‘Creating the Voices of Generations Gone’, is a three year project initiative devised by the Mount Temple Holy Trinity Graveyard Group.
The first year of this initiative realised the production of four heritage videos on sites throughout the Mount Temple/Baylin/Moydrum areas which were extremely popular with the public and can be viewed on their Facebook page ‘Mount Temple Baylin Heritage Group’.
Complementing this initial success, the group has launched a further progressive project with funding allocated from Creative Ireland and Westmeath County Council.
“This current project takes a look at individual’s memories which are associated with social objects/artefacts which they have in their home and how these can be represented in a single piece of art.
“The project is being led by Dr. Eoin Sullivan (Gort Archaeology ) and Lucy Tormey (Visual Artist ). Lucy is particularly interested in individual’s memories and how these can be represented in art, while Eoin is interested in the social objects/artefacts and what they meant to the families.
“There is no right or wrong object for the householder to choose. We want to see and hear about each individual’s loved object. It could be something old, broken, won, earned, acquired, bought, made, used, cherished, whatever you feel and hold valuable.
“The objects can be something in the house, on the farm, in the garden shed or in the drawer in the dresser. For example, if individuals have an old radio, record player, milk churn, photograph, garden tool or farm machinery in their homes then we want to hear from them.
“It is important to state that this particular project is solely open to people living in the Mount Temple/Baylin townlands due to the fact the funding grant is for this area.
“This current project is being delivered online so as to be compliant with Covid-19 restrictions.
“To become involved, please email Mount Temple Holy Trinity Graveyard Group with a simple ‘yes’ to [email protected] and we will email you back with registration details to meet us. Online meetings are scheduled for Thursday November 12 and Friday, November 13. These meetings will consist of a short introduction to the project and then individuals will be invited to share their memories based upon their chosen object,” Cllr Keena concluded.