Mountrath’s focus on the past

THE community of Mountrath will be able to reminesce and celebrate their area later this year, with an exhibtion of old photographs planned for the town this December.

THE community of Mountrath will be able to reminesce and celebrate their area later this year, with an exhibtion of old photographs planned for the town this December.

The organisers have already received a huge number of photographs since they put the call out earlier this summer, but they are hoping that more people from the town and surrounding areas will help the project by submitting any old photographs they have of Mountrath.

Speaking about the project, Brenda O’ Grady said that any pictures of the town and people, deceased or departed, will be welcomed. “We want to capture as much as we can about the history of the town” she said.

Some of the interesting photos submitted including one from Castletown in the 1930s and one taken in the Slieve Blooms in the 1950s. There is also a photograph from as far back as 1904, as well as a 1930s shot of a Clonad hurling team who won the championship that year. Organisers are appealing to all clubs and organisations in the area to check for any old photographs that might be lying around, as well as any photographs capturing business, community and recreation in the area.

As well as taking in the old, the exhibition will be celebrating the future with younger generations taking part. Transition year students from Mountrath Community School will be assisting the project as part of their photography module. Pupils from the town’s primary schools will also be participating, with an interesting project on how they would like the town to be remembered in years to come.

It is hoped that photographs exhibited will also be available for purchase on the night. All photographs are to be submitted by October 30. These photos will be copied and returned to their owners if needed. Those interested can contact Brenda O’ Grady or Eddie Phelan for more information.