The Irish Film and Photography Museum

Youghal has over 100 empty business premises – it is a sad reality but also a real opportunity!  Some of the shop owners are willing to let their premises be used pending a change in circumstances. A group of community activists has asked that small niche museums be created on the Main Street. One such shop will house the Irish Film and Photography Museum for the moment. Another the Museum for the Kathleen and May, a third for Youghal Lace.The group has plans for up up ten museums!

The shop has to be cleared, cleaned, fitted and stocked. Stocking is not an issue, the group has been flooded with offers of old equipment, old footage, old photographs. There are magic lanterns, projectors, cameras from the 19th and early 20th century.The most notable Irish family in early film and photographic production is the Horgan family from Youghal. The first Irish cartoon with moving images was made in Youghal by the Horgans.

Various community organisations are on board to provide skill sets and manpower needed for the project.

It is hoped to open the Museum in May. First is has to be kitted out with shelving, display cases, viewing area etc. If you have ideas or can her the project , leave a message with us here.

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