IN a come-back of a different kind, the Vikings will return to Mungret at the end of the month.
But this time, unlike the raid in 834, when they plundered and burned the local monastery, the return visit will be a friendly one.
Ironically, the Vikings (in reality, a re-enactment group from Killaloe ) will be helping the local Mungret Heritage Society to raise funds which will help put in place information boards about Mungret’s past, including its Viking past.
The Vikings’ return takes place at a family barbecue in the Westward Ho, starting at 7pm on Saturday, July 28, and tickets for the event, costing €10 or €25 for a family, are currently on sale at Centra, Raheen and at Mungret PO.
The Viking barbecue however is just one of a number of activities now being undertaken by the Mungret Heritage Society. “Mungret Heritage Society is the umbrella organisation for a wider steering group which wants to promote and improve the area around Mungret using its natural, archaeological and historical resources to create a better environment for residents and visitors,” says society PRO Paul Broderick
Already, the Heritage Society has worked in tandem with the Graveyard Committee, the Limerick GAA Jobs Creation and local parishes to give a facelift to local, historical graveyards. And a digital survey has been carried out to allow easy identification of individual graves
In another move, the society has launched its own website and up to 1000 questionnaires have been distributed for a community survey.
The Heritage society also wants to improve access to the local holy well, Tobar Phadraig and hopes, in the longer-term to establish a riverside walk and other loop walks.
The more immediate project, however, is to devise and erect information boards about Mungret’s built heritage, in particular the monastic complex founded in the sixth century by St Nessan.But the society also wants to highlight other local amentities such as ringforts, a beautiful tree lined walk known as the Black Walk and Moneteen a turlough lake opposite Mungret village.
An application for funds for this project is being made to West Limerick Resources but local funds are also necessary, as society chairman, Sean O’Dwyer is quick to point out. “We will have to generate a percentage of the overall cost,” he said this week, launching the programme of fund-raising events which begins with the Viking BBQ. But he is excited too about the projects which are being undertaken, projects which he firmly believes will help foster and strengthen local community spirit and involvement.For more details, or to book the barbecue, contact Deirdre at 086-4042303