|Enjoying a communal meal, GAA Community Centre, Kiltormer June 2014|
|Traditional musicians, GAA Community Centre, Kiltormer June 2014|
|Artifacts and old photographs on display, Kiltormer school celebrations, June 2014|
These images are still being digitised, cleaned up and posted online as part of a digital heritage archive action known as BEO (Irish for Alive) which could become the most important national heritage project since the 1937 Irish Folklore Commission. It will reinforce the connections with the Irish Diaspora.
|Eyreville demesne, 1930s|
The small manufacturing industries that once dominated rural towns have all but closed down as a result of cheap imports, with their localities failing to secure replacement jobs in the new technologies sectors such as biomedical and computing.
|Kiltormer village, 1932|
Ireland in the 21st century has become a land of ghost townlands and villages as young people emigrate to Australia, Canada and elsewhere to find employment.
As we the people and our descendants are being forced to pay for the gambling debts of financial and property speculators and their cronies, austerity measures are leading to the closure of Garda stations. post offices, pubs, marts and schools across the country.
|Kiltormer School, 1959-'60|
Schools are the lifeblood of rural Ireland. Without schools, communities die. More than ever before, we need to ensure that the schools stay open so that the heritage, stories and memories of a hinterland are still treasured and passed on to a new generation; and the children and their parents continue to transform the word 'community' into a living reality.
|Hurling match, Kiltormer Celebrations, June 2014|