In all our journals and books of photographs the association endeavours to preserve in word and picture our local heritage, culture, pastimes and history. Our journals contain articles of such diverse interest as sport, people, places and events, each playing apart in shaping our heritage at home and abroad. We aim to continue to collect and publish material of local historical interest so that future generations will benefit from our endeavours. We are always endebted to those who continue to contribute articles, photographs, maps, and images for our publications.
Heritage Centre, Main Street, Dunmanway. - Opening Hours
MONDAY TO THURSDAY - 9.30 AM - 3:00 PM
FRIDAY 11;00 AM - 1.00 PM; & 2.00 PM - 4.00PM
To mark the 90th annivaersay of the death of Thomas Canon Magner on 15th December 1920 a wreath was laid at his grave in St Patrick's Church Yard in Dunmanway by Fr Ted Collins P.P. after the 9.00 am Mass on Sunday 19th December
DUNMANWAY DOINGS, VOLUME IV
Dunmanway Historical Association launched their journal, Dunmanway Doings, Volume IV at the GAA Pavilion last week. This is their fourth journal, and it offers a wide range of topics and many human interest stories that will bring back many happy memories of times gone by. Each story is designed to evoke memories of a disappearing way of life highlighting the ingenuity and humour of our ancestors and friends. The editorial committee of Finn Mannix, Eleanor O’Brien, and Mary Bannon have endeavoured to present articles as diverse as sport, people, places and events recording happenings at home and abroad. They hope that this collection of articles ranging from the historic to the present day will give us all a better understanding of our heritage. The journal was launched by Professor John Atkins, himself a native of Dunmanway and a member of a long standing merchant family in Dunmanway going back generations. John has distinguished himself in the field of science and is Research Professor of Human Genetics at the University of Utah. The journal is available at the Heritage Centre and is in all the shops in the town.
ST PATRICK'S CHURCH ACCOUNTS BOOK
Also on display on the night was the recently restored Parish Accounts Book. “It is the most significant and historic discovery in the parish for quite some time”; so said Tommy Collins, Chairman of the Historical Association. It is an account of the income and expenditure associated with the building of St Patrick’s Church in Dunmanway during the period 1832 to 1848. This book was maintained by Fr James Doheny who was Parish Priest in Dunmanway from 1818 to his retirement in 1848, and is a testimony to his meticulous accounting of the parish finances as it details all who contributed to the building of the Church. In effect it is a census of all subscribers, street by street and townland by townland. Fr Doheny also gives a very detailed account of all expenditure for the period, detailing the various sources of the materials used in the building ranging from the various quarries from which the stone was procured to the Altar and altar fittings from Lyons in France. It also gives us the names of all the tradesmen who worked on the church as well as the quarrymen, labourers and horsemen. We learn that tradesmen earned two shillings per day, with labourers earning eight pence per day and quarrymen one shilling per day. This book lay hidden in the presbytery for years until it was discovered last year by Fr Ted Collins. The book has now been expertly restored and preserved for posterity by Mucros Bookbindery in Killarney.
It is our intention to establish a Genealogy Centre in Dunmanway. We plan to create a data base of all parish records, births, marriages and deaths so that they are readily available to locals and tourists alike. We respond to numerous enquiries from overseas visitors requesting information on their ancestors. We have at our disposal numerous sources of information, such as the 1901 and 1911 censuses (both of which are now available on line at www.nationalarchives.ie), Griffiths Valuations compiled between 1848 and 1864, Cox Estate list of Tenants in 1852 and numerous local reference books, including a list of gravestones in Fanlobbus and Kilbarry Graveyards.
It is the Association’s ambition to establish a museum as part of our activities. This is envisaged as a complement to the activities of the historical association. There are many items of local and national interest in the area, which have been offered to the association provided we had a permanent secure building to accommodate them. With a permanent building these items could be put on permanent exhibition and could contribute to a very informative local museum.