DIARY 2011

Joe and I opened the gates of Jerpoint Park  to the public in April 2011.  It is wonderful to let the public see this hidden gem of  Medieval Heritage at Jerpoint Park be seen properly for the first time. The response has been amazing and there is alot of interest in heritage and culture from both national and international visitors. 

After a quite start the cars rolled in and the rest they say is history. Minister for Environment Phil Hogan was one of  the early visitors, showing great support to this heritage site in his County of Kilkenny.

In June we had a visit from Prof. John Bradley (NUI Maynooth) and Dr. Declan Downey (UCD History Dept)

Heritage Week caused a real stir, and we were truly surprised at the volume of people who wanted to see St. Nicholas’s Tomb and the Lost Town of  Newtown Jerpoint.

We had a visit from Abbot Mark Patrick Hederman (Glenstal Abbey)  and Dominick in August to visit St. Nicholas’s Tomb, it was a great honour and privilege to meet such kind, intelligent & entertaining men. 

Also in August Mary Casteleyn and Bernie Kirwan (Danesfort) discovered an early 14th Century Carved Tomb Stone on site beside  St. Nicholas’s Tomb.  The Heritage Council and National Monuments both visited the site.

We had a number of  American Tour Buses stop here for morning coffee and sheep dog demonstrations. They were truly surprised at being welcomed into our family home for homemade scones & to witness the geese being  herded by a sheep dog .

In October work was carried out on stabilising the Tower House ( Funded by The Heritage Council of Ireland ). It involved removing the many years growth of  ivy and repairing and pointing the Tower walls.

On 5th and 6th November an excavation was conducted by Coilin O’ Driscoll ( Kilkenny Archaeology).  The dig concentrated in the area of the newly discovered Tomb Stone.  A report will be published  shortly of its findings and will be available on this website.

An article on Kilkenny People newspaper  date 11.11.2011  about the excavation was astonishing, google analytics and interest in our facebook soared sky high.  Following from that an article  was in  the Irish Independent,  Belfast Telegraph. The Munster Express newspaper and Woman’s Way magazine  featured a lengthy article plus an interview on Connemara Community Radio followed.

3rd  November Liam Aylward MEP  visited Jerpoint Park.

As did John Paul Phelan TD in early November.  

On 21st November a presentation was made at  Kilkenny County Council monthly, meeting with the County Manager and  elected members present.

A visit from the  Minister for Heritage  Jimmy Deenihan in late November with Kilkenny County Manager Joe Crockett and Ian Doyle of  Heritage Council of Ireland.  The Minister  pledged his support to heritage projects like Jerpoint Park.

On 6th December St. Nicholas’s Feast Day the Mayor of Kilkenny David Fitzgerald visited with members of Kilkenny County Council and Prof. Muiris O’Sullivan  (UCD School of Archaeology).  BBC Radio Ulster came on the day to interview at our heritage site.

Great help and support  has been shown to Jerpoint Park since its opening and both Joe and I would like to thank all the above for their time, energy, and commitment  & to our customers a big thank you.   Here’s hoping for a  splendid  2012.

Merry Christmas and a happy and peaceful New Year.




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