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17/01/2014

'An Old World Place', an introduction to the history of Doagh


'An Old World Place', an introduction to the history of Doagh
PRONI will be hosting a temporary exhibition detailing the rich, yet largely untold history of Doagh, Co. Antrim. This tiny village was once a centre of medieval governance; a seat of eighteenth century learning; a playground for Georgian Aristocracy; and a focal point of Victorian industrial development. This exhibition will allow visitors to discover how each of these factors shaped the face of the village we see today, and perhaps provide inspiration for similar projects.

The exhibition was developed by the Doagh Ancestry & Townlands initiative, a sub-section of the Doagh Village Partnership. You can find more information on
'An Old World Place', an introduction to the history of Doagh
the project via the following website: www.doaghancestry.com

WHERE: PRONI
WHEN: Monday 10th February - Friday 28th February
Launch Event Monday 10th February, 1-2pm
HOW MUCH: Free

Launch Event

The exhibition will formally open on 10th February with a lunchtime session of short talks. These will include an overview of the history and records relating to Doagh by Dr. William Roulston of the Ulster Historical Foundation, who provided content and guidance to the project team. This will be followed by an overview of the initiative by Bob Adams, Chair of the Doagh Ancestry & Townlands Steering Group. The event will conclude with a presentation from Garth Stewart of PRONI, on archival ‘treasures’ within PRONI’s collections relating to Doagh, Whitehead, and Toome, who plan to stage a joint project in the near future.

Do not miss out on this chance to learn from a unique project that was engineered in the heart of a small community.

This launch event is free to attend and open to the public.

Image references: sketch of Doagh Holestone drawn by Carrickfergus antiquarian Alexander Johns, 1843-1853 (PRONI D1488/6/97)
Printed notice for a wine sale at the Inn, Doagh, 15 March 1836 (D471/37)

Story by Garth Stewart

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