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Virginia and District Historical Society Launch

Virginia and District Historical Society was set up in response to a keen and new - found interest in local history by many in our community.  An integral part of the Virginia 400 celebrations was a series of six lectures on local history topics. Large enthusiastic audiences attended all of these talks.  Transition Year students in Virginia College completed a project on the history of the town and held an exhibition of their findings. The senior pupils of St. Mary’s N.S. were given a talk on the development of the town through the ages and they engaged in related art and craft activities and also held a celebratory concert. They also participate in walking tours of the town. Local history has been a topic of conversation and discussion among old and young since the celebrations. 

‘The aim of a local historical society should…….. be to find a meaning in the past which all may share and to try to communicate it widely to our society. If history is the memory of that society, it must be a memory of experience shared, even if it is shared in different ways.’ The above is a quote from Brendan P. Devlin, historian, NUI Maynooth in 1995.

We, the members of Virginia and District Historical Society, are committed to achieving this aim by catering for this thirst for knowledge.  The society will be officially launched by Dr. Maeve Martin, a former lecturer at NUI Maynooth, and native of Virginia, on Wednedsday, 14th May at 8.30pm in the Riverfront Hotel, Virginia. The launch will be followed by a lecture on Dean Jonathan Swift, his times and his connection with the Quilca area not far from Virginia. The speaker will be Jack Johnston, historian, Clogher, Co. Tyrone.  This is an occasion not to be missed.

Other exciting plans include:

 A ‘Wild and Wonderful’ guided walk around Lough Ramor’s shore led by Éanna Ní Lamhna, environmentalist, on 21st May from 7 - 9pm, starting at the Rugby Club. This is part of National Biodiversity Week in association with Cavan Heritage Office. It promises to be interesting and informative for all, especially wildlife and the environmental enthusiasts. Children, accompanied by an adult, are welcome

A lecture by Jonathan Smyth, historian, on World War1, in association with Cavan Heritage Office will be held on the 29th August as part of Heritage Week. We invite people with memorabilia, such as letters, postcards and medals to contact us with a view to displaying them during the lecture. A memorial to the WW1 dead from the locality was erected as part of the 400 celebrations and it is appropriate to follow it up with information and discussion on the war.

 A guided tour of the town is also planned during Heritage Week in association with Cavan Heritage Office.

We hope to visit places of historical interest during the summer months. A trip to Northern Ireland including the Titanic Centre is on the agenda and also a visit to The Céide Fields in Mayo.

These are but a few of the exciting activities we plan to host in the near future and we look forward to community support for all these events.

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