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History of farming in Inishowen 12.09.22

MEN’S Shed Carn has launched a new ‘storytelling’ project which will focus on the history of farming in Inishowen (both past & present) beginning with an introductory session from 7pm - 9pm on Thursday 29 September 2022, in their premises on the Moville Road.

Storytelling is such a major part of rural life in Inishowen (particularly in the longer winter months) and the new farming history project aims to keep this rich tradition alive through a series of eight free sessions running up until January 2023.
Farmer, Hugh Gordon, ploughing in Clonmany circa 1950.
The first of the free storytelling sessions will be led by genealogist Jennifer Doherty from Clonmany.

Deborah Shiels, Project Co-ordinator of the new storytelling project said: “Sharing farming stories with friends, neighbours and our younger generation is a great way of creating social bonds – like in our not-too-distant past when local homes would fill up with young and old alike to listen to tales until the early hours.

“Indeed, this important sharing of farming stories has helped create lifelong friendships in the past and it can also help in terms of our mental health and wellbeing today – or simply put it’s good for our souls!

“We’re therefore hoping to get the wider community involved in exploring their local farming heritage – an original idea that came from the men in the Shed themselves. The aim is to get both young and older members of the community involved and sharing their stories, rekindling friendships and exploring farming throughout the years – and still in many cases today."

Deborah added: “I’d also like to take this opportunity to not only encourage people to attend our storytelling sessions but also to bring along and share their old photos or memorabilia from the bygone days of farming in Inishowen – which we’ll then collect to form an exhibition in the final week of our project."

For further information on the project, please email mens.shed.carn@gmail.com or phone Deborah Shiels on 083 8422088.
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