Each year since 2005 the Cheekpoint Fishing Heritage Project has contributed an event to the annual Heritage week celebration. The week focus’s attention on our country’s rich and varied heritage. The first year we participated was to stage an event as part of the Ireland Newfoundland exchange and included the now infamous Prong race which can be viewed via you tube.
Subsequently we did static displays of fishing practices, presentations about the fishery including a history of artisanal fishing practices, a presentation on weirs and the origins, a number of guided walks around the village and strand and last year we delivered 10 symbols of our fishing heritage to our biggest group of attendees yet.
This year is again something very different. We will host a social night in the Reading Room to which anyone with a song, poem or story about the fishery or our maritime past is welcome to contribute. It will be an informal setting but will include a cup of tea and plenty of entertainment.
A number of people have generously offered to come along on the night and contribute something already. To whet the appetite here’s a synopsis of what you can expect –
Music with a watery theme will be provided by a number including; Dylan Bible and Brendan Martin, Tom Mullane, and Members of Passage East Community Choir
We have a wide variety of poems from the village and William Doherty as agreed to come along and recite one of the more popular – The Schooner BI
Ray McGrath, who is working on a place names of the River project will present some of the outcomes, and possibly seek some further assistance, names such as the Lady’s Rock, Glassy’s Dock, Walsh’s mud, Sullivan’s quay and the White Stone are sure to feature
Eamon Duffin’s most recent work has been published with the Tramore writers group . This is the second collection with the group and Eamon has been published elsewhere. His writing includes our fishing heritage and captures the uniqueness of it beautifully. Eamon will do some self selected readings on the night.
Needless to say pieces from others in the community on the night will be encouraged / welcomed. But if you just want to come along and enjoy the contributions of others you will be most welcome
Hope to see you there on the night
Saturday 23rd August 2014, 7.30pm Reading Room, Cheekpoint.
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