July 2, 2022
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Take a leap back in time with new virtual history tour of Kilkenny

Kilkenny’s libraries are inviting people to take a leap back in time to enjoy an innovative virtual history tour.

Despite the lockdown restrictions, Kilkenny County Council Library Service this week announced it has “tailored our initiatives” this year to offer a digital and virtual experience for local history lovers.

“The people of Kilkenny were active participants during the events of these decades and our hope is to encourage the people of Kilkenny and beyond to actively engage with our history from this period, both locally and nationally,” a spokesperson said.

Some of the upcoming online events and podcasts include:

  • A series of podcasts with historian and author Eoin Swithin Walsh on “happenings in Kilkenny in 1920”;
  • Decade themed learning materials for children in the classroom with educationalist and author Anne Murtagh based on research for her recent book, ‘Sound of Freedom’;
  • A collection of commissioned photographs of decade themed sites around Kilkenny.

Executive Librarian Declan Macauley said: “While Covid 19 has presented challenges in delivering a programme of events this year, using virtual and visual channels has allowed Kilkenny County Council Library Service to reach both existing and new audiences with content, that is both wide-ranging and thought provoking.”

The podcasts and learning materials can be accessed on the Library website www.kilkennylibrary.ie and have being promoted on the library social media channels.

Images are available on Kilkenny Digital Archive at https://digital-archive.kilkenny.ie/index.php and will form the basis of a series of commemorative postcards later this year.

PHOTO: Members of Hugginstown RIC outside barracks



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