Ballintubber Heritage Tour
Last Summer, a group of 75 students and academic staff from American colleges arrived in Ballintubber to stay and work on a month-long project Archaeological Field School on Ballintubber Castle, as part of the Castles in Communities project. This was the third year that the project has taken place in Ballintubber and to celebrate and document the activities and events taking place, the Community and Enterprise Department of Roscommon County Council commissioned a series of short films about this wonderfully unique project under the banner 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 county 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 - the uniqueness of the students being embedded in the community for a month and how this experience reflects upon the locals and students alike. All the factors which come together, to make this project an amazing and unique experience for all.
The films reveal the friendly welcoming nature of the community of Ballintubber and the enthusiasm of the students staying locally. Documenting the build-up in the run-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.