I VOLUNTEERED AT the Castleisland Daycare Center in 2005, where I spent my days playing bingo, doing arts ‘n crafts, and dancing the Cotton Eye Joe for a group of the village’s elderly citizens. It just further proved how awesome Irish people are, even old Irish people.
The Island Videos project, which was started by a small group of Castleisland citizens when they converted some old VHS tapes into DVDs, offers so much insight into what life was like in a small, West Irish town in the early 1980s. Aside from maybe some fashion choices, and an upgrade in video quality, I’d like to think that not much has really changed.
I think in the age of YouTube, Instagram video, Vine and other mediums of instant-access video material, it’s cool to look back on archival footage and think about how far we’ve come. It’s a way to preserve local heritage, and explore identity. These videos might not go viral, or become the basis for a major motion picture, but they are invaluable for the people and culture that exists within Castleisland.