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Now and Then

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30/09/22

Now and Then

During April – September 2022 the Now & Then project saw arts practitioners Catherine McVicker & Mary Hickey work with 3rd class pupils from Gaelscoil Chluain Meala and the elderly community at Irishtown Daycare Centre, Clonmel over an 8 week period.

Through sharing stories, songs, games, audio clips and scrapbooks, both groups learned a lot about each other. By using the scrapbooks and audio clips, they communicated with each other in a time where COVID still meant that they could not physically share the same space. The children discovered what life was like years ago, with the elders sharing stories and wisdoms that they had learned in their lives, while the elders learned that children today are not that different than when they themselves were young.

Both groups discovered that there are more things that connect the generations than make them different. For everyone involved it was a thoroughly enriching experience. As COVID restrictions had been eased by the final session, it was possible to bring both groups together for the final session, and the participants had the opportunity to put faces to the names they had been interacting with over the 8-week period, providing a lovely closing session with songs, treats & completion certificates. So much material had been gathered – i.e. photos/videos/audio clips it was decided to produce a short film to present the project to the wider public and to give the participants a chance to reflect on the whole experience. Each group was presented with one of the scrap books on Culture Night as a souvenir of their experience.

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