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Lyreacrompane Heritage Group

The aim of the Group is to preserve and promote the built, environmental and cultural uniqueness of Lyreacrompane and the general Stacks and Glenaruddery mountains area.

The Lyre Heritage Group supports a number of community projects in Lyreacrompane...

 - The Lyreacrompane and District Journal which researches,  records and preserves the story of the Lyreacrompane district. Click here  The deadline for the next Journal is October 1st, 2017 and articles and photos.

 - The four day Dan Paddy Andy Festival of music and dance Click here which also includes the Bog Walk with its Heritage Talks, display of old time turf cutting by sleán and tae in the bog.    Also, for a short promotional video of our Festival click on the following link

- The recording and publishing of the music and songs of the area. Click here and the promotion of local traditional talent through the Irish Rambling House shows and trips to entertain the exiles in England  

- The upkeep and updating of this website.

- The renovation and preservation of the old Glen Schoolhouse for which we have Planning Permission. (see below)

- In 2014 we funded repairs to Lyre Grotto  and this year we have received some funding toward the work of removing Japanese Knotweed which is infesting our local streams and rivers. Click here We were invited to organise the reunion of former Lyreacrompane National School pupils to mark the 50th anniversary of its opening Click here.

The Old Glen Schoolhouse

The Glen Schoolhouse is a protected structure (the only one in the area) and we are delighted to  see it features in the fabulous new publication by Kerry County Council entitled  The Home Place - an inventory of Traditional Rural Architecture in North and East Kerry.

                  Page 72 of  The Home Place.

Recently we engaged Architectural Conservation Professionals to plan the appropriate  renovation of the building and we now have Planning Permission from Kerry County Council.

The aim is to renovate the  building as a place  where the heritage of the Stacks and Glanaruddery Mountains can be displayed. This would include...

The story of education in the area going back to the mid-1800s told in the history we have researched of the school, the story of the building and development over time of the house itself.

The story of the unique blanket bog landscape of the area and how it got that way over thousands of years (including the more recent story (implements and records) of Bord na Mona in the area (1930 to 1960s), the case for repairing our boglands to start them growing again as part of the world’s peatlands – the best carbon store in the world and of great interests to tourists interested in the environment.

The story of the wind turbines as an alternative energy powerhouse.

The story of the last of the Great Irish Matchmakers, Dan Paddy Andy O’Sullivan and the connection of JB Keane with the area.

The history we have uncovered (for an article in the Lyreacrompane and District Journal Number 12) of the road the school is on - built back in the 1700s.

The Stacks and Glenarrudery Mountains have a story to tell that will be of interest to many visitor types to Kerry. There is no other museum/heritage building in the general Stacks/Glenaruddery Mountains area.

The Lyreacrompane Heritage Group has Charitable Status and is actively seeking funding for this project.

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