June 6, 2023

Cartoon Saloon giving a voice to Kilkenny’s ‘forgotten’ women in history

AWARD-WINNING animation studio Cartoon Saloon is helping to give a voice to Kilkenny’s ‘forgotten’ historical women.

The multi-Oscar-nominated company has joined an exciting collaboration with Kilkenny Arts Office for an initiative called Herstory, which is part of a nationwide project that aims to discover and celebrate the contribution of Irish women throughout history whose voices have dimmed.

Herstory Kilkenny is inviting the people of the city and county to offer suggestions of who they think should be included in our rich history.

Kilkenny County Council Arts Officer Mary Butler said: “We would love to see as wide a cross-section of people as possible involved in this project in terms of ages, gender and background from across the city and county, giving the richest possible outcome. This is storytelling for everyone.”

A public information meeting will be held on May 9 and members of the public are invited to attend to learn more about the project and to offer their own ideas. No previous experience is required to attend.

Cartoon Saloon Chief Operating Officer Catherine Roycroft said: “Cartoon Saloon is delighted to be part of the deserving Herstory Kilkenny project, working alongside the Kilkenny Arts Office.

“Telling stories is our passion and unfolding those which have been long forgotten is very important, not only for those women who have been left out of history but also for our current and future generations. This project gives us a chance to shine a light on our history.”

Following the public information evening, anyone interested in being involved in the event will be invited to take part in workshops, which will be run by experienced facilitators who will help the attendees to explore their ideas and develop them into stories.

Herstory Kilkenny Project Manager Nicky Read told KilkennyNow.ie: “We also expect to get names from people who have done a lot of research already. The more I phone around, the more I find people have already done a lot of research on different projects involving women.

“There was a large group of Kilkenny women who marched against conscription in 1918, and there was a big project done on researching those women. We have a fair bit of information on them, which is very interesting.”


If you would like to get involved in the project, you can contact Nicky directly on 086 816 5587 or email herstorykk@gmail.com

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