Saturday, 18 January 2014

Ballymun photo exhibit honours proud community at Dublin Airport

Ballymun People 
A photography exhibition, launched last October marking the end of the Ballymun Regeneration Project, has been on display at Dublin Airport Terminal 1 on the mezzanine level since early January.

Ballymun People, an artistic project designed by Elizabeth and Charles Handy and sponsored by Dublin City Council.

Elizabeth has taken the photos of the twelve individuals, each with an object that means a lot to them. Charles has interviewed all twelve and written the accompanying text.

The Handys selected people who are closely involved in the Ballymun community and asked them to share their experiences of the recent redevelopment and their hopes for its future.

The exhibition offers a collective portrait of some of the people of Ballymun. In words and photos, twelve people who care about Ballymun and its future feature in the exhibition.

Chairman Ballymun Regeneration Ronan King said "Since the creation of Ballymun Regeneration in 1997, the town of Ballymun has been physically transformed. But Ballymun has always been about much more than its buildings.

It is, first and foremost, a community of proud ‘Ballymunners’ who campaigned vociferously for change and enthusiastically embraced the vision of a self-sustaining, safer and better new Ballymun. In short, the story of Ballymun is all about its people".

The Ballymun people featured are: Maura Doyle, Principal, St Joseph’s School; Mark Finnegan, Sustainability Specialist, IKEA; Anne Keating, community activist; Brian MacCraith, President DCU; Fr. Peter McVerry, founder Peter McVerry Trust.

Andrew Montague, Dublin City Councillor; Paul Moran, police superintendent; Robert Murphy, owner SuperValu; Mark O’Brien, director, axis centre; Pat O’Dowd, Principal, Trinity Comprehensive School; Ellen Reddin, secretary, Active Living Ballymun; and Jim Woulfe, president, Ballymun Kickhams GAA club.

Dublin Airport Authority (DAA) and its predecessor Aer Rianta have a long traditional of supporting the arts in Ireland since the "Gateway To Art" was first launched in 1988.

Irish Aviation Research Institute © 18th January 2014 All Rights Reserved.