In April/May 2020, project organiser and traditional singer Fionnuala Maxwell was starting to suffer withdrawal symptoms from lack of human contact and the day-to-day chats and interactions that were part of normal life.
In an attempt to create a conversation space for a generation who grew up in an analog era and to bridge that digital divide, she introduced some of our cocooning citizens to the world of Zoom.
They told stories of growing up in rural Ireland and the changes that they have witnessed from the 1930s, reminisced, laughed and sang their way through lockdown. More specifically, they focused on tales of growing up in rural Ireland pre-electricity, tales of school-days, religious occasions, fair-days and patterns, the meitheal and the join, cures, customs and superstitions, dance halls, cinemas and the arrival of radio and television and of course the songs and how they connect us and are part of our rich heritage.
Fionnuala created a Zoom compilation film of those moments, that were shared over six weeks, interspersed with photographs and songs from the past.
There is so much for the wider community to enjoy, learn and identify with in this film which will premiere on Saturday August 15th at 8pm on YouTube.