Trace the Past, in partnership with Kildare Libraries Network was funded by Creative Ireland. Heritage artist Angelina Foster traces the stories in graveyards in County Kildare through the art of gravestone rubbing.
This short film presents the old medieval church and graveyard of Kilkea Castle in Co Kildare. A site associated with the Fitzgeralds of Kildare, the old medieval ruin and graveyard still contain symbols of power, carved in stone of Ireland’s most powerful family.
As an artist and printmaker, Angelina Foster is inspired by words, stories, and symbols from Ireland’s past. Her hands-on immersive workshops, which feature ancient crafts including printing, paper-making, book-binding, and grave-rubbing, give you the chance to explore your own creativity and be inspired by traditional stories and techniques. Each artistic experience led by Angelina, offered at characterful locations throughout Ireland’s Ancient East, is an intriguing opportunity to engage creatively with the heritage, culture, and language of Ireland. Learn new skills with ancient roots as you find out more about our rich history and pick up a few Irish words along the way!