Martina O'Callaghan, Tony Harpur and Ellen Donaldson

Midleton Library hosted a public meeting regarding the formation of a local historical society for Midleton and Ballinacurra this past Monday, 18 September.
The first meeting and establishment of the Midleton and Ballinacurra Historical Society was attended by more than 30 people, with local historian Tony Harpur opening the launch night with an introduction to the parameters of the society while laying down some ground rules.
Willie Cunningham of Roche’s Point was invited to chair the election of a committee for the historical society. Mr Harpur, who is also Midleton and Area Chamber of Commerce Heritage Committee Chairman, was elected to the historical society committee along with John Ahern, Anne-Marie Kenneally, Shirley Egan-Lougheed, Cathal McCarthag, John McHarg and Martina Williams.
At a later committee meeting, its members were appointed to the following offices: Tony Harpur as Chairman, Anne-Marie-Kenneally as Secretary, Shirley Egan-Lougheed as Communications officer, John McHarg as publications editor, and Martina Williams as Treasurer, with the remaining members serving as executive officers, advisors and support for the other officers.
The attendance at the launch meeting agreed to permit the committee to co-op an additional member who may prove useful if such a person is identified.
While the Midleton and Ballinacurra Historical Society has been established, there are still some details which will need to be ironed out. The name is currently a working title until an AGM can be held, in which the name might be changed, especially as it was raised there might be a need to consider the barony of Imokilly.
The issue of membership has yet to be finalised by the committee, which looks to set up a membership subscription possibility with associate membership for those living abroad, and to set cover charges for non-members to attend talks and events. The committee has also yet to decide if there will be a small fee for everybody to attend talks and events, which may prove necessary in order to build a fanatical foundation for the nascent society.
The society also hopes to set up a website and Facebook page to allow for public communications.
The Midleton and Ballinacurra Historical Society will cover all shades and subjects of history, archaeology, built heritage, folklore and oral history in the area around Midleton and Ballinacurra stretching down to Roche’s Point. The group hopes to hold a committee meeting before the end of September and run its first event in October. There are also hopes to hold three commemorations in Midleton and Ballinacurra in 2020.
All those with an interest in the aforementioned subjects are welcomed to get involved with the group, with the only requirement being to leave your politics and religion outside the door.
Currently the Midleton and Ballinacurra Historical Society can be reached by email at midleton2020@outlook.com

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