More than 1,500 photographs have been submitted for the Mountrath Heritage Photography society exhibition which is taking place in the town next month.
A wide variety of photographs have been submitted to the committee over the past few months, and organisers are delighted with the response from people from the town and surrounding areas.
“There has been a huge response to the exhibition so far, we have received an unbelieveable amount of photographs,” said committee member Brenda O’ Grady.
The exhibition is the brainchild of Mountrath business man Eddie Phelan.
“It is something I was thinking of for years. The past should be remembered before it is forgotten,” he added.
The exhibition has captured the hearts of the community in the town and has brought many down memory lane.
“It is bringing up a lot of discussions among people,” said committee member Julie Bennett. “We have people in our pub talking about it, chatting about the characters in the town”.
Photographs from as old as the early 1830s have been submitted for the exhibition, which features many businesses which may have closed or moved away, emigrants from the town, local clubs and events, fair days in the town and family occasions. The exhibition also features some famous characters including a shot from the late 1950s of Ronnie Delany who brought his olympic medal to Castletown and met the local villagers.
The exhibition will open in Brenny’s bookshop in Mountrath (opposite the Bank of Ireland) on Thursday, December 8 at 8pm and everyone is welcome to come along.
The exhibition will run the shop from Friday, December 9 to Sunday, December 18 and will be open from 2pm to 5pm each day.
It is a must for anyone with an interest in local history. The committee are accepting photographs but the deadline for this is this Friday, November 25. The exhibition will display 150 prints of photographs and the rest will be shown on screens in the building.
“We will have all photographs submitted included in the exhibition, we want people to know that we have seen and appreciated them all,” said Brenda.
The photographs will also be available for sale and will be framed for those who want them. All photos are catalogued with captions. The committee acknowledges the help and assistance from Laois Partnership with this project, especially Mark Clancy who they say has been a “huge support along the way”.
For more information contact either Brenda O’ Grady or Eddie Phelan.