Ireland in Focus Exhibition

President Michael D Higgins, Launching the Ireland In Focus

Exhibition at Collins Barracks Dublin on 20 November Last.

Both the President and the Museum thanked Kinvara Community Council for its work in preserving the Cresswell images. M D Higgins thanked all those who were involved in bringing this archive to public attention: “Thank you for your contribution to citizenship for it is a citizenship and contribution in the best sense.”

Report on Exhibition

The exhibition launch went very well and was attended by about 300 people. The President spoke for about 25 minutes. See link below. The French ambassador was also present.

A selection from Robert Cresswell’s work (29 images, people, locations and events in Kinvara) is shown in the first two rooms/spaces. The enlarged B/W and Kodachrome images are shown in the adjoining room.

Bresson’s and Lange’s works are shown in the second room, together with a slide show of Bresson’s work never shown before.

The exhibition runs until April 2020.

Download Museum flyer for the event

Listen to a speech given by President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins, at the launch of the exhibition

Ireland in Focus: Photographing the 1950s

Opening of the Exhibition at National Museum of Ireland, featuring 29 of Cresswell’s photos of Kinvara – feature on RTÉ Radio 1, Morning Ireland, 19/11/19

An interview with Michael Brogan and Patricia Brehony-Martyn. This is to mark the opening of Ireland in Focus: Photographing the 1950s. The exhibition seeks to highlight the way in which three photographers, from France and North America, saw and portrayed Ireland of the 1950s, through the places they visited and the people they photographed.

The photographs of Paris-based American anthropologist, Robert Cresswell, who lived for over a year in Kinvara during 1955 and 1956, will also be shown. Cresswell took over four hundred photographs in the Kinvara area, including an exceptional set of Kodakchrome slides. The photographs were taken as part of his fieldwork in a 1950s’ rural community in transition. He published his findings in what is now regarded as a seminal anthropological study of rural life, Une Communauté Rurale de l’Irlande

The exhibition is being formally opened tomorrow, 21 November 2019, by President Michael Higgins.

All of the Cresswell Photo Archive are available to view on this website. Simply click on the links at the top of the page.

More details of the exhibition are available here:

Kinvara Community Council Meeting

Kinvara Community Council’s: monthly meetings take place the third Wednesday of each month. The next meeting is taking place on Wednesday 20th November at 8pm in Kinvara Community Centre. This will be followed by our monthly meeting. We encourage all members of the community to attend these meetings. All sub groups who are affiliated to Kinvara Community Council must send a representative to every KCC meeting in order to maintain their benefits. Any items for inclusion on the agenda must be emailed in before Friday 11th November.

Kinvara Tidy Towns

Tidy Towns end of year Get together Friday 8th November: Kinvara Tidy Towns were delighted to host Ian Griffiths Horticulturalist who kindly gave a Pruning Workshop last Saturday 25th October for our group of volunteers. Well done to all those who attended and it was well worth it as Ian gave us a great talk and then stayed and did lots of work with us. Thank you very much Ian. We hope to hold another gardening workshop in the New Year. If you would like to help Tidy Towns or partake in any of our activities please leave your name and mobile number into the Community Centre office. This year our score in the Tidy Towns competition went up by 11 points and we really appreciate all the work our volunteers did this year. Also all those who went the extra mile and painted their premises and kept their flower pots watered. You can read the Judges report on 

We are holding an end of year get together Friday week the 8th November in Tully’s back room from 7pm onwards. We will have poster boards showing our projects and we welcome your suggestions. Come along and meet us there.

Kinvara Area Visual Arts

KAVA, Kinvara Area Visual Arts, would like to acknowledge the funding we received from Bord Iascaigh Mhara. As a community group in a coastal community we were eligible for 80% funding to improve the Old Courthouse. We have installed secondary glazing and insulation in the attic to increase energy efficiency, painted inside and out and bought 40 new folding chairs and some office equipment. Our thanks to BIM. We would also like to thank Galway County Council for their grant aid towards making the courthouse more accessible for people with mobility issues.

Kinvara Area Music presents…..

Kinvara Area Music (KAM) is delighted to present The Henry Girls – three sisters from beautiful Malin in Co. Donegal. You will drift away with impeccable harmonies, catchy melodies and superb musicianship, all with a dollop of that world-famous organic Donegal style!  GiG Room, Community Centre Kinvara, Saturday 30th November. Doors at 8pm. Ticket on the door or on

Kinvara Alive

Kinvara Alive information day on Sunday November 24th between 2.30 and 5pm in Kinvara Community Centre. Kinvara Alive have invited Health support organisations to Kinvara on Sunday November 24th to inform our community of the confidential supports available to them with special guest Declan O Rourke”

Free Film Screening

Free Film Screening Tuesday 5th November 8pm Courthouse, Kinvara. Generation Zapped, a film by Sabine El Gemayel (74minutes) Generation Zapped explores the potential risks of health and wellbeing from prolonged exposure to radiation from Wi-Fi and mobile phones and the particular threat to children and teens. Advice on how to reduce you exposure are also given. A must see for all parents.