A community project that encouragescreative engagement with nature through arts while paying homage to a time when Baltinglass was a renowned woollen and linen hub. Flax and other bee and butterfly-friendly pollinator flowers will be planted by the community to promote biodiversity. The project will take place in Tearmann Community Garden. The plants will be harvested, and hands-on workshops will teach the art of tie-dye and eco-print making using flax fibres and flower petals.
Production of an audio recording about "The Hillfort Capital Baltinglass – Kilranelagh", the Neolithic/Bronze Age site. The recording will connect the listener to the landscape, history, folklore and provide information about the ancient past of Baltinglass. This project is the first part of a planned audio recording and QR trail around the town and hinterlands.
Gerry Gormley is a native of Meath but has spent the best part of a decade in the west side of Wicklow, including Dunlavin, Donard, and Baltinglass, and is now a permanent resident in Kiltegan with his young family.
He is a musician and poet who has recently delved into filmmaking. The last short film he wrote and produced was filmed in Baltinglass and the Sally Gap. It is titled ‘The Passenger’ and focuses on men’s mental health and the stigma still attached to it being discussed.
It recently won an award at the Boyne Valley International Film Festival.
His next film project is titled, ‘Trash’. It is a comedy horror. He wrote the script after becoming increasingly frustrated with the fact that some people have a blatant disregard for our beautiful countryside.
The underlying theme is directly related to illegal dumping. Funding has been received from Wicklow County Council/Creative Places Baltinglass, which has gotten the production off the ground.
The core idea of the film, apart from making people laugh, is to highlight the natural be of our area and try to make people think twice about taking such actions.
He based the script on local folklore involving the many fairy forts we have in our area and that if you anger the fairies (By throwing a bag of rubbish on the side of the road), there will be consequences.
A short film, Trash, will, in a comedic way, highlight the problem of illegal dumping. Members of the Baltinglass community will be involved in every aspect of the film, including preproduction, production, post-production and promotion. The film will premiere in Baltinglass, connecting people and inspiring creativity.
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