His­toric photo ex­hi­bi­tion is a crowd pleaser

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VIS­I­TORS crowded around ta­bles in the mall area of the Bridge­wa­ter Shop­ping Cen­tre re­cently for ‘The Way We Were’ ex­hi­bi­tion. The show­case of old pho­to­graphs of Ark­low and its res­i­dents and some his­toric news­pa­pers drew vis­i­tors from across the gar­den county and as far away as Wex­ford. An im­pres­sive €495.25 was raised for the As­gard Theatre dur­ing the event. Or­gan­iser Mary Whe­lan said she was ‘de­lighted’ with the re­sponse.

The event was started in 1999 by Mary’s mother, the late Mary Myler, and is cel­e­brat­ing its mile­stone 20th year. The ex­hi­bi­tion con­tin­ues to grow as peo­ple do­nate pho­tos and old news­pa­pers to add to the col­lec­tion about Ark­low’s her­itage. Mary also con­tin­ues to grow the dis­play her­self, adding pho­tos that give a sense of Ark­low in the here and now.

‘For this year’s ex­hi­bi­tion, I went out and took pho­tos of the new shops and some of the peo­ple from around the town, so they are there for the next gen­er­a­tion,’ Mary said.

‘It’s some­thing I’m pas­sion­ate about. It makes me happy to see other peo­ple fill with joy when they look at a photo.’

This was the first time the ex­hi­bi­tion was held in the Bridge­wa­ter Shop­ping Cen­tre. It’s un­der­stood that fu­ture dis­plays of the large col­lec­tion about Ark­low and sur­round­ing ar­eas will take place in the cen­tre.

‘I’d like to thank Stephanie Staines, man­ager of Bridge­wa­ter, and all who do­nated and handed me over more pho­tos. I hope to do an­other ex­hi­bi­tion soon,’ Mary added.

Mary Whe­lan.

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