Monday, 29 August 2011

Joe Dillon Exhibition Draws Huge Attendance

As the door of the Town Hall was opened on Saturday morning, few could have predicted what an amazing and enthralling day was to unfold. A group of people waited for the doors to open on "Tuam and its People, Through the Eye of the Camera", a retrospective of Joe Dillon's photography from the 60s through to the 80s. The fact that a crowd formed before the exhibition opened gave an idea of the interest in this event, and it was standing room only as the crowds continued to throng to the Square right throughout the day, until the door was finally shut, long after the expected closing time.
Please go to Gallery for more images of the event

A tremendous atmosphere of nostalgia and warmth pervaded the day, which was added to by photos dating back to the 1960s which had not been seen publicly since they were shot. The rapt audience attending this event were a mixture of old and young, casual browsers and committed "lampers", but everyone leaving the Town Hall on Saturday was given a highly enjoyable walk down memory lane. Many attending the event helped to swell the crowds by phoning friends and family to let them know they had been spotted in the display of over 200 photos. Attendees also got in on the act by helping to identify missing names from the display, with notebooks overflowing by the close of the day.

In his address to the assembled crowd, President of the Old Tuam Society, Pat O'Hora referred to Joe Dillon's unique ability as an interpreter, whether it was on a stage or as a photographer and thanks to Joe and the Trojan work of Ann Tierney of the Society, this unique exhibition which brings Tuam of the past so vividly to life has been preserved for the town and for posterity. It is hoped to make the collection available in book form in the next year, and the Society is deeply grateful to the Dillon family for putting this material at the disposal of Ann and the Old Tuam Society.

Monday, 8 August 2011

"Tuam and its People, Through the Eye of the Camera"

As part of National Heritage Week, 20 - 28th August, 2011, the Old Tuam Society has the honour of hosting an exhibition of black and white photographs from the 1960s, 70s and 80s. 

"Tuam and its People, Through the Eye of the Camera" will feature many photographs from Tuam's gifted photographer of the time, Joe Dillon, depicting the townspeople and events which added much to the fabric of Tuam in these past decades

The photographs include some of Tuam’s top class showbands including, Johnny Flynn, Ollie Maloney, the Problems, the Bandits and Big 8. Other subjects include the Sugar factory, IX Textile, Dart, Erin Foods, Farraghers, street scenes, shops, schools, communion classes, fancy dress, musicals, concerts, dinner dances and much much more.

The photographs in this exhibition were made from Joe Dillon’s collection of black and white, 35mm, 120 format and 4x5 negatives. This will be a first opportunity to see many of these images as they have lain dormant for at least 30 years.

The Old Tuam Society would like to express it's gratitude to Mrs Maura Dillon, wife of the late Joe Dillon, who generously donated this treasure trove of photographic negatives, for the purpose of fostering interest in the rich local history and heritage of our town.

Venue: Tuam Town Hall, The Square, Tuam.
Date: Saturday, 27th August
Time:10:00 - 18:00.

Joe Dillon

We look forward to seeing you there and in these recessionary times, what could be better than FREE admission!

Monday, 1 August 2011

An Evening of Pints and Poetry

Pints & Poetry
with special guests Team Products
Kindly sponsored by Fahy Opticians, Tuam

VenueCorralea Court Hotel, The Square, Tuam
Date: Monday 15th August, 2011
Time: 9pm
Admission: Free

A night of poetry, both readings and "recriminations", hosted by Pat O'Hora of the Old Tuam Society.

Free and open to all. Contributions on the night can vary from the sublime to the ridiculous and the Society sincerely hopes that this will be the case!

There will be a wide range of poetry books on offer for those people who might like to read or bring an original piece.


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