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En Route by Aileen Lambert - Saturday 18th Sept. event in Ballindine

Would you like to get outdoors and visit some local sites in the Ballindine and Tulrahan areas? If so you might be interested in a tour taking place on Saturday 18th Sept.

Mayo County Council and artist Aileen Lambert are extending an invitation to members of the public to join them in a bus and walking tour of sites related to old routes.

“The Bishops Road” in Carrickmacantire, the old railway in Ballindine and old routes connected with the Castlemacgarrett estate will be just some of the sites visited on the tour.

The tour has been devised by Wexford artist Aileen Lambert as part of a public art project commissioned by Mayo County Council. The scheme is funded via the Percent for Art Scheme associated with the development of the Lough Mask Regional Water Scheme.

The tour on Saturday 18th is the second of two tours which the artist has organised as part of the “En Route” project. On Saturday the 4th of September, over sixty people gathered outside the community centre in Bekan at 10am waiting to be ferried by minibus to the various sites throughout the area, from Larganboy to Lassany to Lissaniska. With the assistance of local people, Aileen guided walkers through lanes, fields and paths rich in history. As a drizzly morning gave way to an afternoon of sunshine, old memories were reignited and conversation flowed en route from site to site. The day culminated with participants walking the last stretch of the old Lassany to Bekan school route, through the spinning gate by the parochial house, just in time to hear the chime of the Angelus bell.

Aileen is hoping to meet with the same enthusiasm on the 18th when it’s time to explore old routes in the Tulrahan and Ballindine areas. Aileen will lead the tour, passing on to participants the hospitality and knowledge which she has been offered on recent visits to the area. She invites people with local knowledge to come along on the day in the hope that the tour “will take on a life of it’s own, with visitors on the day adding their own personal accounts and stories”.

It is intended that the “En Route” project will reignite interest and experience of local places by exploring personal associations, stories and memories of local routes. Documentation of the events along with maps and audio recordings will feature on the website and in a booklet which will be launched later in the year.

The tours begin at 12 noon and the meeting point is at the Ballindine Church car park. All are welcome to attend, the event is free of charge and refreshments will be provided. There is a limited number of places available on the bus so early booking is advised. Please book by Thursday September 16th and be aware that there will also be cross-country walking involved.

Aileen Lambert has conducted many participatory projects and art commissions throughout Ireland and beyond, and her work is regularly presented in art venues and exhibitions nationally and internationally. Recent work includes a commission for Yale University, Connecticut, US, while her 2009 video work “Boundary” is currently featured in the COE visual art exhibition in Claremorris. While Aileen uses diverse media in her practice at the core of all her work is an interest in our relationship with landscape and how we make and record our mark on it.

To book a place on the tour or for more information contact Gaynor Seville, Public Art Co-ordinator, Mayo County Council on 094 904 7561, or email

Aileen would like to extend a sincere thanks to the many who have assisted in this project so far.


Posted: 19/08/2010

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