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During the media workshops, young people explored stories from the history of Bessbrook. These stories focused on fundamental elements of the village’s growth and looked at how significant these monuments were in the development of the village.

The young people then had an opportunity to write their own stories about a fictional character in Bessbrook, and they were tasked with tying the storyline to a particular theme. The digital production team then worked with the young people to produce and film the docu-dramas, using local talent to star in the production.

Episode 1 – The Mill

Robert is an 11 year old ‘Brook lad’ who spends more time playing with his imaginary friend than helping around the house. That soon changes when his brother loses his job at the mill and Robert has to take his place.

Episode 2 – The Tram

This episode follows the story of the village as it grew from a small milling site to a industrial powerhouse in the 1880s. Our story follows Oliver, a tram worker who is mesmerised by the sheer beauty and technology of the trams.

Episode 3 – The Village

Flax production played a vital role in the industrial development of Bessbrook. Meet Eddie, a farmer with an order for flax that he can’t meet unless he asks the people of the village for help with some home-made fertiliser.

Episode 4 – the National School

Meet Helen, a thirty-year-old woman at the turn of the 19th century, returning to Bessbrook to look after her mother. Taking up a job in the local National School, Helen finds that her opinions of Bessbrook may be more old fashioned than the truth.

Episode 5 – Derrymore House

Meet Rosemary Mulholland who works at Derrymore Estate for the National Trust, and hear about the origins of Derrymore House and Issac Corry.

Episode 6 – The Project

Roisin Mulgrew, the chairperson for Newry, Mourne and Down District Council. Coming from Bessbrook herself, she gives an overview of the achievements of this project and gives an insight into behind the scenes of bringing this project together.

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