ONE of the most interesting exhibitions staged as part of the Rose Gathering celebrations last week was the presentation of the Gathering Stories exhibit at Siamsa Tíre.
The Gathering Stories project was the work of pupils from Scoil Eoin in Balloonagh who contacted their friends and relatives abroad, many of whom who left Kerry and Ireland due to the recession, to find out about their experiences since they left home.
The exhibition which was beautifully displayed by staff at Siamsa Tire is made up of letters from a selection of students to loved ones who are living abroad. The letters received back from their loved ones were also on display as well as a selection of photographs or the young students and their relatives overseas.
Ranging from humourous and lighthearted to poignant and emotional the letters, both from the students themselves and their relatives abroad, paint a fascinating picture of the effect of emigration and should certainly be considered for a more permanent exhibition in the town.
Outgoing Rose of Tralee Nicola McEvoy opened the exhibition last Thursday. Director of The Rose of Tralee Anthony O'Gara commended the hard work of the students and was on hand to help Nicola officially launch the exhibition by 'breaking of the seal' of a giant envelope.