The launch of a new storytelling project on the history of farming in Inishowen has been hailed ‘a huge success’ by organisers from Men’s Shed Carn.
The project, spearheaded by local genealogist Jennifer McLaughlin-Doherty, was launched on Thursday evening.
Deborah Shiels, Project Co-ordinator of the new farming history project in the Men’s Shed Carn said: “We were pleasantly surprised over the course of this week at the extent of interest in our project from across the peninsula and wider county.
“Jennifer McLaughlin-Doherty brought the social and farming history of Inishowen to life through her extensive knowledge and use of excellent sources and materials – including a poignant and thought-provoking video on the history of the ‘Hiring Fairs’.
“Indeed, this video was recorded in the Inishowen area in the 1970s and included interviews from older members of the community who recalled often very difficult experiences of being hired out!”
The attendees on the night then got together into small groups at the end of the session and told personal stories of times gone by.
Deborah added: “Importantly, some of the participants also highlighted that they often feel lonely at home and that this project offers them a wonderful space for sharing stories and companionship.
“Indeed, the event was a huge success and a really lovely evening for all involved.
“People are also already looking forward to the next storytelling session on Thursday 13 October from 7-9pm and we hope to see new faces there!”
For further information on the new farming ‘storytelling’ project at the Men’s Shed Carn email email@example.com or phone Deborah Shiels on 0838422088.