Show­case of Wick­low’s her­itage

Wicklow People (Arklow) - - NEWS - By ES­THER HAY­DEN

HIS­TORY LOVERS, artists and com­mu­nity group rep­re­sen­ta­tives at­tended a free lo­cal her­itage sem­i­nar, Our Wick­low Her­itage: Shar­ing Our Stories, in the Brock­agh Re­source Cen­tre, Laragh, re­cently.

The morn­ing ses­sion fea­tured the lat­est Our Wick­low Her­itage ini­tia­tives in 2018 with speak­ers on a se­lec­tion of re­cent projects, in­clud­ing ex­hi­bi­tion, an­i­ma­tion, film, digi­ti­sa­tion and mu­sic – show­cas­ing ex­am­ples of creative ways of gath­er­ing and shar­ing in­for­ma­tion about Wick­low’s her­itage.

Wick­low Her­itage Of­fi­cer Deirdre Burns gave up­dates on a range of projects car­ried out this year, in­clud­ing Our Wick­low Women – a com­mu­nity-sourced ex­hi­bi­tion to mark the 100th an­niver­sary of the Peo­ple’s Rep­re­sen­ta­tion Act of 1918 which al­lowed women to vote for the first time; The River Lif­fey Stories, a se­ries of short films ex­plor­ing the nat­u­ral and cul­tural her­itage of this part of north Wick­low and Bloom­ing Bees, an an­i­mated film in sup­port of the Na­tional Pol­li­na­tion Plan. Cather­ine Wright of the County Archives and Ge­neal­ogy Ser­vice gave an up­date on the lat­est col­lec­tions to be digi­tised in the County Archives, in­clud­ing the Wick­low Work­house Records, as well as up­com­ing spe­cial col­lab­o­ra­tive projects: Coolat­tin Es­tate ten­ant records data­base and the Wick­low-Cum­ber­land Min­ers Pro­ject. Sam­ple projects sup­ported un­der the Creative Wick­low pro­gramme were also show­cased, in­clud- ing: Kevin and Eleanor Lee from the Coolat­tin-Cana­dian Con­nec­tion spoke about their innovative pro­ject link­ing Cana­dian-Ir­ish de­scen­dants to their home­place on the Coolat­tin Es­tate in County Wick­low - pro­mot­ing the rich her­itage of this beau­ti­ful part of the county.

Paul Flynn pre­sented on a pro­ject from the School­house For Art which re­searched and cel­e­brated the lesser known story of artist Paul Henry’s close as­so­ci­a­tion with the En­niskerry area and his romance with Ma­bel Young.

Fay Whe­lan from the Kil­macanogue His­tory So­ci­ety spoke about their oral his­tory pro­ject and the devel­op­ment of an on­line train­ing re­source.

The sem­i­nar was treated to a beau­ti­ful mu­sic per­for­mance by young harpist Rose from the Bray Harp en- sem­ble. Rose’s mother, Caro­line Hill, spoke about the first synod of harpists from Ire­land, Eng­land and Wales at Glen­dalough in the 11th cen­tury and how it was marked by a con­cert with new com­po­si­tions at the Brock­agh Cen­tre in Au­gust 2018 with the help of Creative Wick­low fund­ing.

Roisin Burke and Neil Jack­man of Abarta Her­itage gave a pre­sen­ta­tion on their ex­pe­ri­ence on the re­cent Wick­low Trails her­itage record­ing pro­ject, co-or­di­nated jointly by Wick­low County Coun­cil and the Wick­low Up­lands.

As part of this pro­ject Abarta have com­piled ex­ten­sive in­for­ma­tion on over 50 se­lected points of in­ter­est from Bray to Wood­en­bridge as a base­line to in­form the fu­ture devel­op­ment of in­ter­pre­ta­tion and tourism ser­vices. In­for­ma­tion in­cludes desk­top re­search, pho­tos, in­ter­views and a short film.

Brian Dunne, Wick­low County Coun­cil her­itage of­fi­cer Deirdre Burns, Roisin Burke, Cather­ine Wright and Neil Jack­man at the sem­i­nar.

Rosie Carter and Caro­line Hill at ‘Our Wick­low Her­itage: Shar­ing Oure Stories’ in the Brock­agh Re­source Cen­tre in Laragh.

Peter and Roisin Houli­han with Joe Dolan at the sem­i­nar.

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