An evening event, featuring tales of Derrymore, the Demesne and the surrounding townlands is set for Thursday 15 March at 7.30pm, in the historic surroundings of the Drawing Room in Derrymore House, Bessbrook. The event is being hosted by the Ring of Gullion Landscape Partnership Scheme (LPS) as part of their townland stones project. The LPS is part of the Heritage Lottery Fund’s programme to conserve and enhance some of the region’s most treasured landscapes.
Newry, Mourne and Down District Council Chairperson, Councillor Roisin Mulgrew said, “This will be a fascinating evening full of insights and behind-the-scenes stories about our townlands, particularly those around Derrymore.”
Cllr Mulgrew continued, “The townland stones project aims to promote the use of our townlands’ names and their history and heritage and I am looking forward to seeing more of these beautiful carved stones throughout the Ring of Gullion area in the near future.”
The evening will feature expert speakers who will share their wealth of knowledge and insights with all those who attend the event. New Derrymore warden, Rosemary Mulholland and National Trust archaeologist, Malachy Conway will concentrate on tales of Derrymore’s wildlife, built heritage and future plans.
Local historian, Una Walsh will highlight stories of the area’s townlands, and discuss their names, history and heritage, while Richard Black will concentrate on some of the fascinating stories from neighbouring Bessbrook.
There will be entertainment by local singers and musicians on arrival and light refreshments will be served following the talks. Guests will have the chance to soak up the atmosphere of the Drawing Room as it would have been in its heyday—a room filled with discussion, conversation and music.Back