cover.
The project also had a citizen science element offering two days of butterfly monitoring training.
This dedicated organization has a vital mission to protect our peatlands.
Kilkenny Famine Experience
IN 2005, while the MacDonagh Junction site was being redeveloped, the remains of 976 human famine victims were found there.
From there was born the Kilkenny Famine Experience Project, a community reconnection project to bring the discovery of these victims back to living memory and connect them to 976 living people around the world, each participant leaving their fingerprints etched in brass.
Human stories are told at the Kilkenny Famine Workhouse on which the Center is built and offers a free audiovisual tour of the building, depicting the Kilkenny Famine experience.
This visit has welcomed more than 7,000 participants since November 2017. To honor the victims and survivors, a magnificent 12-foot bronze sculpture was unveiled at the site.
Funding from Good Causes helped the MacDonagh Junction team complete a beautiful, award-winning bronze sculpture commission, illustrating hope for survivors, based on the story of two boys who sought refuge in the Workhouse after being abandoned.
The limestone crypt itself was gilded with marching bands with the 976 fingerprints of community project participants engraved on it.
A physical marker of participation and a symbol of the individuality of the victims.
This place brought descendants of Kilkenny Labor House survivors from around the world to visit Kilkenny and spend time retracing their steps as they left this place to survive and prosper in UK, Canada, in the United States and Australia.
This reconnection continues in the future, and it is an extremely interesting project.
Liege LGBT Archives
THE Cork LGBT Archive collects, preserves and shares the rich history of an important part of Cork culture and heritage: Cork’s LGBT community.
There is a physical collection based primarily on the Arthur Leahy Collection, a private collection previously stored in a damp basement.
A digital archive has also been developed. The Queer Republic of Cork book and exhibit, as well as social media accounts, allow people to get involved in the vibrant history of this community.
Receiving funding for good causes was extremely symbolic for the LGBT Archives in Cork, as it showed that LGBT history is valued and seen as an important part of our national heritage, rather than a community that has historically experienced marginalization, discrimination and exclusion.
The funding allowed the team to take the precious collection out of the damp basement and store it properly in acid-free boxes, sort and catalog it, and make it easier to access.
It has also facilitated the development of digital archives, through which items in the collection are stored digitally and shared freely with the public.
The history of the development of Cork’s LGBT community is no longer invisible, it is an important part of the city’s past and future.
Letterkenny Cathedral Quarter
The LETTERKENNY CLG Cathedral Quarter was established in 2014 when the people of the city of Co Donegal came together to take care of the many buildings in the city center that had fallen into disrepair and crumbling.
Funding from Good Causes enabled the group to organize workshops on traditional building techniques in the region.
As part of the funded project, they engaged with students from Letterkenny Institute of Technology to develop a plan for the Cathedral Quarter.
Building on this success and the resulting increased profile of the group, the local county authority assigned the area for development and the team therefore worked with Donegal County Council to make a significant investment in the development. region, which included the restoration of the traditional area. facades on abandoned houses along the Church Lane neighborhood.
They received a national award in 2019 from the National Planning Institute of Ireland.
Letterkenny Cathedral Quarter continues to grow stronger and a fantastic resource for the local community.
Wildlife rehabilitation Ireland
WILDLIFE Rehabilitation Ireland is a registered charity and represents over 30 wildlife and individual rehabilitation centers in communities across Ireland.
Their mission is to promote the rehabilitation of wildlife and improve the welfare and conservation of wildlife in Ireland.
By working with all stakeholders, they improve rehabilitation and implement sustainable wildlife-friendly policies for their communities.
WRI also advances the protection of wildlife and their habitats through education, advocacy and awareness.
Funding from Good Causes has supported the country’s vital volunteer rehabilitators who help Ireland’s wildlife, including pine martens, hedgehogs, seals, swans, bats and foxes.
In 2019, more than 6,000 wild animals were treated across the country.
The funding allowed the team to directly support rehabilitators, to work strategically to improve the ad hoc system of wildlife rehabilitation in Ireland and to establish licenses and standards of care.
In 2020, more and more people have spent time outdoors and being aware of their surroundings, which has doubled the wildlife in need of rehabilitation care.
This means that rehabilitators responded to twice as many calls about injured or orphaned wildlife compared to previous years.
This charitable organization is extremely dedicated to its important mission.