Dunsink Horse Club

by Fingal Libraries
by Fingal Libraries on September 23, 2014 in Fingal, Libraries

Since July 2014 Fingal Libraries, Fingal Parks and the Irish Horse Welfare Trust have been involved in a creative writing project with a group of horse owners and their families at the Dunsink Horse Club. Dunsink, once a landfill site, is now being transformed into a public regional park by Fingal County Council. For many […]

Since July 2014 Fingal Libraries, Fingal Parks and the Irish Horse Welfare Trust have been involved in a creative writing project with a group of horse owners and their families at the Dunsink Horse Club.

Dunsink, once a landfill site, is now being transformed into a public regional park by Fingal County Council. For many years horses have been kept on the site and members of the Dunsink Horse Club stables their horses there. Although much of the boundary of the site runs along the M50, approaching the stables from Dunsink Lane it feels like you are in the countryside with the branches of trees meeting in the middle of the narrow, winding road.

Writer and poet Colm Keegan has held a series of creative writing workshops with a group of members of the horse club. Artist Martha Daly provided arts and crafts workshops for the younger children.

The creative writing workshops have given the participants the opportunity to reflect and write about what it means to be a horse owner in an urban setting – quite a unique experience and one that is outside the experience of most town and city dwellers.

Colm also worked individually with the participants to create poems and prose pieces to be included in a calendar that is being produced to raise funds for the horse club. Photographer Brian MacCormaic has taken a series of photographs that will be used in the calendar which will be officially launched at the end of October together with a photographic exhibition in Dunsink.

It’s been a privilege as well as a lot of fun to get to know the horse club members and their children, to see how skilled they are in looking after and riding their horses, often bareback or using sulkies and the depth of knowledge they have about the care of their horses.

Siobhan Walshe