By Jessica Lawrence
A new cross-community project aiming to understand different cultural traditions and narratives in Donegal has gone live on Donegal County Council’s Archive Collection.
The Peace IV Echoes of the Decade Oral History project focuses on Ireland’s Decade of Centenaries and its legacy to the county.
The project involved both workshops with children and young people, as well as an Oral History element headed up by Historian, Regina Fitzpatrick. Ms Fitzpatrick conducted interviews with 12 individuals from across the county during the Autumn and Winter of 2020.
A spokesperson said: “These recordings have preserved an invaluable record of the passed-down memories of Donegal during this critical period in our recent history.
“The Archives Service is grateful to all the participants in the project, especially the interviewees who gave their time in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic.
“Many thanks are also due to Regina Fitzpatrick for undertaking this oral history project and doing it so brilliantly.”
The project was jointly led by Donegal County Archives and Donegal County Museum, and funded by the SEUPB under the Peace IV Programme.
Eleven of the recordings can now be heard on the Donegal County Council’s website at https://www.donegalcoco.ie//culture/archives/oral%20history/