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At one time known as “Glen of the Spooks”, the project takes the name Gleann a’ Phúca as a term for engagement with The Glen River Park. Gleann a’ Phúca aims to respond to the ecological, cultural, industrial, and historical heritage that hovers still within this ancient glacial valley and contemporary urban park on the North East side of Cork City. Gleann a' Phúca is a project developed by visual artist, Julie Forrester. The project began in the early days of the pandemic of 2020, when time opened up and nature beckoned strongly and urgently and the Glen river valley called fiercly,  luring  the artist into its closely held depths and its ample ever expanding offerings.
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Project Background

The engagment began with a daily blogging project called Narratives with Nature which encouraged a deep mapping of the park. The artist walked and explored across the long days of isolation an beyond the lock downs of the pandemic. Logging observations and more personal interactions with the place as the stories of the park began to reveal themselves through a deepening connection with the river, the park, its visitors, and inhabitants, old and new.

Narratives with Nature was supported by an Arts Council YPCE Bursary award for research in 2021.

Curious about other perspectives of the park and motivated to develop a multifacted response to the place that would incorporate both macro and micro views and approaches, Julie Forrester invited artists from all disciplines were invited to consider site-specific responses in any art form to the Glen River Park.

Gleann a’ Phúca acknowledges Cork City Council’s arts office for its kind support of the curatorial process via a project research award in 2022.

“The spirit of the project is for propositions, which will reveal themselves subtly to Glen Park walkers; which will inspire curiosity and wonder without interrupting the natural beauty of the park. Collaborative, performative, participatory responses, as well as those with a material or virtual element, are all welcome. This is a visionary project, and we welcome imaginative propositions”

Julie Forrester, Creator, Gleann a’ Phùca


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Art Projects


FuaimMná is a proposed audio trail celebrating women, both past and present, of the Glen River Park. Inspired by the
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Map drawing of The Glen

Spoon & Bloom

Growing up near the Glen, Annie has a long-standing relationship with the park. She has memories of playing in the
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ordinary gifts

Ordinary Gifts

I propose to work with interested participants through running a series of walks, sensory explorations and creative sessions in the
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The Púca came early

The Púca came early: Monday 25 Sept 2023 Well ... it wasn't long after Éanna's visit on the equinox that  I went to gather more for ink  and I found the berries gripping to their briars soggy and wizened after the rain, crushing under the pressure of my fingers, making my skin bloody and prickled.…
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Gleann a’ Phúca is a recipient of the Creative Climate Action fund, an initiative from the Creative Ireland Programme. It is funded by the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport
and Media in collaboration with the Department of the Taoiseach. The fund supports creative, cultural and artistic projects that build awareness around climate change and empower citizens to make meaningful behavioural transformations.
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