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My Home Place

Age Friendly Ireland

Kilkenny County Council Logo

Programme: Kilkenny

WHO Theme: Communication And Information, Social Participation

Health & Wellbeing Theme: Positive Mental And Emotional Health, Staying Connected, Switching Off And Being Creative

Funding Stream: Community Resilience Fund Covid

Resources Required: Paid Staff, Volunteer Staff, radio programming: podcasts

Cost: 1000-5000


‘My Home Place’ made in collaboration with Kilkenny County Council, KCLR and Ossory Youth as part of the Keep Well campaign. This Initiative was a series of 10 programmes featuring memories of times gone by and includes accounts of cultural events and nostalgic anecdotes that capture our local heritage’s importance.’ My Home Place’ connected older and younger generations through art, imagery, narratives and local heritage. Every Monday after the 11 am news, A Kilkenny Local featured a story of memories on KCLR with Producer Monica Hayes. Each interview was podcasted and sent to Ossory Youth. The recordings were transcribed into art in response to the imagery they heard by students attending an art class at Ossory Youth, Kilkenny.

Aim of Initiative

Older and younger People

Who is it aimed at

Older and younger People

Steps critical to success

  1. Planning/subgroup meetings with the heritage office, KCLR, ossory youth and members of the OPC
  2. Regular engagement with the subgroup and feedback from the students and the OPC
  3. Linking with ordinary people to tell the stories

Challenges in Planning / Delivery

  1. Engaging and encouraging ordinary people to go on air
  2. Level 5 restrictions: interviews on the phone can be difficult for engagement
  3. Online engagement is more difficult

Outcomes / Benefits

  1. positive impact on health and well-being for younger people to participate in an art programme that links with local story-telling and history during level 5 restrictions
  2. positive impact on health and wellbeing for the older listener’s to hear about memories and stories told by ordinary people in relation to their local history
  3. connecting older and younger generations

Janette Boran, Kilkenny County Council,