Trace hidden ceremonies and historic paths by way of the Irish countryside

A brand new images exhibition is because of happen in County Mayo, Ireland this month that focuses on a time when freedom of faith was banned within the nation underneath British rule. It contains a assortment of beautiful photographs that hint a collection of hidden paths by way of the countryside that Catholic folks took so as to maintain secret lots from the late 1600’s on.

Tea toned cyanotype of the coastal path to Bishop’s Cave in County Waterford. Image by Caitriona Dunnett

Called Mass Paths, the venture was created by photographer Caitriona Dunnett, and options darkish and moody cyanotype prints of the Irish panorama, with every creation being hand processed and fully distinctive. Opening on 22 March at Custom House Studios Gallery in Westport and persevering with daily till 15 April, the exhibition is the end result of years of analysis and work.

A mass path in Caherdaniel County Kerry.
A mass path in Caherdaniel County Kerry. Image by Caitriona Dunnett

In the 1690’s, strict Penal Laws have been imposed on Catholics in Ireland, with the church being stored alive by way of a collection of secretive lots held in spots throughout the nation. The places of the websites have been handed on by phrase of mouth, with the native information being handed down by way of generations. By tracing and documenting the paths, the photographer aimed to unearth the historical past behind the routes and the folks who walked them.

A mass path in Clonakilty in County Cork.
A mass path in Clonakilty in County Cork. Image by Caitriona Dunnett

“I think that it’s important to address national heritage. It gives us the opportunity to study the social, cultural and political situation of our ancestors and to explore the stories which mark our landscapes. I am attempting to lift this aspect of history out of the textbooks, and shape it with research so that the stories of these paths and the people who walked them are not lost,” Caitriona advised Lonely Planet Travel News.

A mass path at Cnoc Na Toinne in County Kerry.
A mass path at Cnoc Na Toinne in County Kerry. Image by Caitriona Dunnett

In order to finish the venture, Caitriona spent years researching the paths and different penal websites, discovering snippets of knowledge posted by colleges, regional newspapers and strolling golf equipment earlier than piecing all of it collectively. The fragments finally led to her creating maps, attempting to find the places and documenting them. Mass Paths was lately shortlisted for the Final 50 GPF International Photography Competition and exhibited in Dublin and Paris.

More info on Caitriona’s work is out there at her official web site.

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