A Brighter Future for Elsinore House revealed

Stories of smugglers, secret tunnels, silent sea birds and ancient burial sites enthralled the  large 80+ crowd who participated in the National Heritage Week event we jointly hosted with An Taisce’s Northwest Local Association last Monday, August 22nd.

Tamlyn McHugh (far right), An Taisce North West Local Association, informing people about Elsinore House at Rosses Point
Tamlyn McHugh (far right), An Taisce North West Local Association, informing people about Elsinore House at Rosses Point

Our walk began at Elsinore House, a very significant place in the young lives and of both William and Jack B. Yeats. It was here that participants heard the good news that funding had been secured through the Heritage Council, with the aid of the local branch of An Taisce, to have a conservation report done on Elsinore House – as a first and vital stage in identifying a brighter future for this valuable part of Rosses Point’s cultural heritage.

The beautiful evening sunshine enabled us bring participants comfortably down the nearby pier to get a better view of Oyster Island and share interesting details about the array of landmarks on island: barrows, cottages, lighthouses, lime kilns, oyster farms and more. Further along the scenic walk route yet more local gems were introduced – some of which had gone totally unnoticed before, even by some of the regular route walkers. Including such features as Jackson’s Pier, mooring buoys, pilot houses, and the wild flower that gives gentle pain relief. The crowd also saw and heard about the wide range of sea weeds and sea creatures that live in the nearby rock pools as well as the various sea and land birds of the locality – including one with very strange food preparation techniques (see photo)! The rich maritime history of Rosses Point was then also recalled when the walk finished beside the Waiting on Shore statue.

We would like to thank each and every one of you who joined us that evening. We never dreamed we’d have 80+ listening so attentively. You made our evening very worthwhile and rewarding – especially those of you who came forward with corrections and suggestions! Thank you!

if you have more, especially with regard to our plan to locate a series of unobtrusive interpretive panels along the promenade and coastal walk, we’d love to hear from you! Similarly, if you feel you have something to offer our local An Tasice group, you can reach them through their Facebook page.

Heritage Week 2016: Seabirds, Smugglers and Lighthouses

Rosses Point (west) c.1900 viewed from from Oyster Island.
Rosses Point (west) c.1900 viewed from Oyster Island.

We are delighted to team up with An Taisce’s North West Local Association next Monday, 22nd August, to host an exciting walking tour in Rosses Point. Starting at 7:00pm from the car park adjacent to the ‘Waiting On Shore’ sculpture, this leisurely, hour-long guided walk will feature Rosses Point’s fascinating and diverse natural, historical and cultural heritage.

Part of National Heritage Week our talk will feature guns above the beaches; islands; lighthouses; sea birds; the Metal Man; mooring buoys and much more. We will also cover the history of the wonderfully sited Elsinore house – home to shipowner and alleged smuggler John Black and later owned by the Middleton family. Poet William Butler Yeats often visited Elsinore during the Middleton ownership and wrote about it in his ‘Reveries Over Childhood and Youth’.

This tour is free and open to the general public (though booking is advisable on 087 913 7298). Children are welcome to attend when accompanied by an adult. Those attending should meet at 7:00pm sharp.

National Heritage Week is coordinated by The Heritage Council and its aim is to build awareness and education about our heritage thereby encouraging its conservation and preservation. National Heritage Week 2016 will run from August 20th – 28th.

When: Monday August 22nd 7:00pm
Where: Waiting On Shore’ / RNLI Car Park (Google Map)