Exciting free map workshop will identify forgotten places and pathways in Rathangan

Saturday October 13 in Rathangan Community Library

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Exciting free map workshop will identify forgotten places and pathways in Rathangan

Clarges Greene and Son map

"Walking Off A Paper Landscape" is a free workshop, which takes place on Saturday October 13 in Rathangan Community Library.

It will be of interest to locals and to anyone who would like to plan walks in and around their community. This workshop makes use of local knowledge, estate and ordnance survey maps, and online resources, to identify forgotten places and pathways in and around Rathangan.

A forgotten Fuller Mill points to a time, over 250 years ago, when a thriving Quaker community processed wool in Rathangan. Other maps list the names of families, long gone, who leased farms from the Earl of Kildare, altered the landscape, and built many of the oldest buildings in the area. Other maps show the proposed routes for roads that were never made, or the routes of rivers long since dredged and their path altered.

Amongst those leading the workshop are Michael Fortune, and Michael Jacob.

The artist/folklorist Michael Fortune works predominantly in film and photography. Much of his practice revolves around the collection of material – material generated from the collaboration and exchange with the people he encounters. Michael’s ongoing work  in his home county of Wexford captures history, folklore and personal experiences of particular communities living in particular places and is featured on the website www.aboutthisplace.ie He presents a regular slot on the Sean O’Rourke show, Radio1, on Ireland’s ancient and contemporary folklore.

Michael Jacob is a highly regarded environmentalist and educator, who takes a keen interest in the protection and conservation of peatland habitats. A founder member of Butterfly Conservation Ireland he regularly leads field trips focusing on the plant and wildlife to be found in hedgerows, woodlands, waterways and bogs. He takes a keen interest in the meaning and history of place-names, and has a particular interest in the Bog Commission Maps 1809-1814 which set out how a million acres of bog could be drained and brought into production.

The workshop will provide participants with an approach to planning walks which link people, place, history and folklore.

As the workshop is funded under Kildare County Council Creative Ireland Bursary Awards 2018 admission is free, but booking essential.  For further information or to book a place phone 045 528078 or email rathanganlib@kildarecoco.ie.