‘Castles in Communities’ short films launch


Last summer, a group of 75 students and academic staff from American colleges arrived in Ballintubber to stay and work for a month-long archaeological field study of Ballintubber Castle, as part of the Castles in Communities project. This was the third year that the project had taken place in Ballintubber and to celebrate and document the study, the Community and Enterprise Department of Roscommon County Council commissioned a series of short films about this wonderfully unique project under the banner of Real Roscommon.

  During the month of July, film producers MIMAR Media spent time with the students, staff and locals, to document how this small community in Roscommon have reached out and opened their village and way of life to overseas visitors for a whole month.

  The short films capture a flavour of why this Castles in Communities project in Ballintubber works and document the build-up to the project; the various events planned; the work of the students and staff on the project; the reactions of the locals and the parting thoughts of the students.

  The films are titled: ‘A Castle in our Community’, ‘Having a Ball in Tubber’, ‘Not your Bog Standard day’ and ‘Heritage Tour’. The films will be launched by the Community of Ballintubber in the Old School House this Friday (20th) at 8.30 pm, by Roscommon County Council CEO Eugene Cummins and all are welcome!

  Following the official launch of the films, they will be available to view on the www.ballintubbervillage.com website and on various social media outlets such as Roscommon.ie and Roscommon County Council Facebook Pages.