Instead I'll give a quick run through of some of the other speakers on the day. The second presentation of the day (after my good self) was given by Paul Young of Cartoon Saloon, the company behind the Oscar nominated animated film The Secret of Kells. I must say I was blown away by how they had used Irish heritage, mainly from the early medieval period but also from the Iron Age and earlier as inspiration for a style of animation that is truely unique and owes nothing to Disney or Dreamworks. I've since bought the DVD and been even more impressed by their use of Irish history in an original, unpatronising way that doesn't resort to cliché.
The afternoon session had a talk from Susan Cahill from Newstalk who talked about Talking History, the popular history/archaeology focussed radio talk show. Susan had some very interesting comments to make about identifying the audience demographic for heritage and tips on how to make content interesting for a popular audience while drawing in those with more specialist passions. Some of what she said certainly gave me food for thought in terms of the content that I'll be putting on Seandalaiocht in the future.
The next presenter Mark Hawkes-Green talked about the setting up and running of an Art College in the Burren while Yanky Faschler talked about the potential for using heritage in the future, drawing parallels with the development of Jewish cultural identity in Israel.
Finally, Niall Roycroft talked about the Archaeological Scene Investigation exhibition developed by the NRA and the Louth County Museum. The exhibition, which dealt with the archaeology of the M1 motorway has now been published as a website www.asi-louth.ie that incorporates the innovative and entertaining approach taken by the original exhibition. This kind of web publication points to a way of disseminating archaeological findings without resorting to expensive monographs that few buy and less read.
It was a fascinating and unique conference and congratulations are due to Brian Walsh of the Louth County Museum for coming up with the idea and carrying it through so successfully.
Incidentally, you can have a look at Graham O'Rourke's far more punctual blog post about the conference here.