Creative Rathangan gets all the community involved

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Niamh O'Donoghue


Niamh O'Donoghue


Creative Rathangan gets all the community involved

Saoirse and Aoife Flood of Rathangan Venture Scouts at the start of the Youth History Walk in Rathangan last weekend. Picture: Tony Keane

The people of Rathangan have embraced an exciting new initiative which has got the whole community involved in various projects.

The past week — Sunday November 5 to Sunday November 12 — was the busiest week in Creative Rathangan’s programme of activities so far.

It included a Walk in Killinthomas Woods with ecologist Mary O’Connor on Sunday 5, and two one-day Art and Ecology Workshops with ecologist Michael Jacob and artist Monica de Bath.

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The art workshops were hosted by Aisling Martin, librarian at Rathangan Community Library, and students from Rathangan Boys National School were invited to take part last Wednesday, November 8.

Bunscoil Bride also had their fun and learning day.

Last Sunday, November 12 featured a display of extracts from the two schools from the 1937/38 School’s Folklore collection.

Organiser Laurence Fullam said one of the attendees, Deirdre Checkley, was delighted to discover some pieces written by her mother, Mrs Harrison, (Olive Nee Keogh), which were penned eighty years ago.

In addition to folklore, there was a Walking History Quiz, taking participants around the town and learning a little more about its history on a crisp Sunday afternoon.

This event was organised in co-operation with Rathangan Venture Scouts and Mr Fullam said special thanks were due to John Mack and Edel Flood.

These weren’t the only events undertaken by Creative Rathangan so far this year.

It held its first seminar and formal launch, on Saturday October 14 in Rathangan Community Library.

Funded under Kildare County Council’s Creative Ireland Programme for 2017, at its heart, the idea is that participants mix art, ecology and history in a way that involves as many people as possible.

The aim of this seminar was to create an awareness of the diverse range of groups active within the community and to establish a crossover of dialogue between these groups. Creative Rathangan was created to act as a meeting point for ideas and dialogue for all artistic and community groups within the town.

The second seminar is due to take place in Rathangan Library on Saturday November 25 and will include a range of interesting speakers. Further information can be obtained by checking out Creative Rathangan on facebook or by contacting Rathangan Library on 045 528078 or emailing rathanganlib@