There was great enthusiasm in Damer House, Roscrea, recently for the much anticipated launch of the Roscrea 2000 community art exhibition.
Pictured at the launch of the Roscrea 2000 Art Exhibition which took place in Damer House, Roscrea, on Saturday last were Back Row L/R Ann Ryan (Art Director), Valerie Hearns (Project Co-Ordinator), Donna Fanneran (Project Co-Ordinator), Minister Martin Mansergh and George Cunningham MC
Front Row: Elise Hearns and Laura Fanneran
The taught provoking exhibition captures the artistic work of over one hundred young people between the ages of eight and seventeen who have worked tirelessly throughout the summer months to bring to fruition the wonderful display that is available for all to see at the exhibition centre in Damer House.
Pictured at the launch of the Roscrea 2000 Art Exhibition which took place in Damer House, Roscrea, on Saturday last were some of the one hundred students that participated in the event as well as project co-ordinators, Donna Fanneran and Valerie Hearns and Art Director, Ann Ryan.
The exhibition is part of numerous activities that Roscrea 2000 project co-ordinators Valerie Hearns and Donna Fanneran has organised over the past number of months to help bring the concept of “A Community In Action” to life. Leading up to the exhibition there was a cultural day and a community barbecue, all of which helped inspire the young artists to stage an exhibition of photos, sculpture and artwork that puts on display the hopes, aspirations, talent and spirit of the Roscrea Community.
The exhibition has many highlights including a wonderful map of Roscrea which was designed by Kyle Shanahan and has received great acclaim. A short film created by eight teenagers with residents of the Dean Maxwell Home exploring what Roscrea was like in the past deserves great credit as does the collection of rare Roscrea photos which will be of great interest to many people. Without doubt, it is the 3D model of Roscrea Town that steals the show. The masterpiece gives the public a visual impression of how young people see Roscrea now and more importantly how young people would like to see Roscrea in the future. The models of the Castle Complex and St Cronan’s Church in particular deserve tremendous praise. The new shopping centre also features in the model as does a number of buildings that the young people would like to see incorporated into the town at some stage in the future such as a family centre and an eco village.
Performing the official opening of the exhibition Minister Martin Mansergh said he was delighted to be in Roscrea for such an important day for the community. The Minister praised the art exhibition which he described as a celebration of Roscrea. The Minister said the 3D model was tremendous and he paid a special tribute to Kyle Shanahan’s “Map Of Roscrea”. The Minister congratulated everyone involved in putting the exhibition together and he concluded by encouraging all Roscrea People to make a trip to Damer House to see for themselves the wonderful creative talent that Roscrea has at it’s disposal.
Local historian George Cunningham was MC for the afternoon and like the Minister offered great praise to all those involved in the project. George encouraged everyone to make an effort to see the exhibition. A second exhibition is also on display in Damer House teaching us about Roscrea Castle and again George encouraged as many people as possible to come and visit that exhibition also.
Donna Fanneran project co-ordinator spoke on behalf of herself and her fellow co-ordinator Valerie Hearn’s. Donna thanked everyone for their attendance particularly Minister Mansergh and George Cunningham. Donna spoke about the project and praised all those that helped make it such a success. She said that the integrated approach of the project had helped break down many barriers and had encouraged all sections of the community to work together for the benefit of all. Donna brought everyone’s attention once again to the 3D model of the town and highlighted how important it was that we all took notice of what the young people of the town were trying to express through the model. Donna praised the spirit and enthusiasm of all the students involved and she said that we could all look forward to a bright future if we look and listen to what the students have to say. After talking about the great fun aspect associated with the overall project and exhibition, Donna thanked the OPW and Mary O’Neill for all their support. She thanked all the schools for their help and thanked Donal O’Sullivan, Michelle, Ciaran McNiocláis, Des Walsh, Declan and Lindsey Delaney, Ann Ryan, Brian King, Dean Maxwell Home and the staff of Roscrea 2000 for all their help, encouragement and support.
Michael Murray General Manager of Roscrea 2000 congratulated Donna and Valerie for coming up with the concept for the exhibition which had helped bring all sections of the community together. Mr Murray said it was great for Roscrea 2000 to be associated with such a project and he congratulated everyone involved.
The exhibition will remain on display at the Damer House, Roscrea, for the next number of months and everyone is encouraged to come along for themselves and see the vision that the young people of the town have for Roscrea.
Our congratulations to all the students involved and best wishes and well done to the two project co-ordinators Donna Fanneran and Valerie Hearns. The commitment of both girls showed everyone young and old what a community can achieve through hard work , commitment and dedication. Without their enthusiasm none of the above would have been possible and they deserve tremendous praise for what they have helped the young people of Roscrea achieve. Great praise must also go to Art Director Ann Ryan whose creative teachings helped the students bring their vision to life through art. Ann’s tireless work with all the students was without doubt a wonderful inspiration to them all. Collectively the two Co-Ordinators, the Art Director and most importantly the participating students can take a bow for awakening the pride that lies within all those who are proud to say “I’m from Roscrea and I see a great future for my town”.