Humble spud to be celebrated in Carlow this weekend

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Lowly spud given new life in Carlow

Young and old are invited to a harvest and a feast at An Gairdín Beo, a community garden in the heart of Carlow Town. 

The event will take place on Saturday, July 28 at 3pm when there'll be the harvesting of a potato crop while there'll also be potato pizzas to eat for those in attendance. 

It's all part of a project called the Spud Reboot which saw seed potatoes planted in An Gairdín Beo and the VISUAL Arts Centre. Despite the weather, the spuds survived and will be harvested this Saturday. 

You'll be able to enjoy delicious food inspired by the spud, potato crisps made by Teagasc, and readings by the fantastic authors Lorna Sixsmith and Suzanna Crampton.

You're also welcome to bring your own potato dish! 

Spud Reboot was inspired by artist Deirdre O' Mahony's new work The Persistent Return; a large scale, two-screen film installation that reflects upon the history of the potato and the role it played in consolidating and concentrating power in Europe in the seventeenth and eighteenth century.

The potato brought with it a possibility of freedom from recurring cycles of famine, but also a precarious dependency on monoculture.

The Persistent Return runs at VISUAL in the Digital Gallery June 6 - September 9 of this year. It is co-produced by Workhouse Union, Callan and VISUAL Carlow.

The spud celebration is a collaborative project coordinated by VISUAL with artist Deirdre O’ Mahony, Carlow County Development Partnership, Greenside Up, An Gairdín Beo and is kindly supported by Teagasc.

An Gairdín Beo is beside the Sisters of Mercy convent on the Dublin Road. 

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