Pop-up photo show in empty Athy shops

AN unusual exhibition taking place in Athy will see vacant shops used to display photographs of the town and its people down through the years.

AN unusual exhibition taking place in Athy will see vacant shops used to display photographs of the town and its people down through the years.

The exhibition, which started on 1 December, will feature photographs from the ‘Athy Town’ book by local photographer Robert Redmond. Displays will take place around Duke Street, Leinster Street, Offaly Street and Stanhope Street.

The main location for the exhibition is the former Canal Side Inn building in William Street, which will host around 20 photographs.

Kildare Leader Partnership, the Brand Project, Athy Tidy Towns, the Athy Enterprise Centre and the Rapid project have supported this project.

“I wrote the ’Athy Town’ book mostly in Achill Island. It features more than 200 photos of Athy and its people as far back as the 1970s,” explained Robert Redmond.

Among his favourite photographs include the last day at Munzie Purcell Shop and supporters, including his father, at a Castlemitchell football match.

This project has been supported by Kildare Leader Partnership, BRAND Project, Athy Tidy Towns, Athy Enterprise Centre and the Rapid project . Mr Redmond would also like to thank all the local businesses that have helped make this possible by using their shop fronts.

For more photos featured in the book, see our Of Times Gone By section on page 41.