Last night at Cumann na Daoine a huge crowd turned out for the launch of Michael Hussey’s film A Step Back in Time made from the archives of Bobby Chapple.
Bobby was a well-known figure in the town, and many people had memories and reminiscences of him. The film was created from Bobby’s vast archive of footage and still photography, and was narrated by his son Ken, who also spoke at last night’s event.
It was an occasion to have so many people together to enjoy these memories and to share stories with each other. Filmmaker and archivist Michael Hussey brought these images to life again most skilfully, and speakers Ken Chapple and Noel Cronin all recognised the impact that Bobby had on the town. A small exhibition of some of Bobby’s paper archive material, including many historical documents from his time ass Warden of St. Mary’s Collegiate Church, were on display.
Over 90 people attended the event, it was standing room only – all enjoyed the event and the craic was mighty!
For those of you who missed the screening (or if you want to see it again!), there will be an evening screening during Cumann na Daoine’s Heritage Week events on Thursday August 17th. So keep an eye on this site and our facebook page for more details nearer the time!
Thanks to Michael Hussey for bringing this footage to life, and to all who assisted in the screening. Thanks also to CnD Café staff who managed to get cups of tea into people’s hands in the crowd!
All images by Kieran McCarthy.