The 'Tubaiste Kirkintullach' exhibition will be on public display in An Chultúrlann, Fál an Ghabhann, Árainn Mhór, in May 2008.
For futher information, contact Nóirín Uí Mhaoldomhnaigh, Comharchumann Oileán Árainn Mhóir Teo. 074 9520533
This Project consists of an exhibition describing the circumstances, aftermath and lasting effects of the Kirkintilloch Bothy Fire in 1937, when ten young Irish ‘tattie howkers’, were tragically killed. They all came from Achill, County Mayo, in the heart of the Gaeltacht. Although the event was so sad and tragic, it led to the fostering of close relations between people in Kirkintilloch and Achill thereafter. A professionally upgraded exhibition will go on show in Kirkintilloch, in Achill and other venues, enhanced by new research and accompanying leaflet. The exhibition commemorates the 70th anniversary of the Bothy Fire and it is labelled in three languages: Irish Gaelic, Scots Gaelic and English.
The exhibition consists of 12 free standing banner-style panels with the following themes:
Social Issues in Scotland
Migration from Achill
The immediate aftermath
The Long Road Back to Achill
Employment in Kirkintilloch
A Helping Hand
Irish Tattie Howkers in Scotland
The Years in Between
Tour of venues:
The exhibition was prepared by East Dunbartonshire Council Libraries & Cultural Services staff. It has been circulated widely in Scotland and Ireland. In September 2007, it was on display at the William Patrick Library, and it will finish at the Auld Kirk Museum in September-October 2008. Venues in between include Achill, County Mayo, in November-December 2007 and Celtic Connections (Glasgow) in January 2008, also locations in Belfast, County Donegal and the Western Isles.
The Lead applicant is Conradh na Gaeilge, Craobh Phádraig Mhíc Phiarais, Glaschú (Gaelic League) in Glasgow, East Dunbartonshire Council, Comhlacht Forbartha Áitiúil Acla (the Local Development Company in Achill) and Kirkintilloch & District Society of Antiquaries. Grants have been obtained by our partners from Colmcille, Údarás na Gaeltachta, and Kirkintilloch Antiquaries. The bulk of the funding is from Gaelic language organisations.