Heritage Week in Ballyglunin

Ballyglunin Railway Station Restoration Project

Bernadette Forde

Coins used by Blakes of Ballyglunin to pay their employees
Photo: Ballyglunin Restoration committee - courtesy of Mark Gibson
L-r: Committee member, Maura Flannery; Marie Mannion, Heritage Officer, Galway Co. Council, who was presented with a piece of slate from the roof of Ballyglunin Station; committee member, Mark Gibson; chief organiser, Maria Heneghan; Colm Murray, Architectural Officer, Heritage Council of Ireland and committee member ?
Photo: Ballyglunin Restoration committe - courtesy of Mark Gibson
Poring over old maps of the area at event held in the Store Room of Ballyglunin Station during heritage week, August, 2017
Photo: Ballyglunin Restoration Committee - courtesy of Mark Gibson
Ballyglunin Railway Station, August, 2017
Photo: Ballyglunin Restoration Committee - courtesy of Mark Gibson
Killererin Heritage Society members l-r: Eileen O'Connell, Bernadette Forde and Seamus Morrisseyat Ballyglunin Store Room, Heritage week 2017
Photo: Ballyglunin Restoration Committee - courtesy of Mark Gibson
L-r: Committee member Maura Flannery; speakers Jarlath Canney, Old Tuam Society; Elaine O'Riordan, NUIG; and committee member, Frank Smyth.
Photo: Ballyglunin Restoration Committee - courtesy of Mark Gibson

Week long event in Store Room

Killererin Heritage Society were privileged to be part of a full programme of events held in the Store Room attached to Ballyglunin Railway Station for Heritage week from 20th to 27th August, 2017.  This week long event was organised by Ballyglunin Restoration Project committee and spearheaded by their intrepid organiser Maria Heneghan .,ably assisted by Maura Flannery and Mark Gibson among a host of other committee members who all worked hard together to make this event the success it was.

I first heard about this event during an ICAN meeting where it was mentioned by Marie Mannion Heritage officer that the committee were seeking help from other heritage committees in the surrounding area.  Ourselves and the Old Tuam Society had a presence there all week and Skehana, and Moylough Heritage committees also attended from time to time.

There was a full programme of events starting with a children’s nature day on Sunday 20th and with a variety of different speakers on a variety of topics all through the week.  See the poster below.  It was a great experience for us to get to meet other groups and share information and strengthen the bonds that unite us all.  We were all given an opportunity on the first night to speak on the work we are doing and it was very interesting to listen and learn about the work, other groups are doing.  Both Maria Heneghan and myself got an opportunity to promote the work of our groups on Galway Bay fm during the week also when they held an outside broadcast in nearby Corofin.

O’Brien Coin Guide: Truck/Scrip Tokens of Ballyglunin Estate, Co Galway


This page was added on 31/08/2017.

Comments about this page

  • Great project guys.

    Well done.

    Many thanks for the link back to my website.

    Feel free to use any of the Ballyglunin token coin images for your project. My website is intended as a resource for teachers, museum curators, collectors and metal detectorists (in England they find lots of Irish coins).

    I am trying to explain Irish numismatics outlining the history, economics and politics for the time each coin was issued.

    If you have any questions about Irish coins, tokens or banknotes, do feel free to ask.

    Best wishes,

    By James O'Brien, The Old Currency Exchange (21/02/2018)

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