Handed Down Among Cultural Archive Award Winners

The deepening and deeply cultured, Scartaglin based series ‘Handed Down’ has been named as one of the four, Kerry based award winners in the recent Creative Ireland Kerry / Kerry County Council announcement.

Co-founder, PJ Teahan accepted the award for the Handed Down project and it is intended to create an online archive of Sliabh Luachra’s rich musical heritage. A heritage which the series has been bringing to life with every passing month at the centre in Scartaglin.

The award will surely raise questions again about the final resting place of the body of research which was done in Scartaglin and its wider hinterland from the end of 1994 to 1997.

The highly funded and equipment resourced FAS scheme unearthed some local gems as well as conducting many interviews with the older members of the community of the time.

What an addition it would be to the project which PJ Teahan, Mick Culloty and Tomás MacUilleagoid are now setting out to compile and preserve.

Developing and Preserving

Creative Ireland is a Government led, interdepartmental culture based programme designed to promote individual, community and national well-being.

Within this programme, Kerry County Council, leading Creative Ireland Kerry, invited applications for a Cultural Archive Award with the aim of developing or preserving archives with the intended cultural impact of preserving such material for future generations. One award was presented in each of the four Municipal Districts.

The projects had to satisfy a number of criteria, including: To be Kerry based and to encourage participation from the community, allow for the long-term preservation of an archive and have outcomes that are accessible to diverse audiences and participants.

Align with Pillars

It also had to align with one of the five pillars of the Creative Ireland programme

The process was managed by the Kerry Library Service, overseen by Tommy O’Connor, County Librarian. The presentation to successful applicants was made by Cathaoirleach of Kerry County Council, Cllr John Sheehan, joined by Cllr Sam Locke, Chairperson of the Strategic Policy Committee that oversees Culture, Arts, Tourism and Recreation. Representatives from each successful group attended, joined by Kate Kennelly, Creative Ireland Kerry Co-ordinator and Mike Lynch, Archivist, Tralee Library.

€1,000 to Projects

The awards of €1,000 each were made to the following four projects:

1. Blackwater Women’s Group: for a documentary on local life – Kerry in bygone days – detailing the heritage and customs of south and west Kerry.

2. An Ceolann Cultural Centre, Lixnaw: for their archive collection catalogue project. This is the first phase in making its collection publicly accessible.

3. Lartigue Monorail & Museum, Listowel: for a project to catalogue and digitise its unique collection of rare archival material.

4. Scartaglin Community Group: for the Handed Down project, which intends to create an online archive of Sliabh Luachra’s rich musical heritage.

Creative Ireland Kerry wishes to thank all who engaged with the project and says congratulations to each of the award winners.

Kerry County Council looks forward to this programme growing under the Creative Ireland Kerry programme in the years to come.


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