Thursday, July 21, 2016

Portrait project for Kilcullen heritage

Ten local people are to have their portraits painted as part of a programme by Kilcullen Heritage Group.

The portraits will be executed by local artist Sandra Petit-Frere at no charge, and will be combined with interviews with the selected people.

Those chosen include Lucy O’Toole, whose great grandmother Daisy Collins was a member of Cumann na mBan and involved in the Easter Rising.

Liam Walker will discuss his grandfather, who fought in WW1. Charles Poufong will be interviewed on coming from another country to be part of this community. And Sue Goulding will talk about her longtime involvement with Kilcullen GAA.

Eilis Phillips will discuss her work with developing Kilcullen Youth Theatre, while Ger Peacocke will tell about two generations of a family business on Main Street.

There will also be an interview with Noel Clare and his passion with Tidy Towns and Kilcullen Community Action, and Emma Birchall will review her time in Kilcullen Scouts, with particular focus on their organisation of the first Kilcullen St Patrick’s Day Parade.

The portraits will be exhibited in Kilcullen Community Library from September through December, with a launch on Sunday 18 September.

The recorded interviews will be added to a number of previous ones done by the Heritage Group, and which are archived in the Kilcullen Heritage Centre.