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Plaque unveiled at Heir Islands grave for unbaptised children

September 24th, 2015 7:25 AM

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BY JACKIE KEOGH

A FORMER minister for the islands, Eamon O Cuiv, unveiled a plaque at an old children’s burial ground on Heir Island.

Each year, on the third Sunday of August, mass is celebrated in the cillín, a graveyard that was primarily used to bury children that had not been baptised.

Fr Donal Cahill celebrated the mass in August and also performed a blessing at the unveiling ceremony on Sunday, September 13th last.

Michael Harte, who is the chairman of the Heir Inis Ú Driscoll Society, confirmed that the plaque is but one of a number of projects that the society has undertaken to preserve the heritage of the island.

He told The Southern Star: ‘The aim of the society is to promote and develop Heir Island, and to improve the living conditions of the people living here.’

Heir Inis Ú Driscoll is also the sponsor of a community employment scheme that employs two people, Gerard Harte and Florence Fitzgerald.

They maintain the burial grounds, and keep the island walkways and beaches up to a high standard.

During the Minister’s visit, Mr Harte outlined the society’s desire to build a new community centre on the island and he called on the former minister and also the former mayor, Alan Coleman (Ind) to assist them in this regard.

Mr Harte thanked Mr O’Cuiv for all the work he had done during his time in office in improving the infrastructure of the West Cork Islands, including the development of a new pier at Cunnamore and Heir Island.

Mr O Cuiv said there was great credit due to the community on Heir Island and said the decision to honour the cillín was one small example of how they are preserving the island’s heritage.

BY JACKIE KEOGH

A FORMER minister for the islands, Eamon O Cuiv, unveiled a plaque at an old children’s burial ground on Heir Island.

Each year, on the third Sunday of August, mass is celebrated in the cillín, a graveyard that was primarily used to bury children that had not been baptised.

Fr Donal Cahill celebrated the mass in August and also performed a blessing at the unveiling ceremony on Sunday, September 13th last.

Michael Harte, who is the chairman of the Heir Inis Ú Driscoll Society, confirmed that the plaque is but one of a number of projects that the society has undertaken to preserve the heritage of the island.

He told The Southern Star: ‘The aim of the society is to promote and develop Heir Island, and to improve the living conditions of the people living here.’

Heir Inis Ú Driscoll is also the sponsor of a community employment scheme that employs two people, Gerard Harte and Florence Fitzgerald.

They maintain the burial grounds, and keep the island walkways and beaches up to a high standard.

During the Minister’s visit, Mr Harte outlined the society’s desire to build a new community centre on the island and he called on the former minister and also the former mayor, Alan Coleman (Ind) to assist them in this regard.

Mr Harte thanked Mr O’Cuiv for all the work he had done during his time in office in improving the infrastructure of the West Cork Islands, including the development of a new pier at Cunnamore and Heir Island.

Mr O Cuiv said there was great credit due to the community on Heir Island and said the decision to honour the cillín was one small example of how they are preserving the island’s heritage.

BY JACKIE KEOGH

A FORMER minister for the islands, Eamon O Cuiv, unveiled a plaque at an old children’s burial ground on Heir Island.

Each year, on the third Sunday of August, mass is celebrated in the cillín, a graveyard that was primarily used to bury children that had not been baptised.

Fr Donal Cahill celebrated the mass in August and also performed a blessing at the unveiling ceremony on Sunday, September 13th last.

Michael Harte, who is the chairman of the Heir Inis Ú Driscoll Society, confirmed that the plaque is but one of a number of projects that the society has undertaken to preserve the heritage of the island.

He told The Southern Star: ‘The aim of the society is to promote and develop Heir Island, and to improve the living conditions of the people living here.’

Heir Inis Ú Driscoll is also the sponsor of a community employment scheme that employs two people, Gerard Harte and Florence Fitzgerald.

They maintain the burial grounds, and keep the island walkways and beaches up to a high standard.

During the Minister’s visit, Mr Harte outlined the society’s desire to build a new community centre on the island and he called on the former minister and also the former mayor, Alan Coleman (Ind) to assist them in this regard.

Mr Harte thanked Mr O’Cuiv for all the work he had done during his time in office in improving the infrastructure of the West Cork Islands, including the development of a new pier at Cunnamore and Heir Island.

Mr O Cuiv said there was great credit due to the community on Heir Island and said the decision to honour the cillín was one small example of how they are preserving the island’s heritage.

BY JACKIE KEOGH

A FORMER minister for the islands, Eamon O Cuiv, unveiled a plaque at an old children’s burial ground on Heir Island.

Each year, on the third Sunday of August, mass is celebrated in the cillín, a graveyard that was primarily used to bury children that had not been baptised.

Fr Donal Cahill celebrated the mass in August and also performed a blessing at the unveiling ceremony on Sunday, September 13th last.

Michael Harte, who is the chairman of the Heir Inis Ú Driscoll Society, confirmed that the plaque is but one of a number of projects that the society has undertaken to preserve the heritage of the island.

He told The Southern Star: ‘The aim of the society is to promote and develop Heir Island, and to improve the living conditions of the people living here.’

Heir Inis Ú Driscoll is also the sponsor of a community employment scheme that employs two people, Gerard Harte and Florence Fitzgerald.

They maintain the burial grounds, and keep the island walkways and beaches up to a high standard.

During the Minister’s visit, Mr Harte outlined the society’s desire to build a new community centre on the island and he called on the former minister and also the former mayor, Alan Coleman (Ind) to assist them in this regard.

Mr Harte thanked Mr O’Cuiv for all the work he had done during his time in office in improving the infrastructure of the West Cork Islands, including the development of a new pier at Cunnamore and Heir Island.

Mr O Cuiv said there was great credit due to the community on Heir Island and said the decision to honour the cillín was one small example of how they are preserving the island’s heritage.

BY JACKIE KEOGH

A FORMER minister for the islands, Eamon O Cuiv, unveiled a plaque at an old children’s burial ground on Heir Island.

Each year, on the third Sunday of August, mass is celebrated in the cillín, a graveyard that was primarily used to bury children that had not been baptised.

Fr Donal Cahill celebrated the mass in August and also performed a blessing at the unveiling ceremony on Sunday, September 13th last.

Michael Harte, who is the chairman of the Heir Inis Ú Driscoll Society, confirmed that the plaque is but one of a number of projects that the society has undertaken to preserve the heritage of the island.

He told The Southern Star: ‘The aim of the society is to promote and develop Heir Island, and to improve the living conditions of the people living here.’

Heir Inis Ú Driscoll is also the sponsor of a community employment scheme that employs two people, Gerard Harte and Florence Fitzgerald.

They maintain the burial grounds, and keep the island walkways and beaches up to a high standard.

During the Minister’s visit, Mr Harte outlined the society’s desire to build a new community centre on the island and he called on the former minister and also the former mayor, Alan Coleman (Ind) to assist them in this regard.

Mr Harte thanked Mr O’Cuiv for all the work he had done during his time in office in improving the infrastructure of the West Cork Islands, including the development of a new pier at Cunnamore and Heir Island.

Mr O Cuiv said there was great credit due to the community on Heir Island and said the decision to honour the cillín was one small example of how they are preserving the island’s heritage.

BY JACKIE KEOGH

A FORMER minister for the islands, Eamon O Cuiv, unveiled a plaque at an old children’s burial ground on Heir Island.

Each year, on the third Sunday of August, mass is celebrated in the cillín, a graveyard that was primarily used to bury children that had not been baptised.

Fr Donal Cahill celebrated the mass in August and also performed a blessing at the unveiling ceremony on Sunday, September 13th last.

Michael Harte, who is the chairman of the Heir Inis Ú Driscoll Society, confirmed that the plaque is but one of a number of projects that the society has undertaken to preserve the heritage of the island.

He told The Southern Star: ‘The aim of the society is to promote and develop Heir Island, and to improve the living conditions of the people living here.’

Heir Inis Ú Driscoll is also the sponsor of a community employment scheme that employs two people, Gerard Harte and Florence Fitzgerald.

They maintain the burial grounds, and keep the island walkways and beaches up to a high standard.

During the Minister’s visit, Mr Harte outlined the society’s desire to build a new community centre on the island and he called on the former minister and also the former mayor, Alan Coleman (Ind) to assist them in this regard.

Mr Harte thanked Mr O’Cuiv for all the work he had done during his time in office in improving the infrastructure of the West Cork Islands, including the development of a new pier at Cunnamore and Heir Island.

Mr O Cuiv said there was great credit due to the community on Heir Island and said the decision to honour the cillín was one small example of how they are preserving the island’s heritage.

BY JACKIE KEOGH

A FORMER minister for the islands, Eamon O Cuiv, unveiled a plaque at an old children’s burial ground on Heir Island.

Each year, on the third Sunday of August, mass is celebrated in the cillín, a graveyard that was primarily used to bury children that had not been baptised.

Fr Donal Cahill celebrated the mass in August and also performed a blessing at the unveiling ceremony on Sunday, September 13th last.

Michael Harte, who is the chairman of the Heir Inis Ú Driscoll Society, confirmed that the plaque is but one of a number of projects that the society has undertaken to preserve the heritage of the island.

He told The Southern Star: ‘The aim of the society is to promote and develop Heir Island, and to improve the living conditions of the people living here.’

Heir Inis Ú Driscoll is also the sponsor of a community employment scheme that employs two people, Gerard Harte and Florence Fitzgerald.

They maintain the burial grounds, and keep the island walkways and beaches up to a high standard.

During the Minister’s visit, Mr Harte outlined the society’s desire to build a new community centre on the island and he called on the former minister and also the former mayor, Alan Coleman (Ind) to assist them in this regard.

Mr Harte thanked Mr O’Cuiv for all the work he had done during his time in office in improving the infrastructure of the West Cork Islands, including the development of a new pier at Cunnamore and Heir Island.

Mr O Cuiv said there was great credit due to the community on Heir Island and said the decision to honour the cillín was one small example of how they are preserving the island’s heritage.

BY JACKIE KEOGH

A FORMER minister for the islands, Eamon O Cuiv, unveiled a plaque at an old children’s burial ground on Heir Island.

Each year, on the third Sunday of August, mass is celebrated in the cillín, a graveyard that was primarily used to bury children that had not been baptised.

Fr Donal Cahill celebrated the mass in August and also performed a blessing at the unveiling ceremony on Sunday, September 13th last.

Michael Harte, who is the chairman of the Heir Inis Ú Driscoll Society, confirmed that the plaque is but one of a number of projects that the society has undertaken to preserve the heritage of the island.

He told The Southern Star: ‘The aim of the society is to promote and develop Heir Island, and to improve the living conditions of the people living here.’

Heir Inis Ú Driscoll is also the sponsor of a community employment scheme that employs two people, Gerard Harte and Florence Fitzgerald.

They maintain the burial grounds, and keep the island walkways and beaches up to a high standard.

During the Minister’s visit, Mr Harte outlined the society’s desire to build a new community centre on the island and he called on the former minister and also the former mayor, Alan Coleman (Ind) to assist them in this regard.

Mr Harte thanked Mr O’Cuiv for all the work he had done during his time in office in improving the infrastructure of the West Cork Islands, including the development of a new pier at Cunnamore and Heir Island.

Mr O Cuiv said there was great credit due to the community on Heir Island and said the decision to honour the cillín was one small example of how they are preserving the island’s heritage.

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