By Jacqueline Hogge A HERITAGE trail in Glenamaddy is hoping to secure a national community award as it has been chosen by The Tuam Herald as the paper’s entry in this year’s Get Involved Initiative, sponsored by Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI). The competition partners community groups with their local newspapers to bring about positive change, with a €12,000 prize fund on offer for the winning projects. Glenamaddy Community Development Company’s (GCDC) submission involves its ongoing work to promote local heritage in the region, which is currently the focus of an audit. “We’re delighted to have been chosen to compete for the Get Involved Awards as, if successful in the overall competition, it would be a massive boost to the work we are doing here to promote the many layers of heritage in Glenamaddy,” said Janet Slattery, manager of GCDC. “We’ve received funding from the Heritage Council to conduct an audit of the heritage in the town and its surrounds which is being conducted by ecologist Janice Fuller and county archaeologist Christy Cunniffe at the moment. “To win the Get Involved award would allow us to expand the initiative to include publications, a website and apps to inform locals and visitors to the area of the unique history that is here on our doorstep.” The group has already identified a walking trail from the town centre out to the turlough and back and the onus now is to build on the potential for further promotion of the many different types of heritage unique to the area. “There are many different layers of heritage, from the workhouse to the turlough to the fact that busloads of people used to travel to Glenamaddy during the showband era, and the current generation may not be aware of how big the town’s music scene was,” added Janette. “There are lots of layers to heritage and our main aim is to promote the area for its many unique and fascinating facts. Our project is about making this information known so that people who visit the area get a full understanding of the town and its surrounds.” Christy Cunniffe was keen to point out that the audit was a collation of the research already conducted over many years by people in the town. “We are very much benefiting from all the work that has been done and by pulling it all together into a heritage trail that is supported by literature and an online presence we’re creating a very valuable resource to future generations,” he said. “This can be a wonderful framework for schools in the area as well as being a very valuable resource for other groups in the town.” Janice Fuller said the international significance of the wildlife and flora and fauna of the town’s Turlough was not commonly known and this project offered a chance to share that information with the wider public. “By informing local people of the heritage that they may not be aware of, we’re empowering them with knowledge they can share with visitors who come to the area,” she said. This year’s Get Involved awards are supported by Clann Credo, the social investment fund that provides loans to community organisations, charities and social enterprises. The judging panel is chaired by well-known environmentalist, broadcaster and architect Duncan Stewart, with the winning project to be announced at a gala function in early 2016.