Most Reverend Dr. William Murphy Bishop Of Kerry
The Right Rev. Edward F. Darling Lord Bishop of Ardfert and Aghadoe
Introduction to Rattoo Heritage Society
Since its founding as a registered Friendly Society in November 1990 Rattoo Heritage Society has established itself as a major authority in Kerry both on the Heritage and Environmental fields and are recognised as such by the relevant authorities. First came the North Kerry Museum which today has over one thousand exhibits dating from antiquity to present times. Next came the production of three major historic films on the rural villages of Ballyduff, Causeway and Ballybunion.
The establishing of Environmental Recognition (an environmental resource centre based at the Rattoo Heritage Complex) was an achievement recognised by the Department of the Environment which has helped fund major environmental conferences over the past five years. They have been attended by County Councillors, Health Board and Department of Education representatives from all over Ireland with a wide range of guest speakers from the Department of Agriculture, the Environmental Protection Agency, Green Peace Ireland, the National Heritage Council and Kerry Archaeological and Historic Society.
In October 1994 the Society were invited to become sponsors in the Part Time Job Opportunities Pilot Project. We are now in our 4th.year of the project with eight employees who are being trained in World Wide Web programming, computer technology, office management and horticulture. The Societyís projectís director, Mr. Sean Quinlan, is presently a member of Kerry County Councilís Historic Monuments Committee and has been Chairman on two separate occasions.
Rattoo has also been chosen by the South West Regional Authority as the main centre of operations covering Kerry for the 1998 STAND RISI Pilot Community Information Technology Centres, which is a European Community initiative and further recognition of the Societyís achievements to date. Rattoo Heritage are now about to commence the enormous task of compiling a complete and detailed history of the Kingdom of Kerry from antiquity to present times. We hope to complete the project over 5 years. The Society is a voluntary non profit making body pledged to protect, promote and preserve the historic, cultural and environmental aspects of the Kingdom of Kerry.