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Battles Bricks and Bridges

Welcome to the Battles, Bricks and Bridges website.

In 2013 & 2014 two local communities in rural Fermanagh came together in a one year programme to explore their history, heritage and culture. People of all ages from Killesher and Cleenish participated in a range of activities including story telling, reminiscing, traditional brick making, the restoration of a seventeenth century bridge and archaelogical digs in Arney Village and National School. Through community-led archaelogy the project successfully rewrote the history books by identifiying the previously disputed site of the Battle of the Ford of the Biscuits [1594].

During his visit to Arney in July 2014 Prof. Henry Glassie best described the importance of the Battles Bricks and Bridges project: “When people become interested in being carried back in their lives what they find becomes more than memory, because the memory becomes heritage, and once it becomes heritage it becomes precious”. Through this project local communities turned their memories of history and culture into heritage for future generations.

We hope you enjoy browsing this site. If you would like to contact us email: battlesbricksandbridges@gmail.com or visit our Facebook page on: www.facebook.com/battlesbricksandbridges

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In July 2016 the project won the British Archaelogical Awards category for Best Community Engagement Archaelogy Project