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The A Lamp at Da Lido was a series of training workshops for members of the Blackpool Historical Society in radio broadcasting skills, developed and delivered by Kathy O'Hare. These oral narratives from the Blackpool community in Cork City's northside help us as listeners to gain insight into a fleeting moment of Blackpool’s rich historical past.
Humans tend to organise memories into stories. Testimonies of people’s lives have importance in how future generations learn about a time period that has passed. Stories are how we read people. They give us a set of instructions in helping us to help us construct understanding around people and the world we live in. Memories...can be a smell, a
moment, a feeling, a shared experience. Memories help us to understand our past and our present.
On a summer evening back in June 2016- Cork Community Artlink brought back to life the space of the hostorical Lido cinema. They advertised a grand opening called “The Lido - Your space, our space” and opened the former cinema to the public. Over a period of two week
CCAL opened their doors to the people of Blackpool of interaction, photographic and video archival footage and cinema screenings, Cork Community Artlink drank up all the cultural and social stories of Blackpool’s past and invited local people who attended the cinema from the 1930's - 60’s back to a place of memory and story.
From the success of this engaging programme UCC98.3FM, Cork Community Artlink, The Blackpool Historical Society and the Cork Folklore project partnered together and created a 60-minute Audio story called a “A Lamp at da Lido” facilitated by Kathy O'Hare. The word “Lamp” in Cork slang means to look at something or to have a glimpse. This 60-minute documentary unpacks the history and stories from what’s known as the “The Golden Age of Cinema” in Ireland from 1929 onwards.