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Drawing for 'The Whale' © David Begley 2021

In April 2021 David driftwood gathered at The Burrow, Rosslare and Rosslare Harbour in order to bake driftwood charcoal for 5th and 6th class pupils at Scoil Mhuire Rosslare. Assisted by Nadia Corridan, David facilitated drawing and animation workshops with the children which explored the story of Ned Wickham and the whale which stranded at the mouth of Wexford Harbour in 1891. The children learned about the history, heritage and culture of Rosslare Fort, Ned Wickham's life, and enjoyed drawing at the Burrow beach, Rosslare – reimagining Wickham's first sighting of the whale. Featuring charcoal drawings and animations made by the children as well as drawings by David, 'The Whale' is a short black and white film which will be ready for screening in September. 

The Wexford Whale is a 'Creative Connections Ports Past Present' project.

Funded by the European Regional Development Fund through the Ireland Wales Cooperation programme.

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