LIVING HISTORY at the Gunpowder Mills Ballincollig

living history classes at Scoil Mhuire with Martin Macaree of Legion Ireland

Living history classes in Scoil Eoin with Martin Macaree of Legion Ireland
Living history classes in Scoil Eoin with Martin Macaree of the Legion
catryn introducing Living History classes to Scoil Mhuire, with the principle Mairead NI Mhurchu

Catryn introducing Living History classes to Scoil Mhuire, with the principle Mairead NI Mhurchu

 

Exerpt from INDUSTRIAL HERITAGE ASSOCIATION OF IRELAND  NEWSLETTER

http://www.ihai.ie   No  36   March 2011

LIVING HISTORY By way of a follow-up on the article on Ballincollig Gunpowder Mill in the last Newsletter, Catryn Power, Cork County Archaeologist, recalls several innovative events which took place last year at the mill complex. As part of the Association of Young Irish Archaeologists’ 2010 Conference, held at University College Cork, a visit was arranged to the mills. The group, from all over Ireland and Britain, were given to a tour by Jenny Webb, author of Ballincollig Royal Gunpowder Mills: a Hidden History (Nonesuch Publishing, 2006). Alex Manteiga Brea, a PhD student from UCC, gave a demonstration on the manufacture of stone tools from flint. Elaine Lynch, also a UCC postgraduate, demonstrated how pottery could be produced from local clay. Her special area of interest is Neolithic Grooved Ware and she showed the group some reconstruction pottery which she had made as part of her thesis research. The heritage centre, at the east end of the regional park, was also opened for the day. Although officially closed since 2007, it continues to be maintained by Cork CC and it is hoped that it will eventually be reopened and give Ballincollig a much needed boost. During the year Catryn also organised a ‘living history’ programme for local primary schools. Almost 400 pupils were given conducted tours of the vast mill complex by Rod Maconail (Ballincollig Heritage Association), Jenny Webb and Catryn. Part of this project also entailed living history reenactors visiting the schools. Issue 1 of Scoil Eoin’s enewsletter carried a short report on their visit, organised by Catryn in conjunction with Martin MacAree of Legion Ireland. Martin was accompanied by Alex the Russian Viking, Eoin a US airman, and Donnachadh, a member of American Civil War Reactors. Each soldier told the class about his weaponry – muskets, rifles, swords etc. Rod MacConaill from the Ballincollig Heritage Association also explained the importance of the gunpowder mills in the history of European warfare. Scoil Eoin’s 6th Class at the mills. Jenny Webb conducts the group around the mill complex The new mill museum is on the ground floor, with a conference centre

 

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