TY student’s from St. Mogues College, Bawnboy took part in the Community Time Machine project with the support of their Teachers and local community to pull together an insightful and creative project. – “It was a wonderful experience for both the students and senior members in our community.”
Student’s from St.Aidan’s Secondary School, Cootehill were led by their art teacher in this creative project – “Completing this project illustrated the importance of taking time to sit and have a wholehearted chat and to appreciate the lives of everyone in the community.”
Local community member Pamela Brady and Cavan photographer Kristina Kelly came together to run a small project in their local area of Ballyjamesduff.
Kristina Kelly is a lifestyle and documentary style photographer based in Ballyjamesduff, Co Cavan. The most vivid memories from her childhood were looking through boxes of family photographs that her mother had gathered throughout the years and listening to all the adventure stories behind them.
Kristina became obsessed with documenting her family’s adventures during their travels around Ireland and abroad. She could sense how fleeting the time was and how important it was to capture those moments, so they’re not lost forever in our ageing minds. Kristina loves giving people memories to look back on that bring a heartfelt reaction, making moments of connection, laughter and fun to be remembered year after year. Emotive storytelling is at the heart of Kristina Kelly’s photography.
“Being able to do this project has brought me so much joy. I was looking at ways to give back to the community and this was a perfect opportunity to do that. I have always loved looking through old photographs that depicted how people lived at a point in time. Knowing that my images will be encapsulated for generations to come, makes me feel honoured to be part of this wonderful initiative.”
Neighbourhood Network would like to thank everyone who participated in this project, especially our brilliant Community Organisers, teenagers and seniors. Thanks to Cavan County Council, The Creative Ireland Programme, Age Friendly Ireland & The Department of Rural and Community Development, and all Cavan-based community organisations who helped to spread the word about the project.
Special thanks to our photographer Kristina Kelly for capturing the amazing portraits that make up the heart of this project, and to our Creative Content volunteers Marja Huhta and Ciara Egan for their help with the website.