COMMUNITY spirit was alive and well in Mountrath last week as the much anticipated Past Times exhibition opened in the town.
Launched by local singer Trudi Lalor the exhibition features some 1,500 photographs, gathered from the people of the town and surrounding areas.
Exhibition organiser Eddie Phelan was thrilled with the huge turnout to the opening night, as well as the reaction to the exhibition idea.
“I’ve had so many people stopping me in the street talking about it and giving me photos,” he told the Leinster Experss.
The exhibition covers all aspects of life in the town and in the surrounding areas with businesses, clubs, farms, schools, and a host of family shots including weddings and special occasions.
“We wanted to show characters who were gone from the town,” said organiser Brenda O’ Grady, “and there are very few characters who aren’t captured in the exhibition.”
The exhibition has captured the imagination of many people in the area, who have been visiting Brenny’s Bookshop all week to look at the photos on display. The organisers know the story behind nearly every photo as people have been telling them their stories for the past few months.
“Every photo has a story behind it and it’s fascinating hearing them all,” added Eddie.
Eddie said that he hoped everyone could get something out of the exhibition.
Brenda O’ Grady said that she hoped the community spirit the exhibition had generated “could be harnassed.”
The project has been supported all along by Laois Partnership who provided 75% of the funding, with the rest coming from a raffle and from sales of the prints. The organisers on the night praiseded Mark Clancy from Laois Partnership for his support.
The exhibition runs every day from 2pm to 5pm in Brenny’s Bookshop opposite the Bank of Ireland. It opens from 10am to 5pm on Friday and will be open all day this Saturday December 17.
The exhibition will be closing this Sunday so be sure to get there early to see the collection.