Simon Harris TD, Minister of State with special responsibility for the Office of Public Works (OPW), has praised an event which effectively represents the twinning of two cultural centres in Ireland and Scotland with a simultaneous launch of exhibitions in both centres.
The Great Blasket Centre in Kerry is hosting an exhibition entitled ‘Sgeulacht Hiort – Scéal Hiort – the St Kilda Story’ from Taigh Chearsabhagh in Lochmaddy, North Uist. Meanwhile, Taigh Chearsabhagh is hosting an exhibition from the Great Blasket Centre called ‘Fairscin Inise’, a compilation of historic photos from the Great Blasket which has already been shown in the Blasket Centre.
The two exhibitions recently opened simultaneously in both centres with musicians, artists and special guests from both countries present to celebrate the occasion.
Mr Harris said: “I am delighted to convey my best wishes to this collaboration.
“The OPW Great Blasket Centre or Ionad An Bhlascaoid is such a evocative visitor centre, perched as it is on the Dingle Peninsula, telling the story of the heritage of the Blasket Island, the islanders and their way of life has a resonance with the story and heritage of the Isle of North Uist in the Outer Hebrides.
“I have no doubt that both exhibitions will be well attended and enjoyed by all.”