Annual week long gathering devoted to Connemara organised by Leo HallisseyExtract from paper and slide show 'Landscapes of Movement' What can we Know?
What can we read about the social organization, complexity
and demography of an island (abandoned?) from landscape features, crumbling built
heritage, detritus of machinery, fruit trees and gardens, vestiges of farming
practices, newspaper and documentary accounts the childrens stories from the
1930s archived in the IFC - photographs and what can be known from those who
witnessed growing up and leaving the island behind? Their stories are woven
from memory. Why do we want to know about how life was lived in the past?
What can we learn from these ancestors? The past grounds the present.