If not today, maybe tomorrow
Digital creative media guru, Patrick Sweeney, is Letterkenny born and bred. He has a degree and post-grad degree awards in Digital Media Design as well as qualifications in music technology and carpentry – so, he’s an all-round creative so to speak. In November 2018 the Regional Cultural Centre, Letterkenny hosted the “Jucks” exhibition initiated, designed and executed by Patrick.
“The Jucks Collection has been a yearlong photography project undertaken by local artist and designer Patrick Sweeney. Patrick has been taking the portraits of male characters to help raise awareness to Men’s Health both physical and mental.
The word ‘Jucks’ is a colloquial term used in Letterkenny to describe a group of men and by simply taking pictures of some local characters, the campaign has aimed to raise some much needed awareness for Men’s Health here in the county; not only physical, but in a mental and emotional sense as well.”
The 2018 exhibition run and open evening was very well attended and prompted extending it further afield. Here, out west at An Gailearaí, we re-run this laudable project with the valued contribution from the Rosses, Gweedore, Dunfanaghy and Falcarragh ‘Men’s Shed’ projects as well as Gweedore’s senior and reserve GAA team. In addition to this exhibition An Gailearaí will host an open night on Wednesday 4th December at 7pm where we can informally discuss broader topics of men’s health with guests from Pieta House, Solas, Common Health Sync Project (DLDC) and John Muldowney who will relay his personal story. We are grateful to Patrick for all his endeavours regarding this commendable project – thank you.