Memory Makers

Do you have memories from times past, times forgotten or times recent? Memory Makers is your opportunity to relive and share these memories, whether they are a story or a craft created by you.

Do you have a 1916 Centenary Story that has been passed down through the generations?

Mayor of Fingal, Cllr David O Connor's 1916 Commemoration Memory Makers event took place in May 2016 and is aimed at all residents of the county who are aged 55 years or over. The important part of this event is how your memory is evoked as former Mayor of Fingal Cllr Mags Murray outlines in the following short video.




 There are three categories:

A.  Two Dimensional (Painting, Collage, Drawing, Photograph, Mono print, Etching etc.)

B.  Three Dimensional (Craft including Woodwork, Ceramics, Stone, Bronze, Fabric Crafts, Knitting, Embroidery, Crochet, Patchwork etc.)

C.  Short Story (300 - 1500 words) or Poetry

The important part of this competition is how your story is evoked.  Your entry should therefore reflect a moment or story special to you and be presented through your craft.  The emphasis is on the memory or story and not on the artistic ability.


Memory Makers 2016 Awards

Fingal County Council’s Memory Makers took place on 18th May 2016 in the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Santry. The event has been specifically designed for our active age community and is took place during the national Bealtaine festival which is about celebrating creativity as we age. This event which commemorated 1916 was set against the backdrop of the National Centenary Commemorations.

The exhibition included a great selection of craftwork and writing from all areas of Fingal including Blanchardstown, Swords, Malahide, Howth, Baldoyle, Balbriggan and the Naul. While the standard of entries was superb, it is important to remember that the emphasis of the competition is on the Memory evoked by the craft and short story. This is a unique competition in this regard and it encourages entries from a diverse range of artistic abilities.

It is encouraging to see this level of enthusiasm from the over 55’s in Fingal.  This magical collection of exhibits captures a significant contribution to the life and culture of this County. The skill sharing between some of the entrants is something that could be replicated across all strands of community activity and endeavour throughout the Fingal area.

Fingal County Council considers Fingal Memory Makers to be one of the most important cultural events of the year.  This event is helping to ensure that Fingal’s tradition of craft work and writing is maintained and preserved and is a vital commitment to the Arts and Culture in the County.

Deputy Mayor of Fingal Cllr Eoghan O Brien: ‘The arts, crafts and stories on exhibit are a unique part of Fingal’s culture. This is one of those occasions where a cliché such as ‘everyone is a winner’ is appropriate.  I would like to thank each and every one of you for participating and hope that you continue to do so in the future’.


2016 Winners

Two Dimensional Category:

Winner: Rita Long, Swords

Highly Commended: Matthew Graham, Balrothery

Highly Commended: Rene Clarke, Blanchardstown

Three Dimensional Category:

Winner: Swords Senior Citizens & Treasa Byrne

Highly Commended:   Brid Redmond, Swords

Highly Commended:   Josephine Collins, Swords

Short Story/Poetry Category:

Winner: David Grundy, Skerries

Highly Commended:   Angela Storey, Kinsealy

Highly Commended:   Peg McManus, Portrane


For more information please contact

Linda Ennis

Senior Community Officer

The Projects Unit

Fingal County Council

Grove Road


Dublin 15

Tel: 018905567

Email: [email protected]