ART Does this picture jog your memory?


Does this picture jog any memories?
?The photograph of the Castlebar Hat Factory tug of war team, believed to have been taken in the mid 1940s.

Does this picture jog any memories?

Artist appeals for information

Next spring 2014 Mayo County Council Arts Office Public Art Programme in collaboration with the Linenhall Arts Centre will launch ‘Find’ a series of temporary art works, installations and events in and around the town of Castlebar.
As part of ‘Find’ one of the six selected artists, Amanda Rice, will be working with archive on the Old Hat Factory on the Newport Road. Rice is appealing to the public for information on this photograph (see above) of the all female tug of war team that was part of the Hat Factory which closed in 1981.
“There’s a hugely varied archive spanning the decades of the Hat Factory on the Newport Road,” The Castlebar artist explains. “Local historians Ernie and Susanna Sweeney were very kind in letting me access all of the incredibly interesting information they have on the factory.
“I discovered a fascinating photograph of the all female tug-of-war team, my grandmother Nora Rice (nee Gavin) worked at the factory at one stage and was part of the tug-of-war team – this detail I never knew about until recently seeing the team photograph! She’s the lady on the very far right in the back row.”
The photo – reproduced here – was taken from one of the Annual Castlebar Parish Magazines, and it’s believed to be dating from the mid 1940s. While it’s not of great quality, it may jog some memories.
Amanda is appealing to the public for information, in a bid to identify all of the other individuals in the photo. “I’m hoping to put names to all of the other faces in the tug-of-war photo too. Any other additional information would be greatly appreciated – for example, where a factory tug of war may have taken place. I’d also love to hear about anyone in the town who was present at such an event. If anyone has the original of this photograph, I would much appreciate making a copy of it.”
All of this information will form the basis of an exciting event as part of the FIND public program for spring 2014.

Amanda is working in Austria for the month of November, but any information can be emailed to or posted to Factory Appeal, FIND project C/O Arts Office, Mayo County Council, Castlebar, Co Mayo. Alternatively, call Ernie Sweeney on 087 2822162, or you can contact Amanda Rice directly in Austria on 0043 2732 74689.