By Caoimhe Maclochlainn
A unique series of varied arts and heritage projects are being delivered by the Culture Division of Donegal County Council. The three projects are Tales of the Trouble, Living in Donegal and Echoes of the Decade. They are being funded through the European Union’s Peace IV Programme managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB). The project forms part of Donegal County Council’s €5.5m Local Authority Action Plan. The Action Plan is funded through the EU’s Peace IV Programme managed by the SEUPB. Funding has been provided by the Executive Office in Northern Ireland and the Department of Rural and Community Development in Ireland.
Tales of the Trouble is one of the North West Border stories. It is a documentary and Media Studies Project featuring Children and Grandparents from both sides of the Border organised by the Regional Cultural Centre (RCC). The online training sessions with smartphone filmmakers Poca Productions have kept children entertained across Donegal, Derry and Tyrone through the Covid-19 pandemic. The children are encouraged to use their smartphones to film interviews with their grandparents or parents to capture memories of their life growing up in the North West during the troubles. 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.
Living in Donegal is a virtual exhibition and publication showcasing the diverse community that makes Donegal the ‘Coolest place in the world,’ according to National Geographic. The RCC Living in Donegal team has been working with 25 people who live all over the world but all of whom call Donegal home. The group have filmed their personal stories and the full online exhibition will launch in this month when people can virtually meet these characters.
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 Donegal. The project has resumed delivering remote workshops to about 150 children throughout Donegal. These will explore the history of the period through drama, oral history and creative writing.
For further information on any of these projects contact Clodagh Murray at firstname.lastname@example.org