Reports & films.
“Making it Home” Documentary. Award-winning history project about a unique resettlement scheme for eleven returning veterans from the Great War who lived and farmed on Cleenish Island in Upper Lough Erne. The veterans suffered greatly, having between them fought at almost all of the bloodiest battlefields of the war. However, the island was to become a lonely place for its inhabitants. It had no bridge, no electricity, no running water, and no shops or any other amenities. Just one of the battle-scarred soldiers was to remain on Cleenish. Bellanaleck History Group.
“Battles, Bricks and Bridges” Documentary. Award-winning community archaeology project about the discovery of the site of the Battle of the Ford of the Biscuits which was the opening salvo of what became known as the Nine Years War (1594), the making of traditional Arney slap bricks which was a core economic activity in the area for hundreds of years, and the dating and restoration of Arney Bridge which is now recognised as one of the oldest plantation bridges in Ulster (1620). Cleenish and Killesher Community Development Associations.
“Henry Glassie in conversation with Seamas McCanny” Short film. Henry Glassie, Emeritus Professor of Folklore at Indiana University came to live locally over a seven year period in the 1970s’ before publishing his book “Passing The Time In Ballymenone” in 1982. His understanding of local customs, storytelling, and anthropology is recognised as a unique academic achievement and contribution to the cultural life of the area. Arney Hall was packed with a capacity crowd in July 2014 to welcome him back, and the audience enjoyed an evening of witty and reflective conversation between Henry Glassie and local story teller and interviewer, Seamus McCanny.