Friday, 29 March 2019 19:44

The Shopfronts of Ennistymon

The Transition Year students of Scoil Mhuire, Ennistymon cordially invite you to the official opening of of The  Shopfronts Of Ennistymon, a ceramic sculptural installation facilitated by ceramicist Debbie Harrington and art teacher Mary Fahy.

The official launch takes place on Friday 5th April 2019 at 6pm at The Courthouse Gallery and Studios (all welcome), and continues until Friday 12th April.

Scoil Mhuire’s Transition year students and award-winning local ceramicist Debbie Harrington have created a mini street scene of Ennistymon with their individually crafted clay panels inspired by a number of local historical shopfronts. 

Students began by each choosing a shopfront  to study and then directly sketching and photographing it’s features. They visually recorded the information through sketches and by taking rubbings of architectural details. They brought their research back to the art room to develop them further. Students also researched the history of their chosen buildings and will exhibit this information alongside their piece in the gallery.

“Ennistymon is steeped in history and is famous for it’s 200 year old shopfronts. We were inspired by research done by Old Ennistymon Heritage who produced an information booklet on the shopfronts for Heritage Week in 2018.  We see this sculptural art project as a valuable opportunity for community engagement, by sharing stories and transferring local knowledge to the next generation.” said Mary Fahy.

“We have had huge support from the The Courthouse Gallery and Studios over the years, they are happy to facilitate projects that engage with students and the local community. We are delighted to have been invited by curator Anne Mullee to exhibit the sculptures in the gallery.”

“The students plan to invite members of the public and specifically the owners of their adopted shop to the opening ceremony where they will enjoy a cup of tea and a chat. It is hoped that they will find out more about their chosen buildings through relaxed conversation. It is a lovely intergenerational and historically important project,” Mary adds.

Debbie Harrington is a ceramic artist who relocated to Co. Clare in the west of Ireland in 1996. Debbie has a first class honours degree in ceramics from LSAD and has recently exhibited her work in London, Dublin Castle and the National Botanic Gardens.

Sincere thanks to all who took part in the project.

TYA students: Katie Brown, Lisa Cahill, Eileen Connellan, Ailbhe Crowe, Ellen Cullinan, Chloe Devitt, Nora Donovan, Amber Doyle, Ailís Fitzgerald, Rachel Fitzpatrick, Rebecca Grant, Lisa Greene, Alainn Haugh, Ciara Hayes, Zuzanna Kismann, Rachel Lynch, Saoirse McCarthy, Kate-Lynn McCaw Concannon, Shona McDonagh

TYB students:Alexia Gomez, Molly McGlennon, Ciara McInerney, Aoife McMahon, Kate McMahon, Emma McNamara, Lucy Meade, Ellen Morrison, Méabh Mullane, Aoibhe Murphy, Caroline O’Loughlin, Eimear O’Sullivan, Hannah Purtill, Rachel Ralph, Josefine Schoettmer, Ashling Sexton, Kayla Sheridan, Orla Vaughan.

Shopfronts featured in the project include:

Blake's Corner, The Ennistymon School of Art, James Devitts Hardware, Cooley’s pub, Cullinans bar,  The Cheese Press, Byrnes Fiddle Shop, The Old Forge, Bank of Ireland, Aoife Garrihy Beauty, Foody’s Corner, O’Connors, Unglerts Bakery, Haran’s pub, O’Brien’s Bakery, Franco’s, Off the Rails, Daly’s pub, Pot Duggan, Fancy That, The Podiatry Clinic, An Teach Bia, Marrinan's pub, Spar, and Eugene’s bar.


This project was kindly funded by the Clare Arts Office and NAPD Creative Engagement. Sincere thanks to The Courthouse Gallery and Studios.





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