Once through Tara’s swells

I love a good bit of heritage. One where you can have fun. I grew up in the Boyne Valley. Trim Castle was my playground before the state took it into care for the tourists. The Hill of Tara was there for running up and down on. It was only after that I learned the history of these places, so I tend to view them through a very personal lens. Everyone has their own take on heritage.
I also like a good piece of digital media. There are some really cool things being done with digital media and heritage at the moment. I have added a few links at the end which will help get your heritage on. Whether it is photography work, 3D printing of artifacts, or just blogging, digital media is a great way of opening up the world of heritage to make it more accessible.
This week, our biggest influence has been Animation Chefs. Myself and the kids have been watching their film-making antics and it has given us ideas, which is always a dangerous thing in our house. While they have green screens, we are lucky enough to be living in a country with ready made amazing backdrops. So we headed off to Tara and spent a sunny day on a bank holiday weekend waiting for tourists to get out of the way.

For the technically minded, this was created on a basic digital camera, stitched together on windows moviemaker and mixed with sound on audacity. The most difficult part, like all digital media, was the consumption of time.
The best part was my sons reaction when he saw the first edit (Awesome!) and an overheard conversation between two grown men who had obviously been dragged out of the city on a day out by their girlfriends and had neglected to read any of the signs or guides about the spot.
Tourist 1 – So…what is this place?
Tourist 2 – Dunno. Do you think it is natural…all these circles in the ground?
Tourist 1 – Not sure. It looks like someone deliberately dug them out, but what for? Maybe it is just hills.

If you like some more examples of digital media and heritage, check out this lot…
Shadows and stone
Vox Hiberionacum
Abarta audio guides
…Or better still, let me know your favourite heritage/digital media creators so I can check them out.


2 comments on “Once through Tara’s swells

  1. Simon says:

    You will love the Thornborough Henges. Sometimes I feel they are more powerful than Stonehenge, although it is criminal that so few people know about them.

    • Roy Murray says:

      Aligned henges! Cool. We have lots of henges in the Boyne Valley, especially around Bru na Boinne. They went on a bit of a hengefest there in the past. There is one not far from Tara called Rath Maeve and more are showing up on LIDAR maps but I think only a few are still visible in the landscape. Dowth Henge is probably the best known example we have. The prevailing archaeological theory in Ireland is that they were used for big gatherings on special occasions. Thanks for the info on Thornborough. They look amazing..

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