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Reimagine Cloontuskert – Workers’ Villages event, “Festive Feast and Family Treasure Hunt”

08.12.2021
Reimagine Cloontuskert – Workers’ Villages event, “Festive Feast and Family Treasure Hunt”

Reimagine Cloontuskert – Workers’ Villages

“Festive Feast and Family Treasure Hunt”

Taking place this Saturday 11th December, 12 PM midday, at Cloontuskert Community Orchard.
A Google Maps link for the location can be found here: 
Workers’ Villages is a commemoration of architect Frank Gibney’s legacy and an exploration of what we can learn from the exemplary Bord na Móna villages he designed in the 1950s as we move towards a sustainable future for the region.
 
The project will kick-off  in Cloontuskert with a festive feast and family nature trail. There will be music, mulled wine and Christmas cheer as architects Evelyn D’Arcy and David Jameson display archival images and maps and invite everyone to share their memories, thoughts and visions for the village.
 
Spearheaded by the Irish Architecture Foundation and environment organisation Global Action Plan, Workers’ Villages will see architect-led teams of designers and researchers examine the legacy of Gibney and his vision and explore how his design values can be applied to the changing environment, in particular as Bord na Móna moves away from the use of peat for energy production. This will be a creative process with a focus on co-design and placemaking led by the local communities involved, while partners Pure Designs Studio from Roscommon will create a film documenting the process. Students and researchers from the School of Architecture in UL will provide valuable research underpinning for this project.
 
We will also be officially raising our An Taisce Green Flag on the day which we have been awarded for our newly developed Community Orchard, which saw our group transform a former waste ground in Cloontuskert into a wonderful community amenity,
 
Covid-19 safety guidelines will be observed at this event.
 
We would be delighted to have you come along and join 
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