A wealth of information is in danger of being lost, as knowledge which has been passed down orally through the generations has never been recorded. This film chronicles the story of Brendan O’Sullivan Rath, the last person with this particular wisdom, born and bred in the townland of Rath. The film follows his journey through nearby fields and places where he spent time as a child. It focuses on the historical facts but also his personal story and information passed on to him through his parents and grandparents. The film catalogues the names and locations where hedge schools took place, the site of an ancient milestone beside the road as well as spots with particular associations along the river and in certain fields. Many of these names are in Irish. The film highlights our interconnectedness with place and the value of our ancestry.
Vanmechelen received a Creative Work Development Bursary and Equipment and Materials Bursary from Kerry County Council in 2016 and also received a huge amount of support from a number of people, without whom the project would not have been possible.