Young people reflect on life in Donegal in new project

DONEGAL County Council’s Culture Division is delivering on three unique and varied arts and heritage projects.

The projects form part of Donegal County Council’s €5.5m Local Authority Action Plan, funded through the EU’s PEACE IV Programme with additional assistance from the Executive Office in Northern Ireland and the Department of Rural and Community Development in Ireland.

North West Border Stories: Tales of the Trouble is a documentary  featuring children and grandparents from both sides of the border organised by the Regional Cultural Centre (RCC).  Workshops involved learning to use smartphones, tablets and iPads as video cameras, storyboarding, interview techniques and plenty of other important skills that might lead to future successful careers in the film industry. These workshops also encouraged participants to film interviews with their grandparents or parents and capture memories of their life growing up in the North West during the troubles. After the workshops, film director Keith O’Grady conducted professional follow-up interviews with a number of participants and will now begin to make a new documentary film featuring all their amazing stories.


Discussing life along the border.

Living in Donegal: The RCC ‘Living in Donegal’ team has been working with 25 people with connections from all over the world but all of whom call Donegal ‘home’. Overseen by curator Dr Harriet Purkis, this eclectic group of people have filmed their personal stories and daily experiences with videographer Eugene McGinty and are currently working with our project photographer Declan Devlin to create a beautiful series of doorstep portraits. The full online exhibition will be launched next month where you can virtually meet these people and learn more about them. The online exhibition will be followed by the release of a new publication featuring beautiful photographs from the project along with quotations and interviews.

Young people discuss what it is like living in Donegal.

Echoes of the Decade: Donegal County Archives and Donegal County Museum are currently involved in the Echoes of the Decade project which focuses on the history of the revolutionary years (1912 – 1924) and its legacy in County Donegal. The project began with children and young people participating in a series of workshops which explored the Decade of Centenaries. During the lockdown, project coordinator Alarnagh Barrett-McGinley, continued work on the project in the virtual world. Children, young people, history groups and the public took part in online history challenges, an oral history project and shared stories and photos on the Echoes of the Decade Facebook group page. These interviews will form part of the Archives collection of Donegal County Council.

For further information on any of these projects please contact Clodagh Murray

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