Pic: June Bourke
Book of photos of Westport town to be launched this week
“Nobody knows the town of Westport like its people; the little nooks and crannies, the characters, the special unseen vistas, the activities and rituals that make the place tick. These are things that the people of the town see. In recognition of this, Westport Arts Festival included in its October programme a challenge to local people to take that picture of the town that defined something of the place they loved. We thought that it was important to celebrate our own vision of this special place in its 250th year,” says Willie Walsh, Chair of Westport Arts Festival.
A call-out for pictures was made in The Mayo News, and the response was beyond all expectations. In the 25 days after Day 250 of the 250th year, over 400 pictures were submitted. Some were taken on camera phones, others were captured on digital SLRs. Others still were taken using film cameras.
A selection of these photos are now available in a book, ‘Westport in Focus’, published by The Westport Arts Festival. It will be launched at a special event in The Wyatt Hotel on Thursday, November, 23, at 8 pm – refreshments will be served and all are welcome.
One of Westport’s best-known photographers, Liam Lyons will be on hand to say a few words and, hopefully, to pass on nuggets of photographic wisdom to keen snappers. Liam has been taking pictures for more than 60 years, and as well as having his own photographic shop in the town, he became famous across the country for his iconic portrayals of life and scenery in the west of Ireland.
‘Westport in Focus’ will be on sale at Thursday night’s launch, and will also be available in many of the town’s outlets, including SuperValu, McLoughlin’s Bookshop, Duffy’s Bookshop, as well as online at www.westportartsfestival.com/buywestportinfocus.