X-PO: Mapping Group Archive

2007 - ongoing

The Killinaboy Mapping group are the longest-running club at X-PO, working for over a decade to name and trace all the occupants of the parish of Killinaboy from 1842, before the Great Irish Famine, to the present. They set out to document and trace the oral history of a place – the occupants, houses, paths, bothereens and roads in Killinaboy Parish – onto Ordinance Survey Maps. Through interviews, walking the townlands and comparisons between the oral history, which some group members have been gathering for decades, with documentary evidence, the “official” survey map has been overlaid with a fluid, changing narrative. Exhibited at X-PO and other galleries, the exhibitions have become a forum for exchanging information, and an open-ended story of a place as visitors bring in new information.

Clare Local Studies and the Centre for Irish Studies at NUI Galway have recognised their work’s value. The group’s work also features in Deirdre O’Mahony’s filmed research for the Iarsma Research Project in response to the Tim Robinson Archive at NUIG.

The group have now produced a website of their research: Killinaboy Mapping Group