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Update on Glen School Project August 29, 2018
Plans for the renovation of the Old Glen Schoolhouse have been discussed for a while now in the community and moves have been undertaken to move the project forward. The building, which dates from around the Great Famine, is a protected structure, and planning permission has been granted to develop the building as a place where the Heritage and Culture of the Stacks and Glenarruddery mountains can be showcased as it was in the past and enjoyed as it is today.
The plan is to develop the building as an intimate and interesting space that can facilitate certain forms of community activity to help overcome social isolation and exclusion and as a place to showcase the unique culture and heritage of the Stacks and Glenaruddery Mountains.
The renovated building will fill a void that exists in the district for an intimate/friendly space for both locals and visitors to meet, develop skills, share knowledge and learn of the fascinating history of the many aspects of life as it was and is being lived in this expansive district of blanket bogland and upland environment. It will combine the role of a valuable tool for local people with the role of a place that will allow the community, a mainly older community, to interact with those who are seeking and interested in a visitor product that highlights a unique environment and landscape and the culture and heritage that developed in that landscape.
The Lyreacrompane Heritage group met again this week to discuss the
project and make further plans. The dozen members who attended
were given an up-to-date report that showed that fundraising was
progressing well and the feasibility study was discussed. A variety of new ideas were suggested at
the meeting and all these will be on the mix when final
decisions are being made.
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, 2019 and
articles and photos are welcome.
- The four day Dan Paddy Andy Festival of music and dance Click here which also includes the Bog Walk http://www.irishtv.ie/kerry-matters-51 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 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2TTCMWIV0o4
- 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 www.irishramblinghouse.com
-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 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nesBFaMfkJ4 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.
- We are co-ordinating efforts to eleminate the invasive Japanese Knotweed along the stretch of road through Lyreacrompane and results so far have been good.
- We have carried out tidying up and painting work on the Lyreacrompane Bridge in both 2017 and 2018.
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 entitledThe Home Place - an inventory of Traditional Rural Architecture in North and East Kerry.
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 story of the Principle Keeper of New York’s Sing Sing Prison – A man from Lyreacrompane.
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.