History of farming
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
“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
firstname.lastname@example.org or phone Deborah Shiels on