Cosmic Granny

Moan Laur Mountain, Glen Inch, County Kerry

Community Event 25th October 2019 

Letters Installed from 12th September 2019 – 15th September 2020

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Installation view of Cosmic Granny. Photograph by Valerie O’Sullivan. This photo appeared on the back cover page of The Irish Examiner on Tuesday 8th October 2019

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The Inch Conglomerate newspaper, published as part of the site-specific installation Cosmic Granny. Photograph by Laura Fitzgerald.

Cosmic Granny and the Old Days was made possible through a Project Award granted by the Arts Council of Ireland and with the help of these key people and organisations: my father Micheál Fitzgerald, editor of The Inch Conglomerate Christopher Steenson, geologist Liam Ó Bharáin and Dúchas: The National Folk Archive.

This site-specific geopoem was installed on Moan Laur Mountain from the 25 October 2019 – 1 September 2020. The accompanying publication, The Inch Conglomerate, was available to purchase for the duration of the project from a newspaper box placed in-situ to the text piece on the Dingle Way walking path.

Thanks to friends, family and neighbours who gave help and advice during the formation and installation of the project: Alan James Burns, Mick O’Hara, Deirdre Costello, Tom Fitzgerald, James Merrigan, Jenny Prahin, Dómhnal Ó Bric, Marie Moriarty, Nicholas McLachlan, Con Collins, Ann Maria Healy, Susan Keating, Niamh Fitzgerald, Jane Fitzgerald, J.J. Smith and Darren O’Callaghan.

Very special thanks to: Rob Clarke for CNC cutting, Foley’s Bar Inch for hosting our panel discussion/community meeting, Kate Kennelly (Kerry Arts Officer), Dublin Enquirer for lending their newspaper box, Matt Packer, Joanne Laws, Fergus Fitzgerald, The Fire Station Artists’ Studios, Marshall P. Keating, Magical Fergus, Christopher Steesnon (for sound recording at Foley’s Bar, Inch) and the Arts Council of Ireland.

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Mícheál Fitzgerald , during the installation process of Cosmic Granny.

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Newspaper box on loan from Dublin Enquirer, distributing The Inch Conglomerate to walkers along the Dingle Way, 2019 –2020, by kind permission of Liam Ó Bharáin.

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The Inch Conglomerate newspaper (page 6 Classifieds section), published as part of the site-specific installation Cosmic Granny. Photograph by Laura Fitzgerald.

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Installation view of Cosmic Granny. Photograph by Laura Fitzgerald

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The Inch Conglomerate newspaper, published as part of the site-specific installation Cosmic Granny. Photograph by Laura Fitzgerald.

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Installation view of Cosmic Granny. Photograph by Laura Fitzgerald.

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Panel discussion at the community meeting to discuss Cosmic Granny, Foley’s Bar, Inch, 25 October 2019. Photograph by Christopher Steenson.

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Community meeting to discuss Cosmic Granny, Foley’s Bar, Inch, 25 October 2019. Photograph by Christopher Steenson.

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Visitor to the Dingle Way walking trail from Hamburg, with a copy of The Inch Conglomerate newspaper. Photograph by Laura Fitzgerald.

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Full-page advert, The Inch Conglomerate newspaper, p7.

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A screen shot of WhatsApp message sent to Laura Fitzgerald by Caitriona Foley of Cow House Studios. Her friend saw the Cosmic Granny installation and put it on her Instagram story. Small world. Photography by Laura Fitzgerald.

Working Hours

Imaginary
7am – 6pm
Real

10.00am – 5pm