It seems South and East Cork Area Development (SECAD) is planning an Historic Graves Training Programme 2012-2013. This will follow up on pilot projects carried out in 2010 and 2011 in which local communities were trained to record information from historic graveyards in South and East Cork.
Some of the details of the proposal:
- The project aims to extend the heritage/genealogy/tourism potential of historic graveyards and to publicly connect people with the unique stories of the area and storytelling traditions.
- Volunteers from communities groups will be trained to record historic graves information and use it for conservation and tourism purposes. They will be taught how to record their history, personal memories and memorial inscriptions using both conventional and electronic recording techniques.
- It is expected that at least ten community groups, each comprised of at least two neighbouring parishes, will receive training, and each group will carry out surveys on at least two graveyards. This training will be carried out in the first six months of 2013.
- The groups will be encouraged to engage collaboratively with the local authorities to develop tourism material, link print and online media, and link in with The Gathering 2013.