Lighting the edges

5 02 2011

Ann O'Kelly

Councillor Paula Desmond, Cork County Council

Will formally open

Lighting the Edges

An Exhibition of Photographs by

Ann O’Kelly


Saturday, 5th February, 2011 at 2pm


The  Bishopstown Library, Wilton, Cork.

You are cordially invited to attend.

The exhibition will run from 31st January to 26th February2011 during Library opening hours.

(c) Ann O'Kelly

(c) Ann O'Kelly

About the Exhibition

The exhibition came about as a result of the Radio Telefis Eireann Documentary on One series.

In October 2008, a programme entitled There is a Darkness on the Edge of Town was broadcast. It dealt with the response of Tallaght Traveller Youth Services (TTYS) to the high number of suicides within the Traveller community in the area.

The photographs in this exhibition, as well as documenting the work of TTYS highlight important features of the lives of Traveller people living in Tallaght: their homes, work and play, educational activity, participation in the wider community, animals, faith and religion and honouring those who have gone before them.

It is hoped, as well as documenting the lives of the community, that these photographs will serve as a counter balance to the negative image which is often portrayed of Travellers in Ireland. The exhibition is dedicated to the children, women and men of St Aiden’s, Cherryfield, Hazel Hill, Ballycreagh and Kishogue Halting sites and to the staff of Tallaght Traveller Youth Services.

From Galway, Ann O’Kelly, has spent the last three years in Cork where she studied photography at The  Crawford School of Art & Design.  Working exclusively in film, she is a founder member of Cork Analogue Photographers She has participated in three group exhibitions in Cork. Lighting the Edges, her first solo exhibition, was first shown in Tallaght in May 2010. Ann is currently a student on the Crawford School of Art and Design Course: Arts participation and Community Development. She can be contacted at

Sincere thanks to Bishopstown Library, Cork for hosting this exhibition

(c) Ann O'Kelly




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