Who we are

A volunteer group creating a Historical archive of Quin and surrounding areas

We are a small group of History enthusiasts living in QuinThe group welcomes new members and it is open to non-academics and academics alike. It is intended to be apolitical and open to everyone who enjoys history.

The Quin Heritage Group was founded in May 2021,  to promote awareness for Quin’s Historical surroundings and preserve as much information as we can into an archive. 

Committee

The present committee is as follows: Michael Houlihan, Yvonne Gallagher, Richard Maxted, Siobhan O’Sullivan, Michael Daffy and Ann McNamara.

 

Ariel view of Quin Abbey and St Fineens

Completed Projects

We have been involved in two major projects.

The first, was to produce a 30 minute video on some of our well know and lesser well know sites for submission to the Heritage Week event organised by the Heritage Council – click here to see submitted project.

The second involved the publishing of a Heritage audit including a number of our historical and archelogical assets. Click here for report and more information.

Other acomplishments:

Engaged the local school children in Historical research and therefore invited the sixth class, under the guidance of teacher Donnchadh Murphy, to document local items from the 1930’s Dúchas Folklore Schools Collection.

Discussions with the County council and Coiltte to promote an awareness of the importance of Daingean Uí Bhigín.

Submitted an application for conservation for Daingean Uí Bhigín to the Adopt a Monument scheme in Nov 2021.

Current Projects

Ongoing updates to the quinheritage.ie website.

Interviews with elderly members of the community providing many insights into the lives of those living in Quin, Clooney and Maghera in times gone by.

Planning for improvements to the access and potential of Quin abbey which involes improved signage, improved access and an interpretative center offering information and other key services for visitors.

Creating a narted video of the history of Quin Friary and archaelogical features which is part funded by the Creative Ireland Project Award 2022 scheme.

Raising awareness on the Dangean Uí Bhigín castle  

Community Involvement

We need help from the Community in order to populate the archive. Can you help by:

  • Share and contribute to our repostitory by reaching out using the contact us form found at the end of this page.
  • Making comments about articles  on the website.
  • Letting us  record your memories of the locality
  • Lending us your photographs and documents to make digital copies.

If you do not wish your photographs and documents to be out of your sight, then we can visit you and use our scanner to copy them.

Contact Us

To contact us please email us at quinheritagegroup@gmail.com or use Contact Us form found at the end of this page.

Key Supporters

The Archive would not have been possible without a grant of €4,000 from the Heritage Council and the support of the Quin Tidy towns in the launch of this project.