Storytelling is ‘a
NEW storytelling project
has been hailed ‘a huge success’ by organisers, the
Men’s Shed Carn. The introductory session, led by
genealogist Jennifer McLaughlin-Doherty, focused on the
history of farming in Inishowen.
McLaughlin-Doherty leading the storytelling session.
Deborah Shiels, Project
Co-ordinator, 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."
Deborah added: “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.
“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 7pm -
9pm and we hope to see new faces there.”
For further information on the project email
firstname.lastname@example.org or phone Deborah Shiels on