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Storytelling is ‘a huge success’ 04.10.22

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.
Genealogist, Jennifer 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 mens.shed.carn@gmail.com or phone Deborah Shiels on 083 8422088.
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