THE IDEA STARTED years ago with an email from John Tierney, an archaeologist who thought I might share a passion for exploring the past. Back then, in 2008, we compared notes while visiting the graves inside the Rock of Cashel. More than a decade later, I'm taking those graveside thoughts into a community project I'll follow called #MyClonmel and watch young teens along with third level creative students uncover layers of a town's past.
This project is a collaboration with Presentation Secondary School in County Tipperary and it spawned from an initiative proposed by Loughlin Kealy connected to the Department of Architecture in the Waterford Institute of Technology. Along the way, the South Tipperary Arts Centre, Tipperary Museum, and the Clonmel Library will offer support. And local news media (TippFM and Tipperary Live) will carry stories about the progress of the project.
Today, I shared my initial thoughts with secondary school teachers and recorded a short audio as part of my introduction. If you listen to my audio clip by using the Spreaker app on Android or iOS, you can see imagery accompanying 10 elements of the presentation.
I explained to the staff of the Presentation Secondary School that the digital side of #MyClonmel is organic--it does not require external funding to accomplish its goals BUT there are strong indications that some form of external funding may come available. I'll update this blog post and add content to the Office Sway I created as the project evolves.
[Bernie Goldbach teaches creative media for business on the Clonmel Digital Campus of the Limerick Institute of Technology. The night image of the Main Guard of Clonmel was shot by Leon Gaul. You can find a new Topgold Audio Clip every week on Spotify.]