Edenderry fighting for town to be on the national heritage map

The group is spearheaded by Edenderry Chamber of Commerce and is putting the town in the running for future funding

Justin Kelly

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Edenderry fighting for town to be on the national heritage map

Edenderry fighting for town to be on the national heritage map

A heritage and community-led submission is currently being undertaken by Edenderry Chamber of Commerce and Edenderry District Lions Club to put the town in the running for future funding initiatives.

Chamber chairperson Christine Traynor is drafting the submission which includes a stocktake of Edenderry’s heritage and cultural Assets such as Blundell Castle Development, Church Walk and Monasteroris Graveyard.

Working side-by side with the District Lions Club, a renowned and well-considered organisation that supports local communities, the two committees joined forces to ensure Edenderry is considered in the National Planning for Investment in Heritage & Culture.

Christine, a new Fianna Fáil candidate for the Edenderry Electoral Area, says “give me any opportunity and I will put our region on the agenda."

Christine is campaigning on a number of fronts, inlcuding the wastewater treatment plant debacle in Edenderry and Walsh Island threatening to stunt construction, as well as road and footpath concerns for residents in Greenwood, Fairgreen Churchview and Clonbullogue.

"Working with Edenderry’s Chamber of Commerce has really put Edenderry on the agenda," she said.

Following the successful 'A Gateway to the Hudden Heartlands campaign in 2018, an important follow-on is the chamber announcement for the return of the Easter Boating Raleigh in 2019 which has been confirmed for April 20.

The chamber has worked with Waterways Ireland and Inland Waterways Ireland to ensure the return of the popular event in Edenderry.

"The Chamber Committee have together been working hard to roll-out a welcome mat on that day and a cross-community
effort is been undertaken, with the help of the Edenderry Fesitval Committee, the Edenderry Parade Committee, The Tidy Towns and the Local CE Scheme and with pubs, shops and eateries all joining forces to bring to life the community spirit that we all know exists in our much-loved communities," Christine said.

The Chamber of Commerce have been working hard on the Hidden Heartlands: Edenderry, A Gateway and campaigning for
infrastructure to raise the profile of the town, bringing tourists and supporting indigenous job growth.

Speaking about putting Edenderry on the heritage and culture map, Christine said: “Our national heritage offers a window
into our origins, allowing us a glimpse into our history."

“It is also enormously fulfilling to participate in our local district. In an ever-changing, smartphoned, iPadded, instant-access, future-obsessed world, there is solace in all things local."

"Local heritage is the patchwork quilt of everything we call 'home.' It celebrates our home landscape, an enduring landmark such as Blundell Castle, which should be restored, a prominent church steeple, the Church walk,” continued Christine.

“Of course, local heritage celebrates our local shops, pubs and eateries and our local people too!”

Christine supports identifying a key location in the town that could be developed in family-friendly parkland. "A lot of work has been done by those community-activists in developing a playground, a pitch and putt area and the soon to be skatepark, all much-needed amenities and the great work being done must be supported," Christine concluded.

She encouraged people to suggest locations that could be developed to promote the culture and heritage of Edenderry and bring the community together around ‘tangible heritage features.'