Last Summer, a group of 75 American college students and academic staff arrived in Ballintubber to stay and work on a month-long Archaeological Field School on Ballintubber Castle. This was the third year that the Castles in Communities project has taken place in Ballintubber and to document the activities and events taking place around it, the Community &Enterprise Department of Roscommon County Council commissioned a series of short films about this unique project.
During the month of July, film producers Mimar Media spent time with the students, staff and locals and captured how a small community has reached out overseas to open their village and their way of life to visitors for a whole month.
The short films capture a flavour of why this project works, what is so unique about the students being embedded in the community and what the locals and students think of the whole experience. It’s about all the factors that come together to make this project happen. 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, the films reveal the friendly welcoming nature of the community of Ballintubber and the enthusiasm of the students staying locally.
Under the banner of Real Roscommon, the films are: “A Castle in our Community”, “Having a Ball in Tubber”, “Not your Bog Standard day” and “Heritage Tour”, the films will launched by the Community of Ballintubber in the Old School House on Friday, April 20th at 8.30pm 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.