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A Well Trodden Path
Caitriona Dunnett

A Well Trodden Path, Caitriona Dunnett

A Well Trodden Path, Caitriona DunnettA Well Trodden Path
Caitriona Dunnett

Designed by Ángel Luis González Fernández.


Edition of 200
32 pages
148 × 210 mm
ISBN Not Available


Following Catholic Emancipation churches were built across the country and with them grew networks of mass paths. A Well Trodden Path, explores the heritage of mass paths in Lackagh, Co. Galway, Ireland. A web of 15 mass paths was mapped out. Fragments of old tracks, stiles and footbridges were pieced together with the recollections of older parishioners.

Dunnett photographed traces of these paths and used them as source images to create and tone cyanotypes with a leading brand of Irish tea, a favourite of many who walked the paths. Dunnett layers her work. She is drawn to this process and how it relates to the years of footfall across the fields and the many stories attached.

A Well Trodden Path is a partnership project with Dr Hilary Bishop, Liverpool John Moores University, funded by the British Academy and supported by NUI Galway. Special thanks to Lackagh Museum Association and its community.

About The Artist
Caitriona Dunnett is an Irish artist based in the UK. She investigates memory and its subjective, personal and forgotten narratives through early photographic techniques. She is intrigued by the traces people leave behind, the paths they weave through time and the legacies attached to them.

About the Series
TLP Editions are an ongoing collection of contemporary photographic projects in the form of accessible and inexpensive publications by PhotoIreland. These A5 sized booklets present a standard format throughout the series, with 36 pages each, a cover with a text block of under 140 words that introduces the project, and the title and the artist name only available on the contra cover. The project creates a node of opportunities as it allows photographers to enter the publishing arena, while facilitating access to contemporary artistic practices to the general public.

About the Publisher
Founded in 2009, PhotoIreland was conceived as an organisation that would stimulate a dialogue around Photography in Ireland by developing a varied array of initiatives and events with a strong participative approach.

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