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The Long and Short of It Animations Available to Watch

We are excited to share all four animations from The Long and Short of It created with older people from Rathvilly, Hacketstown, Graiguecullen and Myshall with four artists.

These four animations were created by older people over a series of seven workshops in Hacketstown, Rathvilly, Graiguecullen and Myshall led by artists Janice de Bróithe (Director), Paul Bokslag (Visual Artist) and Darren Donohue (Writer). Seán Parnell (Animator & Music) worked behind the scenes to bring the animations to life. All the animations are voiced by the participants and animated using papercuts that they made during the workshops.

The Harvest animates the stories shared by older people in Hacketstown of coming together for the harvest each year. The community would support each other in building up the stooks and then have a night of fun and dancing.

The Marquee is the animation that has been created with and by older people in Rathvilly. This animation draws on the stories of the participants bringing to life their memories of the excitement and fun of the marquee coming to the locality with music, showbands and dances.

The Community Hall, created in Myshall, encompasses a lot of the rich history of Myshall and the memories that were shared by the participants. Much of Myshall's recent history is centred around the Community Hall which originally was the stables of Myshall House, now demolished. The animation captures many of the activities, memories and excitement that surrounded and was held within this building.

The Barrow, Graiguecullen's animation, is a nostalgic trip down memory lane back when children swam in the Barrow River, Guinness delivered their barrels on a barge and blackberries were collected and cashed in for a cinema ticket. It’s a beautiful insight into a different time in Graiguecullen.

Thought, care and memories were put into these magical animations. We hope you enjoy watching them.


This project was funded by Creative Ireland's Creativity in Older Age Fund.

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