Our community in Rathanna, County Carlow, has over the years changed from being purely a farming community to now including locals, immigrants, emigrants returning home, and blow-ins who opt for a life more in touch with the land.
Memory Map is a series of open get-togethers in the form of storytelling sessions which are set to culminate in a book featuring locally descriptive photographs and texts. The book is set to document our environment and recent and living history, as well as our local heritage. The open get-togethers serve as a means of reuniting acquaintances, fostering new connections, and combating the sense of isolation that can be an issue in rural areas.
The creation of an online podcast of the Memory Map stories will be accessible to all. Through the use of QR codes displayed at various local sites, visitors to the areas can hear stories told in a local’s voice of the specific location in which they find themselves.
We aim to unite our neighbours and visitors through this unique art project that represents our community, those who visit, and those who live here.
This project is supported by the Creative Ireland Carlow Open Call 2018/19.