Friday 14 August 2015

Snapshots in Time - Ennistymon, Lahinch and Liscannor captured on camera

A photographic exhibition presented by the Old Ennistymon Society in the Courthouse Gallery, Ennistymon.

August 14th – September 3rd 2015.

This photographic exhibition of over 80 images takes a nostalgic look at times past, recording the streetscapes and daily comings and goings of three North Clare areas - the market town of Ennistymon and the coastal villages of Lahinch and Liscannor - recalling many long forgotten businesses and crafts. The photographs date from the early to mid-years of the 20th century and capture a bygone age.

An interesting aspect of this exhibition is the manner by which the photos were sourced. Following the society’s very successful Vanishing Heritage exhibition in 2013 many unusual photos were donated by people both from the locality and from the UK. For example, a photo album of Lahinch was bought at auction by a Connemara man and donated to the society, while a box of photos found during a house clearance in Ennistymon was also donated. All the photos have been donated to Clare County Library for inclusion on Foto, its online images of Clare collection.

To round out the exhibition some fascinating photos of Ennistymon, Lahinch and Liscannor were also selected from Foto.

The exhibition will be launched on Friday August 14th at 8pm in The Courthouse Gallery by Ennistymon native Johann O’Dwyer to which all are cordially invited. The exhibition will run until 3rd September 2015. Opening times are Tuesday to Saturday 12 – 5pm.

The exhibition was curated by Kathryn Comber, Frances Madigan, Maureen Comber and Anthony Edwards. The Old Ennistymon Society is the voluntary organisation responsible for the preservation of Ennistymon Courthouse and its development into the arts complex “The Courthouse Studios and Gallery”.

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