Sadly due to the health risks presented by the Coronavirus the Society like many other organisations has had to halt use of its premises at Killymaddy for public access, meetings and talks until further notice. It is hoped that we can return to our normal function when the current health emergency is at an end. In the meantime the Society intends to conduct its affairs through video conferencing. Accordingly we hope to maintain a programme of video presentations on topics of historical, cultural and genealogical interest over the next 6 months or so. Please look out on our website for details.
The Society can still be contacted via the website or email as normal.
The committee and members of Killeeshil and Clonaneese Historical Society are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of our esteemed member and volunteer, Mrs Maureen Knox.
Maureen has been an important member of our society who was noted for her grace and generosity of spirit, particularly as we enjoyed the fruits of her culinary skills at our monthly talks.
We extend our sincere condolences to her husband and our assistant treasurer, Richard, and to her son Andrew and daughter Alison and the wider family circle. Maureen will be sadly missed by all of us as she was, first and foremost, a lady.
She will always remain a lady in our recall of her life.
On Tuesday 26 March 2019 the Society hosted a talk on the 'Hollands of Tyrone' by Brendan & Jerome Holland at the Killymaddy Centre. The talk was extremely well attended with a crowd of perhaps 80-90 people packed into the Centre. As an experiment the talk was also simultaneously streamed to Youtube to allow the Society's non-local members to enjoy the talk.
The night was a great success and everyone enjoyed the information provided by Brendan & Jerome. The streamed broadcast attracted a lot of attention and just 36 hours after the talk the video had been viewed on Youtube by over 200 people.
The Society hopes to make this a regular part of our Talks in the future. The link to the Youtube video of the talk is below:-
On 16 September 2017 the Society made a trip to the new Seamus Heaney Homeplace in Belaghy. Everyone was delighted with the work that has gone into the design of the Centre and the excellent use of images alongside the poetry of Seamus Heaney. We were also gratteful for the wonderful presentation by Davy, our guide, and we would like to thank all of the staff at the Centre for a very rewarding afternoon.
The Society was delighted to welcome Gerry & Rita McCaughey to Killymaddy on 12 August 2017. The family live in Australia and had travelled to Ireland to research the family's roots in Killeeshil & Clonaneese.
With the family's roots in Aughnagar and elsewhere in the area there are a number of relatives today in the local area including the McGahan Family also shown in the picture.