FIVE YEARS AGO TONIGHT, Aileen McKeogh lost her battle with cancer. In the funeral announcements, her family recalled her love of flowers. In the ensuing years, I always think of Aileen on the 23rd of May because it's a special day in our home as it's also my wife's birthday. I worked with Aileen McKeogh while teaching web development in Arthouse. Because of her foresight, Arthouse took a leading role in the training of web designers throughout Ireland in an era before Google, mobile browsers, or data on phones. Aileen left Arthouse for the Institute of Art, Design and Technology in Dun Laoghaire. Her work in Dun Laoghaire was instrumental in the establishment of the MAVIS programme, the visual arts degree earned by several mid-career artists I've discovered while attending MAVIS seminars. I think the legacy of Aileen McKeogh deserves more than pansies but I know if she was still alive, Aileen would enjoy knowing there's a vibrant plant named after her, enjoying the Irish sunshine.
Link to MP3: http://www.insideview.ie/files/remembrance.mp3
Previously: "One flower for Aileen McKeogh" on 25 May 2005.
Audioboo -- "Remembrance Boo"