Irish Community Archive Network (iCAN) under the auspices of the National Museum and in association with the County Councils of Clare, Galway, Mayo and Wicklow developed a shared project under the title of Daoine agus Áit: Connecting Our Communities.
This bi-lingual title encapsulated the objective of the project which was to draw on a shared history and heritage to connect people with their place, as well as to connect people within each community with each other, to connect the local community with their diaspora, and to further build connections between the groups within the iCAN network.
These connections were made through the creation of a Heritage Postcard Collection and the dissemination of printed cards by each community. Nineteen iCAN groups participated.
The project was co-funded by the National Museum, and the Heritage Officers for counties Clare, Galway & Wicklow via grants from the Healthy Ireland Keep Well Campaign & Creative Ireland.
In Oughterard, we asked for the community to submit their photos to what title meant to them. We were delighted with the response, but the hardest part was to select our favourite to be printed as part of the overall collection.
The image we decided for the Postcard was from Kathleen Furey, it was taken at Derrymoyle.
An extract from a poem written by the late Michael O’Connor, Killannin “Where the Owenriff flows” sits perfectly with the image.
As part of Heritage Week 2021, it was decided that we would put together a presentation of photos sent to us.
We hope you enjoy these amazing photos and enjoy Oughterard & the surrounding area, wherever you are in the world.
Please share with family and friends around the world.
We will be distributing the postcards in the next few weeks, keep an eye on social media for updates.