This part of the website is to list some items I came across etc., over the years, that may be of interest to people in County Louth. Some are already elsewhere on the website but are brought together here under the heading of ‘Ideas for Development’.
History and genealogy have been looked on, in general, as a pastime rather than an economic source and as a means of developing an area. This was true especially when the Celtic tiger raged. This is now no longer and people have to look to other means as a source of employment. While I am not suggestion that people set up private businesses, as competitors of mine, but rather that the information gained through researching your own family or place can be used for further development either for your business or your area etc..
I, like anyone with a website, is well aware of how items can be copied, re-copied with some changes and re-copied like gossip raging around an area, in order to get something online that can be found by search engines or as an ego building exercise. Like the well known advertisement currently on TV relating to Guinness. The salutation starts off as ‘To Arthur’ but goes on to ‘To Martha’ etc etc. . What follows hopefully will not be used in that way but rather by people looking for an idea to develop their area or create employment or extra income for themselves or their families. For example a hotel or guest house might specifically target areas abroad that people from County Louth emigrated to or maybe specific events in history, or maybe a person is creative and finds an idea from the caricatures in newspapers, clothes designs etc..
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First, however, since it is over ninety years since our War of Independence, an item in a local history on a USA county might provide some food for thought. It was published in 1876, approximately ninety-three years after the War of Independence there, and starts:
To write the history of an Eastern power, the recorder follows the ruler as the representative of government, exposes his intrigues, blazons his deeds, and measures his renown by the number and severity of his wars. In America, the nation is a conclusion, and true history begins with the people acting as the arbiters of their own destiny, and framing their fabric of free government by the action of communities in frequent meetings, and delegating certain powers to the State and General Government. Viewed in this light, the history of a county rises in importance; and while it affords a laudable gratification to the citizen, it serves as an index of the source and means by which a free people have become great. All classes are arousing from their apathy concerning the past, and men are asking, What part have our ancestors played in this drama, and where does our county, as a community, stand?
'Truth is the mother of history, the preserver of great actions, the enemy of oblivion, the witness of the past, the director of the future....
(Source: History of Seneca Co., New York, With illustrations, descriptive of its scenery, Palatial Residences, Public Buldings, Fine Blocks and Important Manufactories, Philadelphia, Everts, Ensign & Everts, 1876, republished by W.E. Morrison & Co., Ovid, New York, page 5, Allen County Library Genealogy Center.)
If the American way, above, were the basis on which Ireland was measured today I wonder where would we stand.? Personally I believe not so good. A trend over the past number of years, that I recently became aware of, is of using the Companies Acts to set up companies similar to private companies, but supposedly in the interest of and/or to develop a local area etc.. These Bodies seemingly have no provision for any democratic input over time. My belief is that they will lead eventually to sectional interests, division and stagnation. It will be like back to the days when the landlord had control and influence over everything at local level although the latter would probably claim that he/she paid for the local services.
In short a better format needs to be devised.
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