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Friday 18 January 2019

Wee county stories

Tapestry project tells Louth's history in stitches

Briege Brennan and Una Curley at the Community tapestry project in Creative Spark
Briege Brennan and Una Curley at the Community tapestry project in Creative Spark

The story of Louth is being stitched into a unique community tapestry. Work on the first panel has been taking at Creative Spark in the weeks leading up to Christmas, affording the women involved in the project the chance to take some time out from the hustle and bustle of festive preparations.

Artist Una Curley, who has been facilitating the embroidery stitching sessions, describes it as 'a lovely project which allows women to come in, share stories and learn stitches.'

The tapestry depicts stories from Louth's past as recounted by those who came along to the story gathering workshops at the beginning of the project.

This first panel features King Lugh, Cuchulain's father, on his magic horse Enbarr, and other motifs including the Cross of Muiredach at Monasterboice, the round tower at Dromiskin, the wreck of the Mary Stoggart, the lighthouse, the Green Church, the Fleadh and Irish dancing costumes.

Una reveals that there has been a great response to the call out for people to go into Creative Spark and take part in the embroidery stitching sessions.

'We've had women in every day, from their 20s to 84, from all over the county, from Ardee, Castlebellingham and around Dundalk,' says Una.

This first panel is a project by Creative Spark with funding from Creative Ireland and it's hoped to continue it in 2019.

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