This website is the outcome of a joint project of the Federation for Ulster Local Studies and the Federation of Local History Societies to draw attention to and celebrate some of the lesser known but interesting places and buildings in our island; those often overlooked in tourist brochures or guided tours, and of the very many interesting and often inspiring individuals not known outside their own locality whose stories are untold or forgotten.
It is an open ended project in that we intend to continue to add new places and people as they are identified and passed to us for inclusion. The initial selection was provided by member societies from both Federations and we are grateful to them for the work in compiling the information. Contributions are welcome from individuals or organisations that have an interest in such places and people. All contributors will be identified on the web page concerned.
The project was formally launched by President Michael D. Higgins in the National Library of Ireland on Thursday 8 October 2015. A report of the event can be read on the FULS website H E R E.FULS organised a programme of Exhibitions throughout Ulster, beginning with a launch in Belfast Central Library on 23 September 2015. To see the programme and reports of the events select HG & FP Events. When finished, use the Back Button to return to this page.
As new articles are added they will be listed on the New Gems & People page. UPDATED: 16 May 2017
The project is one of a number of activities undertaken by the Federations. Each year we organise a joint visit to an area or place of special interest. Not only does this provide an informative and enjoyable event, it is also an opportunity for people from all parts of the island to meet and make friends.
To start, click on the Ireland Map. From there you can select individual counties to display the people and places from that county. Alternatively you can choose an alphabetical list of all the Hidden Gems or all the Forgotten People.
Many of the documents on the site are in Portable Document Format. If you do not have a PDF reader installed one can be downloaded free .... more