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Through involvement with local Maori, Shirley Grace begins to think more about her own ancestry. After finding papers under her parents’ house which reveal that she has an Irish Great Grandmother, Shirley travels to Donegal, Ireland to present Tony McGinley and Nora Harkin with ballads written by their father found amongst her Great Grandmother’s belongings. Along the way she discovers unknown parts of her family history.

Interviews include: Tony McGinley and Nora Harkin, Mick McGinley’s children; Con Brenan, a Fintown resident talking about the legacy of the Great Potato Famine; Joe Sweeney, farmer from North West Donegal; Mary McClintock, Local Historian and member of Letterkenny Sewing Group; Cathal O Searcaigh, Poet; Jane Crane, Irish born Wikan.

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Year 1997

Reference number F46718

Collection Film and Video Collection

Media type Moving Image

Place of Production NEW ZEALAND/AOTEAROA

Duration 0:39:00

Production company Tall Story Productions

Credits Producer: Shirley Grace
Director: Shirley Grace
Camera: Mairi Gunn
Sound: Mike McCree
Editor: Annie Collins
Underwater Camera: Floor Anthoni
Sound Mix: Chris Burt
Online Compilation: Moose Culpitt
Gopher: Sam Gruar
Seal Music: Jules Munro
Uillean Pipes: Eoin Dillon
Bodran: Seighean O Droi
“Sealskin Soulskin” Narrated: Kitty McGeehin
“Glenswilly”: John Charlie McLoughlin
“Erin’s Exiled Daughters” Sung: John Charlie McLoughlin