Heart of the Sea sets sail with
A LOCAL community
group is launching its online documentary series
later this month at the Inishowen Maritime Museum in
Greencastle. Inishowen Community Media Network (ICMN)
has been working on a digital media project, Croí na
Farraige – Heart of the Sea, to tell the story of
the peninsula’s rich maritime heritage. The series
looks at the current state of our once-thriving
fishing industry and way of life, told through the
life stories of locals who made a living from the
sea. The project also looks at ways in which our
coastal communities are fighting back and
diversifying to continue to make a living from the
ICMN spokesperson Martha McCulloch said that they
were delighted with the response from the local
community, many of whom came forward to tell their
stories. "Some of those who feature in the series
spent a lifetime at sea and some of the younger
contributors are trying to make a living from it.
The idea behind the project is to document material
for future generations that would otherwise be lost.
All the recorded material is being archived and will
be free for the public or schools and libraries to
use for research or promotional purposes, e.g.
Greencastle Maritime and Dunree Museums."
To view ICMN’s YouTube channel
click here .
The videos feature a
wide range of subjects including the Foyle
Fishermen’s Co-op, the oyster-farming Kearney family
from Carndonagh, Seamus Bovaird and the Greencastle
Maritime Museum, Andrew Ward of the IDP, Owen Doyle
from BIM, old seafarers Johnny Kelly and Jim
Cavanagh and younger men like Gerard Kelly and Cara
Rawden. These are all sea-folk with stories to tell,
some nostalgic, some sad and some with hope for the
future. The short videos uploaded to date can be
ICMN’s YouTube channel .
Inishowen Community Media Network commissioned Crana
Communications to research and produce the
documentary series. Production began in October last
year and the crew had a busy time interviewing and
visiting locations throughout Inishowen in the
months since then. Jim Doherty of Crana
Communications was keen to point out that the
project is far from over. "What we have produced and
uploaded so far is only the tip of the iceberg. We
have a lot more content to add to the archive."
Anyone wanting to get in touch with ICMN can email
email@example.com or call 086 8156289.