Historic photo exhibition is a crowd pleaser
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.