Lowertown is at the east of the parish; it is the collective name for many townlands round there.
Besides many other amenities, it has a church and a branch of Drinagh Co-op. Recently it has been designated
a village nucleus by Cork County Council.
Since the idea of a replica village was first taught of for Lowertown only a few years ago each year since has seen some of the times past bought back to remind all the people of this community of the active place Lowertown was many years ago. On Sunday last the Lowertown Development Association welcomed its latest addition a hand built replica of Ballinskea Church.
The church which closed its doors after the building in 1967 of the new church in Lowertown was situated up Adravinna Road close to Lowertown Creameary and while the church is now gone the grounds still remain for all to visit and is maintained by the Goleen and District Community Council and there rural workers,the idea to build a replica of Ballinskea Church was taught of some time ago and to build this we had to get some one with gifted hands lucky for us we found exactly a person this been Harry Beamish from Bouravilla Skibbereen who took this project very much to heart and set about building the Old Church from some faded pictures that were found in the locality, Harry carefully drew out a plan of the building and put many hours work in to the project which is now for all to be seen as an incredable piece of work weighing over four and a half hundred weight the operation of putting this replica in to place went ahead last Sunday and it was a true case of many hands make light work as Harry, Catherine, Nicola, Steven, Alan, Imelda, Damien, Jason Beamish of Bauravilla with Sean Cadogan, and Dan Hegarthy also from Bauravilla helping in putting in place the replica assisted by Martin McEntaggert, Tim Barnett and Michael Collins carefully sitting the heavy replica in its new home at Lowertown across the road from many other replicas that have had so much appeal that can be clearly seen from those who stop by daily for to take pictures of the Tin Lady and Fiddle player reminding us of the famous Lowertown crossroads dancing that took place many years ago,the Post office replica reminds us of the McLeain family post office that existed where the statue now stands and the Anvill replica has its own stories reminding us of Hegarthys smith that was in Lowertown long ago now across the road we start with this replica of Ballinskea church whats next all may ask well plans are allready in place for the next project but none of these replicas could be in place but for the true volunteering of those who take on the tedious work of building these replicas and this latest Ballinskea building again shows what a great community voluntary people that live in this country we in Lowertown are lucky to have met and dealt with many of these people who have put community before profit and for this we are greatful
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Goleen DCC Newsletter 10/09/09
A NEW ARRIVAL IN LOWERTOWN
Question: was it made in China ? Answer No all made in Lowertown, Question: is it made of silver wrap? Answer :No. It’s made of tin—almost all of it recycled and sourced locally. Question: is it the Iron Lady, Margaret Thatcher? Answer: definitely not. So many have been whispering ‘what is it?’ Well, I can reveal this stunning work of art has been made and given to the community by Susan O’Toole. It is a Dancing Lady on the dance platform. It was all made in Lowertown and, as I said, almost all of the material is sourced locally and mainly recycled material.
This was the number one area for dancing in Lowertown many years ago when people would meet at the crossroads. Lowertown Development Association started the Replica Village project a few years ago. There are six exhibits planned and each will show our many visitors and locals our heritage. It is part of a message to us all about our past ,which we should not forget or be ashamed of. In the past week alone we have noticed a huge increase in people looking at the exihibits. In doing so they see the Anvil, marking the site of Hegarthy the Smith in Lowertown long ago. The next exhibit is the Post Office, marking the old post office in Lowertown long ago run by the MacLeain family. Then the Dance Platform, where now we have the dancing lady exhibit. But this is work in progress as she will not be on her own for long. She will be accompanied by a male companion playing the Fiddle.
We hope you will make time to stop and read the information boards as they will explain to you the road we are travelling. When you do so, check out the detail of this Dancing Lady as she is one of the finest pieces of hand made work done locally—some of the tins were purchased in the local creamery as food tins. Bear this in mind when looking at this exhibit. This been made for the community voluntarily by Susan and is a real example of the true community spirit that's in many people. So don't be whispering - come out and give us a hand as we continue locally to celebrate and remember our history There are three more exhibits to be added. This will be done in the coming months ahead.