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Put Yourself in the Picture

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Together with artist Dorothy Smith and writer Peter Kearns, the six members of the Coolock group, Dolly Duffy, George Finglas, Geraldine Gilsenan, Terry O’Brien, Gay Traynor, and Shabina Valentine explored the built environment in their neighbourhoods as part of The National Neighbourhood: It Takes a Village.

Through drawing, photography, writing, talks, walks, and visits to IMMA the group put together a book which highlights places they would like to see changed and places where positive change had already taken place.

Each person wrote a short piece on how that place contributed or had the potential to contribute to the local community. From the group’s base in Coolock, they spread out to encompass the neighbourhoods of all group members – East Wall, North Strand, Raheny, Clongriffin, Balgriffin, Santry, Bayside, and Ballymun.

You can check out the group’s work in their book Put Yourself in the Picture here.

Dublin’s Culture Connects aims to connect Dubliners to their city through culture and conversation. We develop activities and events that bring communities together, and to life: all based on people’s stories, wishes and experiences. It’s all about making and taking part in culture.
One of our programmes is The National Neighbourhood. We want every neighbourhood to know and ‘own’ their city’s cultural resources, so we connect artists, groups and villages with libraries, museums and creative places – including our National Cultural Institutions – to make cultural events in their communities.



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