A photograph of the Great Blasket Island in the 1930s taken by Thomas H. Mason of Dublin. L-R: Domhnall Mharas Eoghan Bháin Ó Conchuir and Pádraig ‘Ceaist’ Ó Catháin.
The definitive exhibition of photographs of life on the Blasket islands opens in St. John’s Theatre in Listowel on Saturday 9 August 2014.
‘An Island Portrait’ has been developed by The Great Blasket Centre and www.curator.ie to accompany the publication by Collins Press of a book of photographs of the Blasket Island. The text was written by Micheál de Mórdha (Director) and Dáithí de Mórdha (Archivist) and the photographs were edited by Ciarán Walsh of ww.curator.ie. The exhibition contains 50 photographs dating from 1892 onwards and it combines classic ‘outsider’ views of the islanders and their way of life with photographs from family albums. The ethnographic look is counterbalanced by personal and, at times, intimate glimpses of family life on the island.
Gearóid Cheaist Ó Catháin, the last child to live on the Great Blasket Island with Dáithí de Mórdha, The Great Blasket Centre, in front of a photograph of Gearóid with his Grandfather Maurice Mhuiris Ó Catháin, taken by Dan MacMonagle after the Island was evacuated in 1953.
Mark Maguire, Head of Anthropology NUI Maynooth, Ciarán Walsh , Nicola Reynolds, President of thr Anthropological Society NUIM and Steve Coleman, NUIM at the opening of the Headhunter exhibition in NUI Maynooth in October 2013.
A major research proposal prepared by Ciarán Walsh for the Irish Research Council’s (IRC) Employment Based Post-graduate Programme has been endorsed by the National University of Ireland Maynooth (NUIM) and now proceeds to the IRC for evaluation and adjudication. The proposal builds on the work that Walsh has been doing on the ‘Haddon in Ireland Project’ and involves a 4 year post-graduate research project supervised by Mark Maguire of NUIM in partnership with Abarta Audio Guides, a small heritage services company operated by Neil Jackman and Róisín Burke.
Neil Jackman of Abarta Audio Guides: http://abartaaudioguides.com/about-us
The ‘Haddon in Ireland’ research project brings together public research (NUI Maynooth), private sector innovation (Abarta Audio, Clonmel) and a researcher with a proven track record (Ciaran Walsh) to reopen and reexamine the history of human science in the British isles.
This project aims to explore the Irish Ethnographic Survey, an attempt to reveal the origins of the Irish ‘race’ undertaken by scientists from Ireland and the UK between 1891 and 1903. Among them was the famous AC Haddon. This was the beginning of ‘scientific’ Anthropology but it was overshadowed by subsequent developments in Cambridge. The records were ‘lost,’ dispersed over collections in Ireland and the UK where they have remained uncatalogued and largely overlooked for 120 years.
The primary aim to reconstruct that archive and place it in the public domain. The central question is how that can be achieved, given that the material is spread over a dozen institutions in 4 jurisdictions. We will look to the latest interactive technology for solutions.
We propose to create a transnational network that digitally links collections Dublin, Cambridge, London, Edinburgh and Belfast. We will develop interactive tools that will provide access to it and enhance the users experience of our anthropological heritage. The contemporary significance of this is enormous. The Survey’s attempts to trace the origins of the Irish people continues with the genetic study of populations.
This project will reconnect both and the transnational component will add enormously to the impact of the project on the public construction of Anthropological knowledge.
Ruairi and Chris meet after 40 years. Photo by Ciarán Walsh.
In June 2014 Chris Rodmell and Ciarán Walsh returned to Inis Meáin, the middle island of the Aran Islands, to meet some of the people Chris had filmed there in in 1973. Chris, a student in West Surrey College of Art and Design, had won an award of £250 from Thames Television to film life in an “enclosed community living on one of the remote islands off Ireland or Scotland.” He chose Inis Meáin. He spent three weeks on the island, filming with a 16mm Bolex and taking photographs with a medium format Mamiya on Kodak Ektachrome professional stock.
Peadar Mór, Ciaran Walsh and Muirís Mac Chonaola on Inis Meáin. Photo by Chris Rodmell.
Filming Peadar Mór at work weaving a basket. Photo by Chris Rodmell.
Green Light for TV series on photography in Ireland being developed by www.curator.ie & Sibéal Teo for TG4
The BAI (Broadcasting Authority of Ireland) has agreed to fund a six part series for television that will look at the lives of ordinary people in the West of Ireland as seen through the lens of six photographers.’Tríd an Lionsa (Through the Lens), The Unwritten History of Life in the West of Ireland 1880-1900′ is being developed by www.curator.ie and Sibéal Teo, Dingle in association with TG4.
This 6 part series will explore a rich archive of photographs taken in the late 19th century in Ireland and tell the story of the people on either side of that lens. This will be the first televised history of photography in Ireland that engages with the events and, most importantly, the people who feature in the national photographic archives of Ireland. The plate glass negative, the photographic slide and the album are the artifacts that tell the story of the ordinary people in the west of Ireland. The people on either side of the camera are the story.
Ciarán Walsh rewrites the history of anthropology at a conference organised by the Royal Anthropological Institute in the British Museum
Jocelyne Dudding, Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, Cambridge and Ciarán Walsh of www.curator.ie in the foyer of the British Museum in London.
It’s a big claim, but papers presented by Jocelyne Dudding and Ciarán Walsh at the Anthropology and Photography conference in the British Museum (May 2014) have challenged the chronology of the early development of British anthropology and Haddon’s role in it.
Dudding and Walsh have been working on the ‘Haddon In Ireland’ project for the past 6 months, focussing on photographic and manuscript collections that are held in Cambridge – in the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology (MAA), the Haddon Library and the University Library.
They presented preliminary finding of their research at a conference organised by the Royal Anthropological Institute and the British Museum. The research, part funded by the Heritage Council of Ireland, is part of a project that is attempting to reconstruct the archive of the Irish Ethnographic Survey of 1891-1903.
The photographic record of the the Survey, the photograph albums of Charles R. Browne, were published by www.curator.ie in 2012 as part of the the ‘Irish Headhunter’ project. The albums are held in TCD but there was no trace of any paperwork that could place them in context. The search moved to Cambridge and significant work has been done in the photographic collections of the MAA and the Haddon Papers in the Haddon and University Libraries there.
Preliminary findings suggest that the Survey, established by Haddon and Cunningham in TCD in 1891, played a much greater role in Haddon’s transition from Zoology to Anthropology than had previously been thought. The photographic record, correspondence and journal entries reveal a lot about Haddon’s role in the survey with significant implications for the history of the early development of anthropology.
These are being teased as the ‘Haddon in Ireland’ project continues with the re-construction of the archive of the Irish Ethnographic Survey.
The attendance at the opening of the Ár Ré-Na exhibition in Dingle, featuring students, members of the public, journalist Sean Mac an tSíthig, school principal Padraig Firtéir and art teacher Brenda Ní Frighil.
Ár Ré-Na (Our Times) is an exhibition of paintings by students of Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne in Dingle, County Kerry, Ireland. The students are studying art as part of their senior cycle programme (5th Year) and the exhibition consists of a series of self portraits developed through a photographic project and realised in a wide range of media. Each portrait is an intensely personal expression of how they ‘see’ themselves but, collectively, they provide us with fascinating insight into the world of a group a group of 16 year old student artists living in the west of Ireland. The exhibition was opened at the end of May by Seán Mac an tSíthigh, filmmaker and journalist with RTE and TG4. It is on view during school hours.
Information: Brenda Ní Fríghil, Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne, +353669150055 | firstname.lastname@example.org
The Best Exhibition in Kerry: curator.ie working with Brenda Ní Frighil and the students of Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne in Dingle
Taispeantas Scoláirí Ealaine, Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne,
Á oscailt ag Seán Mac an tSíthigh 21.05.2014
Téacs / Text__________________________________________________________________
An dteastaigh uait riamh tumadh isteach in inchinn an déagóra?
Bhuel, seo é do sheans.
Beidh saothar scoláirí ealaíne na 5ú bliana ar taispeáint don phobal ar a 6 a chlog ar an gCéadaoin an 21 Bealtaine le tacaíocht ó Creative Engagement. Tabharfaidh an ealaín a bheidh ar taispeáint léargas ar phearsantachtaí, ar fhéiniúlachtaí agus ar shaol inmheánach na n-ealaíontóirí óga.
Osclóidh Seán Mac an tSíthigh an taispeántas. Is scannánóir áitiúil agus iriseoir le RTÉ agus TG4 é Seán. Is cinnte go mbeidh tráthnóna suimiúil ann a thabharfaidh spléachadh dúinn ar shaol cruthaitheach an déagóra.
Have you ever wondered about the inner workings of a teenage mind?
This is your chance to find out.
Fifth year art students of Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne are hosting an art exhibition of their work in the school ‘Dánlann’ exhibition space, opening on Wednesday the 21st of May at 6pm. The work exhibited is an expression of the personalities, identities and inner world of student artists. The exhibition will be officially opened by Seán Mac an tSíthigh, local filmmaker and journalist with RTE and TG4. It is sure to provide a rare glimpse into the creative world of the teenage mind.
Bígí linn. Fáilte roimh cách.
A thuilleadh eolais le fáil ag / For more information please contact:
Brenda Ní Fríghil, Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne
fón: 066 9150055;
Getting into politics: Ciarán Walsh writes feature on local elections for Irish Independent Weekend Magazine 17.05.2014
A major feature by Ciarán Walsh on local elections 2014 in Ireland is published in the Irish Independent Weekend Magazine edited by Katie Byrne. The article looks at young candidates who are competing in the elections for he first time and questions whether this is a response to widespread disenchantment with the political establishment and, whether a new generation of politically smart young people can challenge the status quo through the use of social media and other techniques. The article is based on ten interviews carried out 2 weeks prior to the election and was published the weekend before voting takes place.